Was it worth it?
Sending the slip covers across the country to change their color, and
my living room, was definitely a leap of faith.
Showing you the new look is not easy either - the lighting in this room on
these later winter days is not the best, however I think you will get the
feel. . . . . . . . which is a lot different from the previous bright white
shabby chic look.
Overall I'm pleased with the slip covers. There are a few darker
marks on the chair cover, but nothing a pillow and throw can't hide!
As warned, the zippers used on the backs and the cushions were white
polyester and they did not take the dye, however they are just about
invisible on the furniture so that isn't a major problem for me.
For now I'm keeping the antique French linen cover on the side chair, and the
ottoman cover, white. As the slip covers came back quite a bit darker than
expected, charcoal rather than medium/dark grey, I think I need the white
to keep the room from looking too dark.
I picked up some new pillow covers at IKEA at the weekend - two large grey
velvet and two small indigo blue linen - which I think go well with my antique cream
and blue covers purchased in Provence some years back, also my elephant
cover from Pottery Barn last year, and the sweet bird on a branch pillow in
another shade of blue found here at the Vintage Village.
I like how the dark grey contrasts with my armoire painted in
Annie Sloane's Paris Grey. . . . .also with the silver metal gym
baskets under the coffee table, perfect storage for my magazines
and current reading materials.
Nothing fancy here - after all this is just a small cottage, compact and comfy.
We've lived here 30 years now, not sure how much longer, but will keep it our
home as long as we can. . . . . . . . . . because our neighbors won't let us move,
and our garden birds would miss us, haha!
We have a bathroom reno starting this week, followed hopefully by a
kitchen facelift during the Summer. Later this year the exterior of the house
will be receiving a much-needed paint job.
It's going to be a busy year around the cottage!
This photo was taken with my iPhone and it seems to be the closest
color match - more the shade of charcoal grey without the blue hue in the
All in all I am pleased with the covers. I did wash them all in my washer
yesterday (and dried them in the dryer) as I wanted to be certain the dye is
permanent and would not rub off on light clothes - it won't, and there was no
dye in the washing water. The covers feel lovely, much softer and for some
reason were easier to get back on the cushions - the job I always dreaded!
The wall behind the sofa might need some work. Perhaps I'll eventually
hang some art along with the old mirror, haven't decided yet.
So this is the new look - even Bob seems to like it which is always a
plus - and it cost much less than new furniture for the time being!
Now I'm working on the dining room table for Spring, and eventually
for Easter. I've definitely edited my collection of Easter items over the
past couple of years so remaining are just my white rabbits. . . . . . and
a few other things I'll share in a later post closer to Easter.