Thursday, December 12, 2013

My Bargain Basement

In this little condo I rent, I am always surprised
with the size of the basement. I am lucky that it is a fair size.
Sorry, but at this time it is way to chaotic downstairs to show pictures.

One half of the basement is finished, white painted panelled walls and nice clean carpet.  Very nice room.
My son had a small "man cave" in this section for just a few months before he left home to attend school.
After he moved out, I decided to take all my stuff, rather all my treasures,
out of the storage units I was renting and put them under one roof.
My basement roof that is.  And now it is crazy insane down there!!

What is all in the basement?
Stuff for the new house.

This is the 1st farm I toured.  Also the first of two offers I have made, but unfortunately didn't get.
This was my fave.

I take my shopping and buying a house very seriously.
I truly believe this will be my last house I move into.
I want to settle and grow old in this home.
So I am more than pickier when I am looking at real estate.

The pic above and below was the first farm I ever toured.
I did put in an offer but it went weirdly all wrong.  In a small way I regret not getting it.
Half my battle is I compare all real estate I tour now to this one....I have to stop doing this!!
But no time for regrets.....rooms were too small anyway.

Wrap around porch

In the interim, I am getting all kinds of ideas with how I want my home to look.
I will be "borrowing" some ideas from other bloggers, so of late I have been paying close attention.
I consider myself a decent enough decorator.

But as we all know, choosing treasures can not be bought all at once.
Finding treasures takes time.  And I have that time right now.

I have my eye on this set for the new house

 So as I shop for a new home, I also shop for the furnishing, the treasures that will go there.
And right now, they are housed downstairs.

I have separate money allotted for the down payment of the farm.
So when I can afford it, I now buy bits and pieces here and there.
I do this because I know that after I purchase the farm, I will be stone broke!!

A lot of the stuff in my basement storage are bought off Kijiji (Craigslist), thrift stores, antique markets.
What I buy, I save the picture from the Kijiji ad, or I take one immediately before it gets buried in the basement.
Here are a few things in-waiting......

I bought two of these sleigh twin beds.  No mattress.
I will probably re-open my Bed & Breakfast at the new place and want to offer a 2 twin room.
Back when I first became a single mother, I had a B&B with two twin beds and they were always booked first.
I will give the beds a fresh coat of paint.

I bought this bed frame off Kiiji.  My daughter uses it in her dorm.
She spray painted it black.  Looks sharp.
This may not or may eventually finds its way to the new house.  But she can use it for however long she needs.

Really not sure why I bought this bed frame? It might someday go back on Kijiji for sale.

Really like these end tables.  Can't wait to get a paint brush to them.

You can see a glimpse in the background of the maybe crazy, but it is organized!

And guess what eventually got shifted down to the bargain basement.....

But not for long.  I am shopping for fabric to replace what is on there now.
If I can do anything before Christmas I would like to switch-out the cushion fabric.
I am also looking for a table to go with this set.  It only came with the 6 chairs.

There is even a brand new patio set I bought this past summer waiting downstairs.
I was going to put it outside on my very small patio here at the condo, but changed my mind.
See the box on top of the patio box.....haven't got a clue what's in it.  Insane!!

Other home news.....

I did eventually sell this dining room set.
I will be honest, I don't think I was that much interested in it.
I sold it for $125 (bought it for $40)

So I continue with my thrift hunting.  Do not really mind they lay waiting in the basement.
I feel less pressured knowing that I have a few prettiest bought and ready.
Besides, I rather enjoy hanging out in the bargain basement, surrounded by my treasure!

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  1. I'm funny that way too. In that I plan ahead, and I like to look at what I have even though it's in the near future.

    Great profit on your sale!

  2. How nice to have a place to store your treasures! Love the dining chairs and the end tables. I cannot wait to see what you do with the tables. I have some old ones that look a little like yours and, when I move again, I would like to re-do them!

  3. I love what you have purchased and how you are planning ahead. So interesting about running a B&B. That is a great idea.

  4. I just love those shield-back chairs. Best of luck to you with the hunt, it can be fun and frustrating. This would be perfect for my link party starting next Tuesday called History & Home if you're interested, love to see you there. Take care - Dawn @ We Call It

    1. Thanks so much for sharing this at my History & Home party, I hope you keep coming back, each Tuesday :) Wishing you blessings ~ Dawn @ We Call It

  5. Oh, a B&B would such a nice thing and you would have lots of rooms to decorate! The first house I visited was also my favourite and I didn't get it either and I didn"t stop looking for one until I found one that was better (not deocration wise, but better bones).

  6. You have such great taste--can't wait to see the finished product. Good luck with your house hunting, Diana Adirondack Girl @ Heart

  7. What fun you will have when you find that dream farm and get to shop in your bargain basement for the treasures hidden there.