we didn't touch the sunroom for the first year we lived here. it was home only to the litter box and a kitchen table we were no longer using. oh, and three dead plants that came with the house.
|more previous-owner glamour shots. my husband just said, "uh, look at that f**king nightmare."|
the room is two stories tall, with windows spanning the whole southern wall. there's a balcony on the second floor that opens from the office. the day we closed, we took down those dowdy little curtains. and then we didn't touch anything, including those sad plants. i desperately wanted to paint the paneling. but there was SO MUCH WOOD in there it was hard to know where to even start (that's what she said). i called in a couple of painters, who each wanted 400 dollars (!) just to paint the large window frames. which was obviously a little out of my budget for the project.
in march, after living with it for almost a year, i finally bought some wood filler and started filling in all the knot holes. i had read a post on young house love that optimistically claimed that we could paint the paneling in an afternoon. which might be applicable if the wood had been even remotely in good shape, but this paneling was awful. the finish was gummy from decades of baking in the sun.
|extreme close-up. yikes.|
at any rate, we finally finished priming yesterday!
i am so thrilled. it was totally worth killing all those brain cells.
i know all of my (three) beloved readers are worried about how i managed to paint those upper window frames. slow your racing hearts, my loves. i made my husband do it. on an extension ladder.
here are the next steps:
- pick another grey for the main walls; buy in a uv-resistant paint
- buy more of the paint we've used for trim (benjamin moore's simply white) in a uv-resistant semi-gloss
- pick a darker grey for the three steps leading down into the main floor
- paint the main walls grey
- paint the trim white
- paint the balcony and railing (white?)
- paint the three steps dark grey
- wash the windows
- replace kitty litter box (hopefully with the uber-sexy modkat litter box)