What do you think? Hideous, right? Yes, but this couch has great, strong, Ethan Allen bones and a flat back and flat seat just like I've wanted. A flat back and flat seat means no cushions to break down and look tired and smashed. Yay! I also wasn't crazy about the camel back and the flared arms, so I decided to have Ray at Wheeler's Interiors rebuild the frame a bit while he was in the process of reupholstering it. I chose this fabric from Joann's, which I got with a coupon, of course--and I love it. It is quite light in color, but it is a heavy duty polyester that is easily washed. Ray even made sure I had custom arm covers and a cover to go over the back for added protection and washability. Awesome. So here she is!
Quite an improvement, right? I think so. It really kills me that I don't have a pretty room in which to display my pretty couch, but oh well. You get the idea. It's not that this house couldn't be beautiful. ANY house can be beautiful. It's just that since we don't know how long we're gonna be in it, I'm not sure it's worth our time and effort to make it beautiful. You know what I mean? Anyway...
And remember this dresser that I picked up at a thrift store for like 30 bucks? Well, I did decide to paint it, and I'll be posting the finished pictures as soon as Brian helps me put on the new drawer pulls.
I stripped it down, primed it with an oil based Cover Stain primer and then sanded it down smooth.
I can't wait to show you what it looks like now!
Also, in case you're interested--this is the color I'd like to paint our next house. I love it! I think it is the perfect silvery-grey with blue undertones. This picture is not ideal, but trust me. It's awesome. :)
And this is the girls' bedding and boys' bedding, respectively, that i picked out for the new house (I thought I'd start collecting things early since I know I'll have zero dollars for decorating once the house is finished. As it turns out, I was shopping a bit too early, so I decided to take advantage of it anyway. Like I mentioned on IG, You don't have to have a pretty house to have a pretty bed. I plan to pair the girls' bedding with their black and white upholstered headboards from the last hough (do you remember them?) and accent in bright pink. The green and white bedding is actually from the girls' section at Pottery Barn, but I figure I can boyify it if I accent in navy and maybe a few touches of brown or orange. We'll see.
I can't live without decorating. I can't live without words, and I can't live without decorating....or my family. Or water.
And in case you've ever wondered what kind of quality IKEA furniture is made of, here is a little peek inside. I let my kids go to town on this when we were moving, and they totally loved it. Don't worry. This won't keep me from continuing to shop at IKEA, either, but it is quite offensive to Brian. He has no tolerance for poor quality.
Anyway, if you're out there....stay tuned. :)