Don’t you just love slipcovers? I love them nearly as much as I love the change of the seasons, because you see, they can usher in a new “season” any time of year, at a moment’s notice.
That’s what happened in my living room last week. It was prompted by an upcoming Labor Day weekend get-together, as well as some awesome sale items that I found by chance just days before the event.
Let me start from the beginning. All 5 pieces of upholstered furniture in my living room have slipcovers. The sofa is from Pottery Barn and I got it in nearly new condition a few years ago at a yard sale for about 1/3 of it original price. The 2 chairs and ottomans are from Ikea, same style, much lower priced and probably not quite as well made, but comfortable nonetheless.
The original sofa is red and I recently bought a white slipcover for it. I love white for summer! I have various slipcovers for the Ikea chairs and ottomans, but in most cases only have one of each color because my original intent was to have them in different rooms. I do have these 2 white ones which were dirt cheap because they’re white. But in case you didn’t realize it, white is actually a better option than many other colors because if it gets a spot or a spill, all you have to do is wash it with bleach and it’s back to new looking. You don’t have to worry about any fading like other colors.
So this is where our story begins – the blank white canvas in the living room (I removed all the throw pillows to make it truly a blank slate).
Then last Friday the coolest thing happened…I was at Ikea with my sisters helping them shop for what else? Furniture! And I discovered that one of the chair slipcovers that matched a color that I had at home was on clearance. It was a cozy navy denim cover with a slightly lighter color welting on the seams. Instead of the chair cover being $129, it was $19.99! And instead of the ottoman cover being $49 , it was only ONE DOLLAR! How could I turn that away? I couldn’t even buy that much fabric for that price and I was saving nearly $160 for something that would transform my home!!
So I came home and worked some magic with slipcovers and a bit of rearranging of the pieces. Here’s the final product. Not bad for a patriotic Labor Day theme, huh? Now for the really fun part. Scroll down and play the slideshow to see the step-by-step transformation from all white to red and blue. I think you’ll enjoy seeing it as much as I enjoyed doing it.
And if you’re interested in my branch, you can find out more about it’s history from some of my previous posts here. This summer I am hanging vintage reproduction postcards from some of the National Parks that we’ve visited. I usually change it with the seasons as well.
So, what do you think? Isn’t it like having a whole new set of furniture?
If you want to see dozens more great transformations, visit Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch blog.