It had to happen some day. That day where you’re all grown up and find yourself in store after store staring at furniture with your spouse, squabbling over how much you love a certain bookcase while your spouse is rolling their eyes and insisting you get something different (and possibly more expensive).
These days, that would be US. We are now that couple.
After three years together and closing in on three years of marriage, we’re finally taking the plunge to turn our apartment into a home and updating our ancient furniture and the hand me downs that have served us well over the past few years.
First mission: Update the living room.
Second mission: Update the home office.
The living room was (and still is) high on our hit list. After an older, “I bought it for 30 bucks on Craigslist” coffee table of ours broke (don’t ask), we started using a craptastic $25 television cart my dad bought a year ago. Not surprisingly, that is a nightmare. There’s limited space and you can forget kicking your feet up on this thing. It’s not high off the ground, it’s just uncomfortable as all hell.
As for our couch, that has become ridiculously uncomfortable for both of us. A friend of ours gave it to us two years ago when we moved into our first 2-bedroom apartment and has now worn out its welcome (literally).
We started our mission in search of new furniture in June when we stopped by a furniture store five minutes from the apartment. There, I found several pieces I adored that he thought sucked. He found several things he liked that I thought sucked. We did eventually find something both of us liked but it would have cost $1,100. Ouch.
In July, we found ourselves browsing RC Willey. After yapping with a salesperson we landed on the ultimate item: A 7-piece living room set for $999 plus tax and delivery. Couch, loveseat, two end tables, two lamps, and a coffee table. Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner!
We made a deposit and headed out the door knowing that a month later that gorgeous set would be gracing our living room with its presence.
Next on our list: The home office. We’ve been squabbling over this one for months with no clue what we wanted to do. Finally, thanks to some serious back pain, the mission became clear: I needed a good, comfy chair to relax in and use for reading. The rocking chair just wasn’t cutting it anymore.
Initially I wanted an awesome chair I discovered at Target. But after some reflection and hubby’s [sometimes annoying] way of getting me to stop and think before swiping my plastic, I decided that chair was not right for me.
A week later, we found ourselves searching Big Lots. I found a great chair for $285 but this time I decided to listen to hubby and kept looking around. I did find other chairs but was still not 100% convinced. He found a great chair for himself plus a bookcase to add to the office. But, the search was not over yet so the plastic stayed in our wallets.
After our jaunt to Big Lots we stopped in at Big’s Furniture to see what they had. When we first walked in we were greeted by one guy and let him know we were just browsing.
Moments later I saw a bed frame that, to me, looked like it was the perfect bed for a horny middle-aged bachelor who brings home hot 25-year-olds. If you’ve ever seen the stereotypical bachelor pad, you know what I mean.
Moving on, I did discover a great chair and ottoman but found it was well out of my budget. A sales guy showed up at that time and we eventually had him laughing his ass off with our antics. But did we find the perfect chair?
The price was higher than I wanted but the amount of comfort in that baby plus the size and color made it a winner.
Financially it’s been a struggle to reach this point but after a lot of hard work and getting our shit together we’ve decided it’s time to make this happen. I mean come on, we’ve had to eat Top Ramen and ghetto pizzas in order to do this. That’s sacrifice, baby.
Neither the living room set nor the chairs and bookcase have joined our home as of this post but one by one each piece will be added.
In the meantime, we’re working on getting rid of the old to make room for the new. Now, anyone want to come over and help us move these couches? Anyone? Bueller? Free pizza and beer! No? Damn.
How do you handle furniture shopping with your spouse? What drives you to update old pieces of furniture?