Friday, April 11, 2014

New Piano & Couches

My piano teacher had a piano student die... the parents wanted to get rid of the piano because it was too painful to keep. She asked us if we wanted it... we did. By the time we figured out where to put the piano it had already been given away. We ended up getting one on craigslist with some money we received for Christmas from Grandpa Corbett. I took lessons all throughout elementary school, jr high & high school.  Nice to know all those lessons and thousands of hours of practicing haven't gone to waste.  This piano was in a condo up two flights of very narrow stairs. We hired piano movers to come get it for us.  I heard paying for piano movers is cheaper than paying for back surgery... so true. There used to be two bookshelves where the piano is now.

We moved one bookshelf to the kids' room. 

We got rid of the nightstand and put the other bookshelf in our room.

This is how our couches looked before.... they were free hand me down couches with generic slipcovers that never fit well.  When you get married, and all of a sudden have a home that needs multiple rooms furnished, free couches sound wonderful, right?

And here are our new couches. The covers actually fit. We have been talking about getting couches for that last three to four years. Looks like we finally got around to it. We have dark floors and a lot of dark furniture so I did not want dark or leather couches. Didn't want the living room to feel like a cave.

I only wanted a couch with slipcovers that we could wash. I know people love dark couches because they hide the dirt, but quite honestly I think it is disgusting. Let's face it, most people don't clean their couches.  I am a bit of a clean freak so just thinking about that grosses me out. We bought two sets of slipcovers for our couches. White and a soft, charcoal grey. It might seem crazy to get white, but it seems to be really popular with families with children.... why?? If you have a light colored couch and it gets stained you're out of luck. A white couch can be bleached like crazy. I think I have read every blog post ever written online about white couches and children... I was surprised by how many people love it. It should seem obvious that if you're not willing to wash the slipcovers that would be a terrible investment. I am okay washing slipcovers.... I mean it is two loads of laundry. I washed the covers this morning and it wasn't a big deal. The couches smelled like lavender when they came out of the dryer.... so worth it!

I did check into getting slipcovers made to fit our old couches and it was going to cost $1000+ per couch... umm no thanks. It is expensive because it is so much work.