Monday, September 20, 2010

Sunroom to Project Room: Mission Accomplished

Finally!  FINALLY! My sunroom is done. For those of you who have been following this saga, I have a great sunroom that had become a storage room while we worked on other rooms in the house. Here's an embarrassing picture of the before:

You can read all about the before here.  The plan was to turn this junk-filled room into a new project room for me.  I wanted a place where I could spread out on a project table or on the floor, have a lots of storage for all of my supplies and tools yet still be a pretty place to sit with friends.  After seeing inspiring pictures of calm rooms with beautiful neutral palettes, I decided that's the direction I wanted to go.  After a few weeks, I changed my mind.  The neutral palette just wasn't me.  So, I started all over.  The room has a neutral backdrop but I added color which is way more me.  So, here is the new project room:

The room has pretty french doors as you enter.  You can see the concrete floors covered with a Pottery Barn rug I got for a steal last year.  You can read more about the floors here.
Some of these pictures may be a little dark because it was difficult to control the light in this bright room. You can see the work table I painted and talked about in any earlier post.  
My cousin had given me the old window that hangs on the wall.  I'm using it as a dry-erase memo board. On the table in the corner is an antique gold scale my father used in his jewelry business.
Here are the old drawers I had in the garage.  I cleaned them up and just put a coat of sealer on them.  I made labels for each drawer which right now are numbered.  After I get them filled and organized, I'll change the numbers to words/labels so I'll know where everything is.  Then, I'm sure some of the drawers will be open quite a bit since I'll be using the stuff in them but that's okay because the drawers are galvanized metal and will look so cool left open.  That's my kind of storage.
Here's a close up of the dry erase memo old window.  
This little old child's rocker sat in my parents' house as far back as I can remember.  I think every kid in our whole extended family has sat in that rocker.
This old cedar closet was from my parents and I think my grandmother before that.  It was  red and had a fake crackle finish.  I painted it with a pale grayish white. I added a an old chippy clip holder to one door and some junk on top.
I still need pillows for the bench next to the cedar closet but some lively quilts and throws add color right now.
Tip: I put petroleum jelly on the hardware of the cedar closet so paint wouldn't stick to it and I wouldn't have to tape it all to protect it.  I'm just lazy that way.  I didn't have to be careful and could paint right over everything.  Once I was done, the paint peeled right off of the hardware.  I actually left bits of paint on them because I liked the way it looked.
There is lots of storage in that cedar closet. I have 3 metal baskets on the top shelf and may add more later.
Here's some of the junk on top of the cedar closet.  There's a child's red rocker,  an old soft drink crate I had hanging in my room as a kid and a metal red arrow I got on clearance from Sundance Catalog.
I picked up this chippy clip at the Red Shed.  It holds my inspiration photo.
I still want lots of pillow for the bench but I can take my time to find just the right ones.  I do like the bench recovered in drop cloth.
I used another soft drink crate (in favorite color RED) to hold craft paints and glue.  That idea is stolen straight from Funky Junk Interiors.
My pal, Jennie, gave me this wooden slotted storage piece.  I can put office supplies, magazines, paper, camera, or just about anything else in those cubbies.  
I love that this thing.  It's just tons of cool storage.  I put my new galvanized tote on top to store spray paints.
I like the old paper labels still stuck on the side
This piece is really sturdy too. I could add cushions and it would be extra seating if needed.
Back around next to the entry is the fireplace.  On the wall next to it is a metal baking rack.  It can hold more supplies if needed.
On the mantel, I sat one of my favorite green shelves.  I like the shape, color and the chipped worn finish of this shelf.  In the future I can add decorative elements or perhaps a row of buckets or other containers to hold more supplies.
I just love this shelf.
Above the shelf is my printer's tray that I've had since I was a kid.  You know all those little trinkets and mementos kids bring home that they want to keep?  I kept mine in this printer's tray that hung on my wall in my bedroom.  It was my mom's idea because even way back then, she was a junker with good taste.  Now,  I just need to fill this back up with some cool things.
Did I mention that I love this shelf?
Yep, another shot of that shelf.
Some of you saw the blue and white material I had placed under the glass on the project table.  I replaced that with drop cloth and painted two red stripes on the drop cloth.
There's my awesome stool that I got here from a fellow blogger.
Yes, that drop cloth is a bit wrinkled but 1) they will work themselves out eventually and 2) it will get covered up with photos, notes, etc. that will go under the glass over time.
I added my big 2 ft. tall chippy white "G" I picked up at the local antique mall.  There's also another jeweler's scale on top of the drawer unit.
I'm lovin' this room.
It's so me.
There is still so much more potential in this room.  It has tons of storage and I still need to move in all of my supplies and tools.  I want to add a few pillows and smaller details but overall it's done and I like it.  Since I had almost everything, this room cost very little to do.  I had almost all of the furniture and decor and almost all of the paint and supplies.  So, here's the breakdown:
  • one gallon of paint for the table an cedar closet: $25.00
  • one piece of glass cut for the table: $30.00
  • bar stool with the 3: $30.00
  • huge galvanized tool tote: $20.00
  • large G: $30.00
  • drop cloth for recovering bench/put under glass on table: $10.00 (and there's a lot left)
  • new Macbook Pro computer:  priceless
Total costs: $145.00 for the whole room.  That's not bad, huh? This is one of my favorite rooms.


