Sun Room Reveal

sun room

Done, done, done, done, done! After a little window cleaning and paint touch-ups, we finished up the sun room this weekend. Surprisingly, we got the entire thing done in about a month (including a whirlwind wedding weekend and Eric traveling a week for work). Ironically, it’s the first room in the entire house that’s 100% done. ¬†You see where our priorities are. ūüôā

As a reminder, here’s where we started. Giant spiderwebs, broken doors, disgusting carpet, mildew, broken window treatments, the works!

 

And here’s where we are today:

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 sun room

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I love how much of this is DIY, like the table, cabinet, storage baskets, flooring, and even the art.

I even updated a few things, like these lanterns…

and this vase.  It was just your basic glass vase, but I painted the inside with metallic gold spray paint.

It’s also functional for everyone in the family. ¬†Eric and I have a nice lounging spot. ¬†We can also entertain in the space and have a place to put drinks and snacks without grubby little fingers reaching it :). ¬†Matthew even has his own little space. ¬†We left the far corner empty-ish after seeing how much fun he had rolling balls, spinning in circles, and riding his car. ¬†The ottoman is empty now, but I anticipate it holding more toys. ¬†Under the table is a bin for balls and the most-played-with toys. ¬†In the cabinet drawers are things like bubbles and extra chalk.

It wasn’t just cosmetic work that needed done. ¬†We cleaned the gutters and fixed some flushing on the main roof that was directing water to the ceiling–creating a small drip inside. ¬†I also think we went through 3-4 tubes of caulk. ¬†On top of that, we had to thoroughly clean everything–the rail on the sliding door had at least 10 years of crud caked in it.

The best part about doing an outdoor space upgrade in July is that for the stores, Summer is already over, which means everything is heavily discounted. ¬†We picked up 5 new throw pillows–all 50-75% off. ¬†Even the patio plants were discounted as low as $1 at Lowes. We did splurge on the sectional, but it was totally worth it. ūüôā

I have to admit, having this room done and accessorized just the way we want has taken it from “this is the house we live in” to “this is really starting to feel like our house.”

Scrap Wood Table

sun room table, diy coffee table

The sun room is coming along nicely, if I do say so myself!  The addition of our DIY coffee table really helped to finish things off.  When we decided to add a coffee table, we hit Pinterest (follow me for more sun room eye-candy!) to find some inspiration:

sun room table inspiration

1. Vintage Chic 2. No Link-through 3. No Link=through 4. Jenna Sue Design 5. No Link-through

We already had a crate-like thing going on, round wasn’t functional, and since Eric was building it, he got the final choice (5). ¬†Though I have to admit, I’m totally digging 4. ¬†The inspiration picture ¬†used 2×4’s for the top, but we wanted something a bit wider, so we changed the plan.

We measured and made a plan for what we wanted to fit our exact space–my favorite thing to do when measuring for furniture or art is to put painters tape down in the dimensions you’re thinking to really help visualize. ¬†We had to take into account what size lumber could fit into the car, and what would be most cost effective, for example, buying longer boards that can be cut down instead of multiple boards of the exact dimensions–a little more time, but usually cheaper. ¬†We hit Menards (always a treat with a toddler in tow!) and went straight to the “value wood” pile. ¬†Basically, this is a pile of scrap wood that may be a bit warped, have large knots, or leftover pieces from cuts made in the store–if you can work with this, you’re getting a little deal.

Were were able to find everything we needed with the exception of the 4×4:

  • (5) 4ft. 2×6’s
  • (2) 6ft. 2×4’s
  • (1) 6ft. 4×4

The total cost was around $35.

The dimensions of the table are 5 ft l x 2 ft. w, and 18″ h.

I asked the hubby to give some tips on how he put it together…

“A billion pocket holes, a measuring tape, and a trusty #2 pencil.” ¬†Sorry folks, you’re on your own from here! ūüôā I will say he’s becoming quite addicted to the Kreg Jig, though.

I do know he assembled the top and bottom separately, as I stained them separately.  We used the same Rustoleum Kona stain we had on hand, using an apply-then-wipe strategy, then followed with 2 coats of polyurethane.  After that, we decided to jazz it up by adding some hardware on the ends.

sun room table, sunroom, diy coffee table

I bought some basic 1″ L brackets (or corner braces) at Lowe’s for about $2 each. Each bracket had a price sticker on it, so I used my lazy Go0-Gone method to get it off: spray a few squirts on a plate, put the object with goo on the plate to soak, come back later to easily wipe it off. (Don’t forget to wash it with soap and water.)

goo gone

Then I picked up this spray paint:

I must say, I’ve been doing a lot of spray painting lately, and I swear by Rustoleum. ¬†Valspar seems to have a lot more colors, but it doesn’t go on as easily or hold up as well as Rustoleum. To paint the screws, I grabbed a leftover styrofoam take-out container and punched the screws through. Voila!

paint screws, spray paint screws

To keep the finish on the screws, Eric pre-drilled the holes into the table, then hand-screwed them in.

Then it was on to accessorizing! Most things we already had on hand. We love these Pottery Barn flameless candles since burning any type of candle can release carcinogens into the air.

pottery barn flameless candles

This serving tray was complements of a wedding gift 5 years ago, and I just Modge Podged it with some scrapbook paper.

