Today the Nester over at Nesting Place has challenged us to tell the world what we spent on furnishing one of our rooms. Oh, boy. I’m almost embarrassed to tell you how cheap most of my family room furniture was. Even I was surprised as I went back through our records and saw how truly little we spent on this room. But here goes.
Round mirror over the fireplace: $89 at Bombay Company (R.I.P. Bombay Co.)
Fireplace screen: a T.J. Maxx find for $45. Looks almost exactly like the $250 screen I wanted from another store. Yee haw.
Daisies and marigolds: free from my garden.
Old black student’s chair: free. A friend who failed to sell it at a yard sale gave it to me.
Two toile side chairs: $480 each from a store that went out of business several years ago.
Coffee table and side table: I paid about $500 for both. Betcha can’t guess where I got ’em.
Value City Furniture. Seriously. They’re solid wood and have sturdy baskets underneath that are great for storing things like Nintendo DS’s and Littlest Pet Shop animals. They also have deep drawers where we stash all of our remote controls, etc.
Wall paint: Pecan by Eddie Bauer. Two gallons, on sale for $20 each. Woo-hoo! (I went through four other colors before landing on this one, so if I tallied all those up, the total would be a lot higher! Let’s just pretend I only painted it once, though, okay?)
I keep the walls and furniture neutral and change the other colors with the seasons. In a couple of months I’ll put away the blues and yellows and bring out the oranges and golds for fall. Then red will come out to add some cheer in winter.
Round table: Picked this up for the other side of the room at Target for about $80.
Unbelievably comfortable striped sofa: $600 (from that same store that went bankrupt). Amazing price considering I chose the fabrics for it and the chairs. No, they won’t last forever. They’re so light I can move them around the room by myself. But it’s been five years and they’re doing great so far, especially considering how hard they’re used.
Black and white painted bookshelves (in the background): I bought these on clearance at Pier One for our first home after we were married. It was probably $40 bucks or something. They hold stacks of family photo albums and, as you can see in this shot, little speakers for my husband’s Surround Sound system thingamajiggy.
Black-painted TV armoire that I forgot to take a picture of (sorry): a floor model at Pier One marked down to $599.
Yellow basket: I ordered this from Crate & Barrel on clearance for $25. As I mentioned on Beach Cottage Love, I’ve been craving yellow lately, and adding bits of it everywhere I can. This basket makes me so happy, it’s ridiculous. It was my gift to myself for completing a very arduous writing project last month under deadline.
White settee with black painted legs (in the background): $450.
Children who can hang out in the family room without worrying if they’re going to break something expensive: priceless.
When we moved in five years ago, we had to start from scratch to fill this room. Lily was a baby and I had taken time off work, so things were really tight. It certainly isn’t fine or fancy, but it works for us, for now.
So let’s see, the total for my family-room-on-a-tight-budget (drumroll): $3,428 .
Head over to Nesting Place to see how everyone else has priced rooms in their homes. Should be fun!
P.S. I’ve got a Movie Monday post coming later today. If you’re a “Twilight” fan and you like Edward Cullen’s contemporary house in the movie, then you won’t want to miss it. I found photos of the actual home they used and it’s a beaut! (Update: I posted it here.) To see the post I wrote a few months ago about both Edward’s and Bella’s houses, click here. Or check out all the Houses Onscreen I’ve featured.