Since I have a new bigger house, I now have space for larger things, like, FURNITURE. Ohhh boy. Nothing makes John or my dad happier than to have 4 crazy women (me, mom, two sisters) call them early on a Saturday morning for furniture pick-up. So far I haven't been too crazy. I purchased a desk for $10 which I plan to finish similar to this example from Pinterest:
Only I want to keep the wood finish and paint the contrasting diamonds in an off-white. The desk is so cute and has so much character I don't want to paint over.
|Oh look. I've already started the diamond painting project. Yet another project where I forgot to take a 'before' picture.|
Here's some of it's character. This B.K. + J.P. = LOVE has been scratched into the writing board piece that slides out. I love stuff like that!
|That penciled message of 'Ben K is gay' is also so sweet and gives it so much character, no?|
I also got this blue china cabinet thing for $35. I don't own any china, nor do I want any but who could resist it? I think most people would paint it, but I'm kind of fond of the blue myself. I think a fun wallpapered backing would look really cool in there too.
I have a friend that works at a glass shop that is getting me two glass shelves to go in there, and I'm collecting milk glass looking items to fill it. Guess where I'm collecting them from? Yep. More garage sales. I've probably spent $15 on all 10 pieces.
Then there's my plate collection. I paid $1 each for most of these, some cheaper, a couple were $2. I have another 8 or 9 plates to hang on the opposite wall in another collage once it's painted as well. (See how the window wall is still the builder's basic cream color, and the plate wall is yellow? We're in the middle of painting. Well, I say 'we' but mean 'he'.)
And that desk it's all on? It was free. Not from a garage sale but from my lovely sister. Free>cheap.
I can't remember if I've shared this before, but that quaint tiny little yellow table and chairs was only $5 for all of it. And the baby doll high chair to the right of it was $3 as well. This is currently the only table in my dining room, so prepare to eat on the floor if you come over and are taller than 2.5 feet.
Light fixture = $5, and way better than the boob light the builder put there. What builder puts a boob light in an entry way? Couldn't we at least get a cheapo brass chandelier like the rest of America?
|Also, give me ideas on what to do with all that glass in our door and sidelights! It's impossible to hide from solicitors if they can see right in my house. I can only slump down on the couch so far.|
So anyways, here are some cheaper things I've picked up lately.
|$1 slightly pink cake stand|
|Words! Ahh! But they are French words which totally makes them okay.|
|$6 shoe storage thingy|
|$5 for the pair, negotiated down from $6 for both, since you know that was way too much for two lamps. Hehe|
|$1 each for Waverly pillows|
|You've seen this in my breakfast area but here it is again. It was $5.|
|$1 for the map. I plan to do travelly/mappy things in the office.|