Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Will my house ever just be done?

This was my piano that I got for free. Jen's neighbor was giving it away, and so I spent about $150 getting it tuned and fixed up. However, I never played it and the kids don't play. I didn't play it because it just isn't a great piano and so keys stuck and it was frustrating. So, I decided that as pretty as it was, I wasn't in love with it.

Anyone that knows me very well knows where I spend my discretionary income (oh wait, I don't have extra money, it's more like where I spend my grocery money); on furniture and home decor. I LOVE interior design and wanted to major in it until my parents told me that I wouldn't be able to pay the bills. They were probably right .However, my real love is not teaching, it's interior design, and I'm actually pretty good at what I have to work with. It's a never ending project and sometimes I stand back and just say to myself "wow, I can't believe that I just did that". I may not paint beautiful masterpieces, or sew amazing quilts. I may not even be able to make a great chicken (walmart does it for me), but if there is one thing I can do, it's create a masterpiece within the walls of my home. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

So, I decided to sell the piano since nobody was playing it. I listed it on KSL for $200 and sold it the same day. They came a week later and off it went. That was on Saturday. Originally I decided to move a beautiful white shelf down there to be put in it's place. Got it down there from jane's room and hated it. It was way out of scale for the space and the light color just didn't work. So, loaded the kids in the car and off I went on a search. I had a budget of $200 and didn't know what I was looking for. Downeast was having it's anniversary sale, everything in the entire store was 20% off; great deal. I looked and looked and found a lot of pieces that I like, not loved, and none that fit in my budget. Walking out I stopped to look at the halloween stuff on a table, and low and behold, the table was on sale. It was perfect, but it was $279. With the sale, it was about $220. I went to a few other stores and was torn. Did I really want to spend the money on this table when I wasn't exactly sure it was what I wanted? Well, my passion for interior design beat out logic and I came home with the table, after going $30 over my budget. Not too bad I guess. Katy is my moving furniture buddy, and she helped me get it in place and I began to work my magic. Below you can see the result of my day. I had a large lantern that I found on clearance for $20 sitting around, and got it hung, and I have to say, i just love the results. I smile every time I walk in the kitchen.

The mirrors were already above the piano and there are HUGE anchors holding them up, so I didn't want to move them. I had the black frames with kids photos already sitting in a stack with nowhere to hang them, so I made what I had work. All the decor on the table was stuff I had already, so I spent nothing on finishing the project. The only expense was the table, and it was only $30 out of pocket after the piano sale.
I do want a new centerpiece for the table, and this table in ANCIENT. It was a lovely oak table that I got while I was going through my divorce with Mike (11 years ago). I painted it black and it was the craft table for the kids until I needed an actual dining room table. I love the table, and love that the kids can ding it all they want and I don't care. Eventually I would love to get a really beautiful table and chairs, but it's not on the list since I have kids that would destroy it! But the centerpiece is on the list of purchases that will be happening.
All in all, I love how it turned out and I'm so happy with how my house continues to evolve. I'm me, what can I say, I am Clara Boren's grand daughter, always making home improvements, and I'm so grateful that I have the talent of making my home look like it does. I know it's not everyone's taste, but it's mine and I love it. I smile every time I walk in the house (as long as it's clean) and am so proud of what I have provided and done. My life is pretty good and it's great when a $200 purchase can make someone this happy! Now if I can just figure out how to round up $300 to take the kids camping this weekend that would be great.


marian said...

It looks beautiful Michelle and I hope camping is a blast. Memories with kids and beauty for your home are always great ways to spend money!

Alyson said...

Next time you come to California, how about if you work a little of your magic on our house? Home decor is not my strong suit...and our not-so-new-anymore house definitely needs some decorating!