Repurpose, Reuse, Refine….Re-whatever

Simple antique wooden chair painted whiteWhen my husband and I got married we inherited a lot of hand-me-down furniture. Most of it is in pretty good shape, but it definitely needs some updating. A new trend is painting furniture to repurpose, reuse, or refine what is already in your home (buying a vintage piece of furniture is okay too;). By no means am I a crafty person, but I can follow directions and copy other people :). Over the past couple of years I have been pinning ideas for redoing furniture on Pinterest. So, I have been thinking about painting our furniture for a while, but I just didn’t know where to start.

My mom and I have been to a couple of “barn sales” where designers sell their work and furniture. I thought man I can do this myself. So, I asked what they used to paint the furniture and I got many different answers. Some people told me they put primer and a couple of coats of eggshell. Others said they use milk or chalk paint. I had no idea what they were talking about. My grandmom asked me what chalk paint was and I told her, “You know, it’s paint that you can write on with chalk.” Wow, how clueless I was!

So, I recently bought some Annie Sloan chalk paint (I budgeted for it, because it is pretty expensive) to try my hand at refining our hand-me-down furniture. It seemed easier than some of the tutorials I have seen online because you don’t have to sand or strip the wood. I am going to try the Annie Sloan chalk paint on a couple of small dining room chairs we have. I need to start small because I have already gone over the top in my head. My mom and I have even talked about starting a business and have a name for it (Chestnut Street-Vintage Inspired Home Furnishings)! We went to a flea market last weekend and had to hold ourselves back from buying several pieces of furniture for our new business venture. I am going to try to paint the chair this weekend and will share with you how it goes. I’d rather keep my furniture and give it a face lift than shell out a lot of money for new furniture. Honestly, I think the stuff that we do have that is newer isn’t that good of a quality as our old stuff.

For my next project I am going to paint a piece of furniture using milk paint. I think I might like milk paint more because it is less toxic. Unbeknownst to me, my Aunt just painted a piece of furniture using milk paint, and it looks so good!

On a side note, I did have an amazing find that I purchased at the Flea Market. I found a vintage J Chein Nursery Rhyme sand bucket  that was $4 sand pailand is selling for $95 online! What do you think? Should I keep it or sell it online (or keep it for our business;)?


The end and a welcomed beginning


Growth (Photo credit: amchu)

We finished our last Financial Peace University class a couple of weeks ago. I am slowly realizing that this is not just a nine week class but a complete mind shift and lifestyle change. Yesterday, I literally threw a little hissy fit because I wanted a new pair of jeans. My husband held fast and let me throw a fit.  “It is 50% off and free shipping,” I whined. He level headedly said, “There will be other sales.”  I eventually said “oh well” I am not getting a new pair of jeans. In full disclosure, I did pout for a while after that realization.

We just got a tax bill that is making us stop our debt snowball and savings. We have to quickly save up so we can pay our tax bill by April 15.  We thought we were going to get money back from our taxes, but it ain’t so. This is where the rubber meets the road and where we put to test the lessons learned in FPU. It hurts…I don’t like it and I want to throw another fit! Honestly though if we would have received a tax bill last year I would have put it on a credit card and not even think about how long it would take us to pay it off and how much it would cost us in the end. So, I am starting to think differently about money. As painful as it might be and resistant as I am my behaviors are changing too. I think the end of the class marks the beginning of a new era and growth in our lives….financial prudence.