• Easy Home Makeover: Sun Porch

    September 11, 2013

    A few weeks ago, it hit me: our sun porch was ugly.

    BEFORE:

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    Ok, it wasn’t horrible to look at, but it wasn’t reflective of our style or the rest of our house. And what style it did have was just plain old boring. Clearly, our sun porch lacked style, but it was also a space that we never used because it wasn’t welcoming or comfortable. Basically, our sun porch needed a redesign, so here’s how we gave it an easy makeover.

    Step 1: Out with the old and in with the “new”

    First, Mal and I got rid of all of the furniture on our sun porch since none of it was working for us.

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    But, we weren’t about to buy all new furniture, so we re-purposed pieces that we already owned. We brought a loveseat couch up from the basement and washed the covers since they were a little mildew-y.

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    We also moved a chair from our living room and a trunk from our basement out onto the sun porch.

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    Step 2: A room with a view

    Then, we rearranged the furniture to give the room a whole new look. (This was actually Mal’s idea. He’s so smart.)

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    Step 3: Pinterest inspiration

    Once the main pieces of furniture were in place, I went to Pinterest for some inspiration. I created a “Sun Porch Ideas” board and started pinning things I liked, keeping in mind that our blue couch was the focal point of the room.

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    Step 4: Shop until I drop!

    With my Pinterest ideas in mind, I went to HomeGoods and bought all sorts of pillows, accessories, and even an accent table (is that what it’s called?).

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    Step 5: Clean

    I brought my purchases home (Mal liked them all!) and then it was time to clean the sun porch.

    I told Mal to make sure he swept behind the couch…

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    …because there was a little surprise for him. The skull!! Haha!

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    I totally got him!

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    Coming together…

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    Step 6: “The rug really tied the room together.”

    And, finally, we added a new chevron rug that my friends at Wayfair sent me. Of course, Mr. Nosy Pug needed to see what it was all about.

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    Pugs are SO helpful.

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    Just a heads up: I’m hosting a giveaway on CNC for this same rug next week. Keep an eye out for it!

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    And here’s the final product!

    AFTER:

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    The pillow says: “And they lived happily ever after.” Aww, how cute.

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    Now that the cooler weather is here, the sun porch is the best place to relax and read a magazine. In the summer, it’s like 200 degrees, so I’m glad we finally got our act together and redecorated it just in time.

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    Doesn’t the rug just tie the whole room together?

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    I saw a similar boot tray on Pinterest, so I made my own. The plastic tray is from a dollar store and the rocks (vase filler) are from Target. The whole thing cost me $11 to make!

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    The umbrella holder is also from Target. It’s actually a huge 20” vase!

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    I hope you enjoyed seeing our easy sun porch makeover! Here are some of our other home makeovers in case you missed them:

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    { 102 comments… read them below or add one }

    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats September 12, 2013 at 3:54 am

    New porch looks so great!! I need to do a full revamp of our apartment but in particular our lounge room needs an overhaul to make it more homely.

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    Kristi September 12, 2013 at 5:25 am

    I want to redo my front porch so bad. I guess the first thing I need to do is give it a good cleaning.

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    Lisa September 12, 2013 at 5:48 am

    Wow! Awesome transformation!

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    Aisling @ Sunny Side Up September 12, 2013 at 6:17 am

    Love it! It’s so nice to have a space to relax that’s not in front of a tv. Great to chat and read. Your post has made me want to go redecorate too! Enjoy it.

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    Kimberly September 12, 2013 at 7:00 am

    I am IN LOVE with that rug! I’ve been seriously lacking in the motivation department when it comes to reorganizing and redecorating but seeing your blogs are helping. They definitely kicked me into gear with crossfit. Thanks for the motivation with multiple areas of what could be a completely lazy life..lol ;)

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    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 12, 2013 at 7:08 am

    HOW CUTE!!! It’s amazing what you can do just by repurposing a few pieces and picking up a few new accessories. I love it!

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    Sim @ The Micro Harvest September 12, 2013 at 8:13 am

    The porch looks so amazing – such a clean and cozy room. I love the boot tray idea! I have the plastic tray but without the cute stones… you inspired me to spice mine up!

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    Lydia September 12, 2013 at 8:37 am

    It looks great Tina! I love the colors.. Maybe some bright yellow flowers on the accent table??

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    Chrissy September 12, 2013 at 8:41 am

    That boot tray is awesome! I love it!!!!!

    I am having a seriously emotional week because I just cried over how cute Murphy is. Man, I need to pull myself together in a major way! LOL

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    Sara @ sarasmiles September 12, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Love! Awesome job decorating!

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    marissa September 12, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Love the porch makeover. I have a random question: the brown leather boots. Where are they from and what are they? I WANT THEM! :)

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    Tina September 12, 2013 at 9:00 am

    They’re UGGS! :)

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    marissa September 12, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    @Tina: Thanks! I never would have guessed!

