Just a little music to set the mood for my over due porch update. It's finished, okay it's not finished (we still have to make radiator covers and I have some touch up to take care of and I left painter's tape around the ceiling lamp). But it looks amazing. This porch was really a tough room to visualize for us. But since someone had done the hard work for us (closing it in as a part of the house complete with insulation and heating) we couldn't just let the space go to waste. I'll admit, it's difficult to work on a "summery space" when there's snow on the ground, but at least it'll be ready for Spring! We set our housewarming party as a deadline to get everything finished and we completed everything down to the wire (procrastination is a great motivator).
But first things first. When we finally decided that I had put enough coats on the walls, trim and windows I started my favorite part of any painting project... taking off the painters tape (fully fledged nerd over here). Since I taped off every window pane very carefully, I knew this was going to be a bit of a painstaking process, but I read up on some tips for painting windows and found a consensus opinion that scoring the edges with a blade would yield the cleanest results. It was time-consuming, but completely worth it.
|Being ambidextrous certainly helps for things like this.|
|I was really pleased with the results, but whoever painted the outside of the windows did so freehand, leaving a crooked line of paint all around the glass. Ah well, it's hardly noticeable unless you're looking for it.|
|The radiators look even worse against the cool grey and white trim.|
|So bright and cheerful. Oh yea, the tape around that light is still there -- whoops.|
|While this piece fit the space, I didn't like how boxy it felt in that space and I felt like my idea of putting a chair in that corner would cover anything fun that I wanted to display on the shelves.|
|This shows a better view of how boxy everything looked. Imagine a chair in the corner and you can see how cluttered it would feel. But, not to worry, we found a great place for that Expedit unit!|
|Frame in place, we put in some support beams (recommended but not mandatory)|
|Happy print wall. Also, I love the reflection of the pendant in the glass!|
|View of the main brick wall, looking around the corner.|
|First dressing. It was clear we were going to need a LOT more pillows.|
|Ahhhhh! Notice the bookcase is looking nice and square.|
|View taken as you come in the front door and look right. See how that Expedit unit would have been crazy in the corner? Also, the curtains are gracefully covering the horrible radiator, for now.|
|Seeing both sides at once.|
|More of both views. I can't get enough!|
|View from inside the hall (near the living room) looking out to the porch. We really wanted to find a little something for next to the door to tuck away a pair of shoes and some dog leashes/towels, we're very pleased with this little unit.|
And, as if this wasn't enough, I wanted to get some photos on a sunny day (hard to come by in the Northeast during March) to really show off what is so magical about this porch.
|Our house is on the north side of the street and this is a south facing room so it is sun-drenched almost all day long.|
|I love how the yellows tie in together and everything isn't too matchy. We tried pull in some other colors like navy and green to tone down all the grey and white.|
|What an inviting space. I'm so happy to say this room is complete-ish (that radiator covers will be changed eventually) and 100% usable! Success!!!|
Just for reference a few before and after shots. I'm so thankful for Zach for sticking with me through this project. He's such an inspiration and is becoming quite adept in his workshop.
|Sadly, I don't have a shot from the same angle for this one, but you get the idea.|