Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Thrifty Is as Thrifty Does

We moved into our new home a year and a half ago.  Since then, we've been in the process of finding furniture that actually fits in this home - without spending a ton of money or sucking up a lot of resources.  That process lead me to wax poetic about Craigslist and other second hand avenues.

But then I fell in love with these chairs.  

Gorgeous, aren't they?  Made in America and I'm all about keeping my countrymen employed these days.  Offered by a company that promotes sustainability.  And $300 a piece, plus tax and delivery.  Doh!

Every dollar our family spends is spent with purpose.  Toward local and green.  But I just couldn't spend that many dollars.

Instead, I hooked up with this little duo at a garage sale for $25.

After hitting them with a couple cans of (non-eco) black spray paint that we had lying around,

I ended up with this.  A second hand work station that has first class style.

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artemisinva said...

I love it!!! We do stuff like this all the time and I always feel much better about our items that we just helped recycle. Plus our bank account still looks nice!

Laura said...

They're beautiful! We done something similar to get the gorgeous dressers in our kids' rooms. How I love the secondhand furniture!

dixiebelle said...

Too clever!

Robj98168 said...

"Non-Eco" spray paint- by using what you already had makes it Semi-Eco! Chairs look fantastic!

Green Bean said...

@artemisinva - It is such a win win!

@Laura - Ohh, are there photos of the dressers on your blog? I always love to other people's projects.

@ Dixie - Thank you! :)

@Rob - I like your logic!

noteasytobegreen said...

I think you came up with a wonderful compromise! My current house was mostly furnished when I moved in, but I'll have to hit Craigslist and garage sales when it's time to move. I'd love to commission custom reclaimed wood pieces, but let's face it, they're completely out of my budget!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

These are so cute and an awesome find...come by and share them at my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY PARTY.


Green Bean said...

@noteasytobegreen - I'd love to commission some reclaimed and upcycled pieces as well. Someday . . . until then, its DIY.

@Linda - Thank you. I will. :)

Small Holdings Farm said...

It's not always about saving money but sometimes it's a bonus. I like your chairs better than the expensive ones! I have a guest post on my blog right now from a blog called Shabby Loco. She did a chippy paint desk tutorial that is just super...check it out if you get a chance. By the way, I am your newest follower and would love it if you would follow me back. Sherron

Green Bean said...

@Small Holding Farms - Thank you for the suggestion. I'll check out the tutorial.


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