I have done a lot of projects in this home that belongs to friends who live around the corner from us. They have a small cape like we do, but they have this nice bonus sunroom, which is a welcome and used space! It was just lacking in style and coziness. All it really needed was some new window treatments, ceiling fan and open up the floor space with a smaller built-in electric fireplace!
Let’s look at the sunroom before. If you know me, you know I was itching to get my hands on it. Especially since I knew that little changes would make such a difference! We would love an extra space like this!
First notice cute Finn 😉 and he is playing with a fun little play kitchen. I didn’t move it out for pictures. I just moved it to the other side of the room, which makes more sense for how the room is set-up. I do think it is best to design your room in sections, you do not need toys spilling over every inch of your home. Now we could add a chair to create a cozy little conversation area and a separate play area on the other side of the room.
A really nice addition is THIS new Hunter Fan. I LOVE it!! It is indoor outdoor too! Makes such a difference to the space! Scott built the electric fireplace surround, very similar to our electric fireplace. But he put shiplap around it.
Electric Fireplace addition took Scott about 12 hours to build the fireplace surround and the mantle, plus painting. I don’t have a full tutorial on this. But you can see below how he built the frame and added ship lap and molding to it. The materials cost about $150 plus the fireplace was $400 (you can find the exact electric fireplace HERE). He did have to hire an electrician to to add a dedicated outlet for the fireplace and add an outlet behind the tv.
After he started to build the fireplace I asked them if they loved that stain glass window…..because it didn’t scream their style. They both said they didn’t like it. We talked about hanging something over it or putting shiplap right over the glass. Scott ended up taking the glass out and added shiplap in that space (the other side of the glass is a bathroom). Now it looks like it is part of the fireplace! Also added some simple white shelves to finish it up. Really love how it came together.
You can find the exact white shelves HERE and most everything else she had or I gave her from my home.
They had blinds in all the windows before and they were not really doing anything for the room. I don’t want to bash on blinds, probably 80% of us have blinds or shutters. But I think we do the blinds because it is the easy “thing” to do, so everyone just puts blinds in. If we took the time to decide on what we want the room to FEEL like we might not go with blinds, or maybe you would and that is ok. Do what you love in your space. You can find very affordable roman shades or bamboo shades. If you do have blinds, even adding some curtain panels will soften and cozy up the look! (I shared more options in bamboo and roman shades HERE).
Sun Room After-
Ta-da! I am so happy they trusted me and went with THESE navy fabric roman shades. Jess was worried they would be too dark. But I reminded her that if we did a white roman shade it would feel very similar to the wood blinds she had. Bonus they are insulting and room darkening. Jess and Scott have navy through their entire home, and navy is a timeless color. I actually sent her a picture of my kitchen when I had white roman shades compared to the dark roman shades I have now. Helps to get a visual before you order. See below…
See how the darker roman shades brings up the colors in the floor and adds depth! (You can read about my roman shades HERE).
Hopefully we will be sharing the other side of the room soon!
Shop this room-
Sofa is Ikea
Pink Pillows HERE
Round Pillow HERE
Ceiling Fan HERE
Chair (discontinued, but got it from Wayfair. Yes, it was mine, I gave them….but they think they want a comfier one)
Bike Art (this was mine also, I can’t find it online anywhere. It was Wendover Art)
Roman Shades HERE
White Shelves HERE
Electric Fireplace HERE
Brown and White Stool HERE (short one)
Leather Poof HERE
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