Friday, October 17, 2008

Sunroom -- Before Pics

Here's our sunroom! I mentioned in the last post that this is the room that I want to really "makeover" by the end of the year, so I thought I'd show some "before" pics for y'all!
This is also a good example of a room done on a budget!!
(I apologize for the terrible lighting/color of these pics -- it's a horribly gray, icky day today! But this will just make the "after" pics look that much better, right? ;) Humor me!)

The sunroom is at the very back of our house, and overlooks our deck and garden in the backyard. We just love this room! It's a great place for snuggling up with a book, or having breakfast with my hubby on a Saturday!
How did we/are we doing this room on a budget? Let's take a look!
First of all, this room (along with the rest of the house) is ever evolving, a piece at a time!
This is actually the 2nd couch and chair that this room has seen in 1 1/2 yrs. The originals were a loveseat from our former home(s) that is now in our master bedroom, and a wing chair we got free from my husband's former workplace when they were going to throw it out! It has a slipcover, and is in the "bonus room/playroom" now!
This couch and chair we also got for FREE from my sister when she bought new furniture!! Score! I had wanted a larger couch in here, but wasn't going to purchase one. This worked out perfectly. The exchange for my sis? When we end up donating or selling a couch of ours in the future, we give her the tax write-off or $! Sounds fair to me! This set fits nicely with our garden cottage style for this room, but it won't look the same when we're done!

This is the french door going out to the deck. And the oh-so-loverly "playpen" where my puppy stays when we leave the house. This room has a wonderful large tile floor, which can any puppy mess can be easily cleaned up from! Also perfect for kiddo shoes covered in NC red clay after playing in the backyard!

I just love the architechtural piece above the door! I got that at Kane County Flea Market (in IL) years ago. It supposedly came from a house in Wisconsin! The tin tile hanging on the wall also came from a flea market. I think I got that for $9.

The large tree is actually a fake from HomeGoods, and the iron & glass end table bought at 1/2 price when I hosted a Southern Living @ Home Show!

The potting bench-type piece above was bought secondhand, and filled with thrift & flea market items. The Pepsi crate holds my gardening magazines!

This is the opposite side of the room. You can guess how high the ceilings are by the scale of the furniture! The round end table is a cheap particleboard with 3 legs you can buy anywhere, and it's covered with inexpensive white toppers from Target or someplace like that. The other end table is from a flea market, and is the base to a sewing table re-made with a new chippy white, wood top!

The seagrass rug & coffee table I had seen in the builder's model home and I fell in looove! We asked for the rug from Ballard's (on sale) for Christmas from my parents! The coffee table was a Broyhill piece that was no longer sold in stores, but I tracked one down at their clearance warehouse a couple hours from here, and ended up saving a bundle!!

Recognize the items on the round table? Got them a couple months ago at a shop's 50% off everything sale! Seriously inexpensive!! The large wire basket? Wait till you see what we do with that!

This old scale below was a fun find! My cloche fit perfectly on top!! I used a garage sale green depression glass plate and a rusty fairy girl (I may put some moss under that), along with a bird nest& greenery spray I used as a decoration at my sister's baby shower (you know, for the "Nesting Instinct"? :)

This is the view looking back into our breakfast nook, and down the central hallway!

The reason there are 2 little things hung all alone on that great big wall, is there used to be another cabinet piece there (now holding soaps and cleaning supplies in my laundry room!). Ignore that!

Well, this should give you a blurry idea of what the sunroom currently looks like! It'll look quite different when I'm done with it :)!!

I hope you enjoyed these "before" pics...can't wait to work on this room with you guys over the next month or 2!!


Sara Beth said...

oh lala ! Great job. I so wish I had a decorating bone in my body.

Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier! Glad you enjoyed it.

Shannon said...

Love the befores so I can't wait to see the afters!!! :)

Margo said...

Looks great right now. Can't wait to see what your plans are, and what you do with the wire basket. Wasn't that a JB purchase?

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Margo -- yes, I bought that on our Junk trip! For all of $5!

Jenny S said... what is first? Paint is usually the least expensive redo to any room...what's your idea? We are stuck inside on this gray day too, Kyle has a cold!

Heather said...

Oh...makes me want a sunroom!

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage said...

I am excited to see your sunroom makeover! Can you give us a hint on your inspiration? Colors, style, anything?


Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Can't wait to see the "after" photos! I have a room I am overhauling on a budget too...I need some of your tips on free furniture though! :)

Liz said...

Wow, great job. It all looks so cozy and pulled together! And wow, I wish someone would give me a free couch. :) That's great!

Ana said...

Very,very nice,congratulation!!!

Melissa Lester said...

What a great room with a great view! The trees look so pretty outside your windows. We are blessed with a view of woods behind our house, and I love seeing the green leaves through the summer. Soon they will be changing colors, and that is a fabulous show!

Sandy Toes said...

I love that couch!!!

I have that fairy with the butterfly on her toe..she sits outside on a rock near my pond!!! What a great room!!!
-Sandy Toes

Gretchen said...

Your room looks really good now and I can't wait to see what you have planned for it. You have such pretty windows with that Craftsman detail on top.


Betsy said...

I would love a sunroom. Can't wait to see it when it is finished.

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

Hi! I just came across your blog and I'm happy to say, I plan to be back...often. :) I really appreciated yesterdays post about decorating on a budget. I am a newlywed - and less than a year ago my hubby and I purchased our first home. I'm busy trying to redo all of the decor one a tight tight budget. I appreciated your wisdom so much and just smiled when you mentioned about gathering freebies. We've been so blessed by so many freebies - including our dining room table. So thank you so much! I can't wait to read through your archives. -Mandi

Sandy Toes said...

I gave you something today...

Emily said...

wow! if the sunroom looks this great before i can't wait to see the after!!!!

Lisa Ann said...

I can't wait to see the after shots! I have been reading your blog for awhile and just wanted to say I enjoy it very much.

Stacey said...

Somehow in the reading I missed that these pics are a "before". I love the room now. Your furniture pieces and accessories are fun.

The view out the windows has the impression of looking out from a treehouse.

Joy said...

What a pretty sunroom! Love all the windows and light they let in and it looks like a great place to snuggle up and read. Love the little cherub!

Tina said...

It will be so interesting to see the end result. Now get to work!