The wing chair in the living room needs either to be reupholstered or it needs a slipcover. You can see holes in the chair now clear down to the muslin covering. The chair has gotten worse. It was to be recovered in 1995, but the guy never called Mom back (this was the days before Caller ID plus we've never had an answering machine) about when he would pick up the chair. Mom paid for the material, but since then he's had 2 major fires. So.....I do not think he has what Mom paid for all those years ago.
Should I reupholster the chair or should I go for a slipcover ?
The main reason I haven't had friends over is because this house used to be a showplace. Mom let things get really bad the past few years before she went into the nursing home. The living room looks pitiful now. It'll look okay after I do something to the chair. I can close the doors to the parlor.
I need to go through a lot of stuff that got piled into the parlor before I can use that room again.
Right now the downstairs will look good again if I polish the silver in the dining room. The kitchen and pantry look nice. The downstairs bathroom is nice. The living room will look good if the chair is recovered.
I really do not want to entertain Mom's relatives, but I would like the house to look okay if I have someone come in once in a while. I can't do anything that woud look sleazy because the house is loaded with family antiques.
FYI: I never said that I like antiques, but they are part of my inheritance. When Mom dies, I get the whole nine yards so to speak. Other styles of furniture wouldn't look right in this house, but I'd have to buy all new furniture which I don't want to do.
The lady I called about altering my clothes also does slipcovers and upholstery. She is reasonable plus she does very good work.
I have to be able to have the house look nice if I'm going to be active at the new church. I also have to face the facts that Mom will not last forever. I have to get on with building a new life for myself while I'm still her POA so that I can manage okay after Mom dies.
Unfortunately, my widowed friend doesn't do stuff like sewing, etc.. If she did, I'd get her to help me out.