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Victory in home decor

A few years ago, my mom gave Claudia a loveseat. The loveseat more or less is the same design as the sofa in my TV room. Over the years, it's been beaten up pretty badly, mainly because a) it was white and b) Holden. Now, it's sort of a dingy grey with lots of black fur on it, and it smells exactly like a labrador retriever.

Claudia just upgraded the couches in her living room, and I asked her if I could have the loveseat. We have up to ten people at the house every other week or so for what we affectionately call "geek night" to watch Babylon 5 (we're one episode away from finishing Season 3). Currently, we end up having to schlep chairs from the dining room in, and some people end up on the floor. Another seating option in the room would be awesome. A seating option that matches the seating already in that room would be even awesome-er.

But the loveseat desperately needs to be recovered. I've been looking into reupholstering options with a little bit of fear. Most of that stems from the quote I got from the manufacturer for a new slipcover: $1,025 to $2,655, depending on fabric. I love the sofa and chair I have from these people, and I plan one day to have everything re-slipcovered, but that day is not today. (That day is after the addition goes on the house.) So what I want to do is more of a stop-gap recovering that will hold a year or two until I can really think about what I want to do with the sofa and love seat when we're moving crap around after the house is finished.

So I called the first upholsterer today, thinking that maybe buying a whole new love seat will be cheaper. His quote was recovering starts at $275, fabric and labor included. Obviously, that will depend on the fabric, but since one day this thing will be covered with a slipcover, I don't have to spend too much on the fabric. I'll go over on Saturday and see what he has and whether I like what he's done. This may turn out to be much more painless than I thought.