Surprise! Sun Room Redo

8 Jul

You missed a spot, Dad!

We have a sunroom.  I posted about it last year here.  It wasn’t much of a room, but it was a nice place to let Matthew play during rainy days or to sit for a few minutes while he played outside.  One day a few weeks back, I got inspired by this post, and thought hmmmm…I would love to paint the ceiling in here.  This was a great plan because we have tons of half-empty paint cans in the garage just begging to be used.  So a free, easy project, right?  No. Of course, of course, this snowballed into an entire room make-over. ::facepalm::

First, we did indeed paint the ceiling.  Sadly, it did not turn out as dark as I wanted, so it’s just a hint of color.  But that’s ok. We have to repaint it anyway…

sun room blue ceiling

Thankfully we did this project during Rain-a-geddon, and noticed the ceiling was leaking. Bye, bye paint job. 😦  Thankfully, it was just clogged gutters, which Eric fixed in the pouring rain, and nothing a little caulk couldn’t fix.

Then, we noticed how dingy the walls were, so we decided to give them a fresh coat of paint.  I mean, we already had paint, so why not?  It was exhausting.  The whole thing had to be hand-painted…and now we have tons of paint to scrape off of the windows.

paint on window

Then, Eric somehow talked me into painting the brick.  I mean, we already had the paint, so WHY NOT?! I didn’t really want to paint what is technically the exterior of the house, but I admit, it looks UH-Mazing now.  Also, a very, very, very exhausting job.  We needed two coats of primer and two coats of paint.  Even using a large nap roller, we had to hand paint most of it, because it’s not a smooth brick.  Lots of bumps and crevices within each brick.

By this point, we’d put so much time and effort into the room, we figured we’d might as well do something about the floor.  It was your standard ole concrete floor, and we thought a nice coat of concrete paint would suffice.  Unfortunately, we forgot how bad the two cracks running through the room were.  Upon closer inspection, we realized we couldn’t patch it well enough to have a paint job look good.  Eric had his heart set on doing something with the floor, so I went back to the drawing board, where I found this:

vinyl plank

We read lots of reviews about vinyl flooring in sun rooms and even on patios, and we actually used vinyl tile in the bathroom and laundry room with good results.  It definitely was more than I wanted to spend on my “free” project, but it didn’t necessarily break the bank either.  We lurve it.  Like love, love, love it. It took the room from meh to whoah.

vinyl plank sun room

Before laying any flooring, you have to prime it with special vinyl  floor primer.  It rolls on like paint and takes just a couple of hours to dry.  It dries tacky so that the planks have something more to adhere to.  This is the drying primer, plus the huge crack.

sun room vinyl tile plank

Of course, we then needed quarter round to cover the edges of the vinyl plank and then we had to caulk all of that.

sun room floor

And while it wasn’t expensive, it was a cost.  You see where I’m going?  My “free” project is slowly bleeding us dry. 🙂  Next up, a DIY storage cabinet/bar, DIY coffee table, new furniture, and accessories! Stay tuned!

One Response to “Surprise! Sun Room Redo”


  1. Sun Room Reveal | This Girl's Canon - July 21, 2013

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