Why I Choose Affordable Furniture

One of the things that bugged me about our last home was when people would say it looked like a display. Not the “oh, it looks really well put together” kind of compliment, but the “sweetie, don’t touch that, you might break it” kind of comment.

I would always tell visitors that nothing in my house was expensive or cost a lot of money, and anything could be replaced easily if broken.

Why is that? Because I like to choose affordable furniture and décor. I want it to look like a million bucks, but cost WAY LESS.

End tables in our family room were from Goodwill. The consoles were from a local discount store. Mirrors from HomeGoods. Chairs on clearance for $150 each (plus I have a family member that works for the store so we got a 30% deal on top of that). Couches were found online for a fraction of what others cost.

nest for less family room makeoverAnother room where we chose affordable furniture was our sun room. Those leather chairs were definitely bargains, and those tables were all found on clearance. Matched with a TV armoire that I bartered for free, this room was definitely budget-friendly. The chandelier was even on clearance for $40!

blue sun roomIn my craft room I used a white Sauder dresser to hold all of my various supplies and materials. And it’s amazing how much I was able to actually hide behind those closed drawers! I’m actually giving this dresser to my sister in her new house to use for my nephew’s bedroom. Repurpose… another great way to save money, right?

craft room makeover designWe are actually repurposing a lot of furniture from our old house for my sister’s new digs. Since we are downsizing about 1,000 square feet we didn’t have the space for a lot of our old furnishings. And with my sister and her family purchasing a home for the first time, yeah… they needed stuff badly.

My sister is getting our nailhead trim couches from the family room and sun room (not to mention our old dining room table and matching console, the white dresser, some barstools, and the list goes on…).

But she really wanted those couches. My sister wanted something to match the nailhead trim but needed to find something affordable (she has 2 kids under 2!). We spotted this gorgeous patterned chair from Sauder (called the Nico Accent Chair). Loved the color, pattern and style. Plus it was affordable.

sauder chair patteredSeriously, the details on this chair is fabulous.
Bargain shopping doesn’t mean giving up on style!

sauder chairAnother huge reason I shop for affordable furniture is that I change my mind pretty often about my décor. Who wants to drop $1,000 on a chair that they would hate 1 year later? Yeah, not me. I don’t have the cash for that kind of lavish lifestyle.

Plus I have a kid! I don’t get why people spend $2500 on super expensive tables when you have little ones banging their forks and knives onto it at dinner time or pressing their pencils into the surface during homework time. Boggles my mind. Trust me, you can get the look for less. You just have to shop around!


Shop online and in discount stores.
I often will find something I like in a store, then go home to see if I can find it online cheaper.
Also think about saving money by putting furniture together yourself.

Shop around for styles you like.
I love looking at expensive stores for inspiration, then shopping around for similar items at a fraction of the cost. Basically just get the look for less!

You can also check out the lookbook on Sauder.com for design inspiration ideas!

Consider multi-use furniture.
A dresser can be a craft room storage cabinet or a desk can be a sofa table. Just because a piece of furniture has a label doesn’t mean that’s how you have to use it!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder.
The opinions and text are all mine.

Tool Organization

One of the things I hate most about a double move is living out of boxes for a short period of time. While most of our big things are stored away, some things I needed to keep within an arm’s reach… like my tools.

Since I’ll be doing a bunch of small jobs for family members during these next 3 months and most of them aren’t handy (or even own normal DIY tools like a laser level or jigsaw), I decided I needed to bring all of my tools with me to my brother’s house. Since I didn’t really want to dig around 4 big boxes and 2 tool boxes for the next couple of months, I decided to get organized instead.

organize tools for houseSo I bought this bad boy:
the Craftsman 6 Drawer Steel Tool Center from Ace Hardware.

craftsman 5 drawer tool organizationNow I have to admit that Ben was a little bit skeptical when I brought this home last week. He basically shook his head and didn’t think it would be nearly big enough to hold all of our tools. But I’m happy to report this bad boy does hold A LOT of stuff. C’mon… let’s check it out.

craftsman tool organizerThe bottom deep cabinet holds most of the big items like my nail gun, jigsaw, circular saw, drills, chargers, and a toolbox kit.

craftsman tool organizationThe second drawer holds my hand saws, Kreg jog, clamps, crowbar, etc. And since I’m usually making a mess when I use this tools, I put my safety glasses in here too as a reminder to actually use them. Oh, and cleaning out my boxes of tools helped me realize that I own 4 different hand saws. Not even joking.

craftsman drawer tool organizationThe other big drawer holds some of my painting supplies like drop cloths, paint brushes, sandpaper, paint keys, paint fan decks, etc. And the bottom drawers are wide and really deep. Love how much I can stuff in there.

tool organizationNow moving up to the smaller drawers. Again, when you finally clean out your toolbox, you find that you hoard certain items. Apparently for me it was hand saws and measuring tapes. Below you can see 5 of them, but I found 3 more that aren’t even pictured here.

craftsman tool organization drawersNext is what I like to call my “hanging” drawer. Basically everything I need to hang wall art, mirrors, and picture frames around my house: stud finder, laser level, lots of screws, drywall anchors and nails, plus a hammer and mallet. OK, maybe the mallet doesn’t quite fit with this whole “hanging drawer” idea, but oh well.

tool organization ideasAnd finally we have another drawer with more random tools, you know… the ones that usually get lost around the house. Pliers, screwdrivers, tin snips, wrenches, utility knives, etc. And what I like about this Craftsman tool organizer is that it comes with a key so you can lock up the tools. Total peace of mind.

how to organize your toolsAnd I have to say after all of this tool organization I made Ben a total believer in this Craftsman 6 Drawer Steel Tool Center from Ace Hardware. We’re even talking about investing in another one to hold all of our painting supplies. We are reverting back to a two car garage in the next house and I need to organize and maximize space!

craftsman 5 drawer tool organization

Oh, and if you made it to the end of this post I have a sweet little giveaway for you guys!

Today one lucky winner will receive a
$100 gift card to Ace Hardware.

Just leave a comment below telling me what you’d buy
to organize your home with the help of Ace Hardware!

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Hope you guys are enjoying Spring and tackling those home maintenance projects!

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 I am a member of the Ace Bloggers Panel and Ace Hardware has provided me with materials for this project. I was also compensated for my time and this blog post. All opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.