Did any person on earth happen to understand that Forrest Gump reference? No? Ah, well…
I have been ACHING for a white sofa for years. They are so pretty, so crisp, so CLEAN… And yet, I have two incredibly messy children who like to eat applesauce in the living room (no matter how many times I ask them to sit at the table). It was looking like my sofa dreams would never come true. I mean, look at this beauty… I have had my eyes on her since the moment I spotted it in that Vince Vaughn/Jennifer Aniston movie The Breakup. I am literally that much of a furniture nerd, that I can watch a movie and not pay attention to anything else besides “That Petrie Sofa from Crate and Barrel, Nathan!!”
Isn’t is ahh-mayy-zing??
But, there was an-ever-not-so-slight problem: I could never justify spending $1700 on a white couch that my kid would ruin in one afternoon. Instead, I set my eye on a white leather sofa from Ikea; yes, white leather is a little 80’s, but at least I could wipe it clean. That was back in Ohio, and I didn’t get that one, either.
Still, that one was $900, and once we realized that we would be moving into a house where our gigantic, ugly sectional wouldn’t fit, we were kind of over a barrel and decided to JUST LOOK at the $500 fabric version in dark grey. When we arrived at Ikea, they had a white one in the as-is section that was covered in dirt, but was only $200… Even Nathan conceded that this was too good of a deal to pass up. I would try to get the slip covers clean and if that turned out to be a mess, we could try to dye the covers grey or pick up a whole new cover all together, which would still save us $150 in the end.
The moment I pulled the slip covers out of the wash, I actually squealed with joy. They were clean! They were white! My (nerdy) dreams had come true!! Through some twist of fate, I HAD MY WHITE SOFA!
Over the past five months, the old boy has held up pretty well. I’ve washed the covers twice since then, and they always come out spick and span. But I still daydream about that Petrie Sofa with its sexy, mid-century tapered legs…
Take a step back in time with me, now… This was our last house; and as Nathan was tearing down those hideous 1970’s era spindles from our front room, my mind was whizzing around one section of them that was just the right shape to grace the bottom of that Ikea couch (and wondering why in god’s name he was wearing that interesting shirt). I made Nathan promise me that he wouldn’t throw the spindles away, and even after the moving guys looked at me like I was crazy when I told them to pack them, I jumped at the opportunity last weekend when Nathan had his miter box out.
He cut my ugly, reclaimed spindles to length, and we got four double-ended screws at the hardware store.
I took off the old legs, put on my freshly washed slip covers, screwed in the new legs, popped on a non-skid pad and eeek! Sexy legs!
Nathan thinks it looks the same, but he wouldn’t appreciate a beautiful line on a sofa it if kicked him in the face. Nevermind that the legs might be the only beautiful line on my $200 couch, but whatev.