Small sunroom decorating ideas…and adding paint and lighting.
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It’s looking so much better today but it certainly didn’t start out that way.
When we first moved in to the cottage last July, we had plans to eventually turn our small sunroom 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.
Once we added some furniture to the space, we knew that we would keep it as is and just do some improvements.
We are really loving 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. The view is really awesome.
I love to just 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.
With a new plan, we came up with several projects that we want to tackle to decorate this space and turn it 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 our small sunroom 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.
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.
Once I was done painting, the hubs climbed the ladder and took down the ceiling fan. Not an easy job. He ended up cutting a hole in the ceiling around the mounting bracket, which was spackled into the ceiling.
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.
We added a bit of insulation in the hole in the ceiling, then 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 and decorate. 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.
I’m really liking this new layout. I can sit and see the whole backyard, instead of the driveway and road.
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.
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.
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 small 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???
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