FIRST TIME'S A CHARM!
Updated: Jan 19
Although I still have to add the final touches, I wanted to go ahead and share. This is the first room I have ever had the privilege of designing from the ground up. I was so excited when my husband told me he was willing to remodel this room. It was my chance to let my little light shine.
The only thing we were missing was a good budget. 🤔
This room used to be our sunroom. It was essentially a completely useless room. The room had no insulation, and most of the windows didn't open. It also didn't have heat or air. In the summer it was stifling hot, and in the winter it was freezing cold. Needless to say, we rarely ever used it.
The room wasn't built right. So, although it was cute, it was a complete gut job!
This is what we started with...
The room was an addition made from what used to be a covered porch. It had 8-foot ceilings, carpet, and lots of windows. Not bad, huh?
Wrong, it was terrible! The windows leaked, the carpet was hard to keep clean since it was essentially a mudroom that led off the kitchen deck, and the ceilings were too short for such a small space. The massive back-side of the fireplace took up most of the room, and it was just simply a design faux-pa!
We started slow and bought materials as we got the money. I sold every piece of furniture I had in that room and put that money toward the new windows we needed. We reused the window you see by the fireplace as well, to save money.
I kind of miss the piano that was in that room. It was a revamp project...
In typical me-like fashion, I also gathered up items from the rest of the house that I was willing to sacrifice and turned them into cash. Not only did we invest blood, sweat, and tears into this project, we also sacrificed some of our beloved antiques. Well...maybe there were not any tears shed, but, because we were doing all of the work ourselves, we wanted to cry. Does that count?
We started this project in faith that God would bless our efforts as we went. We literally had no money set aside for this when we began. I've always been somewhat of a chance taker, and my husband loves getting things done, so we both jumped in head first ripping our house apart. 🤪
My name isn't Jo, and my husband isn't a redhead, but we do what needs to be done.
We gutted the entire thing, and low and behold, we had twelve-foot ceilings! That was my dream come true!!!
We quickly ripped out all of the ugliness that was covering that gorgeous ridge and added five feet to the room.
This is what we were left with...
Talk about scary! It was at that point I realized it was going to be up to us to move that 20-foot beam that was originally holding the room up. If you have never handled a 20-foot beam, let me tell you it is very intimidating.
We moved that beam and boxed everything back in. We then put my new windows in...
We reused what little insulation was under the floors and added new insulation to the ceiling, floors, and walls. Then we added plywood to the ceiling to cover the insulation.
Then, I had to figure out what to do with the ceilings. None of this was in our budget, considering the fact that we didn't have a budget, so I was torn.
My husband wanted to use sheetrock since it is affordable, but I had a different idea. I sold all of my home staging furniture and accessories, and boom, we have shiplap!
If you know me, you'll know how much I LOVE a blank canvas. My mind went over the top with all of the design ideas in my head. But, since we bought this house to flip it, I decided to go with the theme everyone else knows and loves.
I don't personally like the Farmhouse style, but I wanted to incorporate that into the design scheme, to attract buyers, since it is so popular.
Some people get classic farmhouse and modern farmhouse confused; thinking they are one and the same. The difference is, modern farmhouse isn't as rustic. It has more clean lines and a well-balanced mixture of light and dark colors. It is a blend of mostly modern furnishings, wood accents, and farmhouse accessories. Since I favor a more modern look, and the farmhouse style has been CRAZY popular, I decided to go with Modern Farmhouse.
The new 12-foot-high ceilings give this room so much character. My modern ceiling fan tones down the rustic shiplap. My antique printer press cabinet gives the room a farmhouse feel while accentuating the tall ceiling.
I've always been somewhat of a tomboy, willing to roll my sleeves up and get dirty for the job at hand. After helping to remodel an entire room, I suddenly have a deeper respect for contractors.
It took us months to come up with the money to do all of the projects we needed to do, but we just kept trusting that God would provide. We cut the cost of the remodel anywhere we could, but with both of us being perfectionists, we are always determined to do things right. Because of this, it was a slow process, taking over a year and a half.
During the course of this project, we were blessed to not only finish the project, but we were also able to pay off all of our extra debts! The only thing we were left owing is our mortgage. That made the project even more satisfying. 🤍
Suddenly, my motivation was kicked up a notch... And, honey, we went SHOPPING!!!
I saw this as a chance to do whatever I wanted with the design since we now had a budget...
...until we went to pick out furniture.
Wouldn't you know it, my husband and I didn't agree on anything. He likes traditional, I like modern. He likes inexpensive, I like high-end. We clashed on nearly every decision we had to make. I had to put my foot down when it came to the design elements such as flooring, the fireplace, and the shiplap for the ceiling because those are the elements a room is left with if we ever decide to move out before listing the house.
He wanted to do our usual frugal thing and save money. BUT> A room designed with cheap elements will feel, well, cheap. So, I was willing to wait to be able to do this room right.
Part of the job of being an interior decorator is first getting the husband and wife to agree. That's the hard part. They have to agree on style, color, finishes, and furnishings. That is my department. My husband builds, I decorate. He wanted nothing but reclining sofas. Ugh. I don't like them, never have.
A family room is important when selling a home, and I was determined to stage that room with what sells but after months of shopping, and not finding anything that we could agree on, I finally compromised on leather reclining sofas and he let me handle the rest.
I love what I did with the fireplace the most.
Here are the before and after pics...
I put my own artwork on the walls to give it a more farmhouse feel, along with my favorite antique clock. Of course, I had to have my art books on the coffee table!
We plan to have the floors in the rest of the home restained to match this room...
The living room is now open to the family room. The home now has flow instead of being boxy and stuffy. I designed my living room in an inverted design of this room. I will be sharing that redesign in another post.
Before the remodel, the room was so small it was hard to get pics. Now it is very spacious and open...
I am still working on accessorizing this room, but I love the simplicity of it. I hope you do as well. Thanks for taking the time to view my post. Please subscribe to get an email when I post something new, or, like my FB page and I will update you there. 😊