Refurnishing Furniture Tips

Hey guys! Remember those bar stools I talked about here? Well, sadly they are currently sitting stacked together in a corner of our basement. When we moved to our house, J and I had no where to put them since they were the wrong height for our current island. We toyed with the idea of building a bar height table to go down stairs on one side of our basement to go with the (eventual) wet bar we want to put in.

After realizing that we are not handy enough (YET) to build a table from scratch, we looked into buying one. Turns out, not only are bar height tables hard to find, but when you do find one you like they are SUPER expensive! My dream table (here) was way beyond our budget so I knew the next best thing was going to have to be a thrift shop purchase of some sort.

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How I Personalized a Flipped Kitchen

You hear it all the time, “Kitchen’s sell houses.” For me, this could not be more true! The first time I walked into our house and saw the kitchen, I was sold. I loved the large island, the beautiful granite counter tops and the cool glass subway tile backsplash. The large picture window in the front of the house combined with the windows on the opposite wall flood this room with afternoon sunlight. There were so many things to love about the kitchen, except for one thing.

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The Hunt for the Perfect (Cheap) Barstool

Hello friends! I often get asked by friends and family “Hey Mad, where did you get [insert piece of furniture here]? It’s so cute!” Like I mentioned in my last post I get a lot of my furniture secondhand and then rehab it! Today I’ll be sharing a story of how I bought the a set of barstools to rehab and ended up selling them for a basically brand new set!

First things first. It took me a looooong time to figure out where to look, what to search and how to tell if something is a good deal. Two apartments and a house later, I like to think of myself as somewhat of a thrift shop connoisseur. However, I still make mistakes and bad purchases, which I’ll explain here!

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Moving

I hate moving. Like really really HATE it. In the past two years, I have moved not once, not twice, not even three times. FIVE TIMES. I went from my college house, back to my parents house, to an apartment with my husband, to a second apartment with my husband, to finally our first home together.

In all of these moves, I have tried really hard to make each of these places feel like mine. Each new place came with new possibilities and new possibilities meant money. Which, honestly, I didn’t have a lot of. What can I say, I had champagne taste on beer budget! This meant scouring craigslist, garage sales and my favorite place of all, Goodwill.

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