I should know better. Never, ever walk into a large furniture store to “just look around and see what they have.”
Remember the new bedroom furniture – no interest for two years? (If not, read that story here – hint, hint!) I paid that furniture off ahead of time, and then figured I could maybe afford a new couch (since Puppy Cody ate part of the old one). The beat-up old couch (along with the rest of our yard sale furniture) looked really bad in our newly renovated living room. Plus, hubby had been complaining that our 35-year-old kitchen table had begun to wobble – never mind that every one of the chairs had become torn over the years and those Walmart tie-on cushions weren’t hiding the damage very well.
So off to the furniture store I went on a fine Saturday afternoon, just to get an idea of what I might like.
Yes, you guessed it – several hours later, I came home with paperwork for: a new, smaller couch (so we can take it along if we go into a ranch house or apartment someday); a new computer desk/hutch (and of course, I had to get the matching filing cabinet and desk chair); a new chest for the front window (because it looked so cool that I just couldn’t resist it); and a new, counter-height, kitchen table (but at least I managed to limit myself to just two chairs because the kitchen is really small).
All at much less than I would expect to spend for a whole downstairs of “real” (read, not assemble-it-yourself) furniture – and all at 0% interest, with a monthly payment matching what I had previously been paying for the bedroom furniture.
Win-win all around, and I’m loving my “new” house and feeling very professional when I blog.
Now, if I can just get that darn kitchen roof fixed once and for all!
(And thank heavens we have extra paint for the walls – it can stop raining any time now, ya know?)
Images by Cordelia’s Mom