Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sunroom Reveal!

The day has finally arrived... our sunroom is DONE!

It's been five long weeks of work... let's do a quick recap.

The befores:

Before we bought the house:



After we threw some furniture in:






Phase 1: Building a cat outhouse:




Phase 2: Tearing out the ceiling panels, adding insulation and a new humidity resistant drywall ceiling (with recessed speakers and lights)







Phase 3: 'Wood' tile flooring





Phase 4: Building the beds, coffee table and console table





Phase 5: Accessorizing





Art can be purchased here and here


And that is where we left off last.

Now that we're all up to speed.... I present to you, our finished Sunroom:


Disclaimer: No, I did not place my cat there for staging purposes. That is "her spot" and she can always be found either right there or in my lap. She put up a fight when I tried to make her move so I could take these, lol.








I am beyond happy with these pillows. I purchased 14 (double sided!) custom covers from Etsy seller FestiveHomeDecor, in various sizes ranging from 16x24 to 26x26 for $295 shipped. The selection, quality and service were amazing. You won't find a better pillow shop on Etsy... I've looked!

Both the lantern and table started out as black... <3 spray paint




These baskets are my new favorite thing:


I had been looking everywhere for some wire baskets that were the perfect size to tuck neatly underneath this narrow console table, when I stumbled across these bicycle baskets on Ebay. The look and size were perfect, and they even combined shipping and got them to me within 3 days so I could have them in time for my party. Couldn't be happier!




And this chair cover...


Holy crap.

Can you believe I managed to put this together with some hemming tape and an iron?


It took me 9 straight hours... but I pulled it off somehow. Surely my biggest accomplishment to date. *pats self on back*


I originally didn't include a cost breakdown since there were so many random trips to the hardware store for miscellaneous things that I know I forgot to record, but I racked my brain to come up with this list for you:

Cat Outhouse: 75
New ceiling + insulation: 921
Floor tile: 756
Floor tile installation: 430
Lighting/wiring: 70
Misc. electrical: 45
Fan: 137
Paint/tape/caulk: 51
Beds + mattresses: 700
Sheets, pillows, bedding: 215
Pillow covers: 295
Metal side table: 35
Spray paint: 15
Rug: 30
Blue lanterns: 20
Coffee table: 70
Console table: 20
Chair slipcover: 85
Curtains/rods: 100
Baskets: 40
Vase + flowers: 20
Ballpark Total: $4130-ish. I would say $4200 would be safe for the small misc. stuff I'm missing.

Apparently $4200 is the magic number for us... our kitchen, master bathroom, and now sunroom reno's were all right around this number. Strange! But I'll take it.
That pretty much covers it! Right now this is everyone's favorite room in the house. Summer is around the corner and we'll be spending most of our time out here enjoying the weather. In fact... I took those after shots about 5 minutes before our official summer kick off party began yesterday.






Looking forward to many more this summer!


This room has been featured on House of Turquoise, Centsational Girl, Hooked on Houses and Young House Love!




Monday, April 23, 2012

Sunroom: Week 4

One month of sunroom renovation has come and gone and now we're in the final 5-day stretch.

Last week left off with built beds and a new DIY coffee table:


The main goal for this week was to take care of the two walls on the side of the sliding glass door entry from the living room.

The plan was to hang art on both sides—two frames stacked above one another.

Last week I had relocated these ocean prints from my bedroom to one of the walls:



Then this week I focused my attention on the second wall and decided I'd build a very basic console table and hang my other two prints above it.

I ran to Lowe's and grabbed some 2x10" boards and had them cut to size (for super cheap... like 10 bucks). The legs were 3' and the width was 42".

Once home, I laid everything out and prepared to attach the top to the legs:



I used a couple screws on each side to secure them together:



I decided not to countersink them and fill the holes with putty because you would still be able to see the putty circles after I was done since I wasn't sanding/painting over it. I wanted to let the wood grain show through to give it a simlar look to the weathered coffee table. I've actually seen nails/screws showing on other rustic pieces and I'm down with the look, so it wasn't a big deal to me at all.

