This week, my sweet husband and I are celebrating another year of marriage so I feel like it's time for a heartfelt and totally transparent post. With it, I've included two TOTALLY embarrassing and equally humbling pictures of what our bedroom looked like for the first 3-6 months we were married. Are you ready?
Honestly, I had forgotten that our room ever looked like this, I just stumbled across these pictures earlier this week. I don't think we spent over $150 total on our room at the time and that is including the furniture, sheets, curtains, and a bedspread. 😳 We had other places the money needed to be spent like fixing the giant hole in our bathroom floor that you could see down into the garage through.
Our room was/is made up of a gifted bed frame that wouldn't stay together until we put so many screws through it that it didn't have a choice but to stay put, a night stand, lamp, and chest from my husband's old room at his parents house, a thrifted nightstand and lamp for my side of the bed, and a dresser we found at a yard sale the spring we got married. Given, my sloppiness didn't help matters but I wasn't exactly showing our room of to anyone either so in my mind it didn't matter. I quickly realized that it did matter and I am going to tell you why. PLEASE do not interpret this as "a perfect bedroom makes for a perfect life" because simply put, it doesn't.
Having a messy bedroom wasn't relaxing or a space that allowed me to unwind and relax and clearly it wasn't romantic at all either! Waking up to a mess and going to sleep to a mess made for a messy mind; I was unorganized and scatterbrained. This space was meant to be a retreat and a reflection of who we were so we changed it.
It is still the same furniture but everything got a coat of gray paint and a light distressing which made this mismatched furniture feel like it had belonged together all along. We couldn't (and still can't) afford an all new set; but if I'm being honest bringing all these pieces together was so fulfilling and way more fun, not to mention easy on the wallet. As time has passed, and as we've been able to financially, I've bought new curtains, a new bedspread, some decor, and matching lamps.
It's not perfect and honestly we are still kinda surprised/relieved every morning that we wake up and our mattress hasn't fallen through! The point of the post is to remind myself and others that we all start somewhere and that you've got to make the most of what you've got!
Thank goodness for paint!!