Here's my den with the new floors. Note the old, ratty sofas worn out after ten years of the kind of use and abuse that can only be delivered by a family of six (5 of which are male, enough said):
Behold, the old is gone!
The new has come!
Yes, new floors AND new sofas! I'm fighting to not place my joy in the temporal things of this world but I'll have to admit to you: it sure is fun, getting new stuff. While it lasts.
And, because it's my blog and I want you all to know how cheap I am (new sofas notwithstanding), I give you the following synopsis of my decor (if it could rightly be called such):
- The end table with drawers we saved from the dumpster when my husband's grandmother died.
- The botanical print was a wedding gift.
- The floor lamp I got on clearance at KMart for maybe $15.
- The wooden shelves my sister gave me.
- The dishes on the shelves also salvaged from my husband's grandmother's stuff doomed for the dumpster and some my mom gave me.
- My mom made the curtains and the pillows on the sofa as a birthday present for me a few years ago.
- The black endtable my mother in law gave us when we got married and had zero furniture. It was brown, shiny laminate that I painted many, many years ago, recently touched up.
- The lamp on the black table also a KMart clearance item bought so long ago I have no idea how much I spent.
- The armoire my parents asked us to store for them many years ago and, well, we still have it. Funny how that works.
- The coffee table we purchased from Service Merchandise (y'all remember Service Merchandise?) more than ten years ago. How do you like the Nester green?
Here's a close up of my painted pine table.
- The tray a gift from my sister.
- The wire basket from my sister also. Bless her heart, she and mom both work hard to keep me all decorated and such.
Oh, and while I'm posting pictures (anyone still reading?), here's the other coffee table I painted last week, the one I bought at a thrift store for $19. I put it in our living room/computer room/library. I don't have a before shot but it was pretty bad.
So there you go: my brief venture into the world of decorating. As I told you before, it is sure to be short-lived, and actually if you could see the rest of my house you would no doubt tell me to put down the paint brush and pick up the vacuum already. Before I do so, in order to make myself feel better and less guilty about such a spiritually anemic post, I will remind myself of the following....
Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. (Luke 12:13)
But to whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. (Philip. 3:7-8)
Jesus is better than new sofas and new floors! Yes and amen!