Wednesday, December 5, 2018

New House Journal: Slipcovered Sofa Set and Mantel Makeover

We're making a lot of headway at the new house, with several things coming to completion. The hardwood floors were installed before Thanksgiving and the finish of the carpet install was this afternoon. I'll share those once I get decent pics. Right now I have something hiding underneath plastic drop cloths that I'm anxious to share. One of my favorite things on my check list is the long awaited delivery of my new Slipcovered Sofa Set. Big Yay.

We are finishing up the painting upstairs, and you can see from the green plastic trough that we had a wallpaper project to start in the Master Bath. So these babies are staying under wraps until we are done and get busy with the major clean-up that we have to do.

I have to admit I'm a fan of the slipcover "trend". I remember my mom had custom slipcovers on a sofa set when I was small. Back then it was usually to cover up a hand-me-down or worn sofa, not something that you purchased ready made. Having a neutral sofa and walls makes for so many decorating possibilities. And since I love changing up pillows and seasonal decor I'm looking forward to the versatility this will give me.

I started collecting sofa pics and links on Pinterest a few years ago, because I was thinking of a loveseat for the kitchen sitting area. There are no outlets here in my town to purchase any slipcovered furniture, so I gathered information and reviews online. I ended up ordering a set by Klaussner Furniture from Sam's Club. Sam's has a site that gives the opportunity to buy different pieces at a discount. You can also go to the company site and get information and read reviews. Sam's gives a small discount to members and a "white glove" delivery that enables you to check the furniture pieces before the delivery guys make their exit. I ordered the sofa, chair and ottoman. I always check dimensions but these pieces are pretty big, but oh so comfortable. I'm looking forward to many hours with a warm throw and a cozy fire.

When we looked at the house I knew that the white painted brick fireplaces were going to be good, they just needed a clean-up with a liberal dose of white paint. The Hearth Room fireplace had a skimpy concrete mantel and the basement didn't even have a mantel. Those weren't working for me, so I knew we would have to get creative and come up with something.

listing photo

Here again, I did some investigations online and found a few sites that shared ways to get that chunkier wooden mantel by layering wood planks and moldings. Our guys that worked on some projects for us (front porch, and redoing the laundry/bath) looked at a few photos then got to work to come up with a better look for me.

Hearth Room

The photos below were key in coming up with our final look.

Here's the basement Family Area, where a mantel used to be, but now was no where to be be found. Wpurchased a premade mantel from Lowe's that was an easy fix. It was primed white so a coat of our woodwork paint worked perfectly.

listing photo

We've lived in a lot of houses and each one except the first had at least one fireplace. But lately the fireplaces we've had have been in newer homes with unvented gas. I'm sorry, I just cannot stand the smell. I'm extremely sensitive to odors and smells, especially since I've had problems with autoimmune illness. Gas and fumes literally give me a massive headache and sick stomach, so while looking at houses this time I was not going to settle for something that made me feel ill each time I wanted to enjoy a cozy fire.

We're just a few projects short of starting a move-in (in stages). First the rooms that aren't used daily, like the Dining Room and Basement Living Room and Guest Room. Hubby's office and "man cave" goodies will hopefully be in that batch. I'm missing Christmas Decorating, but really looking forward to see all this come together. Hope you're having a great week, I'm trying to Christmas shop in between paint and wallpaper... but it's coming along!

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  1. Oh wow, it is all coming together so beautifully

    1. thanks Marty, it seems like we've been at this forever!

  2. This is an exciting update. I can't wait until you start moving in. The sofa looks wonderful. I love my slip covers! I love the mantels.

    1. Thanks Katie, I'm going to try not to have a phobia about getting them dirty. I want to enjoy the light color, I always love seeing how you accessorize yours.

  3. I am so excited for you! I have pinned the mantel and furniture. Those could be in my future, and we have an excellent wood craftsman who likes building cabinetry, closets, and things like mantels. Can't wait to hear your reviews of the furniture wear and tear. That's a good deal!

    1. I imagine that me and the kitties will be lounging all over them most of the time. I did tell my husband that if he was good he could set on them with me. tehe.

  4. I love what you are doing, Debra!

    1. Thankyou Stacey, can't wait to start moving the furniture in, I have a terrible itch to get decorating!

  5. Love the furniture and updated fireplace. I can't believe how much nicer the fireplace looks with the mantel wrapping around. I wish when I ordered my love seats I went with covered ones. Now I have to make covers. Like the direction you're going in!

  6. I did the very same thing as you when I bought my home a few years back - I went neutral with my furniture and slipcovered sofas so I could wash them (3 dogs!!) and I ordered a bunch of pillow forms and covers from Pottery Barn that I can swap out when I need a fresh new look. The pillow covers are a lot easier to wash and store than swapping out complete pillows, that's for sure! I look forward to watching your new home come together!

  7. I'm thinking of buying the same sofa & slipcover - how is yours holding up after a year?


    1. Hi Pamela, the sofa, chair and ottoman have been great. they don't get much use, but I've not had any problems. This sounds a little gross but not long after we moved in I noticed that I had inadvertantly cut my finger on paper and there was blood on the arm of the chair. I was so worried, but it came right out with a little oxy clean. I've really enjoyed having them, they're my fave hangout. I'd give them my endorsement.


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