Goodbye Barrister

The barrister bookcase served his purpose of holding the cable box and my fine collection of mason jars, for about a year. But as I mentioned in my original post about the barrister, he was a little large for the space and there was nothing to balance him visually on the other side of the fireplace.

bookcase before ash and orange

Enter the most wonderful place on Earth…Target. The Threshold line at Tar-jay has been knocking it out of the park lately with furniture and these bookcases are no exception. They were a small enough size, white, and on sale for $50. Sold!

After two Targets, $100, and a little assembly…

target carson bookcase ash and orange

They were incredibly easy to put together and for the price you can’t beat them. The laminate has a wood grain pattern, so they actually look like painted wood. The legs and molding also help them to look less like cheap flat pack furniture. 

The small piece of cove molding matches the molding on our fireplace making the bookcases fit in perfectly with the fireplace and living room.

target bookcase detail ash and orange

So, although the Barrister was a handsome and well traveled gent, it didn’t work out for him with the living room. Maybe he will have better luck in the office…or basement. Don’t fret barrister, there are a lot of rooms in the sea, I mean house.

Sir Karlstad’s new clothes

In preparation for spring Karlstad got some new clothes. I switched out the blekinge white cover for the sivik beige cover (now discontinued, I picked mine up on Ebay).

karlstad sivik beige ashandorange.wordpress.com

We liked the beachy white cover, but it didn’t agree as well with our eternally filthy black dog. Beige hides the dirt much better and we have given up on anything ever hiding dog hair.

You may have noticed that the legs are also darker. Since I had to remove the legs to replace the cover, I gave them a quick hit of stain (General Finishes Gel Stain in Brown Mahogany). One coat gave them a medium brown color, toning down the bright birch that stood out like a sore thumb.

karlstad leg stained ashandorange.wordpress.comAnd a quick review of the Karlstad:

We have had the sectional for about 8 months and we love it. The cushions are firm and have held the shape (my main concern when buying a couch). The option to change the cover is great. The cushion covers are easy to change out and wash, but to remove the body cover you need to completely disassemble the couch which is not as simple.

Overall the Karlstad is an awesome couch and a great value. We liked it before and we like it even more with the new tan.