Friday, June 6, 2008

Our Sunporch....The Remodeling Journey...(Part Two)

How excited I was to reach the decorating stage of our sunporch! After all, this is THE part we ladies look forward to, isn't it?

I've known for quite awhile that I wanted to use the colors of barn red/burgundy, moss or sagey green, and a sunflowery yellow.

After establishing the colors of the floor and walls, the next step was deciding on the colors for the cushions. I really had a hard time on this part. Although I'm not a big fan of floral prints, I didn't rule them out of I could accent with stripes or checks. However, checks and stripes are just what always get my attention. So lo and behold, what do you think I ended up with? Yep...a stripe pattern for the cushions and a check pattern for the pillows. After looking at so many fabrics online, I finally decided on fabric from a local fabric outlet. I brought a sample home and just loved it against everything. Jason picked it out immediately as his favorite too. It had just a hint of the green I wanted out there, but mostly the earthy colors that I love. A friend made the cushions and pillows for me.

I also knew I wanted a primitive garden type theme for my sunporch. I was thinking birdhouses, sunflowers, geraniums, gardening tools, watering cans, bee skeps, stars and signs. So far, I've managed to put a touch of all out there except the bee skep. I'm still on the lookout though!

Jason made the potting bench/cabinet from a $18 door from Lowe's. I originally wanted one made from an old door, but we couldn't locate one at the time. He convinced me that I would like this one when he was finished. He was right!

The old window with the star inside has been waiting for this sunporch redo for awhile in my garage. It was given to me by a friend. All I really had to do with it was add a little smudged green paint around it and the star to the middle.

Jason also made the window coffee table from an old window found in a barn/shed in Alabama. I finally talked him into distressing it. He's such a perfectionist. He made it so pretty and I would have been just as happy with only legs added to that old window. I do love how it turned out though!

We decided on doing the shelves white for a contrast against all the cedar, so it would be bright and cheerful.

I've had alot of fun adding the watering cans, birdhouses and all the other accessories for the shelves. My shelves have plenty more room for my treasures as I find them though!

The blinds were the last thing added. Originally, we weren't going to cover the windows. After we put the portable ac/heat unit out there, we really needed coverings for the windows because of the heat coming through all of those windows. I keep them closed during the hottest part of the day so the room will stay cooler. When that time of day passes, I'm usually out there opening all the blinds back up again! Again, we used white blinds to frame out & contrast the cedar and tie in the white shelves and white furniture.

We're really enjoying this room! It's already been used for so many activities...."doing school" out there, reading, visiting/talking, playing the guitar (not me...that would be Colt), and just sitting and admiring. One of the best parts though is that now it is an extension of our home and not just a detached room. It's so uplifting too when we walk into the room when we come home!

It was a long time getting here, but was it worth it? Definitely!


Deb said...

Tammy it turned out beautiful, if I had to choose a favorite, it would be the shelves above the window. It's such a great place for your treasures, and looks great. Deb

Kindra said...

Oh my Tammy! What a wonderful space to have. And you decorated it so perfect! It looks so warm and inviting. My favorites are the white little bench (with drawers?) and the door table. I can just imagine your family enjoying time together out there! Have a great weekend!

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

As always just beautiful, Tammy! I know you are just planning for
Christmas in that brain of yours.LOL

Blessing, Rondell

Rosemary said...

OMG!!!! That looks gorgeous! I am pea green with envy here!!!!

You are so talented with decorating! Care to make a trip to WV to take care of a few pesky decorating issues that I have?

Great job to all!

Anonymous said...

My oh my what a beautiful room!!!
Thank you for stopping by my new blog sight. I totally agree with your view on Home Schooling, can't imagine what all I would have missed if they were away from me all day, we are finishing second grade this year :O)

Sandy said...

Oh my I just LOVE the room!
It is so nicely decorated and looks so warm and inviting...pull up a chair and sit awhile ;)
I just love stopping by and visiting your blog...can't wait to see what's next.

Wendy said...

WOW!!! I love, love, love it!! Congratulations! You all did a great job!!! What a great place to relax in!! I love how you decorated it!! Have a wonderful weekend Tammy!!~Wendy

Primgal55 said...

Oh Tammy it is just wonderful! Love the sunny garden colors - what an inviting space. I can imagine sitting and having my morning coffee and enjoying the start of the day right there. ENJOY ENJOY! hugs, Linda

Colleen said...

It's ALL just so amazing, Tammy! I love the decorations and all of the handmade treasures. What a place to begin the day! Thanks for sharing.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Michelle said...

I love porches of any kind, and I think they are well worth our time and effort. Love the rustic, primitive decor! Enjoy it!!!

Saucy said...

It is bright and sunny with the perfect hits of white and country charm! You'll spend many a happy hour in that sunporch!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love it!!! It turned out so cute:)

Katy said...

Oh my gosh....i just LOVE how it turned out! It looks gorgeous!!! What a beautiful job you did! I want to come visit! LOL

Joy said...

Love your sun porched. Especially how you have it decorated so cute.
Looks like an inviting place to sit and visit or read.

Gettysburg Homestead said...

Tammy what a gorgeous porch and home. I love the yellow. So bright and cheery and the front of your home... WOW!!! I love it nice and prim and inviting. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

Jo-Anne said...

Oh my...this porch is adorable! I love it!
I am so impressed by all the creative things that I see here in blod world!!
Thanks for stopping by and leaving me such a nice comment.
I will be talking to you again, soon, I hope! :)

Leslie said...

Very nice! I love the color combo. Definitely a fav of mine! I'm sure you will really enjoy your porch now that it's all fixed up and pretty!

Love the bench thing that you made from the old door!!!!

Julie said...

Your room is so sunny and fun. Thanks for sharing. I'll bet you just love to walk in there. It looks so cozy and inviting. Good job!! julie

Farm Chick Paula said...

Oh, it's beautiful, Tammy!! I would spend ALL my time out there!
Are you taking reservations? LOL

LINDA said...

Oh, my! That is perfect!
Thanx for stoppingby and joining us for the drawing.
I love all my things. I need one of those gals/guys that come by and just arrange your things to the most advantageous way. Perk up what we already have!
I love looking at your blog. Your daughter is gorgeous--love dancers!