Ken and I have started a sun porch makeover. After living in this home for 3 years we have finally started to tackle the yellow walls in the sun porch. For this makeover we are going with a black and white palette. We already finished painting and oh, my, what a difference.
Sun porch makeover plans
- White walls and trim, (Pittsburgh Paint color: Blackhearth).
- Black toned door, (Pittsburgh Paint color: Blackhearth).
- Rattan styled chairs painted to a black tone, (my niece helped me paint a set of 2nd hand chairs that were originally green).
- Lots of picture frames mostly black toned, (this will be a mix of new and used frames).
- Black and white photos, (I’m currently putting the collection together now).
- White side table, (painting a used, round blue table with the white paint).
- Planter boxes for the inner windows that are next to the living room, (Ken is currently making these).
- Handmade signs in black and white, (hoping my nieces can help me make these, too).
- New light fixtures with black or dark bronze finish, (already purchased and currently installing).
- Small wall coat rack, (because you can never have enough wall hooks).
- Table lamp with a black horse motif, new
- Jute area rug, new
- New bamboo roman shades in the color driftwood.
Sun porch before photos
Our sun porch has a door in the center and splits off into 2 small sections. One section is currently Ken’s game room. The other side has been used as a dining area, which wasn’t a good fit, then I moved my china cabinet and buffet into this room for a while, primarily to get these piece moved out of our living room. Let me show you what the sun porch looked like before the start of this makeover.
The game room side.
The nondescript other side.
I’ve gone with my very own personal rule of updating a room, and that is to get rid of the excess furniture. Having too many pieces of furniture is one of my downfalls. So the very first step in this makeover was getting rid of several pieces that were taking up too much space. Which also meant getting rid of some of the clutter that was in them, and, let me tell you, that felt good!
Thus, I donated the china cabinet and the oak style cabinet. Ken’s beer fridge has been moved to our laundry area for now. The buffet, which was my mom’s will be moved the the game room side. The 2 slot machines will go on top.
Sneak peak of the newly painted black door
Like I said, this project is already underway. Here is a before and after of the newly painted door in the paint color: Blackhearth. The boob light is also gone and the new ceiling fixture installed. The door is not completely done, yet in the photo, but it’s quite a change isn’t it?
As a quick side note. I started a living room update last summer, and you may be wondering if I ever finished it. Well, the answer is no, due to fear and indecision. Fear of tackling the dining table project and indecision about the artwork on the walls. I have finally looked myself in the mirror and faced my decorating demons, so my plan for that room is to finish it up once we complete the sun porch makeover.
Making a mood board for a makeover
As for the basic porch design plan, I put together a mood board, just for fun. You can make your own mood board with Olioboard for free. You can even use your Facebook login, so you don’t have to remember another password. They have tutorials on how to make one, it’s pretty easy and can help you stay on track with any room design. The goal I use when making one of these boards is just to pick items from their library that are kind of like what I have in mind so I can create a viewable board for reference. Once I’m done, I download a photo of the board and keep it on my phone, so when I’m out shopping, I can refer to the board to see if I’m staying on track with my vision. Olioboard also has an option to purchase those items, but I haven’t done that. I usually shop around to find items from my local stores, and/or items online that are within my budget.
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View my Amazon picks for this project, here.
Ultimately we started working on the sun porch because it is right next to the living room and it’s need-for-an-update mojo was pulling energy from our living room, if that makes sense.
Isn’t that how most room updates are born, anyway?
Thanks so much,