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    Ally September 12, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Love the accessories but I think the furniture arrangement is odd. Side tables don’t usually just sit alone. I would have put the couch against the window and then the chair where the couch is with the table next to it, with one of the lanterns and some flowers on it. Just my opinion though! Looks cute.

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    Tina September 12, 2013 at 10:07 am

    I really like the way it looks! :)

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    Mallory September 12, 2013 at 10:30 am

    I agree. And no offense but the style of the blue couch just looks awkward in a sun porch. But I like the rug and the pillows!

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    Jen September 12, 2013 at 9:34 am

    looks great!

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    Jolynn @ Lift Pray Love September 12, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Love it! It’s so chic!

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    Melisa September 12, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Yeah for the skull! Everything looks great.

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    Whitney Money September 12, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Love the makeover!! Looks great.

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    Maeve September 12, 2013 at 10:19 am

    The porch looks like a great place to hang out with a glass of wine and a good book. It makes me wish by front porch was closed it. Enjoy, it’s a great looking space.

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    Sarah @ Sweet Miles September 12, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Oh it looks so cute!!! I love rearranging rooms, it just makes your soul happy :) The colors you used are so cute, and give your sun room the perfect amount of pop. Jealous that you have a sun room to begin with! And don’t even get me started on that run! BAH! A-dorable. I’m thinking it would look awesome in my living room…just sayin’ :)

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    Alyssa September 12, 2013 at 10:35 am

    I LOVE how you redecorated it! I think it’s super cute how the design on the tray on the table matches the design on the rug.

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    Cara September 12, 2013 at 10:58 am

    This looks FABULOUS! :D I can totally see y’all relaxing there often now. Amazing what a few little changes can do for a space. *high five!*

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    Jenny September 12, 2013 at 11:01 am

    GORGEOUS!! How inviting!

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    connie September 12, 2013 at 11:19 am

    I LOVE it!! It makes you want to hang out there and looks so inviting. I agree that the rug ties it all together! Can’t wait to have my own place to decorate and redecorate! haha

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    Nicole September 12, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Wow! You could be an interior decorator, so beautiful! I’m impressed :)

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    Lauren @ Peaks and Passports September 12, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    It looks great! I just re-did my outdoor patio and it had a similar effect – it’s amazing how much more you’ll use areas of your home once you love their look and feel!

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    Amelia September 12, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Thanks for sharing your ideas! I really love the whole arrangement and the rug just rounds it all out. The boot tray is awesome…now I just need to get some rain boots. :) I know…everyone has them so I will be the last to get a pair!

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    Emily @ Emily Rocks the Road September 12, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Wow, so much work, but totally worth it. Looks great! And I love the Big Lebowski reference ;)

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    Michelle @ 3cheaprunners September 12, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    What a transformation! Great job….I wish i was more artsy fartsy….

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    She Rocks Fitness September 12, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Such a big fan of those large lanterns. Pier 1 always has some good ones and sometimes they are on sale. I’d love to add some to my small outdoor porch this fall.

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    Allison Schnake September 12, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    This is just the cutest room ever! I don’t think I would ever leave! :)

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    Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change September 12, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I love it! What a fantastic look.

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    Rebecca September 12, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    I’ve never understood why people want to be critical for no reason. How bored you must be to comment that you don’t like the way someone decorated their room. Sad. I think it looks great Tina! Comfy couches like that are always used more than hard wicker/outdoor furniture!

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    Kel September 12, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Okay the Big Lebowski reference cracked me up!

    Nice comfy room!

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    Tina September 12, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Best movie ever!

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    katey September 12, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Is that an indoor/outdoor rug? I am looking for a rug for our living room and am tempted to get a multipurpose rug so it is easy to clean!!! I love Wayfair…I wish they would come decorate my new house for me! :-)

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    Tina September 12, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    It’s just an indoor rug, but the one we previously had there is from Marshalls, and it’s an indoor/outdoor rug. They typically have a good selection!

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    Teresa @www.fitinwoodbine.com September 13, 2013 at 9:35 am

    LOVE the rug!! Looking forward to the give away. Fingers crossed!! The room looks amazing. I love how you don’t have to break the bank to change things up.

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    Elizabeth @ Positive Change September 13, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I love the rug!! That really tied the whole room together!

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    Timmery September 13, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Love it! Such an awesome transformation.

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    Katie September 13, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Love it! What kind of glue did you use to glue the rocks on the tray?

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    Tina September 13, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    No glue. Just poured them in. There’s a lip on the tray, so they stay in! :)

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea Eats Treats September 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I can’t believe how great this room came together!! Great job, guys!!

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    Jill February 13, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Great job and I LOVE the boot tray!!

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