Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Garage Sale Decorating!
I moved into a new house a little over a year ago. We also live on one income so that doesn't leave a lot left in the budget for decorating. I sometimes long for the days when I bought new furniture and shopped in upscale window treatment stores! (Although not enough to make me go back to work until my girl is school age.) The other day I looked around the house and realized so much of what I have I either acquired for free from someone or got at a garage sale. I thought I would take you on a short tour!
The first picture is the entrance of my house. This staircase is what sold me the house. Love it. It was already painted when we moved in. The table is hard to see but I got it on clearance at Target but changed out the hardware so it looks more expensive. The vase on top is a silver plate trophy that Bridgett's mom won when she worked at Sibley's (I just turned it around so you couldn't see the writing on the cup!) The flowers were free from my brother's yard. The painting I got at a garage sale!! Can you believe it. I know it's hard to see but it's lovely and it came from a GARAGE SALE!
From the foyer you enter the kitchen. I wasn't sold on the wallpaper until Jeannine suggested yellow curtains. You should see these curtains. They are really beautiful, heavy chenille and I got 5 of them on clearance at Linens and Things for $2 each! Yup, you read that right! The shelves are from a garage sale as are all of the items (granite ware, milk glass S & P shakers, and marmalade jars. Around the top of the kitchen I have a bunch of metal painted trays that I got for $1 each!
I guess the old adage that one man's trash is another man's treasure really is true!
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Ok, and these are little things -- this doesn't mention the church pew, the great buffet that you painted, the armoire -- how many great things have you made your husband help you lug home from the side of the road, that you've painted or refinished and they look great?! Your house is definitely coming alive with a great style and character, and best of all -- for not a lot of expense!
Why thank you! Perhaps I will do a part 2 to this decorating tour!
Your home looks lovely. You've done really well with your finds. There's nothing more satisfying than a homely looking home that didn't cost the earth.
I'm looking forward to part 2. :-)
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