Sunroom Progress

Picking up where we last left off, work on our sunroom is now underway. Over the weekend, we painted the ceiling, trim and walls Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White – the ceiling went flat, the walls matte and the trim semi-gloss. Previously the walls were beige with white trim, and given that the room has so much going on with the wall of windows, trim and recessions between wood panels, I wanted to minimize the contrast to trick everyone visually that our ceilings aren’t as low as they actually are in here. Shh, just forget I said that when you look at the photos 😉

On move-in day:

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Before painting (we drop-clothed the Milo Baughman etagere because it takes up so much space, but it’s now disassembled in our dining room):

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Painting wasn’t as simple as I had expected, we had to pull out the caulk and dried paint between all the wood panels, re-caulk them and strip the paint and caulk from the windows, since it was in awful shape. Then, even though the wood had been primed and painted previously, I found that the paint was seeping into the wood a bit, so we needed two coats, more than our standard one with Benjamin Moore Regal paint.

We also ripped out the institutional-looking radiator cover that reminds me of elementary school, in a bad way. Of course the radiator was inserted into the wall, so we’re going to have to cover up that hole in the wall with wood. A built in window bench will go in front of most of that gaping hole.

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Then, we ripped up the carpeting, pulled up all the staples in the carpeting membrane and then discovered some of the ugliest tiles we’ve ever laid eyes on. They provided a pretty good base though, for our peel and stick vinyl tiles. This is where the biggest debate happened – what pattern to lay the tiles in. Originally, inspired by Brady Tolbert’s kitchen I’d planned on the diamond pattern, then, I thought it might look busy, so I opted for a stripe, but once we had them layed out on the floor, a few things made the decision for us. These tiles are super cheap (which is what makes them a great temporary solution, until we do the hardwoods throughout the house), but that also means they don’t line up perfectly and the colour and texture varied a lot. I was worried that the stripes wouldn’t be perfect enough for me, where the diamond pattern is more foregiving. Also, once they were laid out, the diamonds just looked more dynamic.

I know they look bold, and they are, but once we have some textured neutral rugs in here and a hanging rattan chair and lots of natural, organic fabrics, they won’t be nearly as aggressive.

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The diamonds were hard to photograph on a sunny day, since this room is crazy bright and their finish is high gloss, but rest assured we love them in the space.

There’s still a lot left to do in this space, but we’re really rushing to get it to a place where we can move furniture back in here and then slowly work through the rest of the projects.

The project list:

  • Finish installing the edge tiles (two of the boxes of black tiles that we received had bent corners, so they need to be exchanged)
  • Install baseboards
  • Paint the radiator covers
  • Finish painting the windows
  • Order and install new flushmount ceiling fixtures
  • Swap out the outlet covers
  • Build a radiator window seat and sew a matching cushion (more details forthcoming on this)
  • And then it’s decor: source a rattan hanging chair, two rugs, hang some art
  • Eventually we want to replace the sliding door, with a much more attractive French Door, but that won’t be until the spring

Wish us luck!

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