When I was looking to buy a house, I created a list of “needs”, “wants”, and “not importants”. The “needs” list was a combination of resell factors (good school district, two bedrooms, a fenced in yard) and nerdy insurance stuff (being a former State Farm employee, all I can now say is – please no flat roofs!!!). I considered the “wants” to be things that I could live without or install myself. Examples included: a dishwasher, a driveway, and also a sunroom.
I have never had a sunroom before but have friends who do, and I was always jealous of their utilization. In particular, my friend Rachel had one in her sustainable, New Mexican home. Last summer, we sat in it while surrounded by all of her greenery and drank vodka cranberries while chatting. That was the moment my envy hit its peak, and I realized I really wanted one.
So when I ended getting all three of my “wants” that I listed above, I was overjoyed.
However, because I purchased a “fixer upper” and bought the house “as-is”, they all came with a catch. The driveway is mostly dirt with some gravel, the fence is actually my three neighbor’s fences who box me in, and the sunroom was in need of a major facelift. If you have been keeping up with my ORC posts, you’ll remember I mentioned that the floor was an asbestos tile that had been chipped away, the paint was peeling, and the light was broken and dangling by a wire.
By no means am I complaining about this – I wanted to buy a house that I could work on!
Well, okay, sometimes I am complaining.
I have been working on my house for 6 months now. During this time I have experienced several waves of enthusiasm to get shit done, as well as many lulls of wanting to take a break. It’s been exhausting. And it feels like the further I go, the easier it is to say “I’ll just do that later”.
That’s why the ORC has been the perfect motivator to get my butt into gear. It’s been an incredibly challenging 6 weeks, filled with lots of curse words, paint splatters, and staying up until midnights. I wanted to quit basically the entire time. But I didn’t, of course, and I am glad for that because now I have this incredible room to share with you.
So, here it is! The final reveal picture!:
And here it was, before!:
Before I continue, a few words:
While this isn’t a Joanna Gaines “let’s tear down that wall” renovation, I have to say that I am really proud of myself. Though I received a little help from David (thank you again for putting the futon together), this has been my project.
I scraped and sanded all of the trim on my own, re-painted everything myself, and spent hours upon hours upon hours installing the floor alone (along with the soothing voices of Karen and Georgia from MFM). This room is truly a combination of my blood, sweat and tears AND money! After this much work, I think it’s safe to say the bathroom isn’t my favorite room anymore.
Through all of this, I relied heavily on advice from my stepdad and learned the rest on Youtube. Despite being incredibly amateur, I am so happy that this turned out – on time! (I’m still surprised).
And I am excited to have learned a lot along the way, including how to use floor patch, deciding what trim to use on the floor, and finding out the differences between ceiling paint, trim paint, and base paint.
As cheesy as it sounds, I am beginning to feel more confident in my abilities and am excited to take on bigger projects.
Okay, now let’s get on with the pictures!
(To find out the final cost, scroll down to the expense sheet below.)
A few before and after’s:
Some more after photos!:
And at night!:
The Not So Scary Sunroom Expenses:
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TrafficMaster Walnut Flooring – Home Depot: $96.12
Floor Patch – Lowes: $7.98
Henry Bond Enhancer Floor Primer – Home Depot: $6.48
A Better Box Cutter – (Mine is from Walmart but here is a similar one): – $6.95
White Caulk – Walmart: $3.98
White Floor Trim – Lowes: $10.68
Olympic White Trim Paint (for Window Trim) – Lowes: $12.38
Olympic White Ceiling Paint – Lowes: $13.48
Olympic in Admiralty Blue – Lowes: $14.98
Gold Spray Paint – Lowes: $4.00ish
Tomato Planter – Lowes: $5.00ish
Recessed Light Cover Replacement – Amazon: $18.98
Side Table – Facebook Marketplace: $10.00
Gold Lamp – Facebook Marketplace: $7.00
Macrame Wall Curtain – Amazon: $21.99
Decorative String Lighting – Amazon: $15.99
Ceramic Pot Clips (for Herbs) – Amazon: $9.99
Herbs – Lowes: $7.68
Terracotta Pots – Lowes: $2.00
Boston Fern & Palm Plant – Free from work!
Futon, Futon Frame, Pineapple Candle, Blanket, Mug: Already had
Bronze Eagle: Was my grandpa’s
Random Assortment of Rocks: Came with the house!
Pillow – Walmart: $11.00ish
Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart: An Adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail – Amazon: $12.01
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail – Amazon: Had it already but need to re-read!
Just under $300!
Thank you for following me on this somewhat scary journey. I really appreciate all of the kind encouragement, words of wisdom, and compliments from everyone!
Until next time, One Room Challenge…
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