I never buy new furniture (except for our couches).
I never spend $180 on a chair just because it’s “cute”.
I always have that thrifty angel on my shoulder telling me, “you can totally make that…for way less.“….though sometimes it sounds much easier just to buy it.
Last week I walked into Pier 1 for 5 minutes. I was looking for summer clearance but instead saw this blue floral chair in the front window. I immediately loved it but walked out responsibly. Then I thought about it for 3 days. And went back and bought it. And here it is!……under a blanket.
(sorry for the suspense).
Here’s the deal.
I have a very patient husband.
But he has limits (and I promise I’ll get to the point of the story soon).
Like many of you there are at least 6 sewing and home improvement projects going on at our house at a given time. When we got home from Christmas travels, I was on the hunt for an old china cabinet I could refurbish. I found one for $100 at the thrift store. And it’s been sitting in our garage ever since…untouched. Artwork for the front room? Half-finished and stored in the laundry room. The list goes on.
My patient husband just smiles and pulls the truck around when I need a furniture lift but yes, he has a breaking point. And when I found a cool bunk bed set the other day at the Thrift store, he reminded me of the other projects we should probably finish first.
So I’ve started tackling.
And I’ve made a deal with myself–a motivator.
I can’t enjoy the new chair till the china cabinet is finished and in our front room. Until then, it sits under a blanket in our bedroom. No one gets to look at it.
So here’s the old cabinet. I removed the hardware, buffed it up a bit, and I’m 2/3 done with the painting!
Here’s a sneak peek:
The sewing room make-over many of you have asked about?
I’m adding finishing touches, some more shelves, more organizing. But I promise to share it soon. Here’s another peek:
How about some finished projects?
Left: We’ve been painting all our doors and doorways Ultra Pure White to match the rest of our moldings. Most unfulfilling project ever. It’s not like showing someone a bright yellow chair. But it really looks nice in the house.
Middle: I finished some cool artwork for our kitchen. It’s actually been done for 6 months but I need to get the tutorial together to show you!
Right: We also finished our kitchen backsplash and it was easier than I thought. Another “need to get that together to share” post.
And just for fun, how cute is this tray from Ikea? I’ve walked by it 3 times and finally bought it. It might hang out in the sewing room.
Projects are in the works!
I promise to show you my chair, when it has a pretty cabinet next to it.
And since we’re on the topic of home improvement…
the finale of Design Star last night? I loved the outcome!