But I digress.
Suffice it to say, that's not the situation here.
I'm looking at an empty space that I wanna turn into a place to play/use/store my junk, but I don't have any money to do it with. I guess that means technically I have NO budget. Crap. So I can either:
* wait years until I save up enough money to "do it right" with cabinets and countertops and the perfect lighting sconces and cute matching storage bins
* go through my stuff and figure out what I could live without
*actually list said stuff online instead of just letting it sit in a pile. For three weeks.
*take that money ($75 when all was said and done - I'M RICH!) and check Craigslist all summer until I had what I needed.....or close enough
*take that close enough stuff and make it work
Guess which option I chose.
Dresser = $25There was obviously doors in front of these little drawers at some point, and even after a coat of paint, they still looked a little odd. Not odd like interesting, more like,"Hey, shouldn't there be doors there?" So to make them hold their own (get it? drawer? hold? furniture humor...) they each got a number.
Pie safe thing: $25A coat of paint evens out the mismatched shelves, and now my oppressed hall closet is freed from random pieces of fabric.
Desk = $20 Just a little cream paint and then a bit o' distressing on the bottom. I left the top alone - sanded marks, gouges and all - so I don't have to worry about messing it up. Neat and careful aren't my thing. El Lampo = $5This guy's finish was so old (dry erase markers + scratchy surface = no bueno) that aside from being a great magnetic board, he didn't have anything else going for him. Nothing that some primer and two coats of chalkboard paint can't fix.
A piece of something from the thrift store that nobody wanted (because what the heck is it?)= $2.42
I just flipped that top crossbar thing to the back, screwed it into the wall,and now it's sturdy enough to corral wrapping paper.
Here's what we got when we moved in.
Here it is now.