A sunny sunroom makeover

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.

sunroom makeover with built in benches by chapter37

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.

sunroom makeover before and after

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.

sunroom built in storage benches

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.

sun room built in benches

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.

wood and white sunroom makeover

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.

beadboard ceiling in sunroom

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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16 Responses to A sunny sunroom makeover

  1. Love your sunroom! I’m hoping to build one soon, so this really caught my eye. I wrote a post about sunrooms recently and had the same problem – one word or two? Lol. Love your light fixture and the benches are very pretty. -Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com
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  2. Virginia says:

    I love your sun room! The built in bench in great. I know you’ll enjoy spending time in there.

  3. Laura Wilbur says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I’m a regular reader of yours now, having stumbled upon your blog some weeks ago. I’m thoroughly enjoying your lovely room makeovers as well as the sweet thoughts about the Lord you share.

  4. rick & merry says:

    Another lovely view of your adorable home. Love your blog.

  5. I love the benches, they are wonderful. Great storage and so pretty too. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  6. Gentle Joy says:

    This room now looks so cozy, inviting and beautiful! What a wonderful addition….love all of the windows too. Thank you for posting this. 🙂

  7. So pretty. You will get so much use from this space.

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  10. Kim Hood says:

    Great job! You’ve created some awesome storage space with your new seating. I think you’ll really enjoy the fruit of your labor. Thanks for sharing how you made your window seats. 🙂

  11. Suzan says:

    I have so much fun seeing your makeovers ( they give me such hope for this horrible reno special we bought – truly! )
    Love what you did with this room – could you tell me where you got your light? I’m looking for 2 like this for my kitchen
    You have such beautiful taste – sooooo inspiring!

  12. Linda says:

    I’m crazy for window seats, and yours are perfect in your window lined sunroom. I see lots of relaxing afternoons with tea and a good book in that space.

  13. What a transformation! Love the seats and that light – just beautiful.

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