When we bought this house almost four years ago, I was so excited about furniture! We were finally buying our first set of living room furniture from a store. Everything up until that point had been hand me downs or second hand.
Now don't get me wrong, I love hand em downs. And I love second hand stuff! But it was just a good feeling to walk around the furniture store and pick what I wanted. Well, ok, honestly it wasn't exactly what I wanted. But it has the features that the hubster wanted. And it looked like it would hide stains from the kids well. So it was a good pick.
I think it was about two years in before things started going wrong. First one of the sides of the couch wouldn't recline. Then the springs started poking people. I would blame it all on the kids jumping on the couch when they thought I wasn't looking. But even the love seat, which was claimed by the dogs, was breaking. And you can't tell me that the dogs climbing up and down on a love seat could really do a lot of damage.
I was lamenting my situation to my mom. And she offered me the furniture from her basement; which had previously been in my Grandma M's basement. Now, I had to sell the idea to my hubster (who isn't quite a retro-style guy) This furniture has some big positive points! 1) It has wood everywhere. If a kid jumps on the furniture and bonks themselves, it may deter them from continuing. Notice I wrote "may deter" not necessarily "will deter" 2) The cushions have zippers and the covers can come off for when I need to clean them! 3) Again, the wood, easier to clean! and 4) this is not the most comfy of furniture as far as laz-y-boys and stuff are compared. This is a huge positive to me! Uncomfy furniture encourages a lesser amount of couch potatoes in the house! Hooray!
Tonight I am thankful for our free basement furniture!!! And just look how perfect it goes in my living room :) Almost like it was made to be here with us!