At ‘Our House’, just off the kitchen is the sunroom. It’s everyone’s favorite place to be. When we first bought this house over 15 years ago, this room looked a little different than it does… ok, it looked a lot different, and it wasn’t the fav then.
So there you have it.
Come on now, you know I wouldn’t be done without a few words about it, right?
When we first bought the house, as excited as I was to start moving in, I forced myself to grab our little 35mm camera and take pics of every room. Fortunately I snapped one out here too.
It’s fun for me to see and remember just what it was like, the chipped plywood floor, the open ceiling with just insulation to see and the window openings with torn screens and no windows, and there was a patio slider door between the kitchen and the sunporch, because it was only a porch, no windows, basically no insulation and no source of heat.
To get this room to the point it is now here are a couple of things we did. We had it, including the open floor joists below (this is a 2nd story sunroom, underneath it is a screened porch completely open to the cold) insulated with spray foam insulation.
After that we had the heat ducts run out to it from the lower level.
We removed the slider door between the two rooms once the porch was safe from the exterior elements, and just cased the doorway from the kitchen.
The windows we had installed are Andersen double hung windows. Not only are the ‘cottage’ style windows super cute, but because the lower sashes are taller, it allows an unbroken view to the river when sitting in the room. Speaking of that killer view, here’s a quick pic of it from the window through the screen. (And speaking of screens, we opted for the much upgraded versions that tout to be nearly invisible so as to not disturb that view.)
Here’s the view from one window. Kinda pretty, huh? And that pic I just took through the ‘invisible’ screen!
I’ve heard from some fishing experts, that this is the ‘sweet’ spot in the whole county for trout… I admit, I’ve tried a couple times to find out, and have been successful a few of those times, but even if I don’t fish it all that much, I just love to ‘watch’ it.
This chaise is usually where I’m watching it from. It makes a great spot to read in the morning when I have my coffee. You can see the orchids love these East windows too.
The pair of wicker chairs I bought at Pier 1 a long time ago, (you can see one in the background of the ‘before’ pic at the top of this post) and they still look like they’re new. They are super comfortable.
Although the chairs are getting close to 20 years old, I have changed out the cushions a few times. The current ones are orange with citron and white accents I had an upholsterer make.
We also eat most of our meals in here too. This trestle table is very precious to us. My dad made it for us when we were newly married with little babies. This was the only dining table we had until 30 years into our marriage. (When we, just a couple years ago, turned the garage into a dining room, I bought our first dining table from Pottery Barn.)
Dad made the table with inset tiles in the center, that Mom picked out for the surprise gift for me. It’s been so nice to never have to use a trivet, having them built right in. This table, because of its sweet beginning and all the memories of my 3 kids growing up around it, is probably my most precious piece of furniture.
The old church pews I bought at a yard sale a couple years ago. I keep thinking I’m going to paint them, but haven’t done it yet. They perfectly fit into this space.
The bench in the foreground is from World Market, and the same gal that made the wicker cushions made this bench cushion too.
You’ve probably noticed the floor by now. It’s similar to the floor I featured in ‘Someone Else’s House’ a few weeks ago… But here’s how I did this one: After the luan plywood was installed, I stained the whole floor the lighter color, then marked out where I wanted the darker squares and stained them with the darker stain. I then applied 3 coats of an exterior grade finish and haven’t tired of it yet. The rug I bought last year at Home Goods.
Like I said at the beginning, at first the ceiling in here was open rafters, not the pretty kind, but the kind showing the plywood of the roof, so after insulating better up there, we installed this tongue and groove carsiding. I purposely whitewashed it with thinned out paint so the knots showed through a bit.
The chandelier I bought at a church rummage sale over 15 years ago. It’s moved from the kitchen to the library to then this room, and I like it here best. (Of course the little needlepoint shades didn’t come with it. I added those. They were $15 or so each, but the light fixture was only $3… so I guess it evens out.)
Since there isn’t much wall space, I have taken advantage of the cathedral ceilings for some of the accessories:
this collage shows how the blues and greens are blended together with a splash of orange. I love that blue and green color scheme, it totally draws the outside colors right into the room.
I had originally painted the room yellow, but then last year it suddenly dawned on me that blue was the color it was meant to be. I have so much leftover paint in the ‘paint room’ that I just didn’t want to have to go buy more, so I did just what I tell people NOT to do, (oops) I mixed paints myself to get the right color of blue.
There are more details, like the old grain painted cupboard in the sunroom that I’ll cover later, but for now I want to continue introducing you to ‘Our House’.