Whew, what an exhausting 6 weeks! The One Room Challenge has been such a challenge- literally! Time, money, circumstances, and just about everything worked against me on this project, but IT.IS.FINISHED. Time to kick my heels up with a glass of iced tea and enjoy the fruits of my labor. The timing couldn’t have been better to finish this project– just in time for summer, I now have a completely updated and classic sunroom.
The room was initially just very tired! It had been well loved in years past, and I wanted to give it a new life without robbing it of its original character & charm! I was so fortunate to partner with Jeffrey Court on this project, and once I had the tile chosen, my vision really took off for this space. I didn’t want to do anything extreme– subtle and classic was my goal. I knew that I wanted to get rid of all of that red and warm up the space as well!
The tile was the showstopper in this room. This classic white brick tile is proof that you don’t have to use dramatic or colorful designs in tile to have a big impact. By simply laying the tile in a herringbone pattern, the floor makes a big statement. The jury is still out if white tile in a sunroom is a good choice or not (ha!), but I love the dark gray grout. This floor takes my breath away every time I see it! It’s just that awesome.
What I love about the design of this room is that nothing is dramatic. Simple, classic, and minimalist finishes but yet it turned out to be such a cozy room! My favorite score for this room was this beautiful patio set from Walmart (WALMART, people!). I accented with some throw pillows from At Home, and they really enhanced the clean, modern look I was going for. I snagged the natural fiber rug on WayDay at Wayfair- and I LOVE it!
Since so much of the room was white and black, I wanted to bring in some warmth and color. The natural fiber rug helped to warm up the space, and I brought in plants to add some pops of color. I raided my dad’s fern stash (yes, that’s a thing) and I picked up a macrame plant hanger on Amazon. I’m not the best at keeping interior plants alive, so we’ll see how these look at the end of summer! But for now, I love the green accents in the room!
In theory, I’m going to spend several nights relaxing and unwinding in this space. In reality, I rarely have time to unwind! But in the slight chance I do, I’m looking forward to the wind blowing through the open windows, a cold drink, and trying to forget about all the stress from the work day! Who wouldn’t want a space like that?
For me, details are very important in design. They don’t have to be elaborate. They don’t have to be expensive. But they do help to create a cozy space. I snagged most of the detail items from the Target dollar spot, Walmart, thrift stores, and around my own house. I don’t like to spend a lot decorating, so I try to get creative by mixing old and new.
I strongly debated painting the windows black. I got to a point where I even bought the paint. But I kept chickening out. I just wasn’t confident in the choice. So I left the windows white, and you know what? I don’t regret it. I’ve never used so much white in a design before, but this room is really selling me on the classic approach to black and white.
And what’s summer without a cold drink? I snagged this modern industrial bar cart on Amazon, and it was the perfect accent! I know there’s a whole genre in the decorating world for bar carts. For me, I prefer practically over extreme design that isn’t functional. So it’s not an impressive setup, but those vintage bar glasses with actual bell stir sticks ARE impressive!
In real life, this space is not large. It’s actually kind of small. My goal was to make it feel cozy without feeling cramped. Choosing proportional furniture and design choices that created an open feel was crucial to reaching that goal. I didn’t need a lot of clutter in this room since it is rather small. I just needed a place to sit, chat, and drink! Goal accomplished!
I kept the original shiplap walls and removed the warped beadboard underneath the windows. I replaced with moulding panels from Home Depot. For less than $100, I had an easy DIY update. I accented with Benjamin Moore’s Decorate White.
Another DIY project I tackled was updating the light fixture. The old (filthy!) ceiling fan was ditched, and I made the new light fixture. Stay tuned for the very easy, budget friendly tutorial. I reused my whitewashed panels from Flip 3 to create some depth to the shiplap walls.
And we obviously can’t leave out another dramatic change– that BLACK ceiling! Most people thought I had lost my mind when I said I was going to paint a ceiling black, but it turned out great!
If you look at the big items, I really didn’t do much in this room. Swap out some paneling, add new floors, paint the ceiling, and then stage. It wasn’t my most dramatic, intense project I’ve ever done, but I think the before and after really show a modern, easy update!
This was my first time ever participating in the One Room Challenge. I’m so glad Jeffrey Court nudged me to participate. If they hadn’t, the sunroom would still be functioning as a storage unit for me. Instead, now I have a beautiful additional living space at Flip 5. And the best part? I got to participate with several other bloggers and designers in Jeffrey Court’s Design Challenge. This has been such an overwhelming experience (aren’t all remodels?). I may have cursed this project along the way, but, in the end, I’m so, so happy I tackled this project!
And now, I AM going to kick back, relax for a minute…or just long enough to rest, before I tackle a super secret upcoming project! Stay tuned!