Why I Paint Furniture

Ramblings of a paintaholic…CIMG8861 This morning…turn afternoon…and eventually evening, I have spent painting furniture…so that we can put away all my junk.  You see, my stuff has sat in boxes for weeks because I had no where to put it all.  In comes furniture I have but refuse to fill until properly painted.  So here I am, painting away, and realizing I hate painting.  CIMG2367 So why do I paint?  Not for the joy of spilling paint on the carpet, or for the fumes that make me dizzy (yes, I paint in the living room), or for the paint I pick out of my hair in the shower because I am a careless painter who dips her hair in the paint bucket…Rather, I paint because I am frugal.  As I was painting I thought to myself, can’t I buy furniture already painted white?  Aren’t there people out there you can pay to paint for you?  I was caught off guard that I would think such crazy thoughts…but when I realized that the house was a mess and I just wanted to be done with it all, painting seemed not so fun anymore.  CIMG2370But then my senses came to me and I realized why I paint.  Because if I wanted to pay someone to paint it for me, it would cost much more than free furniture off the side of the road and Wal-Mart paint.  I would have to go find a job…a job that paid REALLY well, to even rationalize paying for new furniture.  Then as my sore wrist continued to stroke the paint brush I remembered that being at home, having the freedom to spend all day painting, was a choice.  A glorious choice to live frugally so that I can choose to stay home.  So as my faithful husband wakes up at the crack of dawn each morning to make us a living, I am choosing to do things that are not always enjoyable, but cheap, so that we can enjoy life and live simply on a small budget.

And at the end of the day…the outcome is well worth the work…CIMG8934Another free, side of the road, find…turned into a beautiful white masterpiece…CIMG8942CIMG8946CIMG8943 CIMG8945 CIMG8939sigh…



25 comments:

  1. Ashley, you did a great job painting! I love how it turned out, and I agree 100% that it's much easier to pay someone to do it, but I like you, work very minimal and love it, so I am very frugal as well. right now I have 3 pieces of furniture in my car ready to be transformed by ME!

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  2. Gorgeous. Paint is such a furniture saver......it does so much for so little!

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  3. I love it! Beautiful!! Yours are the same reasons I shop thrift and "makeover" whatever I can. Sometimes a pain, but in the end, worth it!

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  4. I am super jealous of the free stuff you find.

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  5. Man, what a great find!! And, I totally agree with you! There are times when I'm in the midst of a project and think to myself, "Um, why am I doing this again?!" In the end, I'm always glad to have put in the effort, and always thrilled to have blessed my family & our home :)

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  6. WOW! You found that on the road ???? You are a lucky woman indeed! I too wish I could stay home and be a domestic fashionista ... but I don't think it's in the cards for me, for lots of reasons! So I am thankful for my job, my hubby and my weekends!

    Congrats, you did a GREAT job!

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  7. Amazing transformation, Ashley. It turned out great!

    I am sick to death of painting at this very moment, but am plugging away...the end result is what keeps me going!

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  8. absolutely beautiful!!

    i want to find some free stuff to paint...

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  9. In the end, it is always worth the trouble! Beautiful! and free???

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  10. Wow - what a transformation!!

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  11. Soooo great! Love the fabby before and after shots!

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  12. WOW!!! It looks amazing. Did you have to do a lot of sanding??

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  13. OH MY WORD! That turned out GORGEOUS! I love it!

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  14. It looks wonderful! I understand what you're saying about making choices in spending money to be able to stay home. Good stuff to remember. I love the pewter heart and the red and white polka dot baker. Kelly

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  15. You did a beautiful job!! It's a piece that you should be proud of and you certainly can't beat the price.

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  16. Holy cats! I can't believe that was free! That turned out soooo cute! You did a great job!

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  17. do you paint MDF? I have two book shelves that I need to paint and don't really know where to start.

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  18. It turned out beautifully! Yes, I've felt the same way, lots of times too. :) I'm so glad I have the opportunity to stay home and keep house instead of joining the rat race, though.

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  19. hey girl! i have some painting questions about a project I'm doing and I need your help. can you email me? andrearhouse at yahoo dot com. i thought I had your email but I guess I don't.

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  20. we just lost our coffee table and TV armoire *SNIFF* - I am so going to rescue some pieces! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  21. It looks gorgeous. If you have a moment, could you tell me what color you have on the wall? I'm in the process of choosing paint and I'm liking that shade!

    Thanks :)

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  22. What a perfect post! The painting turned out beautifully, but more importantly, the message you shared today was very heartwarming! I just spent all morning making handmade gifts for family, and I thought the same things. I stay at home too, and the pride I have in being "frugal" is unmistakable! Thanks for such a nice post!

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  23. It is a lovely masterpiece - you did a great job!

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  24. I'm with ya girl, I plan to do a ton of painting after the first of the year so I can have the furniture I really want... on the cheap!

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  25. Holy Canolis! You found that on the side of the road? That's fantastic. And looks even more amazing after the paint job. Gosh I wish I had that kind of luck...and time!

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