Sunroom progress to-date (a little less purple plus a lot more organized equals one happy little sunroom)

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in Sun Room | 0 comments

I mentioned a looooong while back that I was ridding our sunroom of its purpleness.  And then two (rather cute!) new cats came to live with us, and the sunroom became their home for a few weeks while they got to know Jacob a little.  And then summer happened, and my brother’s wedding happened, and a whole lot of time has since passed and – poof! – it’s now over three months later.  And, after all this time, the sunroom still isn’t quite  finished… There are curtains and blinds to put up.  There’s rearranging to do and doors still to be painted.  There’s a not-yet-purchased slipcover to be applied to my very stripey (yet very comfy!) sofa.  And I should probably put some stuff on the walls at some point too (you know, like art or a ceramic animal head of some sort or a picture of one of the cats) (the latter option, as we all know, is most likely.)  But I figured, finished or not, it was about time for a quick progress update.  :)

Here’s where we started (with purple-ish gray walls, oddly hung blinds, and way too much furniture and clutter)…

Sunroom before - pre paint

And here’s where we are now…

BM Chelsea gray sunroom with Snowfall white trim

Every seam in the room has been caulked, the ceiling was painted, the walls got two coats of Benjamin Moore’s (scary and dark but awesome!) Chelsea Gray, and the trim was painted in lovely Snowfall White.  And, most importantly, the room is no longer lavender-ish.  Cue happy dance.  :)

Here’s the other half of the room (aka my piano nook)…

Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray sunroom with piano

The big white armoire next to the piano houses all of our bedding.  Little 1940s houses don’t come equipped with much storage.  Besides a small linen closet outside of the loo (where I store all of our towels) we don’t really have anywhere else for linens.  Obviously, having the armoire in the sunroom isn’t ideal, but it’s close to the stairs to our second floor, so it sort of works.  (And if you get chilly while playing piano, you can just reach on in and grab yourself a blanket.  :)

White rubbermaid armoire

Adding to my extensive and ongoing list of “rather silly things that the previous owners did”, the past owners of this house laid the flooring in the sunroom right before listing it but didn’t bother to cut the closet door down in the process, so it’s way too long and drags across the floor and doesn’t at all close properly.  Sweetie has plans to make it fit better using some sort of scary powertool (we have a system in place and it works well for us: I paint, he uses power tools) and then I’ll paint both the closet door and the inside of the back door too.  I’m thinking either gray-ish teal (similar to the colour already on the closet door) or (if I’m feeling especially gutsy) maybe a light maize-y yellow.  (I suddenly have a real thing for yellow.  It’s very odd.)

Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray sunroom

The couch was my first ever grown-up-furniture purchase (right after we bought our first house) and even though I’m no longer a huge fan of the stripes, it remains the comfiest couch ever.  :)  It may eventually get slipcovered, thus preserving its comfyness (while hiding its stripyness.)  But for now it’s not offensive.  And it actually looks a little beachy back there and rather sunroom-esque.  :)

Here’s how things look from the hallway…

BM Chelsea Gray sunroom

(Note: The door to the back room still needs to be painted [it's on my list!], and that doorknob desperately needs to be replaced.  Big gold round shiny doorknob: I dislike you lots.)

And here’s the view looking out (including two rather comatose-looking kitties who obviously think that the sunroom is awesome)…

BM Chelsea Gray sunroom and Edgecomb Gray hallway

And there!  Tada!  That’s my new-ish and improved-ish sunroom so far.  Better eh?  There’s still lots left to do (curtains, slip covering, a less obnoxious doorknob…), but I am thrilled with everything to date.  Further updates will follow (shortly, I hope!)  But, in the meantime, have a lovely Civic Holiday (or Simcoe Day maybe?  I think I completely missed that name change somehow…)  In short, have a fantastic holiday Monday.  :)


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