*This is a sponsored post written by me about our sunroom makeover on behalf of Lamps Plus.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

So…the sunroom…

It’s looking so much better today but it certainly didn’t start out that way.

Tackling a DIY sunroom makeover in phases to make it more manageable. The first phase is paint and new lighting.

When we first moved in to the cottage last July, we had plans to eventually turn this room into a bathroom and laundry room. It was a dirty, disgusting mess and we both had no desire to be in it. We ended up just piling our boxes on the floor and left it. After some time and a good cleaning (a really good cleaning) and the removal of the blinds, we started to soften up to the space.

A sunroom makeover before pic of the yellow walls and broken ceiling fan.

Once we added some furniture to the space, we knew that we would keep it as is and just do some improvements. We love the room now. The great thing about it is that it’s up in the air quite a bit, so it feels like you are in a treehouse and the views are awesome. I love to sit in here in the afternoon with Finn and work on the computer, although I end up looking out the windows most of the time.

Before the sunroom makeover with yellow walls, sectional sofa and ceiling fan.

With a new plan, we came up with several projects that we want to tackle to turn this space into a comfortable family room. New paint, lighting, flooring, a back door (a dutch door) and beams on the ceiling are all on the list. 

With the powder room addition and bedroom closet happening right now though, I thought I’d do the room in stages. I wanted to get enough done so it would make an impact without taking a lot of time or money. 

So, the first phase of the sunroom makeover began with paint and a new light fixture.

I liked the ceiling fan but the lights never worked right and the fan ticked when it was turned on. It drove me crazy. Turns out we really didn’t need a fan after all, so I went with a pretty iron chandelier to give the room a different feel.

Yellow walls and sectional sofa in the sunroom addition.

In between projects on the powder room, I began painting the walls. There’s 8 windows, a doorway and a vaulted ceiling in this room so it was not a small project. It ended up taking me 5 days to cut in the whole room (and it’s a small space). I love to paint but this was not a fun room to do. 

Working intensely on my masterpiece. 😉

Painting the yellow walls a soft gray during a sunroom makeover.

Once I was done painting, the hubs climbed the ladder and took down the ceiling fan. It wasn’t easy and he ended up cutting a hole in the ceiling around the mounting bracket, which was spackled into the ceiling.

Ugh…not pretty.

Trying to fix the hole in the vaulted ceiling after taking the ceiling fan down.

With the fan down, we needed a solution for the hole. The beams I want to add will cover it nicely but they aren’t going to happen for a while so we came up with a quick fix. 

We built a simple adapter box out of scrap wood and painted it with ceiling paint.

A DIY adapter box to cover the ceiling hole from the fan.

A bit of insulation was added in the hole in the ceiling, then we attached our box and hung the new chandelier. 

With the paint and lighting done, we tackled one last electrical project…which was to check the wiring and replace all of the outlets and light switches. 

Finally, it was time to put the room back together. I wanted to try a different layout so we moved the sectional to the other side of the room and laid the rug. This room is really small, and the sectional is pretty big, so we don’t have many styling options. This sofa isn’t ideal for this size of a room, but it’ll do for now. 

Tackling phase 1 of a small sunroom makeover using paint and new lighting. Change the look of your room with simple decor ideas.

I’m really liking this new layout. I can sit and see the whole backyard, instead of the driveway and road.  

Ideas on doing a small sunroom makeover in stages.

Loving the new light too, and the hubs went ahead and installed a dimmer for me. We didn’t have a working ceiling light in here before so it’s nice to come into this room at night with the lights dimmed.

You can see the adapter box we had to build to hang the light.

Tackling a sunroom makeover in stages and sharing decorating ideas.

The striped rug is the only new addition to the room. Me and my stripes…it’s a true love affair 😉

Remember, this was phase 1. I didn’t even hang anything on the walls yet. I’m going to take my time and look for the perfect pieces. One thing that I’m going to look for is a taller plant for the empty corner. The heating vent is right there though so I’m not sure a live plant will work.

new lighting and a plant. Great ideas for a small, dingy room.

