In the early years of being a stay-at-home mom, I often found myself in a pickle as I stayed at home caring for my young baby boys, but staring into my home and its empty canvas. You may not have known this about me, or maybe you have — for those who know me personally, I did once attend art school, pursuing to become an interior designer. Life happened, pregnancy got me, and school unfortunately did not fall through. During my long days at home, I’d stare at my walls, and blank canvas of our current home and imagine all the beautiful pieces of furniture that are out there. Of course, reality strikes, and says “With what money honey?!”
We are are not made of money. Some of us are blessed to live in a household where the husband and wife can live comfortably and have extra expenses for home decor from decorative retailers such as Hudson Furniture (but there are loads of others that you could use). Some, may not. I’m blessed enough to be able to stay at home, and also have a job that allows me to purchase household decor and accessories, but money is tight when it comes down to bigger household decorative expenses…..So I had to get creative in furnishing my home.
Over the course of moving, and jumping from apartment to a 5 bedroom, 3 bedroom, and back to 3 bedroom, furniture and moving expenses can go out the window. From upgrading space, to downgrading, I had to play it right for our wallets, and our time. In the past, I was able to put in the time and elbow grease to actually flip pieces of furniture I found on Craigslist. (My oh so favorite place to shop for everything home decor and furniture.)
When we scaled down to a smaller home, it was easy for my to get rid of furniture and let go of them, as I knew those were DIY projects that were only pieces of furniture to hold our time at the current house. At this time, it was easier to part ways with my low budget furniture as the money and time spent painting it, was well worth while.
Investing in new furniture as you go.
As years went on moving city to city, and my children growing older, I found myself purchasing furniture off Craigslist that were a little more expensive. I was looking towards highly quality items, as in the past, there weren’t so great. The years also grew financially, as we were able to afford a little more. (Not so West Elm, but possibly World Market used*)
My taste also changed over the years, sometimes it was totally worth to spend the $90-$100 for that china cabinet, as I knew it was something I loved, and wanted to be in our collection of home furniture. I’m also a great fan of the Leather Armchairs from Barnaby Lane as they can look the part in multiple areas of the house. If you loved buying used, it’s always cheaper. BUT always know, it’s always a hit or miss on Craigslist. You’re not always going to find exactly what you’re looking for.
DIY, DIY, DIY
In my last home, my husband’s childhood friend started a business of making wooden tables and benches. He would take custom orders from start ups in San Francisco, and also created his own Etsy site. I contacted him, and he made us our know dining room table. At a lower price, it left the table unpainted, for me to paint myself. This was the start to my $300 and under dining room.
Once we had moved to Sacramento, I had a blank room, with only a dining table. I was so off, and didn’t fit our home, I headed straight to my computer to hut for pieces to compliment the room.
What You See in my dining room:
Dining Table (Gift) = $200
Discounted handmade dining table, given to me and my husband. Although I did find these versatile dining tables and got a huge temptation to buy one!
Chairs (Goodwill Outlet) = $12
I purchased the pair of chairs for $12, and painted + distressed it myself.
Buffet Table (Craigslist) = $50
+ New Knobs $8
This was a. already painted buffet table, which my son and I distressed, and I added new knobs to add my style. The knobs only cost me $4 each!
Now, if you total up everything above, that brings my dining room area at $270!!!! With a few upgrades, elbow grease, I’ve managed to decorate my dining are with secondhand items, and a lucky chance of scoring an affordable dining table, all with networking.
If you want to check out more of Decorating Style, you can check out my Decorating Page HERE.
For more secondhand scores, and my thrift store finds, I also have a Thrifting Page on my blog. Click HERE.
Stay tuned as I have some fun exciting products to share, to make your living room space, a lot more comfortable, and cozy!!! Couple included!!!!