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!