Weekly Wrap-Up #20- The Satisfaction of Doing

I doubt anyone noticed, but I skipped out on the wrap-up last week. Technically, this is week 21, but hey, who’s counting? 🙂

restored dresserI discovered a new passion recently- refinishing old furniture. We bought a new dresser from Ikea, so we’re giving our old one back to my Mom. It’s a piece that she bought from a yard sale years ago, and it has about 6 layers of paint and varnish on it now, so I offered to fix it up. She’s been wanting different furniture for her room, and this dresser is perfect for her. It’s required a lot of attention from the orbital sander, but I’ve been enjoying the challenge!

Then my mother found another dresser out by the curb on trash night, so she scooped that up and brought it home. I sanded it down, and now it’s ready for a fresh coat of paint. We also had an old wooden trunk in the basement that we were ready to get rid of, but decided to take the sander to it and see how it turned out. Now it’s going to make an excellent toy box for our daughter, once we get it painted and add new hinges.

There’s a real sense of satisfaction that comes from doing, rather than buying. We could have easily taken these pieces and dumped them out on the curb, but with some effort and attention, they’re practically new. No need to go buy something and spend money. It just takes a little elbow grease and a vision to work with what you already have.


I had another post up on Travel Blue Book this week that I’d love for you to check out:

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor- 8 Fun Things to Do

Recently enjoyed posts by others:

Case Study: Can You Make Money Posting Ads Online? by Alexa at Single Moms Income

Can You be Addicted to Paying Off Debt? by Melanie at Dear Debt

DIY Phone Screen Replacement by Aldo at Million Dollar Ninja

Have a great weekend!

*image via Pixabay

16 comments on “Weekly Wrap-Up #20- The Satisfaction of Doing

  • Hannah @ Wise Dollar , Direct link to comment

    The satisfaction from doing something is really great! I just finished repainting my old dresser and it feels good looking at it thinking that I’m the one responsible for making it look better. Hard work really pays off!�

  • Addison @ Cashville Skyline , Direct link to comment

    I’m a big fan of doing rather than buying too. I was just thinking about making a birthday gift for a friend. I haven’t tried refinishing furniture, but it sounds like fun. Maybe a decent side hustle for you?

  • Will , Direct link to comment

    Ah, the satisfaction of DIY. I do 100% of my own work on my car. Not because I’m cheap but I love the satisfaction.

  • E.M. , Direct link to comment

    I would love to get into this on the side, too. My dad actually makes furniture, but if we ever move closer to them, I’d love to try and refinish things with him. It seems like a lot of fun, especially when you have the freedom to do whatever you want!

  • DC @ Young Adult Money , Direct link to comment

    One of my parent’s neighbors makes a full-time living by “flipping” furniture. Her garage is always packed with furniture pieces that she is working on. She will take just about any furniture piece for free or for the right price and completely refinish them. It does seem satisfying to do things versus buy them. I think it can also relate to things like landscaping, painting, and other house-related things where you can always pay someone but going the DIY route gives you that satisfaction of completing it.

  • Aldo @ MDN , Direct link to comment

    Thanks for the mention Lauren.

    We’ve been talking about doing things like this for a while. We live in a small apartment at the moment, but we can still use my mom’s place to store stuff while we work on them. I haven’t ran this through mama dukes yet so I hope she’s okay we us using her place as a storage unit. haha

    • Lauren , Direct link to comment

      haha. My mom has let me keep stuff in her house since I moved out 10 years ago- I think she’s getting sick of it, but I live with her again, so she’s stuck with it for now!

  • Holly@ClubThrifty , Direct link to comment

    I refinished all of the cabinets in our kitchen and bathrooms in our new house and it was very satisfying. It also looks awesome and only cost around $20-$25 total.

    I hope you have a great weekend!

  • Alexa , Direct link to comment

    Thanks for the mention!

    I’ve been refinishing furniture a lot too! My boyfriend has a 1960’s looking kitchen – yellow cabinets and pink countertops – so I painted the cabinets white and the countertops black. I can’t believe how good his kitchen looks now or how it easy it was to refinish a laminate countertop. I also did a hutch and a couple chairs. It’s so much fun to bring something ugly back to life.

    • Lauren , Direct link to comment

      Wow, that’s great! I didn’t even know that you could refinish laminate- I’ll have to look into doing that.

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