I picked these succulents up at Lowe’s for just a couple dollars, and plopped into these metal buckets from the Target Dollar Spot that I bought to store Matty’s craft supplies.

sun room decor

P.S. I feel like a legitimate blogger now–I have a photo styled with Pellegrino bottles. ¬†Seriously–find me a home decor blog that doesn’t use Pellegrino bottles in staging! ūüôā

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Upcycled: Sun Room Cabinet

sun room cabinet

Who doesn’t love free stuff? Especially when said free stuff turns out to be a perfect fit, looks great, and functions well. ¬†Case in point? The above cabinet. ¬†That sucker started off like this: (okay, I can’t find the exact picture, but it was part of our kitchen cabinets that used to look like this)

When we moved in, one of the kitchen cabinets was in the garage. ¬†Not sure why. ¬†We tried to put it back where it went–didn’t fit.

WHAT THE WHAT?! We ended up buying a better fitting cabinet for the kitchen, and used the ill fitting cabinet in the garage for tool storage.

tool cabinet

When we recently redid the garage room for a man cave, this poor little working hard cabinet was left without a home, again. Eyeing the piece, I thought it looked about right for the sun room…it was about 11″ too short, didn’t have a top, and was a horrible orange-brown, but I figured that was nothing a little scrap wood and paint we already had on hand couldn’t fix.

After cleaning, using Liquid Deglosser, and painting, I enlisted Hubby’s help in building some open shelves to make up that 11″ gap. At some point I had to step in because things were getting over engineered and a bit crooked, but he gets credit for trying. ūüôā¬†We had enough quarter round left to nail around the bottom to give it a finished look.¬†For the top, we used…furring strips! ¬†We have so many of these things. ¬†I don’t even know why.

While Hubby built the cabinet shelves, I sanded and stained. We used Kona by Rust-Oleum, which we already had.
First we nailed down a scrap piece of beadboard as a base, then used wood glue to glue the stained furring strips down.  We used one on each edge to give it a nice finished look, and finished with two coats of polyurethane.

sun room cabinet

We actually got the whole thing done in an afternoon, so not too shabby for an¬†almost free project. ¬†The only thing we had to buy was the hardware, which I found these at Lowe’s for around $2 each.

It’s perfect as a drink and snack station, and the storage is amazing. ¬†The bottom drawer holds most of Matty’s outdoor toys, and the other drawers hold random outdoor essentials like candles, bug repellent, and grill accessories. ¬†The DIY basket crates hold a few more toys and gardening tools.

sun room cabinet

sun room cabinet

sun room cabinet

Surprise! Sun Room Redo

You missed a spot, Dad!

We have a sunroom. ¬†I posted about it last year here. ¬†It wasn’t much of a room, but it was a nice place to let Matthew play during rainy days or to sit for a few minutes while he played outside. ¬†One day a few weeks back, I got inspired by this post, and thought hmmmm…I would love to paint the ceiling in here. ¬†This was a great plan because we have tons of half-empty paint cans in the garage just begging to be used. ¬†So a free, easy project, right? ¬†No. Of course, of course, this snowballed into an entire room make-over. ::facepalm::

First, we did indeed paint the ceiling. ¬†Sadly, it did not turn out as dark as I wanted, so it’s just a hint of color. ¬†But that’s ok. We have to repaint it anyway…

sun room blue ceiling

Thankfully we did this project during Rain-a-geddon, and noticed the ceiling was leaking. Bye, bye paint job. ūüôĀ ¬†Thankfully, it was just clogged gutters, which Eric fixed in the pouring rain, and nothing a little caulk couldn’t fix.

Then, we noticed how dingy the walls were, so we decided to give them a fresh coat of paint. ¬†I mean, we already had paint, so why not? ¬†It was exhausting. ¬†The whole thing had to be hand-painted…and now we have tons of paint to scrape off of the windows.

paint on window

Then, Eric somehow talked me into painting the brick. ¬†I mean, we already had the paint, so WHY NOT?! I didn’t really want to paint what is technically the exterior of the house, but I admit, it looks UH-Mazing now. ¬†Also, a very, very, very exhausting job. ¬†We needed two coats of primer and two coats of paint. ¬†Even using a large nap roller, we had to hand paint most of it, because it’s not a smooth brick. ¬†Lots of bumps and crevices within each brick.

By this point, we’d put so much time and effort into the room, we figured we’d might as well do something about the floor. ¬†It was your standard ole concrete floor, and we thought a nice coat of concrete paint would suffice. ¬†Unfortunately, we forgot how bad the two cracks running through the room were. ¬†Upon closer inspection, we realized we couldn’t patch it well enough to have a paint job look good. ¬†Eric had his heart set on doing something with the floor, so I went back to the drawing board, where I found this:

vinyl plank

We read lots of reviews about vinyl flooring in sun rooms and even on patios, and we actually used vinyl tile in the bathroom and laundry room with good results. ¬†It definitely was more than I wanted to spend on my “free” project, but it didn’t necessarily break the bank either. ¬†We lurve it. ¬†Like love, love, love it. It took the room from meh to whoah.

vinyl plank sun room

Before laying any flooring, you have to prime it with special vinyl  floor primer.  It rolls on like paint and takes just a couple of hours to dry.  It dries tacky so that the planks have something more to adhere to.  This is the drying primer, plus the huge crack.

sun room vinyl tile plank

Of course, we then needed quarter round to cover the edges of the vinyl plank and then we had to caulk all of that.

sun room floor

And while it wasn’t expensive, it was a cost. ¬†You see where I’m going? ¬†My “free” project is slowly bleeding us dry. ūüôā ¬†Next up, a DIY storage cabinet/bar, DIY coffee table, new furniture, and accessories! Stay tuned!