Well, we’ve painted. Next up? We had to furnish the room. And if you know us, then you know that the first step here was to contemplate our budget. We’re definitely not the kind to up and spend full price on any item, whether big or small. Of course, we wanted to spend some time shopping around for the best deal. We wanted to start the room by focusing on a couch, so off to shop for couches we went. Havertys? Not for us. Bassett? Just not right. Adcock? Yuck.
And then, as fate had it, my dear husband fell in love with the gigantic proportions of the PB Comfort couch. Big enough for a giant with it’s extra-wide proportions, yet cute enough for me! While you (along with every other visitor we’ve ever had over to the house) may ask- “um, a white couch with two dogs… are you crazy?” let me point out that… this brilliant couch is a slip cover! That’s right folks, I can throw my couch in the washing machine. Well, kind of- the slipcover at least! Easy as pie. So we splurged on the PB Comfort couch (well of course I used a 10% off coupon I had AND waited until it was on sale!) and then I tossed on a couple of TJ Maxx leaf print pillows (which, I’d like to assure you were about half the price of these very similar Pottery Barn pillows which is reason number one million why I love TJ Maxx!) and we’ve got our main sitting area.
Then we grabbed a couple of side chairs from Target (we got them on sale for less than $100!).
The side of the dresser as we painted the living room.
The front of the dresser drawers (yellow and green) to give you an idea of how it was orginally refinished:
I then covered these makeshift shelves with some good ol’ scrapbook paper. To make the paper stick, I covered the shelf with Mod Podge glue. Ever used it? It’s the bomb. It could make anything stick!
And the finished product?
Here are some close ups of the Modge Podge shelf lining.
And here it is in the living room.
Here’s the price breakdown:
Craigslist dresser: $50
Minwax stain: FREE (had for front door)
Lacquer: FREE (had for other projects)
Scrapbook Paper: $1.50
Mod Podge: FREE (had for other projects)
GRAND TOTAL: $66.50
I think that’s pretty good if I do say so myself!
As for decor, we’ll get to that on another day, another time. But we’ve hit the main higlights, as these were the main essentials- the paint and the furniture. Put it all together and you’ve got… our living room!
Lets not forget the before.
And here we all are in the after, living it up in our living room!