Thrifty Ideas for Decorating the Sunroom (Phase 2)

Our sunroom has really been a work in progress since we moved in in 2016. Last summer I painted the room, rearranged the furniture and hung a new light fixture. That was Phase 1 of the makeover. It’s taken a while but I’m finally ready to reveal Phase 2, and it includes a few thrifty ideas for decorating. 

We started with yellow walls and a ceiling fan that didn’t work.

Thrifty ideas for decorating a sunroom using thrifted artwork and paint for a plain door.

A gallon of paint and a little furniture rearranging did wonders for this small space. 

Thrifty ideas for decorating a sunroom using thrifted artwork and paint for a plain white door.

With all the big projects done, it was time to work on decor. The plain, white back door (that will eventually be replaced) was calling out for paint and we needed to hang some art. 

Painting the door was a really quick and easy fix. You could even call it a thrifty change. I only used 1/4 of a quart of paint and it took about an hour to do.

I ended up using the same paint that I used for the kitchen island makeover, Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron. 

Thrifty ideas for decorating a sunroom using thrifted artwork and gray paint for a plain white door.

With the door done it was time to work on the next change…finding something for the one empty wall in the room.

As you can see the room is almost all windows. There is one blank wall though, and it really needed something. I’ve tried several things since we moved in…a standing mirror, a large picture and a wall gallery. Nothing seemed right until I walked into an estate sale and found these beautifully framed botanicals for $10 each.

Thrifty ideas for decorating a sunroom using $10 thrifted art and paint for a plain door.

There were 8 botanicals for sale, but they are quite large, so I just ended up picking the four prints I liked best. A great find for  $10 a piece.

Thrifty ideas for decorating a sunroom using $10 thrifted artwork and paint for a plain white door.

Thrifty ideas for decorating a sunroom using $10 thrifted art, a $15 plant find and paint for a white back door.

One last addition was the Bird of Paradise in the corner. I wanted a large plant for this space but was trying to decide on what kind when this lovely beast found me. She was in rough shape with torn leaves and sitting all alone in our local Home Depot. I asked a salesperson if she was for sale and they ended up selling it to me for $15. Can a plant be a “she”?


It was too good to pass up so she came home with us. Apparently I didn’t think it all the way through though, because I didn’t have a large enough pot for her. I quickly found out that large pots are pretty pricey so I picked the nicest one I could find at a price that I could live with. Not thrifty (even though it was on sale and I used a coupon) but I guess you can’t win them all.

Our new imperfect plant turned out to be the perfect addition to the empty corner. 

Thrifty ideas for decorating a sunroom using thrifted artwork, a broken $15 plant and paint for a plain door.

We still need to replace the floor and the back door, and I would like to add beams to the ceiling, but that’s all down the road.

I’m happy with the progress we’ve made in here but anxious for the leaves to come out. The view is so much better when everything is blooming. 

Thrifty ideas for decorating a sunroom using $10 thrifted artwork, a $15 plant and paint for a plain back door.

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Sunroom Sources

Hanging light – Lamps Plus

Wall paint color – Benjamin Moore Gray Owl, Regal Select, Eggshell

Door paint color – Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron, Regal Select, Pearl

Faux fur stool – DIY 

Striped rug – Nordstrom (affiliate link)

Pillow covers – all from HomeGoods

Large planter – West Elm (affiliate link)




Want to see more on the sunroom?

Sunroom Makeover – Phase One

Progress and a Home Tour Video

Thrifty Decorating IdeasThrifty ideas for decorating a sunroom using $10 thrifted art, an inexpensive plant and paint for a plain white door.

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  1. Wednesday,January 10, 2018 / 9:42 am

    I love it all!! The wall color is perfect and so glad you saved her from Home Depot πŸ™‚

    • Kristi
      Thursday,January 11, 2018 / 2:38 am

      Thanks so much Debbie! I’m glad I saved her too. She seems to fit right in. πŸ˜‰

  2. Debbie H
    Wednesday,January 10, 2018 / 10:21 am

    My favorite room in your house. I didn’t think I would like black interior doors but last night I saw a house on HGTV with black doors and loved it. The pictures are perfect for that room.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,January 11, 2018 / 2:41 am

      Thanks so much Debbie! I never thought I would say it but it is one of my fav spaces. I’m not always a fan of black doors either but I love this color. It’s more of a dark gray as opposed to black. I used the same color on the island. Love it!

      Hope you have a great week! xx

  3. Pat M.
    Wednesday,January 10, 2018 / 10:54 am

    Love what you’ve done with this room. The botanicals are perfect and what a deal you got. I’ve looked at botanicals for a large wall in my living room/hallway and they are quite expensive. One question – where is the “back” door located in this room and where does it lead? Your photos are wonderful, but I can’t, in my mind, figure out where that door would be and where it is in relation to the outside of your house. You know I love your home – so I’m interested in all of it – quirks and all. πŸ™‚

    • Kristi
      Thursday,January 11, 2018 / 2:49 am

      Thanks so much Pat! I love the botanicals. I couldn’t believe my luck when I found them because, like you, I’ve looked at them before and know how pricey they can be. I would have liked to buy them all but I would never be able to use them together, too big, so I would just end up storing them away. Trying to be smarter about the stuff I bring in this year.

