A little over a year ago I posted about recovering my kitchen chair seats. It was a poor choice of fabric for a table that's the hub of our house. Three coats of Scotchguard were no match for a lethal combination of Playdoh, Ragu, and Crayola (washable markers, my foot!). I have been watching for oilcloth, but never found anything that suited my pocketbook or the colors of the adjacent room. I grabbed this bolt when Salvation Army slashed its $3.99 pricetag by half. If this nesting continues, I'll be stapling late into the night.
Even though I'd still prefer a wipeable cushion, I know that an hour of my labor is truly money in the bank. My home is my job--and I have plenty of time to do it right. I appreciate the flexibility of being able to change the color scheme without fretting about a $40 investment in vinyl. When the next bowl of homemade soup cascades down the table, I can think to myself, "Oh, this fabric was only $2. Not even the cost of a Happy Meal." Adopting this kind of attitude is the key to cheerful frugality. Yes, it's a little extra work--but the extra savings, well, that works for me!
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