Question of the day…is “sunroom” supposed to be spelled as one word? Or two? Spell check says it is two, Wikipedia says it is one. Far be it from me to defy spell check since I can hardly spell my name without it, but I’m going with one word…it looks better. Know what else looks better? Sunrooms with white benches and bright cushions and jolly looking plants with lots of sunshine bouncing around.
This space was pretty much a blank slate to start with, I didn’t do much of anything to the bones of the room. We had plumbing run out here to put the washer and dryer in half the room, and the other half was left for other purposes. For the last year it’s purpose was junk pile-up room, and I’ll spare you the pictures of that. It was not pretty.
After pinterest browsing and picture shopping, I came up with a pretty good idea of what I wanted this little space to look like. I cajoled and sweet talked my Mister into building me two hefty sized benches. Benches are a handy two for one deal in that they give you lots of storage plus seating. They work hard and look pretty, what is not to love? He built a frame from 2 x 4′s and then sided it with 1 x 6′s.
He put nice heavy duty hinges on the lids for easy access. I did my paint thing on them and that was that! I totally cheated and found a good deal on some lounge chair cushions to use as my bench cushions. I just cut them to size, and used the existing straps on them to hold them onto the tops. It worked out so much cheaper than if I had purchased the foam and fabric to make them myself.
Never mind that the rug won’t play nice and lay flat…it needs to get it’s kinks out yet, but I still approve of it. It tones down the red tile for me. With a few plants and couple bright pillows, it’s as cozy and sunny a corner as I could have wanted. So far my plants have stayed alive for pretty much a whole week now. No guarantees for their extended future though, keeping leafish things alive is not my area of expertise.
We’ll have to replace the windows at some point, as they really aren’t in the best shape… but that’s another project for another day. The beadboard ceiling was already there, and I left it white for now. I love the little lantern light we put up, so much better than the boring old builder’s grade one that was there.
The best part of the whole room is that it sits directly off my dining room. I can leave the doors open and double the eating area for guests. That is a little work for a lot of pay off if you ask me!
And that, my dears, it another section of this old house that is d.o.n.e. Well, for now. Is any house really ever done? I think not, as long as imagination and obstinance are in good supply…unfortunately for my poor family, I was born with a sizable stock of both. Let the fun continue!
2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
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