We interrupt winter for...Ellen's Garden Room (Part 1)January 7th, 2009 in member junk
I think I may have shared this on the old website, but wanted to revisit (it was so much fun to do). Last March (in the midst of a bit of an ice storm), my friend, Terri, and I were hired by our dear friend, Ellen, to do a makeover of her sunporch. Being the born gardener that she is, she wanted a garden room to enjoy year-round - and have a place for the kitties of the house to catch some rays, and do a little birdwatching! The entire project took us two full days, and turned out really wonderful!
The first thing we did was build the shelves around two sides of the room - using an old beadboard door, porch spindles, and brackets (underneath for extra stability). The kitties were getting excited about this part - they knew there was some serious birdwatching in their future...
Next...we faux painted the floor to look like an old brick path. It was a team effort, and we "laid" all the bricks - stamping them, shading them to a perfect "aged and worn" look, and (my personal area of expertise...) adding moss here and there for an outdoor feel. After a few hours of this, we were heard singing "99 pieces of brick on the floor, 99 pieces of brick...". After that dried, the next step was to seal it, and get ready for the next round.
We made a shelf - using old porch railing and more beadboard door parts; used some old corbels for plant holders; hung an old garden trellis for a window "covering"; placement of many old wonderful architectural pieces, an old garden gate, etc... - and the really fun part - picking through all Ellen's endless collection of garden-inspired "stuff"... She had a couple great wicker chairs and some old wrought iron nesting tables..it was all too much fun!
This was our first official job doing a room makeover - and now we wish it was our "day job" - because we had a blast - lots of laughs, coming up with ideas-reuses for things, (and of course a little back-breaking work) - and best of all, Ellen is the most wonderful friend and hostess - providing us with great food and a great place to stay.
The next post shows some of the details (there were so many) - and the final results of our two days of fun/work in Ellen's Garden Room.
P.S. She loved it!!! It was kind of like on "Extreme Home Makeover" - the big "reveal"!! :)
Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Kathy & Terri, and Ellen, our trusted friend and assistant
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