Spring Dining Room and Personal Chat
If I’m not careful, I’m going to completely miss spring time decorating. I have been so busy doing projects for our booth and for my home that decorating has taken a back seat. Can I be honest with you? I don’t spend all day decorating. Not that there’s anything wrong with continually changing and tweaking your home’s decor, but let’s be real….I don’t have the time, the desire, or to be even more truthful, the money. I love to switch decor out here and there when the mood takes me or when I find something amazing that needs to find a good spot in my home, but I don’t shop a lot and I don’t spend 1000’s in decor each month. And you know what???? That’s ok. Sometimes the Instagram community can be a bit overwhelming and intimidating. Long ago, I established that I am unable to keep up with everyone else. My husband works really hard at two jobs so that I can stay home with our boys. I don’t work outside the home. I do have a few small side jobs that I love, like keeping my booth stocked and freelance blogging for www.Sinkology.com. These small income revenues support my antique loving hobby. But other than that, for now, God has me focusing on my boys and keeping a peaceful and safe home for all my little (and big) men to live in. I have put aside some desires and dreams to do what really matters to me, my tribe. Anyways…I’m not sure what that had to do with my Spring Dining Room Tour but oh well. God is good! Sometimes I have to remind myself that I’m not a victim, and that I’m actually incredibly blessed.
So here is my Spring Dining Room Tour.
I can’t give you a source list because almost everything in my dining room is from Craigslist, eBay or an antique store. But here’s a little price breakdown so that you know I’m not all talk. I really do count on finding items as inexpensive as possible, all without sacrificing quality and staying true to my style.
Chandelier ~ $100
“Mora” clock ~ $100
Mirror (covered by a chalkboard) ~ around $50
Chairs ~ $80
Bench ~ $8 (with extra money into it to turn it from a wicker top to a wood top…thanks dad!)
Now here’s my big expense….the curio cabinet….it was about $400 on eBay. Best $400 I’ve ever spent. It was a very thought out and dreamt about purchase.
I found the amazing abalone placemats on a local Facebook site. They came with bowls too. They will actually be for sale at the May Vintage Market so I can’t tell you what I spent. 😉
All the small items are found items …ranging from 50 cents to $100 (the seltzer bottle on top of the curio cabinet was a big Christmas gift from my hubby.)
The only items that were purchased new were the greenery, plates and silverware. That’s it.
So if you don’t have a lot of money to decorate, don’t feel alone or discouraged. Take that twenty bucks (or whatever) and buy second hand. Just think about one room at a time, one item at a time. Don’t try to decorate your entire house right now. Start somewhere, start small, stay true to your style and someday you’ll wake up, look around and feel like you just walked into a magazine (your favorite magazine).
I hope you have an amazing day!
“And remember, you did it yourself and it will probably show. Embrace the DIY life.”