Sunroom Makeover #Spring2020Refresh

Mihaela Parker
by Mihaela Parker
7 Materials
5 Days

When I found my house, the sunroom was one of the many reasons I fell in love with it. I could see the potential! Although narrow, it had enough room for a sitting and dining area. Enclosed with large screens instead of windows, you could easily enjoy the sounds of the waves coming off the lake. What's not to love?? Here is the before:

Step One: Remove what you don't want.

First things first, the carpet had to go! Underneath was decking that was in pretty good shape, just a few paint splatters here and there.

Step Two: Add some ambiance!

The beautiful cedar cathedral ceiling needed to be highlighted so we hung up some icicle lights. It really makes the outdoor space cozy at night! My husband had to put in a temporary light switch until he makes the sunroom bigger :) and can add switches. (so don't look at the wires hanging on the wall...)

We also replaced the two outdoor lights on either side of the door to go better with the theme.

Step Three: Find new or reuse your furniture.

Time to paint the wicker furniture I had found on road trip to Branson, MO. I love Branson! If you haver never been, you need to go!!

I thankfully have a paint sprayer which came in handy as I cannot imagine how much it would've cost to use spray paint in the can!

I really liked this set, just did not like the color. No offense against others that like green. Just not my thang, nor the look I was going for. 

I laid down a large tarp and gave both pieces a first then second coat.

This was my first go at using a paint sprayer. I actually did not like it. I really liked the convenience of it, but it felt heavy and awkward.  Also, when you are not using your head and wearing flip flops, you will get a nice new pedicure for free!! Downside is your whole toes get coated too.

I love my sprayer now :)

And I learnt my lesson regarding proper attire when using it!

After two coats, it was good to go. The loveseat actually came with really neat looking cushions that totally went with my décor scheme but the couch did not. It came with dark brown cushions. In my infinite wisdom, I decided I would try bleaching them to hopefully get a lighter sand color. This was a noooo go! On to plan B. Cover it up with a white blanket.

Next was the dining set. This too, was found on the same trip. I could rattle on and on about all the goodies we found on that trip but to put it into perspective, we had to rent a 6 x 12 uhaul to bring it all back to Canada!! My husbands tetris skills really paid off, let me tell ya!

This was the set before.

I sprayed all the bamboo on the set including the table white. I left the cushions on as is and just recovered them with blue curtains I had. I just removed the screws that held the cushion in place, cut the material to size and stapled overtop what was already there. Very easy!

I also had an old metal end table with missing glass so we cut left over barnboards from our entryway wall to size and glued them to the frame. It turned out great.

Since there were 4 chairs and not a lot of room in the sunroom, I only used 2 and put the other two on the outdoor deck.

Step Four: Paint.

The red door did not go with my beachy look, so I painted it blue. Other than that, the only other thing that got painted was the trim around the patio doors!

Step Five: Create privacy / coziness

I wanted to have some privacy in the sitting area so we just hung up some pewter curtain rods and as luck would have it, the house came with canvas type white curtains so I just used those. I don't have a picture of it, but I found a really neat coconut light in Mexico so we hung it right above the sitting area.

Step Six: Put it all together!

Most of the stuff in the sunroom is reused and repurposed. I love the thrill of the hunt and the challenge to make something useful and beautiful again. A lot of the décor I had already in the house so I just relocated it :)

Once all the furniture was painted/recovered/repurposed, I put it all together to try and create an outdoor oasis to enjoy my morning coffee while watching the wildlife go by or entertaining company with food and drinks.

I'm very happy with the turnout, I hope you like it too!

In the end, this refresh did not really cost a lot. I started the project off with an idea in my mind, I really wanted a space that felt relaxing and calming, like the water so I took my inspiration from there.

I took my time collecting furniture and things over the years and I don't think I would change that. In between, I used the space everyday in Spring through Fall and that gave me a good idea of what I wanted to use it for so when it came time to make the changes, I already had an idea in my mind of what it would look like.

I think if you change or decorate your space with things you like, or how you like, not what other people like, you can never go wrong!

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  • Margerita Margerita on Apr 08, 2022

    What was the width and length of your porvh

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