Right after college I went over seas for about two and a half months, and while I was overseas I got an offer to work at Teen Mania. So, what was a mission’s lovin’ girl supposed to do but pack all of her recently unpacked stuff up and move a thousand miles away from her home town…technically only a few hundred miles more than she was living in college.
I moved to Tyler, TX (recently known for the cannibalist murdering boyfriend) with a pick up load of stuff and myself. I moved into a little studio apartment with my bed, a futon, and an ikea like fold up kitchen table. I think that pretty much sums up my furniture.
Soon after I got there I found a cheap overstuffed white chair that I loved. At that time, I thought it was super top notch. My sole piece of real post dormitory furniture. Ten years later, and several moves, this white chair is DINGY but still in fairly good shape(you can see the out of place chair in the picture here). It’s in our bedroom…even though it matches nothing. I keep a throw over it, and have even tried the occasional chair cover but I hate chair covers. And I loathe the idea of getting rid of the chair…my first non-futon furniture! Even tho I don’t use it often…it’s my Quiet Time Chair! I love this chair.
Then I got a book on upholstering your own furniture. I thought, I’ll salvage the chair with beautiful new material from JoAnn Fabric! I know Ruthie Stenner does it all the time. But when I got the book, it lost me at Step 1: Measure the arm of the chair. So check that option off of the list.
Then I found, on line….paint your own furniture. Seriously, PAINT your own furniture. The ad says, choose a color darker than your upholstery, spray on a couple of layers, leave it for 72 hours and voila, beautiful like-new furniture. It even stays “soft.” Seriously, PAINT your own furniture. I was laughing out loud when I found this, but now I’m thinking, what have I got to lose? Should I try it, it seems a little like spray on hair!?