Friday, April 9, 2010

Here comes the sun (room)

Oh, my sweet escape, it pains me to see you like this. Your dark panelling, your orange and brown shag carpeting. You had no lights. No light switches. No outlets except that one dangling in the corner, suspended in air. A broken glass window into the bathroom. Small storm windows. Exposed brick that screamed "I was an afterthought." You poor, pitiful wasted space.







Until:

Whee!!! So light, so airy! I dare you to not like it!
Here's what we did:
1. Replaced all storm windows with more energy efficient ones and instead of 3 smaller at each end, chose 2 larger windows.
2. Replaced the louvered storm door with straight up glass.

3. Gave up painting the panelling and installed drywall. There were two reasons we did this-the red brick was still making it feel dark, and to run wires behind the drywall.

4. Added electrical outlets, wiring, lightswitches.

5. Bead boarded and stained the ceiling-Feels like a real retreat somehow because of this.

6. Added the skylight that OPENS. Love this.

7. Replaced the carpeting

8. Installed cable and speakers

9. Turned the bathroom window into a cute display area

10. Painted and decorated





Here's how we were thrifty:



1. Carpet is remnant from BIL

2. Paint was left over from dining room redo


3. Sofa was a trash find, SIL had the cushions


4. Pair of chairs a steal at town wide yard sale at shore

5. Little houses were a DIY project


6. Frames half off and came matted, artwork from Etsy

7. Of course we always do all the work ourselves.







Can you see what that plaque says? "Why suffer in silence, when i can moan, whimper, and complain." Hysterical.

Glare! Bah.


It's definitely not big out here at all, it's a long and narrow space. But it's literally where you'll find me the moment it gets nice. I open all the windows, the skylight, pipe the music in, and curl up with a book. This little one loves it too. She actually talks to the birds and squirrels, it's a strange sound. That white ribbon on the ground is a cat toy. Pretend you don't see it, mm kay? We even installed a cat door so she can have access when we aren't there.



There is one thing, and one thing only, that is a real thorn in my side about this room. I had a clear vision for everything else. Drapes. Blasted drapes or other window coverings. I am pretty sure i don't need them, especially now that my leaning words are anchoring the windows. I don't want to cover up the windows or the trimwork and i don't think i need to. What do you think?
Tell me you agree with me and say good job.

i'm linking on up to Remodelaholic, Inspired Room, Frugalicious Fridays, Met Monday, DIY showoff, ASPTL, Mustard Seed creations, Favorite Things Friday, Feature yourself Friday, tidy moms, motivate me mondays, room to inspire, women who do it all, show and share day, my backyard eden, blue cricket design, someday crafts, its so very cheri, shabby chic cottage, somewhat simple.

62 comments:

Cami said...

Oh how I would love to escape to this room! You did an amazing job! Found you on remodelaholic!
Cami

Allison Shops said...

Great job! It's much more cheerful now. The white chair detail is nice, on the back/sides. Enjoy your new room. Seems the cat i!

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Allison

Kaleena J. said...

This is the first time I stopped by your cute little blog! and I'm in love! I absolutely love what the plaque says! haha

looking forward to reading your blog!
have a wonderful weekend.
xoxo

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty, light and airy! Plus, you got yourself some extra living space. Nice job! We do a lot of our own work too {thank goodness hubby is handy} and you save so much money.

Cheryl said...

what a lovely transformation. That skylight really lets in a lot of light that otherwise wouldn't be coming in.
Enjoy!

The Brick Cottage said...

What a gorgeous retreat! I would spend all of my time there if it were in my house. I especially love your ceiling treatment. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your projects if this is any indication of what's in store!

justtherightangle said...

WOW! What a great transformation! I'm sure this took tons of work, but it was worth it. Such a great place to spend spring and summer days. Great job!
-Arielle

Natasha said...

You have done a magnificent job creating a sunny and bright sun-room! I love the colours you have chosen and all your little treasures make it look homey and very stylish.

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Debbie said...

How nice it is to have such a lovely room like this!~ You did a great job bringing new life to it, I bet you will have years of enjoyment!

tales from an oc cottage said...

Love this! How lucky you are to have a "sun room"!!!!


m ^..^

Carolyn said...

Wow! It looks awesome! Great Job!! I love also what you did to the window making it a pretty shelf!

Carolyn
Cottage Sunshine

Rose said...

Very Nice! I could hang out there all day!
Rose

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

What a transformation! The project turned out really nice. I would be spending my free time in this room too.

Sarah said...

GORGEOUS!!!
God's blessings,
Sarah :D

The Pennington Point said...

Oh it's wonderful! I'd sit out there with a book as often as possible. Great job and I love your thriftiness. Lisa~

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Luv your makeover and really luv that COOL sofa! Hope you have a FUN week:)

Blessings,
Linda

I’m having a GIVEAWAY…come by and check it out…I think you will like it!

becca said...

i literally cringed when i saw the before then smiled big when i saw the after. awesome job! come visit and enter my very first giveaway for a pottery barn giftcard and some of my designs at www.barefeetonthedashboard.blogspot.com.

helenabelle said...

I certainly agree with you, don't cover the windows! What an excellent makeover. :) Pat yourself on the back, that room looks fantastic!

Leslie said...

Props to you on a fabulous redo!

Orange it Lovely said...

that looks FANTASTIC! I could curl up on that couch with a book (not a kindle :p) easily!
GREAT job
~Tana

Heidi@cutoncemeasuretwice said...

