A few things are changing around here. With the colder weather the furniture I still have to work on had to come inside. A cluttered home isn’t how I can live, it will drive me crazy. I mention this as it’s the reason I am a day late on Change the World Wednesday. Here’s a peek at what I mean by cluttered. These are sitting in front of the couch,
Yes, that is the dresser I picked up last week and the table sitting on top needs one last coat of paint to finish it up, I’ll be sharing that story with you soon. I am currently working sanding and removing of the veneer on the dresser. While I do that the drawers needed some place to go. Not only is the couch blocked by this piece but so is the loveseat at the moment.
Standing up next to the loveseat are the wood blinds I found at the thrift shop last week. I won’t use plastic mini blinds for health reasons. As the blinds are exposed to the heat of the sun, or as they age, they give off lead dust. But as to the dresser.. what I had wanted to do with it was to paint the sides and top, then stain the drawers a nice dark shade. That is no longer the plan as I just had a conversation with my son and his wife. It turns out my granddaughter hasn’t stopped talking about this dresser. The dresser she currently has is way too big for her needs, her parents dresser is too small for their needs. So playing musical dressers my granddaughter will get the dresser I am working on, her parents dresser will go to my grandson, who doesn’t have one currently (all his clothes are in the closet on a small bookcase) and finally the largest one will go to my son and his wife.
All that to say the rainbow drawers now have to be considered. I guess I just need to find a twin to this particular dresser so I can see how it can look with my original inspiration.
My son had to laugh today when talk turned to how much of their furniture has come to them for free. Here’s just a few:
- The dresser my son and his wife are using was bought in 1977 at a yard sale for me to use while in high school. I passed it down to them
- Both bookcases in the grandchildren’s bedrooms were things I found. One belonged to my grandparents the other I found on the curb and rushed to beat the garbage truck.
- My granddaughter’s bed (mattress and all) were put together from Freecycle and dumpster finds.
- The largest dresser they have was found in the trash when the college students went home for summer.
- The reading nook came from a neighbor who was going to throw it out.
- Their television also came from a dumpster save, I saw it being walked to the dumpster and asked if I could have it.
- Their dining room table and chairs belonged to my grandparents
- The cedar chest also belonged to my grandparents.
- My grandson’s bed was left to me when my great-grandmother passed away. My youngest son used it as a teen and then gave it back to me, after a new paint job it was a surprise for my grandson.
- The chair in their living room was being tossed out, I cleaned it up and stained the wood, Everyone loves it now.
My youngest son and his wife have been careful to do the same in their home. Their dining room chairs I found on curbs around town and painted to match. The hutch you see in the picture is the one my son bought for his wife for $50. The wood box you can see on the hutch contains good silver that belonged to my grandparents with an engraved plate that has their wedding date on it. The tea pots were all gifts, the one on the far right was the one I gave them for a housewarming gift. And those beautiful blue vases, she found them at a yard sale for $3! On the table you can see a small milk glass bowl, that too belonged to my grandmother.
They too have inherited pieces from my grandparents and my teen years. This writing table was bought in the 1950s and was part of my grandparents bedroom set, it became my desk in high school and now my daughter-in-law has taken the time to restore it back to the original white. The small wood box on the table I found at the thrift shop for .25 it holds their mail.
You may be surprised to learn that they also switched rooms around in their home. The dining room was intended to be the living room, I think it makes a nice dining room. I don’t have an updated picture with their artwork hung, but it made the room.
My daughter-in-law has learned quite a bit after assisting in the remodeling of their first home. She called me today to ask if I wanted my dresser back (which is the matching piece my oldest son has from my high school years) or could she repurpose it! She’s going to turn it into an entertainment center and says she will send me the hardware and drawers when she does.
If you keep your eyes open you can cheaply furnish your home. You can look for inspiration along the way but be flexible on the exact style and you may find yourself filling your home for nothing, like my sons have.
Enough about furniture, I seem to be spending all my time on it, it’s time for Change the World Wednesday at Reduce Footprints. Today’s challenge involves food.
This week prepare at least one vegan meal. Vegan means no animal products … no chicken, pork, fish, beef … not even milk, cheese, or eggs. I encourage you to consider whole foods and avoid processed items. If you’re feeling ambitious, go for a whole day or even a week … make a switch for a month and you’ll be my hero!
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By now you probably know I am a vegetarian. I don’t classify myself as a vegan because I will still occasionally eat eggs, butter and honey. But most of my meals are vegan. Today I have a pumpkin pudding in the crock pot. I am cooking some pumpkin from the garden and will add tofu and pumpkin spice seasoning. Simple and hearty. My dinner tonight will be vegetables over quinoa for extra flavoring I like to sprinkle a bit of Tamari sauce over it. If you aren’t familiar with Tamari sauce it is soy sauce without the wheat.
Here are a few of my favorite vegan recipes I have stumbled across recently for you to try.
- This Orange Julius recipe isn’t vegan as it uses skim milk, I simply substitute vanilla almond milk. It’s delicious.
- Lil Sis has such wonderful vegan recipes on her site but this Fresh Nectarine Pie with Walnut Crust I can’t wait to try for company.
- Another one from Lil Sis, this for everyone who is experiencing the cooler temperatures and would like a hearty, healthy soup. This Gingery Sweet Potato Black Bean soup will hit the spot.
- And don’t forget to stop by Reduce footprints and check out this page of vegan recipes submitted by readers.