I admit it. I am cheap. Really, really cheap. I can’t even use the polite frugal to describe my shoping habits, especially when it comes to home goods. Cheap fits the bill a lot better.
While slurping down my coffee this morning, I used my handy iPhone app (iPhone=gift from husband. Not to be used to discount my cheapness, okay?) to see what the NYT was up to Home-and-Garden-wise. Turns out they were touting an “On the Cheap” $2,000 room makeover– with the help of a designer for free– so an author could carve out her own office space in their two bedroom apartment. Her husband is also a writer and had claimed the workspace in the second bedroom. Understandably, she wanted an area of her own to work in. (Bonus: the male half of this duo is none-other than Victor Lavalle, author of Slapboxing with Jesus, a book I greatly enjoyed. I didn’t catch that part in my early morning perusal and I’m writing this as I re-read, ha!)
Anyways, the $2,000 price tag got me thinking. How cheap am I? Let’s take a look.
Alrighty, we’re at $292. Let’s add in what you can’t see from this photo. Two union hall type chairs, free from Papa. My vintage suitcases, $24 for both. My entryway table, free from alley. Let’s use the price I gave my “landing strip” back in the super-early days of this blog for a figure on that: $39. I’ll toss in $15 for the two coat hangers on the wall and door.
That brings us to $370. Not bad, right? I think if I really tried to add up everything we own, minus fancy electronics (obviously not cheap when it comes to my phone, I can’t help it!) and our mattress, it would be under $2,000 for the whole house. That makes me feel phenomenal. See? Cheap.
I think I make serious exceptions when it comes to original art, but it seems that all of the work on their walls — which I love– was their own before the re-do. Large pieces that will last a lifetime, or at least five-ten years, I get shelling out the extra dough. But the sofa was pre-makeover, too.
I love what the designer did for this room. It screams personality, thoughtfulness, comfort. But $2,000 is a lot of money. Especially in 2010! There are other ways. Repurposing, upcycling, thrifting, making, re-making, craigslist, alley shopping, etc. etc.
Am I the only one that see $2,000 for one room as a huge price tag? Am I really as cheap as I think I am?
View the slideshow and before and afters here.