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how things are holding up: vol 1

I’m always super interested when my favorite blogs do posts on how things are holding up. Over the years I’ve recommended lots of products or DIY tutorials, but this is the first time I’m circling back to check in on how some of those things have done over time. I’m very good at giving inanimate objects thoughts/feelings, so I feel borderline bad about springing this pop quiz on them. They didn’t know they’d be tested!!

IKEA Nockeby Sectional in Tenö dark gray: C

You may remember that we bought this sofa on Craigslist the day we moved into our current apartment. It was seven months old at the time that we bought it, so that’s something to consider. That means that at this moment, the couch is just over two years old. And we use it all…the…time. Working from home means I end up here a lot, we are those people that let the dog on the couch, and we don’t have a dining room so this is where we eat. (I know that last part probably horrifies a lot of people. Sawry!)

So, yah, it’s kinda been through the ringer. The primary irritation is that the slipcover is starting to show quite a bit of wear. Some of this is due to Finn and his nails, but some of it is pilling along the corners of the cushions from everyday use. It’s starting to bug me enough that I’m thinking about replacing the slipcover, but between how expensive that is AND having to take apart the entire couch…it seems easier to just get a new couch. The cushions are still in pretty decent shape, though, so it’s a good candidate for re-slipcovering. 

Bottom line: Definitely very happy with what we paid for it and how much we have gotten out of it. Wish it had been a different slipcover so that we could get even more years out of it. 

Midcentury Modern Credenza: A

cheerful black gallery wall

I am so mother-loving happy with this thing. It is rock solid. We recently drilled a hole in the back so that we could wire some speakers through it, and even the particle board in the back is way stronger than we expected. (Translation: it was way harder than we thought it would be to drill that hole, but very worth it!) It’s an amazing piece, and I continue to be really happy with the purchase price, which was at least half of what I’ve seen for comparable credenzas around town. 

One reason it was less expensive is that a lot of the surface is laminate instead of wood. I was worried this would bother me, but the laminate is such high quality that you really don’t notice. Good thing to note if you’re looking for a credenza, but don’t want to shell out lotsa doll-hairs!

Bottom line: Getchu one of these.

Living Room Rug: A

west elm craigslisted indigo rug

Um, I am also so freaking happy with this thing. I scored this 8′ x 10′ West Elm indigo beauty on Craigslist for like 10% of what I would have paid in the store. It has a little water damage on one corner that is hardly visible, and we hide that corner under the couch. It is THE perfect rug if you have a large, rowdy dog with black hair. This thing can’t look dirty if it tries. I just vacuum it every few weeks as it does shed a little bit. 

Bottom line: You need a big-ass indigo rug in your life, especially if you’ve got a dog or other dirt-creating creatures in your life. Unfortunately this isn’t made by West Elm anymore, but here’s a similar one.

Patio Rug: D

I mean. It currently has a huge gaping hole in the middle of it from being worn down. I’d give it an F, but here’s the thing: 1) it’s on an uncovered patio, so it gets rained on AND it sits out in the scorching Texas sun, and 2) It’s less than $20. I’m okay with needing to replace it. 

Bottom line: Get one if you’re okay with replacing it. This one isn’t available online, but I’ve seen it in the store. I also like this one.

Fiddle Leaf Fig: B

I feel like this is really just a grade…for myself? This is my first FLF child. The one I get to make all my mistakes on. Like leaving it in a too-small pot for too long, moving it around a bunch, putting it in a corner that didn’t get any sun, over-watering, under-watering…I’ve done it all. I feel like I got very lucky and got a resilient fiddle leaf fig. I finally got smart and moved it to a bigger pot, stuck it in a spot that gets consistent bright light, and stopped watering it so much, and it’s sprouted seven new leaves since making those changes!

Bottom line: Get one if you’re willing to invest some time/effort in keeping it alive. And get one that isn’t $150 (I found mine for $40 at a local nursery.)

Recovered Headboard: A

DO THIS! It was the easiest, most impactful thing I’ve done in our bedroom and the lowest cost. Someday we’ll have a legit bed (not just a headboard and a bed frame), but I’m kind of weird about investing in furniture until we own a home, so this has been a really awesome temporary solution for us. And it’s held up so well. It is still pulled super tight and held its shape perfectly. 

Bottom line: If you think you can’t do this, you’re so wrong, and you can do it, and you should do it. 

Linen Duvet: B

The navy linen duvet was, como se dice, “A great frigging call?” The darker color definitely helps me stay sane  — I wash it probably only every 4 weeks or so. Finn hasn’t made any snags in it with his nails, the color hasn’t faded, and it is super soft (and gets softer with every wash.) It’s also a really good weight if you happen to live in a sweltering area like Austin that not only gets really hot, but also humid! It’s like the sisterhood of the traveling duvets — it keeps us warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Magic.

One thing that kind of bugs is that it can get a little stretched out if it hasn’t been washed in a while, but washing and drying it tightens it back up again. 

Bottom line: I like this thing. 

So, this thing got kinda long. I guess that’s what happens when you’re out with the flu and haven’t blogged in a week. All of the words!! I feel like there are more things I could check in on, but I’ll stop here for now…is there anything you’re curious about?

 

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9 Comments

  1. kent twitchell kent twitchell

    I really enjoyed this post. Very useful and practical comments. Hope your flu is mo’ bettah.

    • Flu is so much mo’ bettah! Glad you enjoyed it.

  2. Jonna Mendez Jonna Mendez

    You would be surprised at how closely I read your blogs and check out each link that you share. If you lived closer we would go shopping and you could tell me how to freshen up my apartment. Love watching yours. Keep it up Molly!!!

    • Jonna, that made me smile so big! I’m so glad you keep up with it. An afternoon shopping with you sounds like a total dream. I think it’s achievable! Need to get my butt up there.

  3. Jonna Mendez Jonna Mendez

    Even the music. And recipes!

  4. Holly Twitchell Holly Twitchell

    Never would have guessed that you are secretly a little mad at your sofa. It looked super-good to me when I was there last weekend. And it photographs so well!!! Question – are you still a fan of the Ikea upholstered furniture?

    • I can’t be too mad at it. It has treated us well! Still a fan of the upholstered furniture, just wish I had ended up with a different fabric!

  5. We recently purchased a buffet from midcentury modern, too, and LOVE IT!! I’m glad to hear that yours had held up so well! I figure if it’s from the 1950’s and still looks this good, we should be ok for a couple more decades, haha!

    • My thoughts exactly!! I want to see yours! Do a home tour 🙂

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