I am an ad-watcher. I don't always have the money to jump on a furniture piece I want, so I watch, hoping no one else buys it. Sometimes I miss out, but many times, the price either drops drastically, or it gets posted for free, and then I snatch it up.
The latter is how I transformed my living room.
I really wanted a sectional to replace my blue recliner and red Ikea couch. Although I thought the red sofa was just the cutest thing, it wasn't that practical or comfortable.
But the pickings were slim what with my small, odd-shaped living room and even smaller budget.
So I watched and waited. Then the price on one of my possibilities dropped from $150 to $80. The ad made it clear the owner was moving and just needed it gone. I couldn't tell what it really looked like from the picture, but it was in my neighborhood, so it was at least worth a look.
In person, it wasn't all I hoped. The size and shape were perfect, but the fabric and color weren't really "me." I hemmed and hawed. We asked if he would take $50. He said, "Yes." I still wasn't sure.
And then he said, "I'll even take $40." And thems were the magic words. At $40, we could at least clean it up (it needed it!) and resell it if t didn't work out.
It worked out.
|Forgot to take before pic. This old pic shows red Ikea chair, blue recliner, red Ikea sofa.|
Although I'm still not crazy about the woven fabric, I do like just about everything else about the sectional. I especially like the chaise in the front of the bay window.
And I love my new living room.
It flows better. It's brighter. It's roomier. It seats more people. And it's a million times more comfortable and better suited to watching movies and kicking butt at Mario Kart.
I still need a coffee table/ottoman, and I'd like to make covers for the pillows that came with the couch (they are hideous and not fit for pictures), but I am content for now.
Sold: $230 (+ donated red Ikea chair to West Coast Mastiff and Large Breed Rescue who made it into a dog bed.)
Spent: $52 ($40 sectional w/chaise + $10 rug + $2 yellow and blue fake flowers + $0 free cat tower.)