I’m also going to do a quick makeover on the back door with a coat of paint. That’ll be part of the next phase of this sunroom makeover.

I’ve also been tossing around the idea of woven shades in the windows, thinking that they’d add a bit of warmth and texture to the room. I love the unobstructed view of the trees though so I’m not sure. What do you think?

Working on both rooms has done me in. I’m going to stick with only the powder room for a while. Uh…maybe??? 

Thanks so much for stopping in! 

Check out our other room makeovers in the cottage. 

Great ideas to brighten up a small and cozy living room.Small Living Room Makeover

A small dining makeover on a tight budget. Ideas and tips for decorating your space for little money.Dining Room Makeover on a Budget





*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Moen.  All opinions are 100% my own.

We’re still knee deep in the new powder room project that we’ve been working on for the past several weeks. Last week I shared all about the construction, but today is all about our progress and a bit of pretty with a DIY powder room vanity, new faucet, lighting and a mirror.

You’d think that a tiny space would be easy to transform but you would be wrong. Nothing about this project has been easy. From the planning stages to where we are now it’s been one problem after another. Besides the obvious issue, trying to work in such a tight space, we had to deal with delivery delays and 2 broken sink deliveries. Not what you want to see when you’re ready to start building a vanity and you need a sink in order to do it. 

Let’s take a look back to where we started…a big closet with our seasonal clothes and a lot of shoe boxes. A previous owner built this closet a few years ago so it’s larger than your normal 1946 bedroom closet.

Taking a storage closet and turning it into a much needed powder room.

It definitely won’t be a big bathroom but it will be functional, and that’s all we need. One side of the space will have a toilet and the opposite side will have a vanity.

With the walls planked and painted and the electrical done, it was time to start the vanity side of the space.  

Building the walls in our closet turned powder room project.

Like I said, this is a tiny space with walls that aren’t square, so we knew early on in the planning stages that we would have to build a vanity. A simple piece with an open design and one drawer. 

It doesn’t look like much but it took quite a while to put together. Every piece had to be custom cut to fit the space. The hubs also made sure to hide any screws or staples that he used so there was no patching.

Laying out the pieces to build the DIY powder room vanity.

It won’t have a lot of storage but we were able to add a small drawer.

Building a drawer for a DIY powder room vanity

With all the white going on, I decided to go with a light gray for the vanity. It adds a bit of contrast and will go with the veining in the countertop. 

Installing a completed DIY powder room vanity.

We chose to go with a drop in sink so the drawer sits a little lower. The sink bowl will be behind the panel that’s above the drawer, which is typical with vanity construction.

The basket on the shelf serves several purposes. It will hold toilet paper, it adds some texture and warmth and hides the plumbing for the sink.

DIY powder room vanity installed before the countertop and faucet are added.

We were so happy to see the vanity in place. After the countertop and sink are installed, we’ll put the front on the drawer and it will be complete.

Speaking of the sink and countertop…

As luck would have it, we were able to score a nice piece of Silestone from a neighbor (for free!) to make the countertop. We were a bit nervous about cutting it but it was really not that difficult. Messy for sure, but not difficult. 

Cutting a piece of Silestone to use as a countertop on a DIY powder room vanity.

Isn’t it pretty? It looks just like marble.

Once the countertop was on, we could add the sink and get it ready for plumbing. 

DIY powder room vanity and countertop installed.

Before the plumbing though, we added the pretty pieces…lighting, a mirror and a new faucet.

It took me three tries to get the perfect mirror. The first one was too small and the second was was good, but broken. The third time was the charm – and it’s the perfect piece.

The lighting was a little tricky. We talked about hanging a fixture over the mirror but that wall had a beam running right where the fixture needed to go. Not impossible, but a lot more work. This solution worked out well. The only issue was that I had to find sconces with a shorter profile. I’m happy to say that my first choice was the winner, and they weren’t broken. Yay! 

Adding a mirror and lighting in a new powder room.

The last, and easiest, installation was the new faucet. I love this simple and sleek new faucet from Moen. It’s the perfect touch for the new vanity.

