If you are someone who enjoys woodworking or making projects than you could buy unfinished furniture and paint or stain it yourself. There are several stores that specialize in the sale of wood products that are left unfinished. These are specifically created so you can design it yourself to go with the type of décor where the item will be. There is a wide assortment of furniture pieces you can purchase this way. You will find tables for a kitchen or dining area as well as chairs. There will be several types of cabinets and bookcase units that come as unfinished items.
There are some specialty pieces as well such as benches and desks. For those individuals that really enjoy creating their own look to furniture you can use types of decoupage materials on these items to give them an original design. Many people choose to do this type of refinishing work and then sell their new items for a profit. Another way to work in this same general area is to buy second hand furniture and refinish it. You can also sell these items for a profit. You can purchase a lot of good quality wood items from a used or second hand store.
Many larger department stores will carry unfinished wood items that can be custom designed by you. The price of purchasing an unfinished piece compared to one that is finished is a lot less. The cost of purchasing the item from a store that sells slightly used items will be even lower. Refinishing items yourself is a great way to express your originality. Some craft shops carry pre-designed decals for use with decoupage projects to make your decorating easy. Creating your own designs allows you to create a designer look in a room by having all the pieces match.