But that dresser took approximately 47 times longer than I expected to finish and threw me completely off schedule. Then the baby woke up again. He keeps doing that.
Anyway, all of this to say that I, shamefully, don't have a second project to blog about this week. I kept hoping we could get one done during the week, but, thus far, we have not. So what I did for you, dear readers, was I went and took pictures of my neglected sun room. And today I will share them with you and ramble on for awhile about the early stages of our plans to un-neglect the sun room. I would also love any suggestions or ideas you have about said un-neglecting project....I'm having a bit of trouble coming up with a sufficiently amazing vision in my head. And, hey, last time I did one of these "show a messy room in my house and blather on about it" posts I wound up embarking on a much more ambitious than I originally planned tween room makeover. (Of course, the time before that, I showed you my hideous master bathroom....and did nothing about it).
The sun room that made the biggest impression on us when we first saw the house....because our realtor met us at the door and said, "come on in and see the indoor water feature."
See it? Over above the door on the far end there? It was raining the first day we saw the house, and water--lots of it--was coming through that hole. It turned out that this looked a lot worse than it really was: the roof itself was/is in great shape--the culprit appeared to be those skylights (actually just sheet of glass installed by some hapless DIYer). But the house (a foreclosure) had been sitting empty and neglected for 2 years, so once the leak started it just got worse and worse until we came to help.
Fixing the leak is pretty much the only thing we've done to help the sun room, though. Here it is today, same general perspective:
Oh, look: no more leak! And, umm....a bunch of crap that we don't know where else to put!
Let's take a tour.
This is mostly Gable's room, as evidenced by the giant dog crate. Gable's very rarely crated these days (there's a gate across the doorway, so we can lock him in the room when we need to. Like if anyone's eating an apple. He goes insane when he knows there's an apple loose in the house).
Gable generally hangs out on the old, stinky futon when he's in there:
The curtains are drop cloths....good start, right? The room gets VERY hot in summer, so something is definitely needed there. Last year we got the drop cloths and hung them up....on some of the windows. But we never finished. Nor did we cut them in the right places so we could open and close them. Nor did we hem them. They could really use some kind of black-out fabric backing them, too. And sometimes I think about painting or stenciling or otherwise embellishing them. Yep.
And the leak is fixed, but we sure could use some paint in there.
There's the big dresser I bought to paint.
There's my vacuum cleaner, which tends to hang out in there because we don't have a coat closet (or any kind of downstairs closet).
There's the "cat hideout" the kids built a few weeks ago with the neighbor kids. The cat actually goes in there, even:
There are the two remaining Taboret chairs from Overstock that we haven't even unwrapped yet.
There's a big pile of crap on top of Gable's crate. It includes a comforter that's supposed to go in Lucy's crate, but needs to be washed, one of Fiesta's sweaters, and swimsuits that have been sitting there since last summer.
There's some nice but not in especially good shape terra cotta tile:
This is one of the rooms that got a fancy light fixture upgrade at some point:
....only it doesn't work. The fan works, but not the light. We don't know why. An electrician told us we could either replace it or buy a really expensive new remote for it. We are skeptical. the globes are off from when Dave checked it out to see if he could fix it. Now we keep them on the mantel, of course:
You know--the one we lean screens against. What was up with the previous owners and ostentatious fireplaces, by the way?
Here's a nice piece:
Looking the other way. That doorway leads to the kitchen (and the door leads out onto the screen porch and then into the yard); the other end has a door into the den. Both doors are ridiculously narrow, so any wide furniture has to be carried in through the screen porch.
Just for fun, here's a peek at our nasty screen porch:
"Screened porch" is kind of a euphemism, because there's not a whole lot of screen left. Gross carpet. Doors need to be replaced. Everything needs to be pressure washed and probably stained or painted. Then it will be lovely out there!
Okay, so! Now we need to make the sunroom beautiful and useful!
Initial thoughts: I want kind of a multi-purpose hang out room. It's really long, so I'm thinking two areas--a seating area on the end by the fireplace and then a table for crafts/games/whatever on the end by the kitchen. The idea is we'll move the kitchen table out there when Dave builds a farmhouse table for the kitchen. That's the idea.
We have a brown leather sofa that my mom gave us sitting in our garage, waiting to go in there (at which point the futon will leave!) I guess a leather sofa is an unconventional choice for a sun room, but a. it's what we have and 2. I think it will look good with the terra cotta. So leather sofa and then....some other chairs. Maybe big comfy wicker ones? And a coffee table of some sort.
I'm thinking either turquoise or aqua for the big dresser. And keeping craft stuff and/or extra kitchen stuff in it. And then another piece to go right under the window opening to the kitchen. Something smaller.
For paint....I'm not sure. I'm thinking of Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter. I do not usually go so neutral, but the orangey tile limits things and also if I'm going to go painting furniture crazy colors like turquoise then something has to be neutral. And everyone says it's awesome. I'm thinking it will tie in well with the gray grout. Might also do the den the same color. I'm not sure what to do about that greenish fireplace. I cannot imagine I will ever decorate a room that that fireplace would feel fully at home in. But there it is.
Who wants to imaginary decorate my sun room with me? What would you do in there?