Other People’s Crap in My House

In CategoryAdventures in Decorating

So after Kristy was hassling me about having other people’s crap all over my house (which Jim went out of his way to tell me was the funniest comment ever), I thought I’d show more other people’s crap Awesome, Envy-Inducing Finds (a twelve part series).

This is the very second Chalk Paint Project I did.

Turquoise. I love it.


It’s the credenza in my office. It contains my chocolate stash important paperworky things. I am so bummed I could not find a Before picture. It was $50 at a thrift store. SCORE.


Let’s see, is everything in here used? The credenza and the little cabinet ($10); the chairs ($100 and $10, respectively), the table (which is our dining table, a supposedly 19th century French farmhouse table that Jim bought me before all our money went to kids and that cost an obscene amount I decline to share)… The lamps are new. And the clock (more orange!)

The cabinet came from an antique mall and was a STEAL at $280. The yarn is all new. I don’t have pre-owned yarn.

I also decline to share how much the yarn cost. But there’s silk in there. And alpaca, llama, bison. Bison. So.


I love my office. All us moms should have a place of our own. The other corner (where I’m standing to take the above picture), has the kids desk and school stuff, and I’ll show you that later. The desk is the very fourth chalk paint project I’ve done and it’s not quite finished yet.

Other People’s Crap: It’s a Good Thing.

Especially if you are a Cheap Skate.

Get ready for more posts in this series. I am presently obsessed with decorating the house and buying furniture (much to Jim’s regret). I am on the hunt for a bookcase and some kind of table for the entry way. And more chairs. You can never have enough chairs.

9 Responses to “Other People’s Crap in My House”

  1. Tressa Says:

    I like your room! Very much!
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  2. Kristy Says:

    I like it! Other’s people crap looks great in your house. Just keep it out of mine please. I prefer brand-new, matchy-matchy, coordinated pieces. That are not orange. But I really like it for *you*!

    You didn’t say anything about those photos over the credenza. I like them! Did you buy them like that or make them? And I notice how you didn’t say anything about the quilt hiding the gross white chair cushion. Yeah, I noticed.

  3. Diane Says:

    Wow, I think it all looks great. I am all about saving the money and repurposing stuff.
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  4. chocolatechic Says:

    Orange…my eyes, my eyes.
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  5. Eddie - The Usual Mayhem Says:

    We prefer to think of as our décor style as “Early Grandma’s Attic”. I think it sounds much less horrifying than “Things We Bought Cheap at Secondhand Stores or Mooched Off Aging Relatives.”

    That dresser thing you painted looks amazing. And I would definitely have bought that chair.
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  6. Sarah Says:

    love it!

  7. Connie Weiss Says:

    I love that orange chair and I love your office!
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  8. Delinda Says:

    I would call my decorating style “Country Hand-me-down” because we live in the country and 90% of my furniture is someone else’s. 🙂 OOOOOH how I’ve missed reading this blog. You never fail to make me laugh.

  9. Nan | wrathofmom.blogspot.ca Says:

    I love what you’ve done with other people’s crap in your house. I tried to comment on this earlier and my computer crashed, but I had a witty remark about the vileness of Ikea. Take my word for it: it was HYSTERICAL.
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