Saturday, March 1, 2008

Out with the with the NEW???

old living room.... Ahh! The moment of truth!

About little over a month ago, we decided we needed to buy new couches for our downstairs. We searched and searched and finally found something we could be happy with, but we had to special order it and it was going to take 6-8 weeks. (bummer) That's ok though, we thought. This way we will have time to re-paint and get our carpets cleaned before they come.

Meanwhile, we started trying to pick paint. The kids wanted green, Jason and I wanted blue, but we couldn't agree on a blue. Then, we decided we had better find a pillow we like or something first, then pick out our color. We found some great pillows that were lime green and yellow, and decided to go with green!

The first batch of green was fluorescent! It was highlighter marker green! It looked like something really important should be going on in our living room! I told Jason we should decorate with post-it notes and an "EASY" button from Staples!
The next day, we went back to Home Depot to try to get the paint color fixed! Fortunately, we came home with the perfect green, and it was exactly as I had imagined it!

We waited a couple of weeks, for the new couches to be well on their way, and then put we put our old couches up for sale on KSL. Within the first 5 minutes of putting them on, someone called to come and look at them. (yea!) My brother in law, Duane, came over and helped Jason move the couches out of the basement and into the garage so that we didn't have weird-os coming into our home when they came to see the couches. The love seat went out of the basement with no problem, but the couch, was a BEAST! We totally scratched and dented the walls trying to get it out! Then, after the old couches were gone, a SICK thought came to our minds Is the new one going to fit?

We made a trip to the furniture store to check the floor model and measure it. We bought a sectional and thought that both pieces were the same length, 80 inches. When we came home with that measurement, Jason thought there was no way that could be right, so the next day, he went back again. It turns out that one piece is 80 inches, the other is 93 inches!!!!!

Jason came home from work that night with some cardboard, so we could make a pretend couch and see if it would go down into the room, but we had trouble with the pretend one. The next day, Jason wanted to cancel our order, but the furniture place called the manufacturer and they told us that the couch was done and ready to ship! We were devastated. It was ours whether we had it in the basement or in the garage!!! We were sick! Because we special ordered it, there was no way to return it, plus we spent about $1500 more than we planned! We were SICK!!!

We decided that rather than trying to sell it and lose money, we would spend more money if we had to to get it into the room. We borrowed the Saws-All from Jason's dad, and were planned to cut a load bearing wall if it came down to it.
Well, this morning, the people came to deliver it. We were still on the edge of our seats! We took the smaller one down first because we knew that would fit without a problem, but the guys had trouble with that one. Jason and I looked at each other and said "we are going to have to cut out so much wall!" With a pencil in hand, we waited, Jason was upstairs watching, I was downstairs. They went down and backed into the bathroom, but couldn't make the turn, then went back up the stairs to try for the angle. And it fit!! By the skin of our teeth it fit! I was almost in tears!
The kids made fun of us because I was dancing around and Jason told the guys if he was gay, he would kiss them! We are dorks!
Now that this project is done (except for some cool movie posters we want to buy), we will sit and enjoy our new couch, and relish in the fact that we didn't have to cut down walls to get the stupid thing in!


Shill and Company said...

That is awesome! Now I know why I haven't seen you doing anything with your blog for a while. You guys did an amazing job. I love it. Your couch rocks!!! I can't even imagine the stress of trying to get it downstairs. Wow! We would love to have you guys come out for dinner some time this month. I'll give you a call very soon.

Amanda said...

I LOVE THIS!!! THe colors are awsomw. Can I hire you to be my interior designer?

Nene said...

Brycie told me you got a new couch but he didn't tell me the walls were an awesome green! Can I come downstairs sometime to sneak a peek? I'll be coming in to help in B's class soon so I guess I'll get to see them then!