Furnishing your home on a budget ~ Furniture upcycle
Furnishing your home can break the bank in no time! Three years ago me moved from our 900 sq ft starter home (that we lived in for 9 years) to our 2,600 sq ft “fix-r-upper” home. Needless to say we were going to need to buy a few things to furnish our new larger home. Just one problem, I hate buying furniture
First~ it cost way t0o much.
Second ~ they don’t make things like they use to, and new stuff seems to fall apart way to quick with 4 kids.
Third ~ IF it is brand new I feel like a I need to wrap the darn thing in yellow caution tape and keep my kids from it, terrified it might get a scratch.
Fourth ~ Buyers remorse, if I am going to spend that much money I want to make sure it is perfect…. WHAT if I do not like it?
So over the years I have bought some new pieces and some “new to me” pieces. What I have learned is I REALLY like to buy used furniture, change it up a bit and make it my own. If you watch craigslist and yards sales you can find some killer deals! Or even better think outside the box and repurpose pieces I already have in my home. The white dresser I have in the photo above was a hand me down from my sister in law. We have used it in my sons room for 11 years. He has now outgrown it and needed something bigger.
I did not need another dresser but I need need something to store linens and extra dishes in, in my kitchen. SO I decided to take this dresser, give it a new coat of paint and repurpose it as a hutch for my kitchen. I gave it a light sand, sprayed it with Walnut Brown paint, sanded the edges down to give it a vintage look. Simple as that, I had a new piece of furniture for my kitchen.
No it is not perfect, but that is what I love about it. It fits the space great, it has character, it is sturdy and it was FREE. All I had to do was pay for a can of paint! And if my kids bump it or scratch it… no harm done!