Last month I commented on an exchange that I overheard between a couple discussing the purchase of some furniture. She wanted new, and he said that they couldn’t afford it–because the credit card interest rate was too high.
As I walked away, I thought about the early years of our marriage and how, as a young couple just starting out, we had to ‘make do’ with whatever cast off furniture the relatives could spare.
We’ve never had a decorator magazine looking home. We’ve always said that our home is furnished in the style of early junkyard and late attic. I think the term today is eclectic–meaning nothing matches! Most of this furniture is still in use in my house. Some of it is old, some, not so old. Some may be considered antique now, but when we got them, they were in the category “old stuff nobody wants but too good to throw away”. But we have everything we need, and it’s fairly comfortable.
No, it will never look like a furniture store showroom, but we’ve never had any credit card payments, time payments or the interest charges either, just to pay for something to sit on.
My buffet in the dining room is an old cast iron cook stove, complete with warming ovens and water reservoir. I didn’t want a fancy piece of furniture that everyone would be afraid of scratching. My kids used to roller skate from the living room through the dining room to the mud room, and I told my husband that if they ever hit that stove the only thing that could get hurt would be the kid!
My family room couch came from another grandmother and dates back to the 1940s. It’s saggy and worn, but we still use it.
My point is, be creative and use what you have and accept anything else someone gives you. If you can’t use it, chances are that you know someone you could pass it along to. Refreshing the looks of a room may be as simple as moving the furniture around to a different location. Just putting some of those things away for a few months and changing out table covers or pillows can change the look for very little money.
I’m a great one to use washable covers for my living room couch and chair; sometimes the guys’ coveralls carry things into the house I’d just as soon not have on the furniture. I made my covers by simply sewing strips of denim cut from their old worn out jeans and hemmed around the edges. Denim blue is the main color in my living room.
Till next time,
Paula Vogelgesang, the author of the monthly column "Pennywise", is a monthly contributor to the Farm And Livestock Directory. Email her at [email protected]. Please be sure to mention the "Farm And Livestock Directory" when you respond.