7/13/2009

Price My Space: Living Room

Over at the Nesting Place the Nester challenged us to join her in pricing out a room or wall in our homes to show how easy it is to decorate on a budget. Of course who am I to turn down the chance to brag about my good deals? I thought that I would start with our living room.


  1. Our queen sized sleeper sofa was bought for $750 but originally was $1899! Here are the details of that sweat deal. We just bought it a couple weeks ago.
  2. The Lazyboy recliner was actually the Mr.'s parents. When they bought new chairs for their living room they offered to give us this one for free. We have had it for 11 years.
  3. The lamps were purchased at Home Depot on clearance for $7 two years ago.
  4. I bought this set of Ethan Allen end tables at an auction back in college and refinished them.
  5. The curtain rod and tie backs we found at Lowes last year on clearance. The rod was damaged so were able to get it for $2!!! The best part is that no one can even see the damage because it is facing the wall. I sewed the curtains myself using fabric I bought at JoAnn's for half price.
  6. The lovely mirror was a fun and frugal project. I found the frame at a thrift shop for $3. It had an ugly dated green color where the gold is now. I took some left over acrylic gold paint and painted over the green. Then I was able to have a custom mirror cut for about $10-15 at a local glass and mirror shop. It was the perfect size to fit over our old couch in our first apartment 8 years ago.
  7. These beautiful 1950's tv cabinet was carefully refinished and made into a storage cabinet. We purchased it on Craig's list for $85. It now houses all of our games, puzzles and movies.
  8. This fun 1960's stereo cabinet came with this house when we bought it. It the record player is broke so the plan is to gut the cabinet and use it to hide all our modern day tv tech stuff in it. It is hard to tell when we will get to it but I would guess that it is at least a year away.
  9. Who would throw away an Eames chair? Well, someone did. The Mr. fished this one out of trash pile destined for a landfill. It took a little glue but the base and shell are now one again.
  10. This blush faux leather chair and ottoman were also in our house when we bought it.
As you can tell we don't spend a lot of money on furnishing and decorating our home. As we find the right items for the right price we pick them up. It takes time and patience. If you can be content with what you already own you can make it happen on a budget. Not all of our furnishing match perfectly or are all one style. The walls are not painted and we are still constantly trying to reconfigure the space to work for us with our current furniture. Once the rest of our major remodeling projects are completed we will be able to focus on completing the details of each room. Until then we just enjoy what little down time we have in the living room.

Join us for the next Price my Space to learn about other great deals in our home.




4 comments:

Gina said...

I wouldn't have guessed that's FAUX leather. It looks great!

Carol said...

Does that stereo cabinet also have an 8 track player? If so, I just saw one exactly like it yesterday at our Goodwill for like $45!! I may just go back and get it. I never thought of gutting it for storage. Thanks for the idea!!

Carol said...

Does that stereo cabinet also have an 8 track player? If so, I just saw one exactly like it yesterday at our Goodwill for like $45!! I may just go back and get it. I never thought of gutting it for storage. Thanks for the idea!!

Mrs. (not) the Jet Set said...

It does have an 8 track player in it also. How funny! I hope you get it. Let me know how the project goes if you do it get it.

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