You should see our rec room.
But we won't go there; instead, let me share with you how we've helped Nicholas stock his future apartment.
1. We started with what he had.
Which, truthfully, wasn't much. As far as furniture goes, he basically he had a television and a bed (top mattress and box spring, but no headboard). The mattress was brand new, but the box spring wasn't. So we decided to keep the mattress and then purchase a platform bed (with a headboard!) so we didn't have to deal with storing and/or transporting a bulky box spring.
2. We shopped yard sales, estate sales, and consignment stores.
(with the exception of the desk, nothing was over $100)
3. We re-purposed.
Up in our attic was a white bookcase that used to be in Timothy's nursery. We brought it down, painted it black, and re-purposed it into an entertainment center. Nicholas' flat screen television will sit on top, and the canvas storage bins (not shown) will be used for storage.
4. We re-upholstered.
Also stored in our attic was a kitchen table and four chairs that Joe and I had when we first married. It's quality furniture, but the chair cushions needed to be replaced.
It's amazing what a bolt of Waverly upholstery fabric, a staple gun, and a rainy afternoon can do.
And there you have it. All this preparation has been exciting, but also bittersweet. Keep us in your prayers this weekend as Nicholas makes some big decisions!