If you’ve been reading here for any length of time, you probably know that I do not accept defeat very well when I have to accept defeat. For us, it’s always been about finding a cost-effective solution to a problem. Some things work, some don’t. We’ve been lucky, most things we’ve attempted have worked well for us. But, coming from a comfortable, two-income existence to having three kids under the age of two in a few short years changed everything. (For the good. Even better when Andy #IV arrived!)
For me, it was a huge adjustment to figuring out how to get what I wanted without having to pay someone else or just going out and buying something. But, I learned (am still learning) that: 1) you can learn to do just about anything over the internet and 2) you can do better than you think you can and 3) it’s worth making the rounds of thrift stores and grocery stores each and every week – sometimes you find nothing, but every now and then . . .
Our floors have been making me crazy for over a year and I found a solution (on the magical internet) and put it into action (it helps that my kids are old). We now have funky, kind-of-beautiful, one-of-a-kind floors that should get us through another couple of years. Our cost? $180. I’m hoping to get to the bedrooms over the summer while the kids are out of school.
Unfortunately, the new floors made the furniture in the living room even sadder-looking than it was when I started. We definitely got our money’s worth from the mid-range leather stuff we got eight years ago. Four growing, filthy boys. All of the boys equally filthy friends. Two dogs. A LOT of parties and holidays. The stuff held up well.
To be totally honest, the furniture never really fit into our living room and lately it’s been looking sooooo sad. I tried slipcovers. Slipcovers do not work on furniture that does not have detachable cushions. (Never mind that every thing I read about slipcovers told me this and I decided to try it anyway – I’m a slow learner.) I tried sooooo hard with those slipcovers, but it was a mess. When I finished the floors, Mike and I agreed the couch was curb food and out it went. That left us with a big chair, the love seat and the ugly recliner. Still, it was better than nothing.
Wednesday morning I took my mom to the airport and drove off in her car – alone, just me and a car and no where to be! I hope my mom is having fun, but I think I might be having more fun. My own car (yes, a sun roof would make it a little better and actually owning my own car would be even more awesome) and some freedom. I turned up the radio and started driving. I stopped and got a Coke and a candy bar (lunch, don’t you know?) and kept driving. I was thinking of going to Joann’s Fabrics. I was almost there and I noticed a new Goodwill had opened up (local folks, it’s on the corner of Rhinehart Road & SR46 in Sanford). I decided to stop in to look for fabric before heading to Joann’s.
I wandered through the store. It’s a well-run Goodwill. The things are sorted in a sane way and are easy to look through. Sadly, no fabric that I could use. On my way out, I happened to glance at a little display at the front of the store (passed right by it going in) and I spotted a couch. No, I spotted “the” couch. A small-scale sectional couch with loose (and beautifully stuffed) cushions. It is EXACTLY what I have been looking for for the living room. Storehouse Furniture said the tags. $250 said the other tag. I took a picture, sent it to Mike (who sooooo does not care) and waited for him to call or text me. Mike texted back to me “I have no clue, looks good. Go for it.” And, gasp ($250 is a LOT of money here), I did.
It’s perfect. The construction of the couch is solid. The cushions are pristine and wonderfully comfortable. I bought a slipcover book to help me with details and I’m in the process of dying fabric and measuring. It should be gorgeous when it’s done. I’m so excited I can hardly stand it. I love when things work out!
The point? Keep looking. Don’t settle. What you want is out there if you can only see through the ugly!
I’ll be posting about the slipcovers and the process in case anyone else wants to try it.
Happy Weekend everyone.