A few weeks ago I shared my inspiration for my big sunporch makeover. Before I left for the beach I painted, and painted, and painted like a mad man. It took longer than I thought and I barely got the room done before I left for my best friend’s wedding this weekend.
Here is what the room looked like before:
It was dark and damp, and no one spent any real time in there other than the dog.
Here is what it looks like after three thick coats of paint.
It FEELS bigger. And brighter. And the best part is that I finally get a little reflection of light into the dark office that is adjacent to the porch.
Painting brick is a painstaking process, and I split it up 1-3 hours over the course of four days. Total time? Nearly 12 hours (split over 6 different days, a little paint here and there) to get a good thick coat of paint on the dark sun porch of mine.I used this tutorial to paint the brick. Just a word to the wise, since brick soaks up more paint than drywall or sheet rock, be prepared to double whatever amount you think you need. For this small room I used 2.5 gallons. Here are the tools I used.
Even though it was lots of hard work, DANG! Was it worth it The results are outstanding, and it never ceases to amaze me just how hard a $20 can of paint can work. Many thanks to my friend Rachael, the boyfriend, and my brother who helped me knock this out, little by little the past few weeks.
What Comes Next
Rugs, drapes, and furniture. I’ll be recycling some old hand me down pieces as well as giving some news ones a make over to fit the space. For the first time ever I curated a mood board for the space to help keep me on track with the colors and overall look/feel for the space. You can see I’m going with a navy/turquoise and green palate. Using the board as my guide has already made picking fabric and cushions much easier. So easy in fact, that I can’t believe I’ve never made a mood board before. I made mine using Olio Board.
There are two doors in the room, one that leads outside, and another that goes back into the office. I haven’t decided what color I want to paint the door to the office (I’m thinking the same gray I used on the front door makeover to go with a consistent theme…) and I’m thinking of doing either a kelly green or turquoise door to the outside to give the room a bit more interest since there isn’t much space to hang wall accents.
My total for the room thus far just include three gallons of paint, plus a few painting supplies (although I had some left over from the various paint projects before) which totaled= $87.08
This means I have around $170 for the total room makeover.
What did you do over labor day weekend? Any home improvements?