The big day is finally here. The day where in photos I can take you from this:
Amazeballs, no? The biggest difference is the ceiling height. Pitching the roof to go from a 7.5′ flat ceiling to an angled ceiling with a height of just over 9′ on the high side made the room feel not only bigger, but less like porch and more like a room. Once the initial demo of the room was done, this was the first project we tackled. Here’s the post with all the details about how we pitched the roof and installed the beams. This is what the ceiling looked like after we took down the original drop ceiling and installed the new beams but before we put the ceiling back.
You’ll notice that the floor in this photo also looks different. We started with carpet that had been laid (but not nailed or glued) over old tiles.
To get to where we were in this photo, we had to replace the old windows with shiny, fancy new ones and trim them all out. We also had to demolish the old outdoor kitchen (another craptastic job) and then install the barn board accent wall. Now things were starting to come together.
This photo is taken just shy of a year into the whole project. After we got the floor down, we added curtains and then had the chairs recovered so they matched. Add in some other furniture and a new rug and one side of the room is in business.
So much better than where we started!
Again so much better than this.
The last thing we did was buy this pendant from Shades of Light to replace the temporary bulb we had over the bar.
The only finish option was chrome so we spray painted the chrome parts with Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint, put the sucker back together, and hung ‘er up. Then we high-fived each other on a job well done. Now all that’s left to do is enjoy this room!
To those of you (hi mom!) who have followed along the past 17 months, thanks for sticking with us. We’re very proud of where we ended up, even if it did take awhile to get here.
So what’s next, you ask? Well that’s an excellent question. We have some smaller projects in the queue for the next month or two. Some rooms are getting painted and of course, I will share my holiday decorations. After the first of the year, we are going to start thinking about the big kitchen reno and possibly also widening our driveway. Both of these jobs will be decidedly less DIY than this sun room, but hopefully that means things will move a little faster. I can’t imagine not having a kitchen for 17 months!
So what I am saying is, fear not. There’s more home updates on the horizon! Yay, old houses!