A new faucet for a DIY powder room vanity.

A new Moen faucet installed in our DIY powder room vanity.

Love the curve of the handles!

DIY vanity, lighting, mirror and new faucet installed in a closet turned powder room addition.

There’s still a lot of work to do before we can call the powder room done, but one side is almost complete.

Vanity complete in closet turned powder room project.

Left on the to-do list:

  • caulking the walls
  • painting the trim
  • installing the toilet
  • knob for the vanity
  • door for privacy

I can’t wait to finish this space. It will be a welcomed addition to our small cottage. 

We’ve started the guest bedroom closet if you want to check it out.

How to Build a Small Bedroom Closet in an Empty Corner

Hanging Wallpaper in a Closet

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This post is sponsored by Wayfair and Nostalgic Warehouse. I did receive product but, as always, all opinions are my own. 

I’m so excited to share a project that has been a year in the making, updating our old bathroom doors with new glass door knobs. Living in a 1946 stone cottage has it’s charm but also it’s problems. Well, it has a lot of problems but we’ll just focus on one today…the old doors and door knobs. 

I actually love the old doors. They’re paneled solid wood with original (for the most part) glass door knobs. They’re beautiful but most of them don’t close right, if at all, and some of the glass door knobs are either painted over, falling off or missing pieces. These doors have seen a lot of action in their 70 years and it shows.  

The door that is used the most is the first in line for some attention, the bathroom door. Thankfully it closes but at some point the old glass knob was switched out for a more modern knob, complete with smears of paint.

Updating old doors with new glass door knobs | Chatfield Court

Not the look we’re going for. So when Wayfair reached out to me about their Touches of Elegance campaign, I knew it was the perfect campaign for us. We were asked to pick out new door knobs for one room of the house from Nostalgic Warehouse’s beautiful selection. Every door knob in the house needs some kind of attention but the bathroom is used the most so the choice was easy.

Updating old doors with new glass door knobs | Chatfield CourtAlthough the main door closed without an issue, the closet door was another matter. We haven’t been able to close it properly since we moved in and every time you would open the main bathroom door, it would hit the closet door. 

The closet door knob was a real mess. There was old paint all over it and the door frame was in need of repair. I knew it was in bad shape, but I never realized how bad until I started taking pictures. Eeeek!

Updating old doors with new glass door knobs | Chatfield Court

Of course me being me, I couldn’t just remove the old door knobs and replace with the new. Nope…not in this house. I had to do a little makeover on both doors so (A) they would close properly, and (B) so they would look their very best for our beautiful new glass door knobs.

The main door just needed a few spots caulked and a fresh coat of paint (SW Pure White) but the closet door needed a bit more attention. We had to remove it, along with the hinges that had layers and layers of paint on them, so that we could sand down the edges to allow the door to close properly. Apparently, the door had been painted a ton of times over its 70 years and, with each coat, it built up and prevented the door from closing. Luckily some sanding fixed the issue (actually a lot of sanding). It’s not perfect but it’s so much better.

Updating old doors with new glass door knobs | Chatfield Court

We also had to scrape and paint the closet door frame. OMG, talk about ugly. It was a mess. And yes…at some point the doorway was painted burgundy. 

Updating old doors with new glass door knobs | Chatfield Court

I’ve been dreading this project since we moved in but it was time. I scraped the loose paint and filled all of the holes. The right thing to do would be to strip the frame and start over but it’s a huge job that’s at the bottom of the list. At some point we’ll do it right but, for now, it looks better and it closes. Plus it has that beautiful brass and glass door knob to distract you.

Once the scraping and painting was done, we added the door knob to the main door. I went with Crystal Glass Privacy Door Knob with Studio Plate by Nostalgic Warehouse for the main door. It was an easy install and, in just a few minutes, the door was transformed. No more paint smear on a door knob that didn’t match the era of the house. 

