Sofa shopping was supposed to be super fun and comfortable. I had no idea it would be so hard to actually find a sofa of my dreams that I had been designing and sitting on in my mind for years! Literally, years!
When Matt and I got married, my parents gave us their old sofa and love seat, the ones that I had grown up with. I was happy with them because they were free, pretty comfortable, and it was a sofa couch! (that was fun until we had to move it. Not fun.) Then one of our friends that was moving to another state gave us their old futon. We were moving up! It is seriously the most comfortable futon I have ever sat in. All we did was buy a cover for it and basically we had a brand new piece of furniture! Love that thing.
As you can see, when it came time to buy some real furniture, I was thrilled! Real furniture that I can pick out and have in my living room…. Brand new, just what I want…. Dream come true! (Thanks mom and dad for funding this project. The most comfortable gift we have ever gotten from you!)
So the shopping began. Matt and I went out a few weekends in a row to 3 or 4 furniture stores. We found that the stores were in one of two categories: 1) Super fancy. A throw pillow costs more than my car, or 2) Super lame. An entire living room set, two end tables, a coffee table, a TV set, and TV stand were just $99.99. Really?! How is that even possible?!
When my mom and dad came down for a weekend, my dad and Matt stayed home and did manly things (hammering, sawing, grunting) and my mom and I went sofa shopping. And we were successful! We finally came across the couch and love seat that we have now, and I loved it! Matt didn’t even get to see it before I bought it! (What a trusting husband… Or a husband who was tired of sitting on the living room floor)
I bought the set, and set up a day for Matt and I to come back and get it. Which was another adventure all in itself.
Once we got home with the furniture, we realized we weren’t sure if it would even fit through our doors. (phone conversation with Matt right after I bought the couch without him: Matt, “How long is the couch?” me, “I’m not sure…” Matt, “How deep is it?”, me, “ummm…”. Matt, “How much did it end up costing for both the couch and the love seat?”, me, “well…. I know it’s dark gray! They are so cute!”)
Thankfully we were able to get it through our sliding glass doors in the back of the house and plop them right down in the living room. Thank goodness, because that sofa was heavy!! Here is what our living room looked like before any furniture:
And here is Matt, really thankful that it fit through the door:
The pillows on there are going to be covered soon! I had to put them in the guest room because I couldn’t even look at them on the perfect couch we found. It’s coming together little by little.
As for the pictures of the new color of trim outside, they are coming soon! I keep getting home after dark and haven’t taken a picture of the lighter, creamer yellow color of paint. It looks way better. And our neighbors are talking to us again, so that must mean it looks better.