Last fall we went to dinner at the house of some friends and I particularly noticed their couch. It wasn’t fancy or expensive, it was a simple couch that was wooden with cushions. When I saw I thought it was simple, comfortable and homey. I waxed nostalgic wishing that I could find a couch like theirs, alas, they don’t make them like they used to.
My very long day actually got its start last Saturday when Rachel, Caroline and I went to one of our local resale shops, KCM. While we were there I saw a couch that was very similar to my friend’s. The only problem with that couch was that the cushions for the back were missing. They had been replaced with several throw pillows. The couch & love seat that we had were in really bad shape and very uncomfortable, even with the cushions replaced with pillows, that couch was an improvement.
The girls and I then ran some more errands and ended up going to the other KCM on the other side of town. We found some good deals on skirts and then, lo and behold there was another wooden couch, much like the other one. This one was a little bit more money, but it was in really good condition and had all of cushions. When I arrived home I told Gene about the couches and we decided that we would check back in on them on Thursday when he had the day off.
And so begins my very long, very busy, very tiring day. We got out of the house about 11am and went to the first KCM to see if they had a couch. They did, we bought it and they held it until we could come back for it later in the day. We then went to the second KCM to see if they had the second couch. They have about 25 couches and when I approached the place where the couch had been on Saturday, I was disappointed to see that it was gone. I then looked back one row and there was another wooden couch. It was it great shape and had all of its cushions. We bought that couch as well and made arrangements to return for it later in the day.
Now the real fun began. If you ever think about buying a 12 passenger van thinking that you’ll just whip the seats out whenever you want to transport some cargo. . . think again, or have a lot of strong sons instead of a bunch of girlie daughters. Gene and I pulled, tugged, lifted (ok, Gene did all of the pulling, tugging and lifting when the seats were in the van) and I helped him get them out of the van and put them in the yard. After we recovered we went to the car wash so Gene could vacuum out the van, it’s so much easier when the seats are all gone.
We went to the closest KCM and they had wonderful helpers there to load the couch into the van. I was getting a grumbly in my tumbly and I suggested that we head to my absolute favorite fast food restaurant, Chick fil a. After some nuggets, Chick fil a sauce, waffle fries and a Dr. Pepper I was ready to get to work again. We took this couch to the house, took the love seat and couch out of house, which was no easy feat, and brought in the new couch. For those of you who don’t know, we live in a mobile home, which means each trip with a piece of furniture means a set of steps.
Gene and I got back in the van, made a quick stop at the library, and then went to the second KCM. We loaded that couch up in the van with the help of a young man and headed back home. We unloaded the couch and put it in the house.
After we unloaded the van and got things situated in the house Rachel and I headed out. First we went to Sam’s to pick up Sarah’s meds and a couple of other things. We then went to Walmart to get some throw pillows for the couches and hoping to get a Rug Doctor, which they don’t rent anymore. The couches have several scratches on them and I was trying to find something to cover the scratches and at first I looked in the hardware department. I didn’t find what I wanted there, but when I was looking at furniture polish Rachel found the perfect thing. It is Old English Scratch Cover for dark wood (there is also one for light wood). It worked wonderfully and the wood on the couches looks almost like new.
We made a quick trip to Kroger to pick up the steamer and the cleaners and then went home. After unloading the van I began to get things ready to steam while Rachel made waffles for dinner. I didn’t realize that I had to have another product for the the steamer so I had to make a quick trip to Randall’s to pick it up. I finally began to steam the couches about 8 pm. As I finished steaming the couches Caroline would blow dry the cushions. We took a couple of breaks to go over the couches with the Old English, using q-tips to get into the smaller spots. I was amazed at how good they look!
One of the couches does still have a slight odor to it, and tomorrow I am going to put each of the cushions in a trash bag with baking soda. I think that will eliminate it. I finally finished the couches about 12 am and then went to soak in a hot bath with epsom salt. It has been a very long, very busy, very tiring and very rewarding day!
I hope to put up pictures of the couches in the next couple of days, after I get everything back together.