Whew! After a couple months we are finally ready to reveal Kristen’s Sunroom! I started seriously making a move to get this room finished back in October when we joined up with the One Room Challenge to makeover one room in my home in 6 weeks. Well….that didn’t quite happen! Business and life got in the way and we had to put it on hold. I did, however, promise my husband that it would be completed before Christmas and that actually happened!
If you missed any of the previous makeover posts, check them out by clicking through the links below:
As a reminder of where we started this journey, let’s take a look back at my Sunroom on move-in day. It was a large blank slate that we had very little furniture for when moving in.
The room itself is very beautiful, with large windows on 3 sides looking out into our private backyard. It pretty much wasn’t used all summer into early fall because there just wasn’t any furniture in there! But as it grew colder we knew we wanted to be able to utilize this room with it’s beautiful outdoorsy feel. I did want it a bit fancier – somewhat like a formal sitting room where there was plenty of seating for everyone gather together so my design inspiration was “French Farmhouse” to add some fancy to farmhouse style.
Most of my home is fairly farmhouse style, but I still really enjoy the curves and details of French style, so I decided to bring a bit of that into this room! I wanted to add the fancier looking furniture with rustic farmhouse touches to blend the two styles together. Here is my design inspiration.
And Ta-DA! Here is how it turned out!
Literally the couches, rug, and chandelier are exactly what I had pictured in my design inspiration. The first thing to change in here was the light fixture. I purchased it way back in the spring when we moved because it matches the one I put up in the entryway. This one goes much better with the style I was trying to create in here.
The rug also matches others we have in the house. While you don’t necessarily have to match your rugs (I have a completely different one in the family room) I really like the colors and design of this one and thought it would go very well in my sunroom. (I have had great luck with THIS website for purchasing rugs – almost always on sale!)
The couch and loveseat were our major purchases for this space. We moved from a small starter home to our ‘forever home’ which is definitely larger than our previous little ranch. We knew coming in we were going to need to get some new furniture pieces. Lucky for us, furniture is what I do for a living! While Vicki and I makeover all kinds of different furniture pieces, couches aren’t really one of them, so we do purchase those new. I found this couch and loveseat HERE and got them on SALE! It was pretty much a no-brainer when they have that kind of a sale on furniture.
The multi-drawer little cabinet we are using as an end table is one I purchased off craigslist many years ago. It just recently got it’s much needed refinishing done for this room! It had terribly heavy ‘gatoring’ and clumpy varnish that just covered up all of that pretty wood grain. See how we refinished this cabinet HERE. It isn’t perfect by any means as it has some small holes and scars in the top and around the bottom, but that doesn’t bother me at all, and just helps to create the farmhouse-y feel to make this formal sitting area not so stuffy.
This coffee table was a lucky find and one I am just thrilled about! It was a $20 Habitat Restore grab! I wasn’t going there specifically to look for my house, but instead for our boutique, Timeless Creations. At the time we were in desperate need of some dressers for the store and not only did I find 2 perfect dressers that day but I found this pretty round coffee table as well! It was pretty much exactly what I was looking for. I just love it when I get lucky like that. It was in fairly good condition too, just needed a bit of tightening, some wood filler and some beautiful paint. I chose the color “Goddess Ashwaghanda” by Fusion Mineral paint as it is the perfect in-between gray and beige shade that worked with the gray rug as well as the warmness of all the wood.
And here is my hutch top transformation that I shared just a couple days ago! Again, I am lucky I work with furniture for a living as this one was in our storage for a while. We planned to transform it exactly like this, but I just got to customize the colors for my house. If you missed the post about this one check it out HERE, we shared exactly how we transformed it so you can too!
Directly across from the Hutch sits a writing desk area. It was a spot that just kind of evolved. It isn’t meant to be a formal office space, but the desk was nice when my husband or sisters had to work from home during the pandemic. We found that my husband still sits here in the morning to send a quick email, or finish up charts after work. We decided to keep it! The desk was a piece I have had for a while, but the chair was another makeover we shared for this room – teaching you how to easily upholster something like this. Find that post HERE. While the fabric was in terrible shape when I purchased it from the thrift store, the bones of the chair were great and it now looks beautiful.
The mirror was another thrift store find, but is an antique. Even though we don’t have much gold elsewhere in the house I decided to keep the old antiqued finish on it and I have no plans to change that coming up. I like it! The “antiques” banner was a fun find at a show we were actually vendors at a couple years ago. It is made of thick, old paper, very crinkled and slightly torn in places, but as soon as I saw it being unrolled I knew I just had to have it. It’s very unique and I love that kind of character in my home.
These two twin chairs with the cane backs were also a lucky find for me! I again wasn’t looking for chairs specifically, but was just browsing through a HomeGoods in the Milwaukee area while visiting family and was definitely not expecting to find chairs. But as soon as I saw them (and their much cheaper price tag!) I grabbed them very quickly. We had to pack the car up very carefully when coming back home, but we made it! I am not 100% sure if they will stay in this room forever as I might want cushier/comfier chairs eventually, but they work for now and I knew there would be plenty of other spots for these two to go if I did change my mind down the road. But I really love the cane backs! They bring in some fun texture to the room.
Where the tree is is normally where the thrifted Bergere chair will eventually go. It’s the one piece that I knew I wasn’t going to get finished for this space. Time just wasn’t on my side and I definitely need help from Vicki to get it reupholstered – which is a lot of times difficult to get the two of us together to finish a project! I am also still playing around with what fabric I would like on it. SO, that project will have to wait for another day, but I will of course share it with you all! It is a really neat chair, super heavy duty, has some pretty detail on the legs, but the fabric is bright red floral (which does NOT go with my home) and it also needs some new cushioning in it.
Well, that is my sitting room! All decked out and ready for Christmas – just in time. We hope you loved following along with us, even though it took so long to finish. Don’t hesitate to let us know what you think by commenting below, sharing it, or pinning it to your Pinterest.
Have a very Merry Christmas!