Free furniture? Yes puh-lease! May I share with you my new FREE desk. Yes, you heard it right, I said FREE!
We were on our way out to do some rosehip foraging with the kids yesterday, and drove past the local ‘junk’ shop. Now when I say junk shop, I really mean ‘hidden gems’ shop. I have found some fantastic little treasures in there over the years, from a solid wood dining table with 6 chairs for £50 to various retro kitchen ware. Often they have a designated area for things that can be taken away for free, and as we drove past my eagle eyes spotted a painted chair in the ‘free’ area. I persuaded the hubby to turn the car around so that I could get a closer look. Within less than a minute and we were back at the shop but the chair had already gone!
I figured that as we had made the effort to turn around I may as well have a quick look around anyway, and found a chair (pictured above) which I bought for £5. The hubby found a load of old glass bottles in the ‘free’ section which he gathered up for school (to use in still life projects). As I walked back to the car, I looked back to the ‘free’ area and saw that desk. It didn’t take long for the hubby and I to convince ourselves that we could do with a desk and that we might find space for it in our already crammed house, so into the boot it went!
A while back we decided to turn half of our dining room into a play area for the kids. It was our attempt to stop toys from being left strewn across the living room and kitchen floor. It never really happened that way…..So I have converted the messy play area into a sewing corner for myself! It looks reasonably tidy now, but when I get my sewing machine set up and sewing projects underway it probably won’t look too dissimilar to the messy play area.
There’s something quite satisfying about changing furniture around. Perhaps I should have done the before and after photos to give you an idea of how much I had to contend with. I am aware that there is a patch of sanded floorboards…the hubby did a tester to see how easy it would be to sand back the floorboards, and in his wisdom chose a really obvious spot to do it in. I’m thinking a future project of making or thrifting a rug for my sewing area is on the cards.