When my friend asked for my help on redefining the space of his 150+ year old farmhouse, I was like “heck yeah”! Is the sky blue, the grass green and is this girl obsessed with farms? YES! He already had a strong vision for the crazy big project ahead of him, most of which he has impressively tackled himself. The house was choppy and lacked functionality. I was brought in to bring clarity and aesthetic direction. Immediately, I fell in love with one room in the home that, although dated, had a ton of great potential with very little upfront cost. This was his farmhouse sunroom.
Farmhouse Sunroom BEFORE
Originally, the sunroom had grimy old carpet and was tucked away to the side of the house with a door separating it from the rest of the home.
Oh, the magic of just a little paint! Natural Gray by Behr immediately helped brightens the walls. 6″ solid oak planks replaced the nasty old carpet. The dividing door was removed and the wall was opened up to create a more inviting atmosphere.
My friend wanted this room to be a casual space that invited guests to gather and mingle. It was important to keep the farmhouse vibe, but I wanted it to be fresh and contemporary. Playing off of the lush natural landscape that surrounds the exterior of the home I chose to bring in 4 thick cushioned comfortable solid oak chairs that resembled an Adirondack style. I arranged them in a circular seating to further encourage flow and I centered the space with a contemporary profiled round coffee table with a reclaimed wood top.
Autumn is a 7year old Cockalier (half Cocker Spaniel and half King Charles Cavalier. She spends much of her time snuggled into her favorite spot in the house. Autumn enjoys steak dinners and longs walks out to her wooded backyard filled with furry friends of all kinds. Last time I was at the house I saw Autumn take on a beautiful 10 point buck. I’ve told this story a million times over again and the funniest part happened at the end. Worried that the bothered buck would swipe right with his hoof, sending Autumn flying into never never land, my friend began calling Autumn in with the call word “treat”. When it was clear that a “treat” wasn’t enough he switched to “steak”. BAM, Autumn did a180 and faster than I’ve ever seen a dog run she was in the house ready for her steak dinner!
Light, Bright & Airy
I hope you’ve enjoyed this farmhouse sunroom makeover before & after. This goes to show you that with a little paint, good flooring and the right accessories you can turn any room from drab to fab.