So here's my contribution to her Price My Space party: THE LIVING ROOM
The Man and I have been married almost 14 years. One or both of us were in graduate school for at least half of that time. Since then we have each worked as educators until I decided to stay home 2 1/2 years ago. I know that makes you all so jealous because clearly we are rich and spend a fortune on home furnishings.
Seriously, I tell you that because it provides the context for my purchases. Since being married, I have never had much set aside for purchasing furniture and such. With the exception of one or two splurges, all that you're about to see was either free, thrifted, or dangerously discounted. I love to live on the edge like that.
Here it goes:
1. Pine Pier-1 entertainment armoire: about $300 because it was scratched. Will be getting a makeover soon. (Did you see The Nester's blue one? My sad pine armoire is so jealous.)
2. Black bookshelf housing baskets of toys and covering ugly TV cords: $2 at a yard sale and spray-painted.
3. 4 baskets: $3.99 each at Big Lots
4. Lamp and frames: about $15
5. Painting: $50 at Ross last summer with my birthday money.
6. Mantle decor: Vases free from my sister's wedding. Candle holders nearly free from hosting a Southern Living at Home party years ago. Junk in the vases $4 (Dollar Store and after-Christmas potpourri.) Starfish $1 or so at Wal-Mart.
7. Chair, side table, and accessories: Free and spray-painted table and chair. Wooden thingys $12 for all 3 at Hobby Lobby on Clearance. Galvanized flower bucket free. Fake green branch-$4 at Hobby Lobby. Lamp $15 from Wal-Mart (a set of four matching ones years ago...and I am so over the hanging crystal trim...she'll be getting a makeover too.)
Oh, and the window mistreatment: $4. Read more about that here.
8. Tiny ottoman / stool under table: $7 at Goodwill
9. Sofa: Purchased 7 years ago at Value City Furniture in Pineville, NC for $449. I searched high and low for months to find one that looked Pottery-Barn-ish but was a fraction of the price. (Where was Craig with his list then?)
The cushion covers zip off and can be washed. It is dirty and well-used. But it's comfy and has lasted longer than one might think...which is good because I still need it to last quite a while. I love light, beachy furniture even though it's less than practical with children who naturally attract dirt. Still, I love it.
This sofa has heard many a good story and served as Brownie's fort for quite some time now. It has endured naps, tears, mountains of laundry, and pillow fights. When it's time here is through, I may just have to provide a eulogy.
10. Seagrass storage ottoman from Pottery Barn: $100 at the Gaffney outlet after Christmas.
11. Seagrass chairs from Pottery Barn: $110 for BOTH at Gaffney outlet after Christmas.
(These 3 seagrass pieces may just be the best deals of my life.)
12. Black iron table: $19 from IKEA
13. Room-size area rug: free from my mom's house...and currently in desperate need of cleaning.
14. Shelf, photo frames, vase: $50 or less for all of it, some of which was white and scratched before being made new by black spray paint. This wall is also getting a makeover soon.
There you have it. It was hard to just segment off the living area because our kitchen / dining / living space is all one room. I guess I could do part 2 if anyone is actually interested.
Total = $2,050 (give or take a few dollars) and purchased over a 9-year span.
Oh, I forgot to add paint. About $50 for this part of the room I'm guessing. (And we STILL have to finish the trim-work even though we painted the room nearly 2 years ago.) Color is Montgomery White from Benjamin Moore.
Which takes my total to about $2,100.
Thanks for coming!