Tim and I were involved in missions when we met and were married and have always lived on a tight budget. As the years have gone by, and our family grew, we made the decision to have me at home and for me to home educate our children. That meant living on one income with a family of 8!
This is where creativity and thankfulness come into play. We have made due with what we had! We did buy a brand new couch and chair once, but the couch fabric didn't hold up well and the chair has seen better days!
Being unwilling at this point in our lives to spend money on furniture, I had to get creative and cover up those ugly pieces of furniture. Oh, did I mention we have furniture that was given to us, and one chair that I found by the side of the road? The bones were solid and good, the fabric - not so much.
Let me show you the offending pieces...
We bought this recliner many years ago...it is well used, but not by me. Recliners are built for taller folk than me - the padding for the head always hits me in the wrong place.
This chair was given to us - it is so comfortable and the one I usually claim in the living room. Not too horrible but a gold tweedy fabric - yikes!
My roadside find....this is a comfortable chair to sit in. And it fits very well by the piano...
This is our purchased couch...the salesman assured us this fabric would allow you to clean it yourself...not! The padding in the arms in nearly non-existent, too!
This tan couch was given to us, gently worn, but is so not my own style...
So how to hide the hideous (seriously people! I have shown you some reality this morning haven't I?) furniture and make the room look warm and welcoming? I cover it all up! The green couch has a tan couch cover to be neutral just like the color on the other couch. The recliner has a white bedspread on it, the gold chair a tablecloth in a Waverly print, the small green roadside chair has a red tablecloth on it! The tablecloths were just sitting in my closet, no longer in use, after Tim made me my giant table.
So now you know my secret...What do you think?