making do with what you've got isn't really a choice so much as it is a way of life.
You will ALWAYS save money, feel prouder and look thinner (I may have made that part up) when you use what you already have. That's true for getting dressed in the morning, pimping your presents, deciding what to make for dinner
dealing with gun-cabinets. Welcome to Texas.
For those of you who have been around for awhile, you'll recognize this beast.
Our beloved 1968 built-in monstrosity.
A million feet across, the focal point of the living room and oh oh OH so brown.
|camping on the floor, move-in day 2008|
One week later I was priming the paneling, but note that I skipped the built-ins.
No since wasting my time on something I was gonna get rid of anyway, right?
But the reality is that feeding five kids will always come before fancy shmancy new cabinetry,
so the primer and paint came back out and we lived with them like this for awhile.
|(Hayden, eating chocolate Teddy Grahams and breaking my heart with his little baby self...he'll be 9 in May)|
Eventually the guts got painted a dark terra cotta color,
and although the shelves are constantly evolving, it's always things that sing to my soul:
falling apart vintage books, kids creations, and newer favorites.
Yes, that's a Napoleon Dynamite quote book stacked in the basket. If I love it, it works.
Eventually the TV down below died and we had to get creative about how to fix that problem. Removing the glass doors. Putting some baskets where the old set used to sit. The wood and paint were from the garage, so the only thing purchased was some new drawer pulls.
Total cost: about $25
(or $9 billion less than replacing the whole shebang)
Head on over to Emily's to see more working-around-what-you've-got inspiration.