sunroom post

the sunroom is off the kitchen in the back of the house.
here it is before we moved in. a bit heavy in the vegetation department and not very functional.

early sunroom related drama resulted from my attempt to dye the cushion covers of the wicker furniture mike’s parents graciously handed down to us. i successfully converted the fabric from this light blue denim color…

to this darker blue…

however, the fabric shredded at practically all of the seems. thus the thumbs down. i used hot water and the normal wash cycle, which was clearly too much for the old stitching to take. at first i didn’t think any of the covers would be salvagable. later, i realized i could cover the top cushions with “european” sized shams (25×25 inch) from west elm and the bottoms could be strategically positioned so that the bad seems were hidden. (moral of the story is to be careful dying with hot water on older fabric and test one before before diving in with the other 7 to be sure the process is safe).

i had to really shove the pillow in there, but its a good alternative to having new covers made, or the old ones repaired.

look what else now live in the sunroom… the stumps!
oddly, i first received only two of the three tables i ordered – the third came a week later and hasn’t made it to the cape yet. these tables look perfect in the middle of the room but are so heavy. so my whole theory about having smaller, moveable tables for when we want to pull out the trundle is out the window. they are the opposite of easy to move. and mike just asked me to mention that he carried them all by himself across the yard. they are 103 pounds each – he is oh so strong and manly. 
the day bed and trundle are from hayneedle, which is a pretty awesome website for all sorts of furniture. shipping was free, and it included a twin mattress. (the futon mattress is from west elm).
we also put up rods along the full length of the three walls and hung sheer panels – inspired by younghouselove. you may also notice our daybed is similar to theirs…. sometimes i like to make my own crappy version of their amazing rooms and pretend i have great taste. i’d love to eventually replace our blah carpet and do something fabulous with the floor like they did in this pic.
all our pillows are from west elm, except the “avocado” green are crate & barrel.
over-all the room has a very outdoorsy, nature feel with its green/blue/white color scheme. it is very fresh, crisp and apropos for a sunroom. 
before & after: