Sun Room Beginnings and Plans

One very neat feature of this house that I really love is the little sun room off the back of the house. I love light and big windows and airy spaces. Sun rooms also feel distinctly southern and classic to me…I’m sure they aren’t necessarily, but I still think of them that way. I just think it’s completely appropriate that an old South Carolinian home have a sun room.

sun room

This was how it looked when we first bought the house. Unfortunately, it’s been our dumping ground for semi-completed projects and various items lacking a permanent home. There didn’t seem to be any working plumbing installed anywhere for a washer/dryer in the house, so I had our plumber add the lines out here. I planned on using half of the room for a laundry room, and half for recreational purposes. The windows all need replacing at some point in the future, but overall it’s in good shape.

One of my few complaints with this house is, there is no garage or usable attic space. Storage of seasonal/hobby/camping/whatever stuff has to be spread through out the inside of the house. So, that being said, I need this room to do some work for me without cluttering up all those pretty windows.

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Enter my Mister’s super efficient wood working skills. One huge “L” shaped bench with a top that opens is just the ticket. He built a basic frame with 2×4′s, and next he’ll side it with 1×6′s to close it up. These critters will hold a good bit of the stuff that is crowding out my ability to finish the upstairs bedrooms. I plan to paint it, top them with some comfy bench cushions, and toss a pretty rug in front for a comfy spot for the little girls to play on a rainy day.  Gorgeous b & w Striped Cushions .


The walls aren’t stained all dark like the interior ones were, and I actually don’t mind them as is. I may just paint the trim and re-paint the ceiling. I really can’t decide, because when I see something like this, I’m immediately tempted to go for the white paint bucket again!

Sun room


Since this room opens up off of the dining room, I will be able to use this for extra eating space in a pinch. Just open the french doors and throw a table in the corner, so easy! (I know it’s not exactly the same, but you get the idea.)

Corner bench with round table.


I do love a thing that has multiple uses, don’t you? At any rate, that’s the newest project on the block that I’m bossing (I’m really good at that part), but not actually doing myself just yet. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you might have already seen that I’m back to work on getting the painting on the stairs done. They are going to be a beauty!…If I can ever get them finished. Some things just require immense amounts of patience, have you noticed? I think the Mister got a better deal here, bench building looks considerably more fun than stair painting if you ask me!

So, what’s your opinion on my wall dilemma? Paint it? Leave it wood? Let the experts speak!

James 4:6   But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

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7 Responses to Sun Room Beginnings and Plans

  1. Lucy Greene says:

    I’ve always wanted a sunroom! My mother-in-law has one that I love. Maybe one day I’ll get one…pin now look later!

  2. Looks like you’re off to a good start. Love the idea of seating mixed with storage. Can’t wait to see the final results.

  3. Emily says:

    I want a sun room! That is my dream to add on one day. If it were my space I would paint the walls white or off white and then do a pop of color on the ceiling. Oh, you could even do the beat board on the ceiling to really country-fy it up. Then paint that a bright accent color for some real personality. I love the built in idea for seating and storage. Very practical and cute.

  4. jenny says:

    I saw your kitchen over @ Better After & then proceeded to look @ the work you’ve done in the dining room. In a word: AMAZING. I think that painting the sun room will make it look bright and clean as well as offer a blank canvas. What a smart idea to build seats that can be used for storage as well. Love what you have done so far! Blessings>Jenny

  5. katie says:

    LOVE what you’ve done with your house!!
    have you seen HOUSE*TWEAKING blog? they took an extra room and divided it laundry room/dining, off their kitchen. you might like to see it.

    =) blessings!

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