After living with the same furniture for more than 12 years, I had hoped to redo our living room this year. Our couch and loveseat were getting pretty soggy from accommodating my very large behind throughout three pregnancies, and a sum total of about 10 weeks of bedrest. The fabric was starting to look dirty and worn, especially where Cakes bit a hole in one of the seat covers when she was teething (it was like having an unruly puppy). However, after DJ was born and spent some time in the NICU, I gave up on the idea of new furniture in favor of paying medical bills. My husband knew how much I wanted a change, and since we’ve been on a bit of a selling spree lately, he suggested that we set aside any money we made from selling our old furniture into a “new furniture fund.” That way we wouldn’t have to spend much money, because we would just be recycling our old stuff into new stuff.
A local furniture store is having a fantastic Memorial Day sale right now, so last week we gave our living room a complete makeover.
I found these curtain panels at Target. I liked the pattern, and they’re also heavy and lined, to block out the sun from our huge, west-facing picture window.
This is our old table lamp, made new. It was wooden with a brass base, and it had a worn, pleated shade. I bought a new shade for it, but it still looked dated, so I had my husband spray-paint the entire base with a can of metallic paint, to match the aged bronze finish on our floor lamps. Now it looks cool!
To make over this room, we bought:
6 curtain panels – $119.96
Sofa and, as a concession to my husband, a pair of recliners (what is it with men and recliners?) – $1180.21
2 throw pillows – $15.99
Can of metallic spray paint – $5.97
Picture frame – $1.98 (clearance sale + coupon at Bed, Bath, & Beyond)
Total – $1324.11
2 rolltop desks – $500
12-year-old couch and loveseat – $400
Old curtains – $60
Twin bed frame – $30
10-year-old treadmill – $40
Total – $1030.00
Total out-of-pocket cost – $294.11
Not very much money for a fresh new look! Plus, I have a large, framed picture to consign, and a chair (possibly two) to put on craigslist. When they sell the cost will come down even more. YAY!
At first I felt guilty (as I always do) about spending money on something I wanted, but now I’m so glad that I did this. For me, changes, even small ones, are invigorating and refreshing. I spend so much time in this house, staring at these same walls, and sometimes it can get dull and tiresome. A change of scenery is good for the soul.[print-me/]