Before and After: Affordable Sunporch Makeover
Give a sparse porch a summer makeover with a mix of wicker furniture, modern accents, and affordable decorating tricks.
Before, the empty sunporch was wasted space. But the space featured good bones, such as the windows, blue ceiling, and checkered floor. A surge of color and affordable furniture transformed this space into a stylish summertime hang out.
Summery sherbet colors pep up this space. Aqua blue recalls the color favored for vintage porch ceilings, and heavy doses of orange create bright focal points. To give the room a dramatic focal point, four small patterned rugs layer over a large jute rug to create a graphic pattern.
For easy living, make sure every seat has a table within reach. Two inexpensive side tables form an easy-to-reconfigure coffee table.
An assortment of table linens is the unexpected source for pillows and cushion fabrics. The settee seat cushions were made from a tablecloth. Napkins and dishtowels were transformed into pillows.
DIY Window Treatment
Wicker furniture is a summer staple. Find affordable pieces at a flea market or garage sale. Spray paint the pieces bright white for a fresh look.
White vinyl roller shades were painted to resemble awnings. To re-create this look, tape off stripes on the plain window shade. Next, press tape edges to seal. Apply latex paint with a foam roller, remove tape immediately, and let dry.
Quick and Easy Window Seat
Mino's Eye 6003-9B and Soft Duckling 3001-2A, both from Valspar, add a dose of summer color to the window treatments.
Wooden benches lined up under the window have the tidy look of built-ins, but they're completely movable. They also morph between seating, storage, and display space. Slide a table up to the benches to create a banquette eating area or line them with pillows for window-seat-style perches for guests. Pullout baskets multiply the storage capacity of the benches. Use them as a filing system to organize summer reading or entertaining supplies.
Do-it-yourself seat cushions transform benches into extra seating. Table linens provide colorful and affordable fabric for pillows and cushions. Table runners were just the right width for bench cushions.
Set up a beverage center for impromptu get-togethers. Start with a simple table and outfit it with baskets, trays, and pots to hold bottles, glasses, and napkins.