      The back door is to the right as you look at the photo with the sofa and all the windows. I’ll try to take a quick video tomorrow, weather permitting, and add it to the end of the post. I’ll be sure to pan the whole room and explain all of the quirks. If you’re interested look for it Thursday afternoon.

      Thanks for your interest in my home and for your continued support.

  4. Ann
    Wednesday,January 10, 2018 / 11:08 am

    I would be sitting in that lovely room all day every day.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,January 11, 2018 / 2:50 am

      I sit in there as much as possible. We really enjoy it. πŸ™‚

  5. Jillian
    Wednesday,January 10, 2018 / 12:04 pm

    Those prints are perfect, love them. You are so thoughtful with your decorating plans. They go perfectly with the new plant, which also looks great in that location. Also like the black door. It took me YEARS to get my hubby to paint our front door black, as he is of the opinion that wood should stay wood colored. Same with all the main floor trim and stair rails. They are finally all cream and I can rest in peace. Of course now he likes it better and recommends it to others. Argh!! Can you tell me if the little dhurrie striped rug can be machine washed? Do you think a large one could be washed in a commercial machine? I have been thinking of a larger one for the dining room but I know a light colored one will get dirty.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,January 11, 2018 / 3:01 am

      Thanks so much Jillian, I appreciate it! I never used to paint our doors but, now that I’ve started, I just can’t leave them be when they’re white. Plus it’s such an easy project.

      The rug is 100% cotton but it says it needs to be dry cleaned. I probably wouldn’t attempt to wash it myself because it would change the shape of it. I usually just vacuum it weekly and, since we don’t wear shoes in the house, it doesn’t really get dirty. I’ve had trouble finding rugs that you could clean yourself when I was searching for one by my front door. I haven’t found one yet so, if you do, let me know. πŸ˜‰

  6. Judy
    Wednesday,January 10, 2018 / 2:20 pm

    The plant is beautiful but isn’t it a little large for the space?

    • Kristi
      Thursday,January 11, 2018 / 2:51 am

      Hmmm, I don’t think so. The ceiling is really tall and our small fiddle leaf fig was just too small.

  7. Wednesday,January 10, 2018 / 2:42 pm

    The botanicals look great in there. It really is a pretty room and I am sure it’s even prettier when it gets green outside!

    • Kristi
      Thursday,January 11, 2018 / 3:02 am

      Thanks so much Shelley! It’s amazing how the view changes with the seasons. It’s definitely so much nicer when it’s green out. πŸ™‚

  8. Marlene Stephenson
    Wednesday,January 10, 2018 / 4:27 pm

    It does look like a very special place to sit and relax. I love those prints you found they are perfect for this room.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,January 11, 2018 / 3:03 am

      Thanks so much Marlene! I’m happy with the way the space has turned out and we really enjoy using it to relax. πŸ™‚

  9. Wednesday,January 10, 2018 / 11:21 pm

    Those prints are spectacular! What a find! Your space is really shaping up. I have big windows in my kitchen and not much wall space because of it, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. It is so nice to have my morning coffee and look out the window. Right now it’s mostly snow, however the grandkids play gym still has the swing hanging from it (I didn’t take it down this year) and when I look out I think of them playing on it which makes me smile.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,January 11, 2018 / 3:10 am

      Thanks so much MJ! I love having the windows too. It helps when there is a pretty view. πŸ˜‰ I wasn’t sure how the hubs would deal with uncovered windows but he’s been surprisingly ok with it. He is one of those people that has to have a window covering on every single window, and they must be closed. With this view though, he loves it as much as I do.

  10. Friday,January 12, 2018 / 11:11 am

    The room looks great, super cozy and a perfect place to relax.

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 15, 2018 / 2:22 am

      Thanks so much Kim! We love the new space room and enjoy hanging out in it. πŸ™‚

  11. Julie
    Sunday,January 14, 2018 / 8:03 pm

    That looks great. I really like how this room is shaping up. Those prints are quite a find! I love the wall color and pillows on the sofa. The black door is always a winner.

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 15, 2018 / 2:32 am

      Thanks so much Julie! We love this space. Of course I’d love it to be completely done but we can still enjoy it until that time comes. There’s always something to do. πŸ™‚

  12. Marilyn Clark
    Wednesday,March 21, 2018 / 9:34 am

    I have a sunroom very much like yours! I love it ! I do not have a rug out there yet and I really like your striped one. What size is this rug and do you have a rug pad under it? I have an old fan (it does work) and would love to replace it with a pretty light fixture such as yours. Now to get my hubby on board with that! I love the room ! The plant is perfect – I like large plants especially in a room with high ceilings!

    • Kristi
      Thursday,March 22, 2018 / 5:13 pm

      We love our sunroom too. I just put the striped rug out there a few months ago. It’s actually on top of a jute rug so there is no need for a rug pad. Hope you’re able to get the light you want. I like ours so much better than the broken fan we had. Thanks so much for stopping in.

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