Updating 2 old doors in a 1946 stone cottage bathroom with a lot of elbow grease, a bit of paint and beautiful new glass door knobs. An easy DIY to add vintage charm to your home. | Chatfield Court

Updating 2 old doors in a 1946 stone cottage bathroom with some elbow grease, paint and beautiful new glass door knobs. An easy DIY to add vintage charm to your home. | Chatfield Court

Full disclosure here…
Things didn’t go the way we’d hoped with this project, which happens a lot but, because I’m always honest with you about our projects, I thought it only right to share everything that happened. The good and the bad.

The closet door was a bit more involved. I ordered a passage knob and it ended up not fitting. The door is only 1 1/16″ thick so it was tricky getting something new to fit a thin door. I worked with Nostalgic Warehouse, who went above and beyond to find a solution for me, but we just couldn’t get it to work. It was nothing that they did wrong, it’s just an old door, and an odd size. 

You can see the difference in the thickness of the doors in this photo.

Updating old doors with new glass door knobs | Chatfield Court

In the end we went with the Crystal Glass Double Dummy Door Knob with Studio Plate by Nostalgic Warehouse, which doesn’t have a latch. 

Besides the fact that there isn’t a latch for the door, we had to move plate and glass door knob down a few inches, otherwise the plate would have rested over the panel. Not a good look.

The knob looks beautiful but we still have the holes where the latch and the strike plate go. They aren’t centered with the new placement of the glass door knob, so they will have to get filled in and painted.  

Updating a closet door in a stone cottage bathroom with some elbow grease, paint and beautiful new glass door knobs. A quick and easy DIY to add vintage charm to your home. | Chatfield Court

Updating 2 old doors in a stone cottage bathroom with some elbow grease, paint and beautiful new glass door knobs. A quick and easy DIY to add vintage charm to your home. | Chatfield Court

We still need to figure out a way to latch the door because it doesn’t close tight on it’s own. Something that will allow us to open and close it easily. I’ll keep you posted on what we end up doing.

The new door knobs though?

Oh my… 

I really love the way they look! I have antique brass scattered throughout the house, including the bathroom, so these glass door knobs fit in beautifully.

Updating old doors in a cottage bathroom with some elbow grease, paint and beautiful new glass door knobs. A quick and easy DIY to add vintage charm to your home. | Chatfield Court

Now I’m anxious to get to all of the other doors. 

After I figure out a way to butter up the hubs. 😉

Updating old doors in a cottage bathroom with some elbow grease, paint and beautiful new glass door knobs. An easy DIY to add vintage charm to your home. | Chatfield Court

Thanks so much for stopping in. I hope you have a great weekend!




*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Behr.  All opinions are 100% mine.

I’m so excited to kick off this new year by partnering with Behr on a project for their Behr Designer Stories series on the Behr.com website. My project for the series was all about taking a $9 Goodwill dresser from drab to fab in one weekend with Behr paint, and I’m thrilled with the results. 

goodwill dresser before makeover

When we lived in Illinois I found this awesome vintage Ethan Allen dresser at a local Goodwill shop for just $9. Sadly, it sat in our basement for months and eventually made it’s way down to North Carolina with us, with the hopes that I would find the time to give it a makeover. When Behr approached me to do a project for their Designer Stories series, I knew that the old dresser would be the perfect candidate and that it would finally get a much needed facelift.

dresser prepped for paint

We live in a small home, with limited storage options, so the dresser is the perfect piece to makeover so that we could store our extra clothing. It was in fair condition, with a lot of surface scratches and it sat low to the ground, but it was solid (and did I mention cheap!), so all it really needed was a fabulous new paint color and 4 sturdy legs to give it a brand new look. 

adding legs too goodwill dresser

To get a fresh new look for this diamond-in-the-rough dresser, I chose Behr Premium Plus® Interior Satin Enamel Paint & Primer In One in “Sea Ice”. It’s my new favorite color!

vintage dresser hardware

I love that I was able to completely transform this beat up $9 Goodwill dresser into a beautiful piece of furniture with paint. Not only is it beautiful but it gives us the space we need to store extra clothing. A win-win! If you head over to the Behr website you can see my completed project, here