09 April 2008

Decorating vs. childbirth: Which is easier?

If you've been reading my blog for long, you may recall that for the past year, we've been working our way through our ground floor level updating our decor and changing from a floral/pinkish color scheme to a green / gold / brown ("That 70's Show") palette. It's been a painful process, involving stripping wallpaper, compromising on color, and general marital strife.

In the family room, we needed to replace our two floral chairs (lovely, but not in line with this color scheme) with solid camel-colored chairs. We've been to every furniture place in the area. We looked at re-covering our current chairs and found that to be completely cost-prohibitive. It would cost over twice as much as we paid for each chair. Finally, I came to this conclusion: If we could never afford to re-cover them, why buy really expensive chairs? These chairs get little use anyway. So last night, we bopped on out to Target and bought two club chairs. They're really comfy and just the right color. And I could buy two more and still be ahead money-wise.

Meanwhile, I've been searching for a tablecloth and centerpiece *something* for the dining room table. This is not going so well. In just the past week, I've purchased and returned so many things that it's just a matter of time before I get a call from the credit card company wondering if I'm involved in some sort of scheme. Here's a sampling of my recent activities:

* Visited every store in the area which sells table coverings.
* Purchased and returned one tan tablecloth.
* Purchased and returned a second tan tablecloth.
* Purchased and returned a brown tablecloth.
* Purchased three candlesticks and three candles. Returned the candlesticks but kept two of the candles (they smell good). The third candle is still riding around in my SUV. It doesn't smell that great.
* Purchased and returned a bronze candle holder.
* Purchased a gold-colored table runner, which may or may not be kept, depending on the color of the tablecloth.
* Decided to skip the tablecloth and look into having glass panels cut for the table.
* Considered making a tablecloth from purchased fabric, instead of paying a ridiculous amount for a ready-made cloth.

In desperation, this morning I put the old tablecloth back on the table and gave up. Childbirth was MUCH easier.


Linda said...

I usually have that trouble with curtains and clothes that I can't try on at the store because I have my entourage with me. Love the Target chairs!

Juliana said...

Oh, you made me laugh! The tablecloth quest is something that I can relate to!

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

It's funny but the first thing I thought when I read the title was that in childbirth you can't quite call it quits in the middle the way you can in decorating! :-0 :-0 :-0 Target chairs look like a good find!

Lida said...

Ahh the joys of decoration, but is going to look awesome think about that!

Darcey said...

It is very hard to pick out decor! Especially with a husband!

:: gingerkitty :: said...

decisions decisions

Ryzmomplus2 said...

your post is too funny! I love decorating so I would vote childbirth to be tougher :) - I love your choices though!

toners said...

Childbirth requires a lot less decision-making at the end :) It just happens!! Not so with decorating - you are soooo right!

Cheri said...

Childbirth is DEFINITELY much faster...perhaps even if you include 9.5 months of pregnancy...(at least at my house)