About 10 months ago, I got fed up with how my sofa looked, particularly the terribly worn out slipcover.
It was just all scratched up from cats and kinda sad and frumpy looking.
I was so excited about some of the affordable options I found in some really great pretty fabrics that I could get to replace this one. I really wasn’t into spending $400 on a slipcover for an 8 year old sofa that we may just decide to replace any day now anyway.
That just didn’t quite work out. I had to give it up after a couple of weeks because it was just looking terrible. If you ask Chris about that time in our life he’ll tell you it was “The worst two weeks of my life.” That may be a little dramatic, but it still wasn’t working for us.
Somehow the fact that a new, crisp white slipcover from Ikea is only $100 had escaped me during all this time. I was under the impression that it was going to be hundreds of dollars.
Here it is now! Nothing spectacular, but it’s fresh and white and clean and didn’t cost an arm and a leg. Best of all, it’s the same old sofa we know and love and we get to love it for just a little longer now.
Of course, this is how it looks most of the time now:
I’m not scared of letting the animals on it, but the thick wool blanket protects it from any unnecessary paw prints.
I think I’m going to be doing a whole lot of laundry. Oh well. It’s worth it!
Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.