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The only new piece of furniture I own in my house is my mattress.
Everything else is a hand-me-down. Not only have I furnished my
entire house for less than $1,000, I'm saving the environment by
reclaiming furniture that would have otherwise ended up in the
trash. To make everything match and look nice, I have repurposed
many of the pieces. I'm no handyman, but there are several ways you
can repurpose furniture with little experience and
without spending a ton of money.
A fresh coat of paint gives life to an old piece of wood furniture.
You can paint the furniture to match the original wood or in any
color you like, (I have a blue desk.) The major hardware chains
sell samples of low-VOC paint for about $3.50 and its enough paint
to finish most jobs.
You may or may not recall my recent post on the "perfect deal" where I explained the three things vital to my happiness in frugal shopping. They were price, quality and convenience. Never before have I had a perfect deal ruined so badly by the lack of convenience as I did with my recent trip to IKEA. I found IKEA's mix of Swedish minimalism and American apathy too much to bear. I know I'm not alone because Stella told me that IKEA is Swedish for "some assembly required"...followed by maniacal laughter.
It's winter and the holidays are over. Now you're stuck inside because of the weather and broke from the shopping and going a little stir crazy from staring at the same four walls. This is the perfect time to do some simple home improvements that have big payoffs. I'm not going to suggest knocking out a wall or putting in another bathroom, but there are quite a few cheap and easy things you can do that will have a big impact and change the whole look of the place in a weekend.
If you are truly broke and snowed in, I even have a suggestion that doesn't cost a dime or involve leaving the house.
The first and simplest suggestion: Re-arrange the furniture. If you are going to do some of my other suggestions you are going to have to move it anyway, so this is a good first project.
If you're looking to fill your holiday season with some fresh and affordable style for your home, then this week's Featured Store is definitely the place to go...
Northline Express has been in the business of furnishing homes with the very best in fireplaces, decor, furniture and more for over 31 years. That's 31 years of excellence in customer service and 31 years of helping customers fill their houses with everything necessary to create a cozy and luxurious home.
I saw this movie once where this rugged, macho guy startles awake in a strange woman's bed and finds himself being mummified by a flower-patterned comforter. We follow his panicked gaze as he takes in the matching curtains, rugs, lace covers over the lampshades and enough flowers to service every wedding in town. The guy can't get out of there fast enough and literally punches and kicks his way out of the bedding web, barely escaping with his testosterone. Later, our Damsel in Décor Distress stirs gently awake under a pile of lace pillows: alone
I have this fantasy that someone with authority--Homeland Security or maybe Martha Stewart--puts me in charge of confiscating and destroying all white plastic lawn furniture.
Seriously, we have to find a resting place for this eyesore. Now I know they are a great convenience at parties, as they can be easily thrown in the pool or under a hose to wash off those nasty beer spills and hot dog relish, but I must warn you: I'm on a Search and Destroy mission, my friends.