IKEA Furniture Update (and fall plans)

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I’m giving a fun update on our IKEA furniture we’ve had for 4 years and sharing a little fall plans!

I'm giving a fun update on our IKEA furniture we've had for 4 years and what we are doing now! artsychicksrule.com #ikeafurniture

Hello friends!

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I thought I’d give a little update today on our IKEA furniture. We have the Ektorp series (which I am told is being discontinued) and have really enjoyed it.

We have had it for 4 years and used it all those years with the Vittaryd White color. That was great for a long while but I really tired of it. It was just time for a change. And of course, when I decided this, I also found out the line was being discontinued.

I have been trying to get all these covers for our living room here for months. I wanted to switch to the Lofallet Beige.

I should mention that I also wanted to get the Ektorp sectional for our beach house because it was about the only one I could find that would fit. And don’t you know, I almost missed out on getting one!! Thankfully, so thankfully, I managed to get the very last one our store (Norfolk, VA) had. Happy dancing all the way out of the store that day, don’t ya know?! haha
And in the color I wanted, the Lofallet Beige. Yippee.

Here is a random shot I took of it in our beach house…

I'm giving a fun update on our IKEA furniture we've had for 4 years and what we are doing now! artsychicksrule.com #ikeafurniture

We really love it! (by the way, that was a photo I shared on my Instagram stories)
You can also see a peek of my teak set I made over there on our deck. (missed that makeover? you can see it, here)

We have some exciting plans coming up soon for the beach house so stay tuned. I can’t wait to share more. :)

So, back to me trying to get the covers in this same color for our living room. What a mess!
I found them all at the store except for one loveseat. Darn.
I kept checking for over a month online because they thought they may get a few more in that were in warehouses, etc.

No luck at all.

I was bummed because I really wanted to change the covers (and they were SO inexpensive for the beige color) but didn’t really want to buy new furniture right now. We’ve had one crazy expense after another this year. It’s been ridiculous!! lol (it’s almost comical and have to laugh at this point) If you follow along on Instagram, you might have seen that our HVAC also just went out. So that just got finished being replaced today.
Anyway, I wasn’t about to try to create any other expenses like new furniture right now. No way!

But I really wanted those covers.
So I started looking on the FB marketplace and Ebay. I found a new one on Ebay but they wanted $150 for it (it was $39 at IKEA, for reference) so I made an offer of $60. They didn’t accept it. So I then found a brand new one about 2 hours south of me on FB marketplace for $29! The lady was going to check pricing to ship to me and get back. Apparently she had a few issues with a new phone and told me she wouldn’t be able to ship to me. Long story short (yikes, sorry) I turned around and made another offer on the Ebay one. They counter offered and I accepted. I ended up paying just over $100 with shipping. THEN the FB lady got back and said she was just frustrated with her new phone and that she could send it to me in a couple of days. hahaha…story of my life!

Anyway, at the end of the day, I got my cover. I spent more than I wanted but it was still cheaper than new furniture and I am SO happy with how it looks (and feels) in our room. Did I mention this fabric is so much softer than the white I had on there? Don’t know why it’s so different but we love it.

I wish I could change out the white covers in the morning room too but heck no am I going through all that and trying to find those 3 pieces.

So here are a few photos of our IKEA furniture update:

I'm giving a fun update on our IKEA furniture we've had for 4 years and what we are doing now! artsychicksrule.com #ikeafurniture

It’s really the perfect shade. I’m sad they discontinued it and the Ektorp series but I was told something new was taking its place.
This has held up great so far but I do look forward to seeing what is coming in new.

A little different reflection now.

I'm giving a fun update on our IKEA furniture we've had for 4 years and what we are doing now! artsychicksrule.com #ikeafurniture

I'm giving a fun update on our IKEA furniture we've had for 4 years and what we are doing now! artsychicksrule.com #ikeafurniture

I need some new pillows but haven’t shopped any yet. Soon!

I'm giving a fun update on our IKEA furniture we've had for 4 years and what we are doing now! artsychicksrule.com #ikeafurniture

Oh! And we also put in new windows in this room and the morning room. I am SO (so,so,so) happy to finally be wrapping up the new windows. Only a few more to go. Our windows were original to the house and many wouldn’t even open. It is amazing the small things you take for granted! Like being able to open your windows and let the fresh air in. I’m just thrilled.

