Here’s the thing though: When you’re looking back, it looks overwhelming. I have to literally stop and remind myself how far we’ve come and compare that to how little we have left to go. I realize that you may not have such a long path ahead of you. You may have beautiful floors, gorgeous crown molding and wonderful windows. I didn’t. But through a lot of thrifty shopping, more hours of work than most people would consider sane, and lots of creative budgeting, I can tell you that it can happen.
We’re not done, I really don’t know if we’ll ever be completely finished. I do know that all the floors can be laid, all the windows replaced, and all the walls recovered – but there’s always room for improvement (as in all aspects of life.)
My office is another good example. I wanted an amazing schoolhouse light – but I didn’t have the money for it. Y’all know I’m all about redoing a whole room for dirt cheap. My office cost about $250 total – including the rug, curtains, paint & a brand spankin’ newly built cabinet. So spending $200 on a light was out of the question.
But a $30 light? That I could afford. But the base was brown, not black. See, that’s where I had to get creative.
I knew that about 3 minutes worth of hands on time with a little tape and some chalkboard spray paint, I could make it me. Why chalkboard paint? Because I had it on hand. (Of course, I did finish taping it up – don’t leave a hole if you paint one, m’kay?)