I love pretty things. I love pretty fabrics and pretty colors and pretty rooms . . . and pretty everything. But more often than not those pretty rooms come with a price tag that's not in our family's budget. so I've spent years coming up with ways to make a beautiful home and still stay on track.
Last week, when I finally changed the seat cushions on our dining room chair cushions (you can see how much I changed the dining room with just paint HERE), and it really is just a perfect room (for us.) It's fully stocked with hand-me-downs, but each one kind of tells a story, and I love it just the way it is.
Here's how we did it:
- Our dining room table was free. The dining room table is from my husband's grandparents home, and we were the only ones in the family who had a place for it seventeen years ago when we bought our first home. It was nothing like what I would have chosen (although it is pretty traditional), and for years I wished we could afford a prettier new table. But, over the years it's grown along with it, and I'm so thankful that we didn't waste money on an expensive table at a time when we really couldn't afford it. I also love when my father-in-law comes to visit, and reminds me that he spent hours doing homework on that very same table.
- The toile curtains were also handed down. My friend Nancy (who blogs at Real Food Allergy Free), called a few years ago and asked if I’d want black toile curtains from her grandmother’s home as they were selling the house and no one else was interested. They fit my windows exactly, and I really do love them. (And those sweet silhouettes of my children? They were my souvenir from Disney World last year ~ and I think a complete steal at $45.)
- My neighbors had the small desk in the corner out by the street for the trash to pick up one day. It was a lighter oak stain, so I spent a few dollars re-staining it to match the room, but it's made for some great extra storage space.
- The Kentucky Morning Turn Out print in the picture was a gift to my husband before he and I got married. Other than re-matting it about ten years ago, I haven't done anything to it and I love that it reminds me of Kentucky whenever I pass through.
- I had a Southern Living party years ago and the Southern Living Plate rack was a hostess gift. (Sometimes hosting a party is worth it!) I just use my everyday dishes on it ~ nothing fancy.
- The centerpiece was an old urn I found in the clearance bins at Hobby Lobby seven years ago, and I've updated the flowers a few times. My guess is I've spent about $20 on items to fill it.
- The set of lamps on our buffet were purchased on sale at Kirkland's for $30, and have been re-painted (with spray paint) at least 3 times. Gotta love what a can of spray paint will do!
- The chairs. Oh my heavens ~ the chairs! I have loved and hated these chairs, but right now I'm pretty much in love. They've been re-covered four times since we got them (they came with the table), and while I've dreamed of having slipcovered chairs, just changing the fabric to a fresh print has made them so much more bearable. I bought the fabric for $20 at Hobby Lobby, and while it's pretty trendy for this oh-so-traditional girl, I figure when it gets dated I'll spend another $20 and do them over again. (I love the power of re-covered chairs almost as much as a fresh coat of paint!)
- We spent $50 to add wall panels to the molding, which makes such an impact on the room. My husband is pretty good at wielding a jigsaw, so it took one day a few years ago, but was worth every bit of time and money that we spent on it.
And just $20 made such a difference . . .
This post is linked up to Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday. I'd love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!) If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)
See more previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!