Once the table was put together, I hauled it inside to see how things were looking...


I felt like it was missing something, so I ran back to Lowe's and picked up one more board to build a shelf.

Once everything was measured and lined up, it was time to screw the shelf in. Instead of screwing them directly in the sides which would mean the screws would be visible on the legs too (a little too much for me), I decided to drill in through the underside of it.

Normally this would require a tool such as a Kreg Jig, but I'm not fancy enough to own one yet, so I made counter sink holes using a drill bit. I also took a skinny drill bit and made a pilot hole to help aid the screw in straight through both pieces.



It didn't work exactly as I had planned... for some reason the screws didn't want to go in all the way, but no one will ever see the underside so no big deal. After flipping it over and repeating on the other side, my shelf was in.


Heres a side view:


It's worth mentioning that these boards are not all created equal. The widths are not all identical, and some of the boards bow a bit in the middle too which made it pretty difficult for me to try to hold the board in place with one hand and drill it in with the other while keeping everything aligned and straight.

But hey, it was my first attempt at a console table (with nothing but a screwdriver and some screws) so... I'm learning.

Once it was built, the next step was to apply some darker stain to try and neutralize the natural yellow-ness of the wood (unfortunately, the beautiful white/grey wood used on my coffee table was only available in widths up to 6" wide, so I had no choice on the 2x10". Boo.)

Before stain:


After stain:


To give it more of a grey-look, I tried something different this time: grey paint. I picked up a quart of Valspar's Drizzling Mist, which is a nice medium gray.


I dry brushed the paint over the entire surface, and went back and hand sanded everything to blend it in.




There was still a lot of the orange wood hue showing through, so I had to keep painting/sanding until I had something I was happy with.

Back inside, there was one obstacle that had to be taken care of...


A 1" gray pipe in the way. I painted it white to blend in a bit better, then notched out a hole with a 1" spade bit and a metal file so it could sit flush up against the wall.

And it worked!



Next it was time to hang the art.

When I measured for it though, I realized there wasn't enough vertical space to stack my prints. Whoops.

Plan B: A fun mirror from Lowe's:


It's the allen + roth 30x30" quatrefoil mirror for around $65. I loved the shape and thought it would be a perfect accent to the room, so I went for it.

Of course, it wasn't going to stay black...



So I painted it the same gray that I used on my shelf:



I couldn't wait to start accessorizing... so I threw a few things up there for fun. It's not done yet, but here is a preliminary setup...



Speaking of accessories—my side table is finally out of the spray chamber:



And now to address the art issue...

I decided to remove the ocean prints I had hung last week, because I really wanted to use these new prints in my Ikea frames.

But I was disappointed when I started to hang them...


Ugh, Ikea. Why is it so hard for you to create something that is true white and not your crappy cream/beige/offwhite shade? The frames look a lot worse in person than this picture shows. They might as well be yellow against white walls.

So with those prints out, I decided to keep my original frames and remake the prints to fit:



It's hard to get a good look at these with the window reflection that is impossible to avoid in these pictures, but these are the prints:




FYI... the old prints are all available now on my Sale page if anyone's interested in picking them up at a nice discount.

And that is the current condition of the sunroom with less than 5 days to go! Let's hope I can pull everything else off by Saturday!

Now for a quick update on our front door... it was long overdue to retire the winter wreath:



So I picked up some on sale seasonal flowers and a $5 wreath base from Michaels and got to work...



I used some leftover strips of fabric from my no-sew napkin project and to hang it with... and our front door is now perfectly in season to welcome guests:



And that about sums up last week.

Oh... except for one last thing.

When I was in line at Lowe's buying wood for the console table... I looked down and spotted this:


Crazy, right?! Seeing my font in in Seventeen and Cosmo was cool enough.... but my favorite store ever? They are using it on their website too. And they have no idea how much I heart them.

Alright... it's crunch time now. Be back with the final Sunroom Reveal!