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I started my back porch project in May  and finally took some pictures today so I could share the results. There are still a few finishing touches I’d like to do but for the most part it’s done and at this point probably one of the most completed rooms in the house.

Here are some before pictures to show you what it looked like when I started…..



And here are the afters….


I originally planned to paint the Cedar Walls, ceiling and furniture but ultimately decided that I liked the warmer tones of the wood so I left it. Pete also wasn’t fond of the idea so that may have had something to do with it also. (:

The coffee table is a laminate one I got off of Craigslist and painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the French Linen color. The “slipcovers” for the chairs and loveseat are painter’s drop clothes that I secured around the cushions. Eventually I would like to make permanent slipcovers for these but since I don’t know how to sew just yet this is my temporary solution. It also makes it pretty easy to clean if needed so that’s a definite plus.


The Curtain Rods I made from various materials found at my local hardware store. You can read all about that project here. The curtains themselves were simple sheer panels I picked up at Target.


The lamp was a garage sale find that I got for $4 and the tray is another garage sale find that I got for $1!! I love finding deals like those!


I planted basil in the planter below. I have to confess I bought these plants because they smelled good and because I liked the flowers – I already have Basil planted in the garden but these I will bring in this winter and see how long they last. (:


The Octagon Side Table is another repurposed table I got off of Craigslist that I painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen. You can see more details here.

The Magazine Holder I made from a metal crate and wooden slats. You can see those project details here.


The Pillows were made from placemats. Another project I featured earlier on the blog here.


This farmhouse door is one of my favorite finds for this room. I bought it early this spring.  Not only did I love the character, the color and the hardware but it also has a unique story. It was taken out of a local country schoolhouse in the township that my grandmpa grew up in. I am still trying to find someone in the family that would know if this is the school my grandpa went to. I know he went to a country school just not sure this is the one.

There were a few spots that had some fresh scratches that weren’t as weathered as I wanted to I went over a few parts of the door with Annie Sloan Dark Wax and that helped it all blend together much better.

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This white stucco wall was the first thing I painted in the room. I quickly found out that stucco is not so easy to paint – which is not good because the entire outside of our house is stucco and is in desperate need of a fresh coat of paint. That may be an all summer project next year. (:

The décor for this wall is still a work in progress. I have a plan for artwork I want to make for the frame hanging on the wall and I also plan to hang it the frame itself lower – it’s too high for my taste and looks even more so in the picture. (:

The small door on the floor was from my boyfriend’s family’s farm and the colors fit perfectly into the room. This may be reused in our living room as a backboard to a cuddly bear mount from my brother that we are putting up. Watch for future blog posts on that exciting project!!


You can see information on the Primitive Cabinet on a previous post  as well.


On top of the cabinet I have some more potted herbs for an herb garden.


The close up of the planter is also an item near and dear to my heart. It was from my grandparent’s farm before they moved and it makes me smile and brings back many fond memories.


And lastly the iron candle holder was a birthday give to me from my sisters from our favorite store in Duluth, MN. I spraypainted it white and plan to find some textured candles or something yet to put in here.


Overall I’m really happy with the transformation and had a lot of fun picking the perfect pieces for the room. This has definitely become one of my favorite rooms in the house – it’s so relaxing and peaceful. Last weekend my sister Mic was in town visiting and it was so nice to be able to sit out here with her and catch up. I look forward to many more memories like those shared in this room.

Thanks for looking! ~Jess

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Sunroom Before…

Every summer I make myself a list of projects I want to complete by the end of the summer. For me there is just something about crossing a completed project off my list that keeps me motivated to keep going.

I just finished this summer’s list and to Pete’s dismay it’s four pages long (three pages longer than my previous lists).  In my defense we did just move into our house last fall so I have had all winter to come up with ideas.  I know that realistically we will probably only get about 1/4 of these projects done this summer but it is nice to have a plan.

I’ve been dreaming of making the back porch into a sunroom since we moved in last fall so I could have somewhere to sit and relax and enjoy a cup of morning coffee or an evening margarita so I thought this would be a perfect place to start on the list.

This afternoon jumped right in and started painting the stucco with a fresh coat of white paint and already it’s looking much better. The floor, both doors and the hardware will all be painted yet, curtains will be hung, a ceiling fan is going in along with some porchlike furniture and lots of plants. I remembered to snap a before picture so I’ll leave you with that for now but I’ll be sure to share updates as this project progresses!! ~Jess

SunRoom Sneak Peek