Our goal was to be absolutely moved in by Oct. 1st. Guess what? Yeah. We're not. But, we're glad to be doing it "the right way" -- or at least, what is right in our minds. You see, we currently squat on our family land in a house that was vacated when a new one was built. Pretty sweet deal. No deadlines (which can work against you too!) But, we're thankful for the flexibility. We didn't want to paint around our belongings. We've painted and we're done with that chapter...for now.
But something I considered during all of this is WHERE I spend my time. It wasn't the bedroom. Well, I sleep there. We snuggle there. BUT...truly where we find ourselves a lot is in the kitchen and in the bathroom! The kitchen was an area that needed a major overhaul. Most of that was achieved with paint, but I'm also proudly displaying a hummingbird collection that my late grandmother had and cherished. We didn't clear the shelves at Target and even though it may not be the trendiest kitchen, it warms my heart to be in there.
I salvaged some favorites from college, some vintage furniture, thrifting scores, and just re-using items from others. I'm a HUGE fan of using the goods that are already in circulation in the human population, rather than constantly buying new. So here's what we "salvaged:"
- Leather hide-a-bed from the end of the neighbor's driveway (it had a few poke holes from a cat and a scuff. Really. That's all.) FREE!!
- Glider rocker from an old lady my dad knows that didn't want to throw it away - FREE!
- crazy table from college that extends TOWARD you for snacking or coloring, etc. FREE!
- Lamp from a friend! FREE!
- Chair from thrift store - reclines. Not free, $60 - but I love it!
Yes, we could buy new. But...why dip into the shallow budget when we can simply reuse? A little cleaning or maybe a screw here and there needing tightening and voila! Good as new and less stress on Mother Earth! Spending time in a room that makes me feel like a little better steward? Yes!
Where do YOU spend your time? I sleep a lot, but other than that, I do not "hang out" in my bedroom. However...I will be venturing into that topic, because you want that space to recharge your awesome to be zen-like. So stay tuned! I'd love to hear about YOUR DIY home improvement flippin' adventures!