Kiah came home for a week this summer and we worked like crazy getting things ready for their apartment. I sewed, Lani painted, Kiah cooked, and Anna floated from station to station, helping as needed.
The world's most patient Wal-Mart fabric clerk helped us figure out much fabric we needed for five sets of curtains. These are for the living room.
Moving day was beastly hot and muggy. 95 stinking degrees. The girls' upstairs apartment doesn't have AC. Only love made us spend three days in miserable heat helping them set up.
We're all pleased with the results. They turned this...
(chair from used furniture store, suitcase and doily from Grandma Vik,
bookshelf from my youngest daughter's furniture stash.)
The kitchen went from this...
(homemade curtains, blue paint, dishes from thrift stores and garage sales.)
I showed Kiah an old brown spice rack I'd bought at Goodwill, saying I'd seen fun things done with spice racks on Pinterest. After I listed a few ideas, she asked if she could have it. I said yes and then asked how she would use it. She smiled and said, "As a spice rack."
What a concept. There are so many Pinterest articles on repurposing things, that it was unusual to hear of someone using something for which it was intended. Their spice rack now sports a new pink paint job.
They got this free old brown table from someone's storage
shed and transformed it into a fun dining table/checkerboard.
(Chairs were purchased for $15 from a Consignment store.
Paint was free from a local free paint exchange.)
Painting one wall is cheaper than a whole room.
(Yellow shelving was an $8 Goodwill entertainment center
painted with free paint from the paint exchange.)
$1 Wall decal from Dollar Tree
They turned this...
$30 Goodwill desk, light green paint, homemade curtains
Couch from used furniture store, coffee and end
table from an uncle, pillows from Goodwill.
View from Living Room back towards the Kitchen.
I loved that getting them set up was a joint effort, a true family affair. I sewed, Lani painted, Amy and Erica helped carry boxes up the stairs to their apartment and unpack. Keith helped clean and organize. Kiah is a third year nursing student and Anna just graduated from high school, so they had a small decorating budget that we stretched pretty far. Now they're on their own, though another sister and their brother's family live ten blocks away.
Needless to say, we miss them and Thanksgiving is a long ways away.
“It is always sad when someone leaves home,
unless they are simply going around the corner and
will return in a few minutes with ice-cream sandwiches.”-- Lemony Snicket --
"A house is built of wood and beams,
A home is built on hopes and dreams."