Sunday, February 25, 2007

Paint me Happy

After a couple of months of agony and wondering if we were out of our minds, we bought a house. The process of finding our first home was not a fun one. There were certain things we thought we couldn't live without but after witnessing exactly what our budget could afford us, we decided to prioritize. We could live without a garage as long as we could get a fenced in back yard. We could handle having less sq. footage as long as the kids could be safe at their new school.

When you're living on a budget, it's important to realize that keeping up with the "Jones'" is not going to work. Learning to be content is definitely a great lesson to learn. I only hope that as our budget increases we'll still live by those lessons of contentment.

For now, we're going to take the things we do have and give them a makeover in order to save money. This new found thriftiness came after we spent a few thousand dollars on a new television, entertainment center, and a desk armoire. But I suppose late is better than never.

Project #1: Turn our cheap Walmart dining set into something quint and comfy.
table and chairs....uck

We hope that by throwing a bohemian black paint on the table and chairs and adding covered cushions to the seats we'll turn our cheap looking table into something that looks like we bought it from Ashley furniture. Okay, so maybe we're a bit optimistic, but so far we think it's going to turn out great.

covering those uck chairs
We chose a fabric that will look great with the new wall color we'll be adding to our new dining room area and we think it will compliment the new black table and chairs really well.

Although, the process of finding the perfect first home was a daunting one, we're really optimistic and excited that we're going to be able to make it the perfect first home for us. With a few cool new tools my husband will be able to add bookshelves to our daughter's room, and a way neat china cabinet that will match our table and chairs in the dining area. We'll be replacing light fixtures and hardware to give the house a less brassy look and we're going to add a railing to the front porch to give it a little more curb appeal.

I'll keep you posted on how the table and chairs come out. Ü

1 comment:

Sock Girl said...

Your new house looks lovely. Congratulations!