To chalk paint or not to chalk paint? That might not be what Shakespeare meant, okay. I had my own Hamlet moment over Spring Break, but instead of holding some knife it was a quart of chalk paint. But seriously, is it nobler to break down and just buy new stuff, or takes arms and suffer the work of painting? In our case, it was better to buy? It wasn’t laziness or a lack of DIY skill that ultimately pushed us over the edge to purchase, it was quality and style of our existing pieces.
We asked ourselves –
1. Do we actually love the furniture itself? It was a resounding no. It was small and and overstuffed.
2. Would painting it give it the right fit and feel for our home? Eh, not really. We didn’t love the style, even if it was painted.
3. Would it last long enough to be worth the paint cost? Again, not really. It was cheaper laminate furniture that truly didn’t have the longevity of quality pieces that just need a little revamping.
So it ended up being a clear choice. We needed to buy new furniture.
We started shopping right when school got out for Easter and I went price-comparing at two local furniture shops in town to price compare and finalize a realistic but no over-the-top budget. I found several I liked, but never could pull the trigger and buy any particular pieces. We kept our IKEA (We have this one, but I think it’s no longer sold.) bed frame and coordinating nightstands, but we needed a new dresser and chest of drawers (well, chester drawers if you’re from around here, let’s be honest). Finally, I found one at Hickory Furniture Mart (and wholly guacamole – why haven’t I been there?! It’s like four IKEAs in one) and we found one we loved for about three hundred bucks less than we budgeted for, so we used our savings to treat ourselves to a great little getaway to Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach (thanks, AirBnB) during Spring Break. It was much needed and such a cheap but fun trip.
Moral of the story –
- DIY is GREAT. But, at the end of the day if your trash-to-treasure project is starting with legit trash, scrap it and get something of quality. It’s not worth throwing money at a project that is trash to begin with and not, in fact, a diamond in the rough.
- Shop around! Stick to your budget and don’t jump to buy until you find the one. Waiting was worth it and our savings resulted in an inexpensive, unplanned yet total fantastic trip.
- What a difference! Bedroom furniture was way down our priority list for so long (like ten years!) because you don’t exactly “entertain” in your bedroom (ek, well, I hope you don’t…), so at least for us, it didn’t carry the same importance as a good couch or nice dining room table, so laminate, good-enough furniture was okay. But dang, y’all. It made a huge difference, and the bedroom is where you start and end your days, so it truly does deserve as much of importance as the rooms you tend to “show off.”