When we were first married, we furnished our house with the
classiest cheapest furnishings we could find. After all, we were both making minimum wage or less, and we wanted to pay off the small amount of debt we had from our wedding before we made any major purchases.
We bought a couch from a thrift store. It was blue and cheap. We got a recliner (that wouldn’t recline) along the side of the road for free. It was another shade of blue. We got a rocker at a thrift store. I recovered the stained cushions with a somewhat matching shade of blue. (See that story here.) That was pretty much the extent of our living room furnishings. When we bought our home, the blue brigade came with us. They met our living room with its off-white walls, and they were all a motley sort of crew.
Over the course of the last three years, the blue brigade got older just like we all do. So, recently, I had been keeping my eye out for a newer set of furnishings. I preferred something with no nails sticking out and no rips and tears. I also dreamed of having living room furniture that actually matched.
On Labor Day, I stopped by the local furniture store to check out their special one day sale. I dragged my husband over and in the back room of the store we spotted the perfect furniture for us. It was used, matching, inexpensive, and in good condition. So, to make a long story short, we got the furniture and painted the living room to go along with it. Check it out.
The set came with a couch, a loveseat, and a chair. Now we don’t have to pull out folding chairs anytime more than three people come to visit!
It has been such a joy in the weeks since we’ve painted to just sit on our lovely, new (to us), matching furniture and chat together about our days, our lives and our hopes and dreams for the future.
Now I’m curious. How did you furnish your home when you were first married? Was it with odds and ends, or was it beautiful and matching? I’d love to hear!