Slipcover Transformation

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.

Living Room – blank slate

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.

Living Room after the Transformation

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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.

Postcards on Branch

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.

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