Shopping the House

As a church planter J doesn't exactly rake in the big bucks.
I'm fine with that. Really I am. Except when I
come across the most fabulous piece
of furniture or home accessory from Anthropology. Or
Sundance. Or a myriad of "cottagy" on-line
stores I have stumbled across. Or great finds
from some of my favorite antique shops.
Home items are, hands down, my weakness.
It's only then that I wish we had a little
more cash flow. But we don't.
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So, I have had to change the way I look at
cozying up our home. And you know
what? It's been fun. Slowly but surely I am learning
the art of "thrifting" along with using
what we have. And we have a lot. I don't like all
of it but I am getting creative in finding ways
to make changes to those things to make
them feel more like us.
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If you have been reading over the last few months
then you know how much I am loving
paint. Sprayed, rolled, brushed, distressed, all of it.
Paint really changes the look of old worn out
furniture and has made me fall in love with
pieces I have had for years.

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Lately I have been looking around at my
walls. Some spots I am happy with. Others, not
so much. So today, with the rain coming down
in sheets I decided to shop the house
and make a change to one space that has
been bugging me for a while. I am pretty happy
with the results.

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I failed to take a before picture but for those of you that love the before and afters I have dug up an old photo that has the area in question in the background. Please disregard the quality of this photo and concentrate on the picture behind Tank. It's a lighthouse, next to an old wooden house with awooden canoe in front. In Maine I suppose. I have no idea why I own that picture. It doesn't really speak to me and fits no particular theme in my home. It had to go. And the table, it had a lamp, a few books and a clock on it. Blech.


So, I shopped the house. I found a tray. Two old plates.
And some wooden picture frames with outdated
photos that I have been too lazy to update.
And here are the results.

I got a whole new look with stuff just laying around.
Tucked in cabinets collecting dust. The frames were
all stacked in a box because our realtor thought
we had too many family photos around.
Now my items have new life and I can look at the
wall beneath my stairs without cringing.
So, go shop your house. You might be surprised
at what you can pull together to freshen up
your space.

8 comments:

Beth said...

Love it! What a change! I've been trying to do more of that lately, too...be thrifty, that is.

Design Wanna-be said...

Like it! (Although I didn't have a problem with the painting either.) Now it's fresh and cute.

Geneva Bear said...

Wow! what a nice change and all with stuff you already had!

Gina said...

Love it! It's amazing what you can do with what you've got when you're creative, guess that's the creativity of church planters? Taking something old and making it new and fresh.

Sam said...

WOW! Love it! I have been shopping the house lately too. Just need a change but no money to buy new things! :)

Lark said...

Way cute! Love it. If my kids visit they will knock those pumpkins right over and break the white vasey things.

Caroline Parker said...

Next time yall are in town, you have to stop by my place and help me do some rearranging! seriously.We can make it a fun outing...some wine...some sushi...

elizabeth said...

Ooh, that looks great! I would love to shop my house but the inventory around here is pretty pathetic. Maybe I should come shop your house...

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