As I mentioned in my current state of thrifting affairs, I was itching to break up with my slipcovered green beast and get a leather sectional. It just was not working out quite like I had hoped. I was naive to think that a slipcover on a Craigslisted couch was the answer to my messy kids. I was so tired of having to constantly wash it. Laundry is bad enough when you have two small kids. Adding a slipcover to my laundry to do list was getting annoying. The mister and I talked about the possibility of getting a new couch and settled on getting him a recliner
Philip and I went to the furniture store last Tuesday looking for a recliner. I hated the thought of a poufy recliner with a cup holder, but he never asks for anything. He really wanted one, so I was just going to suck it up, put on my big girl pants, put on a fake smile and go with it. We wandered around and the one he wanted was gone. We casually looked around for a couple minutes, then we left empty handed.
On Thursday night, we were talking about the possibility of getting a new sectional after he read my post. He said he really liked the one I used my post from Bassett and that we should look into getting one like that when we moved, but…….
It just so happened that the furniture store on base had that same exact couch… for $3199. That is a big chunk of change, more than we have ever spent on anything else for our home. EVER. And that’s after a markdown from a MSRP of nearly $5K. Philip said that if I could get a deal on it, that we should just go ahead and buy it.
Friday morning I had a museum play date with a big group of ladies. I wasn’t a 100% sure I wanted to go look at the couch afterwards since Vanessa was extra rambunctious that morning, but I figured I needed to at least LOOK at it again before committing to such a large purchase. I offered $2500, the associate said they couldn’t go lower than $2900. I thought about it for a little bit and told him I was going to pass.
Well, we ran into another friend at the furniture store and V was busy lounging on the bean bags with her little buddy and pretty much refused to leave. I wasn’t prepared for this nonsense. I left the stroller and baby carrier in the trunk. Thankfully this little power struggle meant I was at the store a little longer trying to get Vanessa to put her shoes on. As I was getting ready to walk out the door, the manager came out to check on the store. She told the associate to offer $2700. SOLD! I’m in love.
It still needs new pillows to lighten up the space and it’s a little large for our narrow city apartment, but it is beyond comfortable. I’ve napped on it three times in three days and I NEVER nap.
I’m sure some of you are having as much sticker shock as we did. Phil and I both said, “I can’t believe we just spent that much money on a couch.” at least 10 times within the first 24 hours. There is a reason why we decided to make such a huge financial commitment.
1. This couch is genuine leather. Not bonded or bycast leather that get peddled as the real deal. Bonded/bycast leather couches are significantly cheaper in both price and quality. They’re not meant to last a lifetime. It’s like comparing particle board and solid wood furniture. No brainer.
2. We have ridiculously messy kids. Need I say more?
3. It’s the most used piece of furniture in our home. I calculated that we would pay roughly $1.35 per day for 10 years of use. Seems pretty fair since I’m sure our leather sectional will last longer with a little tlc.
I hope to have a separate family/living room soon, but with the Navy moving us around every two years, that’s unlikely. Not impossible, but difficult. The beautiful light gray linen living room set with nailhead trim will have to wait until our forever home or until the kiddos stop being disgusting. I don’t see either happening anytime soon.
I just bought this beauty a few new pillowcases and new fabric for the ottoman and media center. Hoping to show you an updated look soon!
How do you feel about leather furniture? Love or hate?
Author: Maria Ibbitson (Craft Crazy Mom)
Navy Wife. Mother. Photographer. Crafter. Blogger. Obsessed with glitter, cotton swabs, and the color white. Fueled by coffee, stinky cheese and red wine. Adores her family, blogging and taking pictures along the way. This blog is dedicated to life, love & diy.