You guys had some awesome ideas for cheap and free ways to freshen up our house after this move.
Meanwhile, I’ve been checking in on Craig’s List daily, popping into the thrift store from time to time, and started sorting all of our things for a giant yard sale this weekend. Plus, I’ve been writing lists. Are you surprised? Here’s a list of ideas I’ve been considering…
-make the living room more “home office friendly.” We originally split our biggish living room into a sitting area and an “office” by sticking our big old two-sided bookcase in the middle, as a divider. It worked out wonderfully when I was the only one working from home. I could sit at the desk, and be sort of cut off from everything else and focus a bit better. Now that Josh and I are working together on most things, it’s become inconvenient to have that big old bookshelf dividing our two work areas. Putting it flush against the wall will give us less room for our hoards of books, but we’ll be able to work together more easily.
-paint the dresser. We painted my dresser red three years ago, and I’m thinking of doing something similar to Josh’s boring brown- maybe in navy.
-freshen up the china closet/bar thing? We bought a mid-century-ish china closet from a thrift store for $20 last year and have been using it as a liquor and glassware cabinet. (Have I mentioned we started watching Mad Men lately? I haven’t?) It has some chips in spots and I’m trying to decide if we should refinish it or paint it, or maybe cover the inside with fun busy wallpaper. Options! So many!
-do something with my milk glass collection. I collected a lot of these in high school and have never found anything to do with them (except keep dusting them off and promising them they’ll have a home someday).
-buy an area rug to prevent scraped knees. Poor Little Josh is still getting the hang of that whole walking thing and as pretty as those hardwood floors are, I’m sure they’re not going to be so friendly to him. I think a soft area rug for his bedroom and a smallish one for part of the living room should be enough. I’d really like to find a stark black and white one like this.
-hang some shelves in nursery. Have I told you how many books this kid has? He has a completely packed bookshelf and stacks all around the room. I think making some sort of shelf could be cheap-to-free-ish, if I think of some clever way to do it. Maybe something like this.
-move the nightstand to the bathroom. Sounds weird, but I think I could hide some shampoo and toothpaste in the bottom and set out pretty handmade soaps on top. Shake things up a bit! Live life on the edge!
-frame family wedding photos. I’d like to hang them in a cluster in the hall. We gathered a bunch for our wedding guestbook, so we have them on hand. I just need to find some pretty frames at a thrift store and maybe paint them all the same color.
What do you think?
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