Every year, Jordan and I get some money for Christmas and we’ve always used it to fund some big furniture purchase. One year it was upgrading to a king size bed, another year it was shelving for the office and a bedframe for Noah’s bed. You get the idea.
The trick has been to spend it right away, before it gets sucked up into something else like a medical bill or car repair.
This year, we upgraded out kitchen table, chairs and light fixture.
When Jordan and I first got married, we lived in this tiny little apartment. We shopped thrift stores to furnish it and I found this table and chairs for $60. It was in decent condition and looked pretty darn cute for that price.
Over the years and with the added wear of kids banging their forks against the table, the top started to look pretty bad.
I painted the chairs, but didn’t do a terribly great job because I knew I wanted to replace it eventually. The paint started chipping and the chairs started falling apart.
The light fixture was this teeny, tiny little ceiling fan. It wasn’t terrible, but it’s been on my wish list to update the light fixture for a while now.
The New Table
I have this vision for our kitchen when it’s all finished. Since we have to work in little bursts as money comes along, I have to blend what I have with my end goal (check out my Pinterest inspiration board here).
I knew what I wanted my table to look like. I wanted a round farmhouse table (the round because of the size of our kitchen) with a wood top and white base. And I knew exactly what chairs I wanted and they were from Ikea.
I browsed Craigslist and Facebook for months and didn’t find what I wanted. Then we started going to different antique shops, looking for one with the right dimesions and look.
We just happened to drive through an area and found a shop open. We decided to stop in and the minute I walked in I loved this shop. The ladies who ran it had great taste and I loved just about every piece of furniture I saw in there.
And then I found the table. The size was right and it had a leaf in case we need it for guests or a bigger house down the road.
See how that fan just looks a little sad over that pretty table? Also, the chairs aren’t terrible, but they were painted with a chalk paint that wipes off when you clean the chairs.
Easy fix with a sealant…but I don’t have the time or energy or space warm enough to do that right now. So off to Craigslist they go.
I took the kids to Ikea and loaded these four up into the car (by my pregnant self) and put them together with the kids.
I think I might get a 5th chair…or maybe a 6th and put it in the office to pull out when we have guests.
I still need to figure out a centerpiece. I’m thinking something simple like salt and pepper with a white vase and maybe a marble lazy Susan.
But we shall see…at another time when I haven’t spent all the Christmas money.
The ceiling fan really started to bother me with the new chairs. It just looks so classy and clean…and then that tiny gold thing is hanging up there. This space needed a proper light fixture.
I was toying with getting a new light fixture or putting the rest of the money towards a Vitamix, but the light fixture won.
I did quite a bit of research on lighting size and how low it should hang over the table and all that fun stuff.
And then I scoured online stores and went to every hardware store near us looking at all the different options. As usual, I have expensive taste. I would be scrolling and find one that I loved BUT it was $799. Womp. Womp.
I landed on this one and it fit within the budget, size requirements and style that the house was asking for (am I the only one who finds the house dictates some of these styling choices?)
We still need to touch up the paint on the ceiling, but I think we’ll wait till it’s not so cold out and we can open the windows just a crack without freezing.
Now of course my brain is super excited because my vision is coming together. One day, we’ll replace the flooring with darker wood (or look-a-like) floors and paint the cabinets and replace the countertops and add a white subway tile backsplash.
But for now, I have a table that isn’t falling apart and getting this one step closer feels oh, so good.
Do you find you need to spend Christmas money right away before it gets used on something else? And do you struggle to find light fixtures? Do you have a favorite budget friendly place to look for them (I’ve got more fixtures I want to replace eventually).