And since we installed replacement windows, they for some reason don’t leave much room to hang any kind of window shade/blind, etc. So we will have to be creative. For the downstairs, we have decided to use our curtains as privacy and just pull them over at night. I love the clean look of the windows without shades or blinds. (you might notice we had to replace the rod as I had two short rods on each side originally, we had to put in a long one going all the way across so we can slide the curtains over)

Here is the rod I bought >>> new curtain rod. I found it at The Home Depot. I loved the sort of weathered wood look it had and thought it would go well in here with our coastal decor.

I'm giving a fun update on our IKEA furniture we've had for 4 years and what we are doing now! artsychicksrule.com #ikeafurniture

Someone always asks me about the rug, so here are the details on it >>> rug.
Anything else you might see in our home, you can check my “Shop Our Home” page and find most of it there.

I'm giving a fun update on our IKEA furniture we've had for 4 years and what we are doing now! artsychicksrule.com #ikeafurniture

I'm giving a fun update on our IKEA furniture we've had for 4 years and what we are doing now! artsychicksrule.com #ikeafurniture

I highly recommend both these covers (they are beautiful) and the Ektorp line. Even though they are being discontinued, you may come across them on the marketplace, or maybe may even be able to get them in your local stores as they finish out the line.

Like I mentioned though, I will definitely be keeping an eye out for their replacement for this!

Another update for you all, I have finished painting our  master bedroom…trim and walls!! 
I shared some snippets over on Instagram stories so follow along there if you don’t already. I’ll be sharing lots with the upcoming beach condo renovations too.
But my husband is almost done with his built in closet too. I have to find some nightstands (I’m looking for wood, not painted) and some pretty artwork that will tie in all my colors in the room among a few other small things. Then I will be able to share that too.
We hope to wrap it up soon so we can begin on the beach condo. Stay tuned!

And since I painted one of our master bedroom walls NAVY, I’ll be sharing some pretty navy inspiration next week on the blog. If you love navy or are interested in maybe painting a room navy, etc, keep an eye out for it.

Lastly, here’s what else I’m up to…

I'm giving a fun update on our IKEA furniture we've had for 4 years and what we are doing now! artsychicksrule.com #ikeafurniture

I went to Michael’s and snagged a bunch of goodies for fall at 40% off. I am loving these colors.
They are fall-ish without being too well, fall-ish if you know what I mean.
I love the blues and rusts I’ve done in the past but this year I’m going plum and … orange-y pink.

I’m going to try to make two different fall pretties with the bunch above.
One of the things I’m using with them is this box from my latest haul.

I'm giving a fun update on our IKEA furniture we've had for 4 years and what we are doing now! artsychicksrule.com #ikeafurniture

I’m going to make some kind of arrangement in that for our dining table.
I can wait to see what I can pull together with those beautiful flowers I found.

Keep an eye out over on Insta…I’ll try to video or at least share photos of what I do. :)

Have a wonderful weekend! (the temps have finally started getting a bit cooler around here…it’s actually beginning to feel like fall so I may start decorating our porch this weekend!)

Have you decorated for fall yet?



  1. Nancy, you get several gold stars for all your effort to get those covers! They look great! Love the look at the beach house. :) Love the flowers as well. You almost make me want to decorate for the season. hahaha

    1. Hi Christina! Thanks!! I feel like it was a bit of a marathon!! lol And I surely wanted to go ahead and grab what I could get before there were no more to be had. And yes, it’s been so warm here I haven’t even felt like it so I get it. But finally starting to cool a bit so I guess I’ll get on it. xo

  2. Persistence pays off!! I know you were overjoyed when the covers arrived and they look beautiful! Thanks for the give away!! Love your color scheme!

  3. Have you checked Amazon (!) for your IKEA slip covers? That is where I got mine because our IKEA was closed and taking 3 months to fill online orders.

    1. No, I didn’t even look there! (I’ll have to take a look) I know I can get some that are made to fit them but that would’ve been cost-prohibitive for me at this time. The main reason I was going for these particular covers was the price! ;) (cheap!lol) And yes, there are a few other things unrelated that I need from IKEA and they have been constantly out of stock. I hope they get back to normal soon! :) xo

  4. Love the slip covers. Your so right a lot less expensive than new furniture. Funny comment on the pillows, my husband caught me yesterday looking at pillows and in this so concerned voice said “We don’t need more pillows, do we?” If they only understood!

