Sunroom + Living Room Wall Progress

Whew… this past week has been a marathon of projects. I’ve been DIY’ing since 8am today, trying to squeeze the last few things in before company came (too late, they are in the pool without me, so I’ll make this quick…)

Here was our sunroom, last Sunday:

The drywall people came on Monday and added some much needed insulation:

And brand new humidity-resistant drywall:

And then there was light!

By Thursday, it was ready for paint.

And so I painted it a soft, beachy shade of blue: Tropical Mist by Valspar.

It shows up a bit lighter in these pics, but it’s a nice pale aqua and really adds to the room.

Next came the moment I’ve been waiting for since the day I first walked in to this house… vertical blind removal!

I don’t have a demo picture… so just take a look at this very old picture and visualize them vanishing before your eyes:
Next it was time to hang some curtain rods.
Way back when, on our first big Ikea trip, I picked up a bunch of rods and curtains intended for this room. I’m not sure what I was thinking, but I bought black curtain rods… which just stick out like a sore thumb in this light, bright room:
Don’t you agree? They stood out even worse in person.
I considered spray painting them white before installation, but I figured I’d give them a try and see how they looked.
I tried hanging a curtain to see if it would look any better….
Nope, it didn’t.
So I removed all the rods and set up a spraying station in the garage.
As for the brackets—at first I tried carefully painting them with a brush, but that was an agonizingly tedious disaster, so I had no choice but to spray them while mounted:
And this is the current state of the sunroom.
I’m still debating adding some sort of stencil pattern on the ceiling, but the verdict is out. There’s a lot we have to accomplish in this room, and we now have a deadline of April 28th (we’re throwing a big birthday/pool party, and this is where many guests will be hanging out, so I want to make sure everything is ready to go).
Next up…
Remember this console table I refinished last week?
It’s back in its home… with
a few other new projects:
My ladder has been built, wall map has been hung, and table accessories have been made over.
Here’s how it looked a few weeks ago:
And let’s see how close I came to my original vision…
Pretty close, eh? I actually like the real life version better.
I added the aqua glass vase to the mix just to see how it would look. Still debating on keeping it there or not.
Then I moved the vase with sticks over to the corner by the fireplace in the aqua vase’s old spot, but I kind of like it there now…
Here’s a peak at some of the new table accessories:
These DIY vases were left homeless after the sunroom demo, so I thought the new table would be a great place for them.
I painted the old gold ampersand (a few bucks at Hobby Lobby) in Valspar’s Magic Spell (the color of our foyer and dining room)—which is also one shade darker than the living room wall.
On the next shelf, I have a bit of reading material:
Anyone else reading this book? Absolutely love Kelle.

Next, you’ll see a couple 5×7’s in cheap Ikea frames…
I Left My Heart found here
San Francisco map found here
And the globe I turned from this:
To this:
I’ll post a step by step in my next post.
Next, I finally hung my large 20×28″ world map:
World Map found here, in “taupe”
And the biggest project of them all… my personal favorite, my weathered wood ladder:
Of course, I’ll have a step by step on this in my next post as well.
And that, my friends, wraps up a week of DIY crazyness. Brad’s yelling at me to come get dinner and there’s a margarita with my name on it, so I’m off to enjoy the evening. Happy Easter to all!

18 thoughts on “Sunroom + Living Room Wall Progress

  1. WOW! And I'm happy if I sew a little pillow in one week! You really are a hard core DIYer. I admire your attention to detail; I don't think I would have all the patience.


  2. Looks great! Can't wait to see how the sunroom turns out- That's one of things most I miss about Florida, sunrooms. Here in Georgia, it's all concrete patios and open decks. I love Kelle too! My book is on it's way, due to arrive any day now… I cannot wait to read it.

  3. Love the blue ceiling…..very pretty especially with the pool in the background.
    Michelle x

  4. That globe is incredible!! I'm going to do this! Thanks for the inspiration. I love Kelle too. Her blog is inspirational and heart warming. I will be picking up her book as well.

  5. Your house looks lovely. I wish I had all that time to do DIY projects – I would be one happy lady!

    As far as your dilemma…maybe try moving the aqua glass vase up onto the top shelf of the console table (on the right side). Then, move the ampersand next to the glass vase. It might give it a little variety since all of the current accessories are about the same height. The lantern and flower might need to find another home if it looks too cluttered. Just a suggestion…good luck accessorizing!

  6. I love both the room! I was wondering where did you get your mirror from? I'm looking for one in that size. Thanks!

  7. YOur blog is AWESOME. I love all your ideas. Living also in FL and looking to do things in light colors as well – your house and decorating is such an inspiration. LOVE IT. I'm coming to visit….LOL I like what you did with the medicine cabinet in the guest bath. Been trying to think of a way to get rid of that contractor look. Great idea.
    Keep up the good work. You are on my follow list for sure!

  8. I kind of liked the way the curtain rods stood out against the ceiling. It made the blue stand out a bit more. I am looking forward to seeing the floors that are going in out there!

  9. Were you able to meet your deadline? Well, if you did, I think the guest would definitely fall in love with the place. The sunroom and living room look gorgeous in those photos. The ceiling of the sunrooms looks perfect. I think it is a good decision not to use stencil patterns. The plain, but easy on the eyes color suits well with the overall look of the space. Lastly, the use of wooden ladder in the living is ingenious! It adds some much needed rustic charm on the space. Who would have thought that a simple ladder can be a good addition to the living room? But with a little creativity and perspective, it will definitely work!

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