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Why didn’t I think of that sooner,

the other day when I was doing my laundry, I thought about how happy I’ve been with my Ikea Ektorp Chair! About 6 years ago Ikea opened in Atlanta. My walking buddy and I took a day trip and I came home with one Ektrop Chair and two white chair covers. I bought two because I had a chair that I thought was very similar and wanted to see if the cover would fit it?? Well it did, and I was thrilled. I love the smell of fresh laundry, that’s one of the reasons that I love slipcovers. My preference for furniture is leather or slipcovers. Either seems to stay fresh, at least I think so.

This is the real Ektorp, it looks a lot like the old green chair. When I got home I had a brilliant idea, have them monogramed. After all I love my initials on anything that I can get them on. So I called my friend Sandy, from Nana’s Threads, told her what I wanted and she got busy. They turned out great. She used a thread that doesn’t fade, and that makes me happy. Because I wash them a lot, with bleach!

Here’s the green chair, with it’s cover and monogramed, good looking self. See how good the cover fits. Which brings me to the “Why didn’t I think of it sooner” question?

The green chair had a yellow couch friend that came with it, when I bought them way back in 1996. I got my tape measure out, along with my Ikea catalog. Guess what, the measurements were right on! Well as good as I could tell, it’s hard to measure not knowing exactly where they measure from. I took a chance and ordered the couch cover, as you can see it fits like a nice pair of white jeans! 🙂

This saved me some work, I had been thinking about trying to make a slipcover…and kind of dreading it. So for $49, I have a new look, don’t you wish their other colors were that cheap?? I do!

See you next week, hopefully, I will be working on my mini series: “From Sunny Yellow Country to Fresh Crisp Country”. Mini series because, I really just want to change the kitchen, but you know how things go…one room leads to another!

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  1. If the white slips are cheaper why not try dyeing one? Don’t know what the fabric is like but it might work?? Just found your blog and obviously have been reading your post from the past. I love it !!!!! So clean and smart and clever, just what I love. Thanks so much for sharing. Mmmmmm, wonder if these would fit my sofa and chair??? We’ll see!
    Take care, VBg

  2. Hi, Debbie! I’m admiring all your creative posts here so can you please share them with us at the Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop? The link is at http://www.homemakeronadime.com/2011/04/creative-bloggers-party-hop-042411.html.
    Thank you so much 🙂

  3. you know I love the slip covers .. they still are looking great .. Sandy (aka Mom) did a GREAT job

  4. Hi Debbie! Oh, I just love anything with a monogram and that looks fabulous! I can’t believe the other slipcover fit too…don’t you just love it when things work out like that? 🙂 Thank you so much for linking this up to Inspiration Friday this week!


  5. That is BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE monograms!

  6. They look great! Hmmm may have to measure my giant GREEN (yuck) sofa and see if this works too!!

  7. Are you kidding me!? I am in desperte need of slip Covers and yours look amazing. Of coarse we have no Ikea around, so I am about to look on line and hope I am a fortunate as you are. I love clean fresh laundry too, and would wash (and line dry) these if I had them. My couch looks to be the same style as yours. Thanks!

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