  1. It is absolutely fabulous. I love all the different storage units you have and how all of them are old and 'junky' I wish they were all mine!! :)

  2. Just wow! I love this room. My favorite thing, besides the work table, the galvanized tote, the stool, the typeset tray, the slotted storage piece...ok, I just love it all! But my favorite is that drawer storage die for!

  3. Love the new craft room. Love the use of all the vintage items that have been turned into storage solutions.

  4. You worked really hard and it showed.
    The room looks great.
    The storage, with all the little drawers is my favorite. Good job!

  5. Oh my! I just love it. I love the huge rug! How much of a steal was it? The metal tote, the printer drawer and that long shelf under the window. All fabulous!

  6. I love it!! I am so jelous too! I want a project room so badly! You should see our garage, which is my project room. Very sad.
    I was so excited to meet you yesterday! Thanks for coming out there. The stool looks perfect in your place. Glad it found a good home;-)

  7. Oh, and I saw your metal bin sitting there too. What great and pretty storage!

  8. It came together so nicely and you have tons of room for storage of supplies. Love the vintage pieces and the rug.

  9. Looking good!! I love all your shelves and drawers!

  10. Beautiful room! The vintage pieces all blend for such gorgeousness!

  11. Wow! Your room is absolutely stunning! I love the red crates against all the white, and I'm in love with your toolbox filled with spray cans! It's too pretty to mess up with crafts. :O)

  12. It looks great, and I bet you cant wait to get working in there!
    Please share photos again when it is filled with all of your 'stuff'!

  13. Great job, so glad you got that stool. I have been eyeing it on her website. Didn't know she was a Texan. My fav the numbered drawer chest and what do you think about painted the shelf over the fireplace a bold color. Red, maybe black distressed. It would help anchor that wall.

  14. It looks a-mazing. I wish I could come see it in person!

  15. Your sunroom looks fantastic!!!! Love all the neat touches.

  16. Aw it looks gorgeous, what a wonderful feeling to have a room done. Hope you enjoy your time and projects in there!

  17. Oh my....I"m drooling! My cra(p)ft room is just a big jumbled mess of stuff everywhere....your bright comfy space looks AMAZING...all the details, the chippy stuff, the wood tones, the industrial. LOVE. So glad you followed your heart!

  18. you have some beautiful furniture!

  19. I love this. All of it. Every stinking piece!!
    Great GREAT Job!!!

  20. I love it! I am your newest follower! The G is fabulous!

  21. I love it!! I am envious of it! I so want a craft room. Maybe someday! You did a wonderful job combining comfort, work space, storage space, and an entertaining spot all in one. You know, I think that when I grow up, I want to be like you. :)

  22. SCORE!!

    It's gorgeous!

    +30 Martha Points for you!!!

    And excellent on the thrifty factor too. It is lovely!!

  23. What a great room! I can't believe you only spent $145~you thrifty thing! I really love that cabinet with all the little drawers. It's great you have so many family things you can use.

  24. you have done a great job at renovating and decorating your sunroom, its a pretty room where i would love to sit and enjoy my afternoons

  25. Such a great space. I could sit in there all day long. And the price tag is unreal! well done!

  26. I absolutely love every little detail in this room. You totally nailed it! I'm envying your slotted cubby piece under the window...and your drawers, and the work table, and....everything.
    Love the way you incorporated all your favorite things into this space and made it a reflection of your personality.

  27. Your project room turned out wonderful! I love the chippy paint, the wonderful storage pieces and the work table with the glass top. You have created such an inspiring space. Just lovely!

  28. Your favorite color is red? Serious?

  29. I want your project room! Or at least a room to make a project room! You did a lovely job of incorporating function and style.

  30. LOVE the giant G...the whole room looks great :) come on over and link up to MMM!

  31. What a totally AWESOME collection of stuff. If you happen to wake up and half the gorgeous furniture in your room is missing don't look at me...I'm just sayin' :-)

  32. Love your space. I'm your newest follower. Come by and say hi!

  33. What an *amazing* room! You have so many fabulous, fun pieces! I loved getting a peak.
    Also wanted to say "thanks" for stopping by my blog!

  34. Lovin' this room. So much great inspiration and storage. We turned our sunroom into our dining room. Now I'm wanting a "studio" sunroom. Ahhh well. Maybe someday. Thanks for sharing your great space!

  35. Gina, this is FABULOUS!! I love that you added so much personality and uniqueness to the room. And I love that cubby cabinet!! Thanks so much for linking up to Style Feature Saturday!! -shaunna :)

  36. I love your sunroom, I just did a blog the other day about mine and asked for inspiration on how to decorate it , you have given me some good ideas !

  37. The room looks AMAZING!!!! Oh my goodness, all of your hard work has paid off and more! My favouritea are your bench seat (love it covered in drop cloth!) and that fabulous filing piece ~ Oooh I love that piece:) Enjoy your beautiful room ~ Tina xx

  38. What a great re-do. I just visited today after seeing you mentioned over on Meridian Road. I love the dry erase board/old window idea. It all looks fabulous and comfortable - and that shelf IS great!

  39. I Love it! you did great! The big G is my favorite but there are so many little touches and things I love in this room. The drop cloth under the glass, the dry erase board window, the metal tote and on and on!!

  40. AMAZING! Hard work has paid off... looks so great. ~ kim

  41. All of the vintage touches are fabulous, Gina! You know I'm a fan!! I'm so glad you linked up to the Workspace Showcase. Now, ship those cubbies to me, please! :)


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