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.
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.
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.
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!
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.)
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.