Great redo! I would escape there often if it was my house.

vignette design said...

Great transformation! I love your new sunroom! I can see bamboo shades for your windows. That is what I put in my sunroom--very much like your sunroom. Got them at Target. I keep them up mostly.

Jill said...

Fantastic job! What a difference, you should be very proud. It must have been a lot of hard work! I think the windows are perfect as is. :)

Kaysi said...

WOW!!! What a great transformation! I love the color and it really just brightens up the room!

Lisa said...

Amazing Room! I would just LOVE to have a sun room or enclosed porch at my house. You've done a terrific job. It's so light and airy. Enjoy it this summer!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Gorgeous makeover!!! You are going to love being out there!!

Kim said...

I can picture white airy fabric at the windows, whatever, it's still gets a "Whee!"

shannon i olson said...

Looks great! What a perfect place for morning reading and coffee.

Lia at Petite Little Bee said...

Beautiful post thanks for sharing. You have a wonderful blog and I am a new follower. Hope you have a chance to come say hi at my blog. Cheers, Lia

A Cottage Muse said...

Very happy I stopped by today...you did a great job!

Meredith said...

Wow! Awesome job on this room - it looks like you guys did a whole lot of work. I am totally jealous of your adorable white chairs. I would love a set like that for my home! Great job. Thanks for stopping by my blog (http://welcometoheardmont.com) and welcome back anytime!

{All Thingz Related} said...

WHOA...what a difference! Stunning! Thanks for linking up to Anything Related! Oh and for getting the song stuck in my head! hahaha
~Bridgette

Jessica Hills said...

Wow, what a great room redo! Thanks so much for posting this on Favorite Things Friday!

Room to Inspire said...

Let the light in - it looks so much larger and more open! You guys did a great job. Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired today - when you get a chance please add a link back to the party! Thanks, Chelsea

Pam @ Design Fanatic said...

Love it! Looks very comfy. I really like the white shelf.

this blessed nest said...

you have every reason to be proud!
well done!
love the thriftyness!

Chris said...

Woah! What a transformation! It's a completely diffferent space!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

That is a great space and a great chair. Awesome makeover on a budget.

Shannon @ Posh Pieces said...

I love it! Beautiful space. I would just love to have a sun room like this. Lucky you!

The Little Red Shop said...

What a wonderful space!

: )

Julie M.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

What a nice room - you have done such a great job!

Jill from Women Who Do It All said...

Oh my goodness, this may be the most drastic before and after I've ever seen. Great job! Thanks for sharing!
-Jill

Creative Decor by Brooke said...

Love that room. Love the ceiling and skylight. I want to curl up with a book there too. I love what you did with the window going into the house, bookshelves. Very nice.
Brooke

Tracychele @ The Week-Ender said...

Gorgeous redo! It really looks cozy now! Love your blog. Have a great day!

Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating said...

Awesome transformation!! Nice job!

Thanks for joining my Flaunt It Friday party... please come back this week!

:)

Elaine said...

This space has inspired me for my sunroom. If you feel the need for curtains, I suggest very sheer flowing fabric hung from the clip rods. You can tie the fabric together with beautiful ribbon. Love it.....

Playing Sublimely said...

You're my kinds girl...I like you ;)

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

Oh my gosh! This is a gorgeous room. It would make me want to sit out there and read all the time! What an amazing transformation!

Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day! Have a great weekend!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Wow! Incredible job! So inviting. I wouldn't mind having an lovely iced tea out in that room. Lovely!

KMfamily ;-) said...

Blown away from this transformation!!!
Super Great job!!!
Wanta come over & do our porch???..lolol

The DIY Show Off said...

It's gorgeous! You did an amazing job! Thanks so much for sharing in the DIY Project Parade!

Roeshel

Erin @Domestic Adventure.com said...

Wow, this came out great! I love the space!

Amanda said...

What color paint is that on the walls? I LOVE it!

~*yOuNiQuE727*~ said...

I love what you did here ~ it looks so inviting and beautiful. Great job ~ will start following you to get more ideas from you :)

Norma
younique727

Kat from California said...

I've always wanted a porch like this. We don't have them in California unless they are metal attached to the house. It's wonderful!! You don't need curtains because it isn't a privacy issue. Why do you have to wait for good weather? Is it because it's too cold out there in the winter? I would think it's a great place to watch a storm (not electrical of course).

Kristi said...

Wow! Nice! It looks like a totally different room. Our old house had a sunroom and I loved it. Wish I had one now. Again, great job!

~ The Speckled Dog

Ria said...

Wow! This is a real ultimate transformation! I heart it soooo very much. Well done! Stopping by from Trendy Treehouse.

Ria
iheartprettystuffs.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Visiting from Curbly. Fantastic remodel. Very peaceful and restful. Love it!

Monique

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

I love your "new" sunroom!!! I don't think you need any drapes. It's a sun room!!! Let the sun shine in! Awesome job!

Meg said...

LOVE! So bright and light, just as a SUNroom should be!

Rachel said...

I was just checking your recap of 2010. This room makeover is AWESOME! What a great makeover and space!I love the airy, lightness of the room! Your kitty makes the weird clicking sounds too?! lol Our youngest kitty does that when he sees birds!

Oonafey said...

Good choice! I think this is my favorite proect so far. The ceiling is gorgeous, the skylight is fab, and I LOVE those chairs!