(Closed) Prioritizing Decorating?

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 3
2280 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My first priority would probably be finishes; paint, carpets/rugs, lights, blinds/curtains, etc. I’d like to get the potentially messy stuff out of the way so I wouldn’t have to deal with it later when I was more settled. After that, I’d want bookshelves and picture frames to go up. 🙂

Post # 4
2083 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

curtains! lol i’ve been changing in the hallway or the bathroom because we don’t have the money to buy shades for the bedrooms yet

Post # 5
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Well I’m of the mind that I’m about to get a whole bunch of “stuff” in about a year for the wedding… so I refuse to buy anything I can register for. We have 7 plates, 3 big glasses, and 1 cutting board. It’s a huge pain in the ass… but I just dont see why I’d buy myself something RIGHT before some else will buy it for me (and prob buy nicer than if I was just trying to get some stuff to tide me over). 

Other than that, we prioritized by how we’d use the rooms. We got new furniture for three rooms: great room, bedroom, and dining room. Great room and dining room because that is where we spend 90% of our time at home so we want them to be comfy and pretty. The dining room because its the first thing you see when you come in the house and I wanted it to make a good first impression. Everything else can (and will) wait. 

Post # 7
2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

If your old couch doesn’t fit into your new living room and you have no other multiple-person seating, I would prioritize the couch, after the pots and pans.  You don’t want a big empty living room with nowhere to sit!  Next would be the dresser, if you don’t have any other drawers for clothes.  

My head is spinning with all of the home purchases we have to make in the next few months and Fiance and I just started talking seriously about what to put on our registry; we’re going to start soon since we’re being thrown an engagement party next month (yay!).  For us, our number one priority is getting a bed and mattress, and the mattress especially scares me because that’s one thing I refuse to buy used but they’re SO expensive unless you buy a cheap one that’ll be uncomfortable and wear out easily.  Ugh.  Next we’re worrying about the couch, and an armoire/dresser, then a dining room table and desk.  Fortunately, like everyone bought my parents dinnerware, cups, mugs, and glasses as wedding presents and they still have so much sitting untouched in boxes, so we’ll have all of that under control!  I already have some other kitchen stuff too.

I feel you on the bookshelf ordeal..I have two massive ones at my parents’ house, and before that, they were in a million piles on my floor.  It was awful.  That’s why we’re leaving my books and his books at home until we can actually afford a bookshelf.  But even if we didn’t have the ability to leave our books at home, we’d still opt for couch above bookshelf.  A couch seems, to me at least, like one of the most central and important pieces of furniture in a home.

It’s not easy to purchase all this stuff when you’re still a college student and have no money! :/

Post # 9
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Ooh, I wish my list was like yours!!!!

Here’s ours!

1) Replace A/C

2) Level and fix the crawl spce

3) Purchase a stove and fridge

4) Replace floors

5) Repaint kitchen and laundry room so we don’t have to move appliances in the future once they are in

6) Fix/replace the tile in the master and hall baths


those are the “must do” things. Paint is at the bottom but it’s like, hmmm, $25-50 a room or the $5000 a/c? haha


As far as decorating, I won’t even know until we move in.

Painting the whole house will become a priority…. as will probably more storage options, building shelves,etc….

Buying a house has made me really handy. I had planned on getting rid of my families old coffee table. It’s nice solid wood… but it’s very “traditional” and doesn’t fit our furniture. Well, I’m going to sand it down and paint it black, replace the hardware. So, for next to nothing, it will be awesome! 

I would scour CL and local thrift stores and read up on how to DIY. Younghouselove.com always gives great ideas on how to take something really cheap and cruddy and make it look like pottery barn. haha

Post # 10
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

1) Paint (haha…our house was periwinkle and violet mkay?)

2) hardwood floors

But we already have comfy couches, a bedroom bed set, etc so we already have a leg up.

Post # 12
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

The first two we’re hiring pro’s. We’re DIY as much as we can. For instance, the cost to install wood laminate flooring is about the same price per sq. foot for the materials. So, by DIY we save half… if we had to pay for that, we couldn’t afford it.

Luckily too, we have a connection for the A/C and so between that and the tax credit, it won’t be too bad.

Post # 14
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

Last year we had no money and a new apartment with 0 furniture. Couch was pretty much last for us, honestly. You don’t get to entertain, but you live in the city, so entertaining isn’t a necessity. We bought a bar table that doubled as an extra kitchen work surface quickly and it was extremely helpful. I think we got the bookcase with the couch.

Post # 15
2008 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

The couch would rank over the bookshelf for me.  Maybe it was just because I was in a college town but I always had really good luck at thrift stores.  I got a pretty decent couch that I actually really liked that served me well for a few years until I inherited my parent’s old leather couches. 

I’m also more inclined to focus my energy on one room and get it to where I enjoy spending time in it.  If I do one thing in the bedroom, one thing in the living room, etc and nothing ever looks “finished” it really bothers me.  I would rather have a polished living room and sleep on a mattress on the floor since I don’t spend much time in the bedroom except to sleep. 

Oh, and you definitely need pots and pans otherwise you won’t be able to save up much money because you’ll be spending it on going out for dinner.  However, I would just get maybe one skillet that I liked and just fill in the other pots from the thrift store or where ever.  It would be worth it to me to spend $30 now and then get quality pieces in a couple years after the wedding rather than getting decent ones now for $100+ and wanting to upgrade in a couple years anyways. 

Post # 16
1023 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

If your parents are finding it hard to squeeze in their belongings in their new home, is there anything of theirs you could borrow or buy from them? There has to be extra furniture if the sq ftage is about half!

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