The Modern Home Economist: Budget Home Decor
This week I'd like to share with you our new porch.
This porch is the fruition of thinking and planning and saving and working hard to pay off the loan we took from ourselves to buy a car. We determined what we thought we could pay for a porch and then called my carpenter brother to get a quote. He was finally able to schedule the work these past two weeks. He's still working on it. Today he came and power washed the floor and siding. He'll be painting the decking this week. We are sure to get a lot of use from this porch.
I've been working on the living room and master bath this week. I will share the photos of the finished areas of the living. I bought slipcovers for my old chairs and ottoman. We had a big windfall one year and I bought the chair and ottoman from a home furnishings store. I paid a lot of money for those two pieces but I've enjoyed them. The fabric was looking very worn and frayed after 8 years hard use, though. The wing back chair is a true quality piece of furniture made of hard wood and is very heavy. I paid only $5 for it, purchasing it from a friend of mine. It had passed around her family for years starting with her mom, a sister, a brother and then herself. Now I've had it for 5 years and it's still going strong. I covered it with some curtain panels I found and liked and then stripped that off this past year. I finally found cotton duck slipcovers that I could afford through Overstock.com.
Sorry for the blurred photo of the chair/ottoman. I thought I'd gotten a better shot.
Here's a few vintage magazine ideas that instruct how to wall paper and how to recover a lamp shade. Great instructions for a diy task that will work as well today as well as they did back then.
Are you working on any projects to make your home more comfortable, or to make it fit your family's needs and style better?