First of all: thank you so much for all the birthday wishes from everyone! I read every single comment and email, and each one was so wonderful. It was great getting to know some of you a little better, too!
Do you ever have house-envy?
Sometimes it feels like everyone around me has all the money in the world to fix up their homes.
On the other hand, it thrills me to pieces when I am able to use creativity rather than the VISA to make something beautiful!
With that in mind, I thought I would share the one room that I have officially finished (ha!) decorating. And I have to say, I am pretty proud of myself! Everything I used was on-hand except a $6 mirror, and a $.10 tin sailboat that I got a couple of weeks ago.
A $6.10 room makeover? That I can afford! So here we go....
*Sorry that these photos are a little on the blurry side-one of these days I'll get a tripod!*
This room was plain white when we moved in, with a lovely '80's carpet. Some of the members of the church selflessly took up the carpeting to reveal this gorgeous wood flooring-my favorite part of the house! We haven't gotten the trim back on yet, but that's ok!
This wall has just a couple of old frames with no glass that I spray painted. The "P" usually hangs on Paige's stocking at Christmas time, and the background paper is torn from an old book.
An unused shelf from the craft room becomes a shoe organizer/bench! One of these days I'll make a real cushion, but until then? Throw pillows!
I love shoes....
This bedspread was a $20 Sears clearance purchase from last year. Probably one of my favorite purchases ever!
And yes, those are cinderblocks holding up my bed. (Should have pulled the covers down further!)
A very inexpensive alternative when you can't get a bedframe, and very sturdy!
Oh, and our headboard? An old desk top that a previous owner left in the basement.
"And...are those sheets you're using as curtains??"
Why, yes they are.....but....they have fancy ribbon ties! :o)
This dresser was abandoned, and my sister rescued it for me! Unfortunately it was covered in green oil paint. Have you ever tried to sand off oil pant? Evil. But it was worth it to cover it with this beautiful black! I covered a thrift store mirror to make it "match".
With all of my favorite things on top of it!
All thrifted or gifted (There's my sailboat!)-who gets rid of these things??
I used a frame as a tray to hold all the goodies.
This is a vintage dresser that I'm "borrowing" from my parents. They've had it stored in our huge basement, and I realized the other day that I had no business NOT using it in my room. It's gorgeous!
I nailed up some random vintage pictures that I've been holding onto for a while, and stacked up the very old books I rescued from a "throw away" box at church. (*gah!*)
These vintage hats were a gift from a reader! She saw them at a yard sale and thought of me. Isn't that incredible? You all never cease to amaze me with their sweetness.
Next to the dresser is a little writing desk with an old wooden chair.
I really love the look of different types of wood paired together. It feels really cozy, and makes everything look so interesting!
The desk holds another vintage, glassless frame with the original hanging wire on it. I used it to string up some of my necklaces!
I love seeing the pearls all together like that. Pearls make me really happy.
Here's my $6 Mirror!
I was drooling over similar versions in stores that were almost $100!
The closet had wooden sliding doors on it when we moved in, and I didn't care for them, so I put up some charcoal grey curtains. Now I can see all my clothes at once!
It feels so good to have one room finished!
And I know what you're thinking: "Aren't you married? How did you get your husband to allow such girly vintageness?". I'm not sure. He's just really nice like that! He even put all of his clothes in a room downstairs so that I could have the whole closet to myself. That. is love!
Isn't it fun to shop your own house for decorations? I love the challenge of seeing things in a new light! I guess I've never thought much about it, but creativity is a very economical quality!