    1. Thanks, Vicki! And oh, hahaha!!! That is so funny and sounds like my house!! You know where the throw pillows go when my husband sits on the couches?? On the floor!! haha He hates all the pillows. (and surely thinks we have more than enough…silly man!) xo

  5. Oh my! I love my white Ektorp sofa and was planning to get new covers in the next year. I’m very disappointed they are being discontinued and will see if I can get new ones now. My last Extorp sofa lasted 10 years and was still going strong when I moved cross country and sold or gave away most of my stuff.

    1. Yes, I was sad to hear this too. Take a look now, you may still be able to find some where you are at. Check FB marketplace too! xo

  6. I’m usually all in favor of white but the new slipcovers are perfect for the room. Love the teal pillow on the chair – keep that one for sure.

  7. Hi Nancy
    Has anyone mentioned bemz.com to you? They do slipcovers for all the Ikea furniture, including items that Ikea have discontinued. Not just items that are, effectively replacements for the Ikea originals, but additional colours too. Worth a look at if you really like your Ikea stuff.

    1. Oh yes, I have checked them out before. As a matter of fact, on my last visit to our local IKEA store, the salesperson actually told me to check there and also that she believed they are made by the same people who make them for IKEA. Who knows?! I will definitely keep them in mind in the future! :) xo

  8. Sorry you had to go through that but the results are worth the extra effort!
    May I ask you questions about the rug? Does it “shed”? My “nice” rug leaves fibers on my grandson who is just crawling! And does it stay in place or you need an under mat?

    1. Thanks, Sally! Oh no, the rug does not shed at all! It was super inexpensive and has been the best rug. I have been very impressed with it especially for the price! And I can’t really answer your last question as I always use a rug pad under my rugs. It does stay put with that though. I think you would really like it! :) xo

    1. Thank you, Mary!! Yes, lol, we have lots going on around here. Too much at times but trying to get it all done so we can “wind” down a bit. (sure thing…we probably still won’t! ;) ) xoxo

  9. Nancy, I LOVE the new furniture covers! They really look great! It does pay to be persistent, doesn’t it?! Looking forward to seeing your bedroom! xo

  10. Hi Nancy,
    I’m so glad I saw your post that the Ektorp line of sofas at Ikea is being discontinued. I have the same white sofa as you and I wasn’t able to get the beige from Ikea but like you, I was lucky enough to find one for 110.00 on Ebay. It was originally 124.00 but I negotiated to 110.00. I know it’s more than it was at Ikea but I don’t want to stop using our sofa anytime soon and it’s cheaper than a whole new sofa! The beige will go well with my decor and I like that you said it’s softer. We have alot of the same taste and decorate similarly. I always find inspiration from your rooms!
    I’m anxious to see what you do to the new beach house!! Stay safe!

    1. Hi Michele!
      Oh yay, I’m glad you were able to find it. I imagine those will all be gone soon too. And yes, I paid more too but those were my sentiments exactly!
      I’m so happy to hear that and yes, we are excited to get started on it! xoxo

    1. Hi Sharon,
      It’s called “cream” but it is ivory-cream colored with blues and tans. And yes, I have the 9×12 size. :)

  11. Hi, Nancy! I wish I would have known you needed a beige cover. You could’ve had mine! I purchased a new one on Facebook Marketplace for $25, thinking it was white. When I got home, I looked at it and it was beige. We could have swapped! It was for the 2 cushion love seat. I just love reading your blog! I live in Hampton, just across the bay from you! I love the instructions you give for painting furniture. I’m still a little nervous about painting but one day, I will try it. I love your coastal house! My two Bulldogs, Lucy and Carli wanted me to tell Ryder hi!

    1. Oh my gosh, really?!! Haha, that is so funny. Darn! And yay, I’m so glad you love the instructions but you’ve got to get busy, girl! Go for it! Pick something up small (and cheap) at the thrift store to practice on. You can do it! And thank you, aw, yes, Ryder says hi to Lucy and Carli too. xoxo

      1. I thought it looked like sea salt! I’ve been wanting to paint my walls sea salt for so long. Thanks so much, your house is beautiful!

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