Wednesday, April 1, 2009

They are sort of like new couches...

with the new house, we'd hoped to purchase new couches. You see, we are currently using a green/red/cream plaid set (not even a couch, a love seat and chair w/ ottoman) that was handed down to us when I was 2 months pregnant with our first child, and we had just moved halfway across the country with a trailer too stuffed to fit our couches into. They aren't pretty (mostly b/c our kids LOVE to spill drinks on them, the pattern is actually kind of cute/country-ish when it's not totally dirty), but they are functional and we are grateful to the family member who gifted them to us. We are just ready for something new.
A few months ago, Linens 'N' Things was going out of business, and we took advantage of that by buying some slipcovers at deep discounts. We got a loveseat, a chair and a recliner slipcover. We bought a recliner cover b/c they were lacking any ottoman covers, and I knew I could dismantle it and create a ottoman slipcover.
We put the slipcovers on the couch/chair and I instantly hated them. The color is fine. It's VERY neutral. It needs some fun pillows/throws to liven it up, that's for sure. But I HATE them b/c they are one-piece and therefore everytime you stand up, the elastic pops out. So I banished the covers off to a closet, along with the partially dismantled recliner cover, presumably to never come out again.
But with the new house comes new expenses. $330 for inspection. $500 for earnest money. $425 for appraisal. $300 to replace the clothes washer that died this week. $250 to fix the problem on DHs car that popped up this week. It all happens at once, and it sure adds up. So we've opted to wait on the new furniture and instead make do with what we have.... dirty couches and slaughtered slipcovers. LOL.
Today my plan was to finish disassembling the recliner cover and create an ottoman cover. Tonight/Tomorrows game plan is to figure out how to rig the couch/chair slipcovers so they don't pop out. I'm thinking maybe polyresin snaps? Or possibly elastic straps that hook around the cushions? Who knows. I'm so tired at this point that I can't think straight. Post your suggestions in the comments if you have any.
And in the meantime, isn't this one hell of a slipcover? Thank you. Thankyouverymuch.

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