Our sunroom is one of our absolute favorite things about this house and I’ve been meaning to share some images of it for a while now. Today I walked in and saw Tilly posed on the daybed and I thought, “This is the day.”
See that green painted-wood floor? When our house was built, it had a wrap-around porch. But that porch was closed in some time ago and the green floor was originally the decking.
Now we call this space “the Swedish room,” mostly because of the rad painted porch floor. It’s super cute (so we think) — and is arguably our favorite room in the house next to the kitchen…
(A ca. 1920 Aladdin, Co. catalogue feature on the Plaza model — i.e., our house — showing the original wrap-around porch that’s now enclosed as our sunroom.)
The Swedish room wasn’t always so lovely, though. When we first toured the house, it was a man cave with mustard-colored trim:
These images are from the real estate listing. I don’t have many “before” photos of our first month or so in the house — probably because neither Manny nor I wanted to go in there.
Why? Because… the smell. The sunroom had a weird mishmash floor — a plaid carpet in the front half of the room and a dark laminate in the rest. Some previous owners had an ornery pup and the plaid rug reeked of dog pee. Now, I am a dog-lover, as is Manny. But I can’t really deal with the smell of old pee.
(In this detail shot from soon after we moved in, you can get a better sense perhaps of the real state of the carpet. It was firmly tacked down in the middle — but, strangely, not at the edges.)
So the first order of business was ripping out the carpeting and the laminate to see what was underneath. What we found, to be honest, wasn’t in great shape. But there was no rotting and no patches were needed. Just *a lot* of scraping off of gunk and a good sanding.
In the end, it was nothing a can or two of hunter green oil-based deck paint couldn’t amend. Salvaging the original floor felt good because it preserved something original to the house and also because, for us, it was much less expensive to work with what was there than re-cover it with new materials.
After the flooring was taken care of, we turned to the trim. We needed quite a few coats, but ultimately we persevered over the mustard and made the trim gleaming white. We also repainted the walls as they were in rough shape following the removal of some built-ins. To be honest, I can’t say I’m 100% happy with the color I chose for the walls — Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17. It’s a great color, but not quite right for the space. I should have gone with a purer white. For now, though, it’ll do.
I should also note that this is basically Tilly’s room, since she stays in here and snoozes on the daybed when Manny and I are at work. (The daybed doubles as her surveillance station — nothing that happens on our street escapes her attention!) And, speaking of this being Tilly’s room: While we *love* the green painted floor, it doesn’t exactly mask the Tilly-hair. I find myself vacuuming frequently.
Also, a fun fact: Because this space used to be a porch, there are little windows on the wall shared with the living room:
Literally, you can look through those and see into our living room and vice versa. (Remember, this used to be a porch!) It’s a quirk, but one of the silly things we love about this house.
All told, the Swedish room was one of the most significant, yet easiest turn-arounds thus far in this house. It really just involved a sander, a few cans of paint, and a lot of elbow grease. Now that we’re done fixing it up, we use this room as a second living room. Most Saturday mornings, you can catch us sitting on the daybed having coffee together and reading the news before diving into whatever project we have at hand…
Anyone have good advice for styling a sunroom they want to share? Also, any thoughts on the White Dove paint color?