My white slipcovered couch is here!

My white slipcovered couch is here!

Remember when I told you I had ordered a new slipcovered couch? Well, it arrived yesterday! HOORAY! This is just a first look, but I promise I’ll be back with more.

(If you notice the glow in my photos across the floor and , our Seattle sky was full of smoke from wildfires and the sun was glowing like an orange fireball through the smog into my house! It was really bad yesterday, even though there aren’t fires near us).

The couch was just delivered so the slipcover still has some packing wrinkles and I didn’t have time to fully set up the room or anything yet (thus the lamp perched a stool, ha!) BUT I was so excited that I couldn’t wait to show y’all.

This is the couch I have  I chose the deep seat slipcovered with a bench cushion, 80 inches long in the Warm White Denim fabric.

The moment the delivery crew set it down in my living room I could tell I was going to love the simplicity and crisp feeling it brings to the space. I still have my dark velvet couch, it went back downstairs so we’ll still enjoy it there.

The new couch has the same washable fabric I had on my original slipcovered sofa, it’s just as wonderful as I remembered. It’s so soft and the white denim is pretty against the Benjamin Moore Simply White walls, too.

The couch is super comfy! It’s deep, so it’s going to be perfect for curling up but also not too deep to just sit and chat (and I’m only 5’2!) with the pillows behind you.

I can’t wait to put the room all together now that it’s here. (Of course I’ve been thinking about it for weeks, but it’s always so helpful to actually have the couch in the room.) I still haven’t decided if I’m going to bring my leather sofa into this room, too, or not, but I know I’ll be using a combination of my long time favorites in this room: whites + woods + leather with lots of textural warmth  and evolving colors and accessories with the seasons.

 (my daughter and full time assistant for the past four or so years!) can’t wait to do a little puttering around the house this week. Undoubtedly we’ll try a few arrangements to get the right mix, so stay tuned for more photos and angles of the room!

PS. Get ready to pull out all your cozy layers … my yearly Fall Nesting series will be starting up soon. WHO IS EXCITED?! I am…I’ve totally enjoyed this summer, but the smoke is putting a damper on my outdoor activities so I’m especially ready to start nesting inside. :)

My white slipcovered couch is here!

Room Sources:

Inspiration Posts:

White + Wood Inspiration Style (an oldie from 2013, but still a goodie…great style doesn’t get quickly dated so it still gets a thumbs up from me!)

Leather + Copper + Wood (still a favorite combo from my old house with the leather sofa!).

Our white painted fireplace

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How to Paint Your Concrete Steps or Patio

How to Paint Your Concrete Steps or Patio

I’ve received a lot of questions about the color on our concrete patio, so I thought it was about time I finally do a post to answer questions and give you some details on how to do it yourself!

A few years back when we started this whole side yard project, we decided we wanted a dark color on our concrete. We were painting our brick house white, so we thought the deep gray would offer a nice contrast.

Now, if you are pouring brand new concrete, you are able to order it stained from the start in a variety of colors so that’s definitely the way to go if you have that option. That is actually what we did originally, but through a series of unfortunate events we ended up with half of the patio white and half gray. :) Fancy, yes? It’s a long story, but the bright side of this situation was that even though it was a bit of a disaster, we were able to solve it in the end.

How to Paint Your Concrete Steps or Patio

If you simply want to refresh your old concrete, it’s pretty easy. I remember painting concrete porch and steps years ago in one of our old houses and being so shocked by how simple it was! We were about to put our home up for sale and wanted our front doorway area to feel fresh and clean. What a difference the dark gray paint made! It made me wish we had done it sooner so we could have enjoyed it longer.

It’s so simple that it’s a project you can totally do at the beginning of the season every year or two to refresh it, especially if you don’t have a huge porch or patio.

You may prefer a concrete stain over paint. While I called this post ‘How to Paint Your Concrete” ours is actually a stain! Stain will look a little different and will wear a little different than paint. The stain fades over time but doesn’t chip, so that’s a plus in my mind. It goes on like a thinner paint. I have noticed that if we drag furniture across the patio, it can leave some lighter colored streaks…so we try to lift instead of dragging!

How to Paint Your Concrete Steps or Patio

I’m assuming that if you already have painted concrete you will probably need to refresh it with more paint. I’m not an expert on which product would be best for you, though, so definitely consult the professionals. :).

We tracked down the product our contractor used so we could use the same one to refresh some of our concrete. We did not restain our porch this year (just the patio), so while it’s faded to be lighter than it was originally it’s still fine for another year.

We also stained a small part of the old patio that still existed between our new concrete and new deck so all the concrete would flow on through a bit more cohesively (see the two photos below for what I mean). It’s not a perfect match because we did different parts different times, but it’s a lot better than it was.

How to Paint Your Concrete Steps or Patio

However, it was not easy to find this specific product in the Seattle area. Because there are so many products that would work just as well or maybe even better, I would recommend starting at your local Lowe’s or a paint store to see what product they recommend for your area and situation. But I’ll post the specific product we used at the bottom of this post, in case you want to know.

How to Paint Your Concrete Steps or Patio

The steps we used were as follows:

  • Clean the patio. Make sure it’s free of any chips, grime or tree sap as it won’t allow the paint or stain to cover well.
  • Let the surface dry overnight.
  • Ask your paint store if you’ll need a primer with the product you chose.
  • Roll the paint/stain on (we used a roller for textured surfaces). Our product actually recommended that it be sprayed on, but that seemed like way too much work. We don’t even own a sprayer, so we just rolled it on and it worked fine.
  • If you are rolling on a stain, don’t worry about doing it perfectly. You might see some lines where you overlap, or some parts might be a little darker or lighter, but once it dries and gets some dirt on it you’ll not likely care about the imperfections.

Better done than perfect has become our motto in cases like this :).

How to Paint Your Concrete Steps or Patio

And lest we forget…this is what we started with.

Speaking of the makeover of our side patio, I have really really really good news…

Any guesses what it is?

Happy day!

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Find our Trex Deck and Railing before and after makeover post here.

Our concrete stain: 

Concrete Stain, Smith’s Color Floor
CF-Gray stain concentrate (mixed with distilled water, 4 quarts distilled water with 1 quart product).