I cannot BELIEVE how much we knocked out yesterday on the moving front! The kids and I packed up the whole classroom/dining room and one of their bedrooms and hauled it over to the new house. We tackled a good chunk of the storage unit, too. Then, Mark and my older 2 boys, with the help of one of our friends at church + his 2 boys, went in and wiped out the entire storage unit in just over an HOUR!! (Except for the piano because another friend has a special dolley thing that will make that mammoth easier to move).
That’s a full ton of progress, so today, we are going to go at a little slower pace. My kids worked their heiny’s off and I am ver proud of them. I am letting them sleep in today because of all of their hard work, so I am going to sit here and enjoy my coffee and put up a quick post.
I am really planning to give my living room area a much-needed makeover once we are moved. However, I’m also trying to be a good steward of our money, so I’m not going to run out and buy all new stuff. I’m actually looking forward to working with what I already have because it is in decent shape, it just needs a little “boost” to the new millenium. ;)
Our first order of business is the sofa and loveseat.
These have been through so much, bless their hardy hearts!! 4 kids, countless animals, spill, stains, sickness, several moves and all the while being OFF WHITE. Are you kidding me?! Hahaa! What in the free world was I thinking when I purchased them? Nevertheless, they’ve stood up under some serious trial. But now, it’s time for some slipcovers for the old girls. Parts of the cushions have become the tiniest bit threadbare and I can no longer get the arms any kind of clean looking despite my best efforts. I have high hopes for their new duds, so we shall see! I’m hoping they will be in by the end of next week.
Next up are the 40 year old endtables. Yep.. FORTY.
My parents bought these when they were first married so I’ve had them around my whole life. And if you think my couches have been through it, just talk to these ladies! I’m also going to attempt to overhaul the old lamps, too, but I’ll talk about that in a minute.
For the tables, I plan to sand them down and paint them a dark, dark chocolate color, which will almost appear black. I’m also going to get some new handles; probably in a muted silver. I have such high hopes for these girls, too!
As for those lamps, I *was* going to toss them and start over, but I’m really thinking I may, just for kicks, see if I can paint those to be more modern. The etchings really are beautiful in them, so a nice new color would probably bring those out well. Of course, I’ll replace those horrific shades to something more kicky, but I’ll do that after I get the rest all figured out. The great thing is, if the whole lamp thing bombs, they are easily replaceable.
So, here’s where you come in. How would you make over these lamps? I’m really at a loss for color, except I know that black is out because it will be too much with the color of the endtable. Actually I’m not even sure I’ll keep them on the endtables, but still, black might be overkill. Any ideas?
****Edited to add: I realize that suggestion are going to be tough when I haven’t given you a thing to go on! Here is the link to the slipcover color: http://www.surefit.net/shop/categories/sofa-loveseat-and-chair-slipcovers-stretch-separate-seat-t-cushions/stretch-suede-separate-seat-t-cushion.cfm?sku=36448
And my friend, Laura, suggested these pillows on the FB page: http://cgi.ebay.com/THAI-SILK-THROW-DECOR-PILLOW-CASE-COVER-CUSHION-PAIR-16-/280577392616?pt=Decorative_Pillows&hash=item4153b73fe8 I LOVE them!!
I’m probably going to get a new rug for in there, too. So, pretty much, my color scheme is up in the air.