The best laid plans & the disadvantage of berry bushes

Justin's 'cruising' now so I temporaily switched out our lucite cocktail table in the living room with an ikea slipcovered ottoman from our family room.  It'll stay in here until he can walk & I don't have to worry about him breaking his face on the table.   The look is a bit cuter than I like for my living room, but since it's temporary, I can deal.  Whatever's there always seems to be toy central and here's a quick pic now: 


{I tried to get Justin in the picture but he got away}

The beauty of slipcovers is that you can wash them whenever you need to.  The not-so-beautiful part is that with my little guys and Justin's tendency to spit-up, that'll be fairly often. 


Well, as expected, we had our first major spit-up on the ottoman so I took off the top slipcover & washed it.  Everything came out fine and I laid it out to dry in the backyard.  That evening, as Dave & I were having a drink before dinner, I looked out the window and saw this:



Seriously???  Dave went down for confirmation as I took these pics from the living room... (ever-helpful am I ;)


{Yup.  Berry bird poop.  On the ottoman.}

We will now be attempting the "you can always bleach white slipcovers" thing. 



xoxo, Lauren

31 comments:

sherry said...

Lauren, I feel your pain! I have white slipcovers in my family room, and with 2 large dogs I have a cheap target slipcover on MY slipcover!!! That way I can take it off when I have people over and I don't have to wash the sucker!

Mary said...

Our white sofa slipcover needs to be washed but now I think I'll hang it in the garage to dry. Away from the birds. Good Luck getting your stain out.

Hello Lover... said...

Ha - not laughing at you but hopefully with you! It sounds like one of the days where you just can't win!

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

The universe was conspiring against that ottoman yesterday, apparently! Here's hoping the bleach theory works...Janell

Windlost said...

Lauren, LOVE this post - too funny. Great photo - much more effective with Justin escaping out of the frame - definitely makes the point he is moving fast.

I love that Dave photo with the perplexed look and the beer and the gym pants. He looks shockingly like my David in his usual uniform. : )

Hang in there. xo Terri

Julienne said...

Oh dear, the joys of Motherhood! Just love that rapidly disappearing green bundle! xx

Teresa Hatfield said...

Yep! Especially if you live near lakes. Your ottoman is nice.
Teresa (Splendid Sass)

A Country Farmhouse said...

Hi Lauren,
We just bought that ottoman! And it's for baby-use so good to hear it cleans up well.
Those birds can have quite the aim can't they?
xoxoTrina

Acquired Objects said...

Please forgive me Lauren but I'm so laughing, I can since I've had the same thing happen a few times. All kinds of berry bushes out back behind where I hang the laundry out during the summers and you know the rest. At least it washes!

Ory said...

Lauren,

I enjoy cruising through your blog. Reading about your precious little one brings back fond memeories of my own. I recently removed a small (blood) stain from a pillowcovering by soaking it in hair shampoo for 24 hours. To my amazement, it was gone when I opened it up the next day. Washed it and it was just fine. Anyway, got the info. on Tide.com. Can you believe they suggested hairshampoo and not tide? Keep the humor, love it.

Ory

pve design said...

Seriously - the best laid plans always have a way of keeping us on our toes. My favorite holiday was when all the lights were up and my husband went to cut the tag off the top of the tree and cut the lights.
In the midst of things, it is good to laugh about these things. I had an ottoman like that in my boys room when they were small, it sure took a beatin.
pve

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Interiors said...

HI there. Im sure its too late. But for future "berry poop disasters" I have found a really great product. its called Upholstery Cleaner by Zep. Its a commercial product that my custom upholstery person gave me...You spray and then let it sit and then blot. The stain usually lifts right up onto the cloth.
Good luck!
Em

Kathysue said...

Eeeewwwww!!! Bummer!! Thank goodness for Bleach!!!Kathysue
Try Oxy with it that seems to get out everything!

Maria Killam said...

OMG you are so funny Lauren, just love the way a bloggers mind works to create a story from something so simple. Love it Lauren, and your fabulous blog!
x
Maria

lisaroyhandbags said...

oh no! I've got lots of white slipcovers and have had everything from spaghetti sauce to Chinese sweet & sour sauce on them. Soaking in cold water with shampoo really works as does Oxyclean or bleach. I wash everything in cold though so it doesn't set in the stain. I dry mine on low in the dryer and put them back on the furniture when they are ever so slightly still damp. That way they don't shrink in the dryer and they are easy to get back on. good luck! :)

Carol@SofasandSage.com said...

OMG, Lauren. I'm sorry, but that is pee your pants funny because isn't that just the way things go? When you have kids, it seems like everything you do needs to JUST BE DONE. Once! I'm finding more and more that balancing work, kids and family, and blogging doesn't leave time for re-do's very much. That's why laughter is so essential :). Sorry for the re-wash! I love'd your "Seriously?"

Natalie said...

let us know how that goes...its what "they" always say about white slipcovers - now you get to really put it to the test!

monkeygrasshill said...

Funny story. I experienced the berry bird drops on my outdoor furniture (that I had just recovered) within an hour of putting the new cushions on.

I've found the bleach pen the most valuable tool for white slipcovers. I found that washing the several times a week got old fast, so now I do the spots with the pen and full washings every couple weeks.

Julie

Karen said...

Bummer! You gotta love mother nature. I hope you can get the berry stain out.

Karen @ Garden, Home and Party

diane@onlinefabricstore said...

That is so funny! (sorry) Murphy's L:aw...s@#? happens.

Sana said...

very beautiful home and garden furniture, i really liked the idea of putting on slip covers to cover the chairs to keep them protected as well as make them look good

K said...

Oh, shit! lol

Momma Rhyne said...

That is wicked funny!!! I thought it was going to be lil' ones berry hand prints all over it!! That would have been cute!

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Jacci said...

I second the vote for OxiClean!!! I wear a lot of white pants (with 4 kids, no less) and always find that a few hours soaking in OxiClean gets pretty much anything out. I even soaked out a red wine stain from white cropped pants once. By the way, don't hold a sixteen month old boy while wearing white pants and drinking Cabernet ;)

Hope you get it out!

Jacci in Ohio

The Barefoot Family said...

I laughed so hard at this post. But I totally feel your pain. It would happen to me too. I have 3 little ladies under 5 and I have learned to expect the unexpected and laugh :) Love your blog!!!

Shannon @ Hase Haus said...

Hehehe. Doesn't that always happen?! I love how you always keep it real. :)

Megan {Honey We're Home} said...

Man, your little guy is fast- I love his striped pj's and how you can tell he's on the go in the pic! too cute- and such a Bummer about the slipcover!

Emily A. Clark said...

The pic of your husband is priceless. As if you don't have enough poop to deal with inside your house w/ the babies :)

LLH Designs said...

That last photo is a hoot! Thanks for the laugh. (And for these very reasons, I love slipcovers!)