I am a firm believer that everyone should have a simple, firm chair in their bedroom where they can sit to put their socks on. But suitable chairs don’t just appear out of thin air, they appear on the curb on garbage day.
Years ago, I wanted to freshen up the bedroom and settled on one of those bed-in-a-bag deals from Target. It was a Waverly toile pattern in cream and black, ticking stripes and a thin open plaid as accents. Soon things escalated from bed linens to everything that Target had on the shelves in this pattern: 2 throw pillows, 3 tablecloths to alter into curtains and dresser scarves (they remain in the packages to this day), and two sets of matching sheets. I did manage to rein it in and turn away from the small scatter rug and the wall paper border.
But I could not resist the chair cover. Problem: I didn’t have a chair so I set Sami on the hunt and within a week, he came back with two beat up cane back dining chairs. The caning was a mess and torn away from the frame on two sides, but other than that the chairs were sound and they were right shape to take a slip cover. All it took was a little duct tape here and there and we were good to go.
So I slapped the chair cover on and it was too large by maybe an inch in each direction. I always meant to make a padded inner cover out of an old mattress pad to take up the slack but I never got around to it. See above: “they remain in the packages to this day”.
But a civilized person needs a sock chair, am I right? So all these years, the saggy chair cover stayed saggy and eventually it was covered up by piles of laundry and packages of tube socks and then it didn’t matter anymore.
Fast forward to modern times: I invested so much time and energy in decluttering that I wanted to keep furnishings and accessories in the latest make over to a minimum. But I missed the sick chair, which when you think about it is what separates us from the apes. So I started looking at fancy costly slip covers then moved to looking at fabric to make my own, plus a few little throw pillows. See above: “they remain in the packages to this day”. But then one day during my daily internet trawling, I found a humble little short chair cover. The fabric was pique and the price was low so I dithered a few days thinking this might be money thrown away on something crappy. But this cover had 118 reviews on Amazon, all but 7 of which were positive. I took the plunge and here it is:
Even though those dissatisfied reviewers were right that the cream color is not cream but really more of a taupe-y mushroom color, I am still extremely pleased with this. I love the streamlined look, the cover is soft and smooth and doesn’t move around when you sit on it and it makes me wish I had more chairs that needed slip covers.
Promises for the future: 1. – I will not let this become a laundry pile holder and 2. – I will resist the temptation to put a little floral throw pillow on it.
Update: Well, that was 600 words about a new slip cover. No wonder I lost all of my readers. I think it’s fairly obvious that I have nothing going on in my life. Nothing except that my husband has shingles and pneumonia and overdosed himself with prescription cough medicine so that he was sleeping 20 hours a day and I am working myself to death and a piece of artwork tried to save me the trouble by attempting to assassinate me in my own bed.