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Comfortable Sunroom

A cluttered sunroom is refreshed with contemporary accents and comfortable furniture.

Kurt and Renee Schmiederer are newlyweds who want a romantic space to enjoy quiet time together. Kurt’s job behind the scenes on film locations takes them both away from home frequently. But when they aren’t traveling, the couple likes to spend time together working on their new home. They have redecorated most of their house, but the space off their master bedroom is the one room they haven’t quite known what to do with.

The Dilemma
Host Lee Snijders arrives to help the newlyweds give new life to their would-be sunroom. A handsome but neglected fireplace offers potential as a focal point, but needs a mantel with more presence in the room. The terra-cotta tile floor is cold on bare feet yet inspires a warm and rich color scheme for the new space. The room lacks interior lighting, though lots of windows and French doors provide much natural light. Serving mostly as a catchall for storage, the space currently houses an odd mix of items, including a sofa, unused computer and storage boxes.

The Solution
Design coordinator Summer Baltzer incorporates unique accessories such as decorative, yet functional baskets and boxes to create visual interest with color and texture. A new area rug gives definition to the new seating area.

She also creates individual Roman shades from bed sheets to provide subtle privacy while leaving the white window and door frames exposed for added architectural interest.

The Cost

Wicker Furniture - $175 (thrift store)

Lighting - $150

  • floral baskets (Lowe's)
  • lighting kits

Console Tables - $66 (IKEA - Ingo, 11814)

Fabric - $60

  • custom Roman shades (sheets: Macy's)
  • wall art backdrops (fabric: Jo-Ann Fabrics - Dried herb 7280225)

Wall Art - $125

  • framed photography (prints: Cost Plus World Market - 000000367199; frames: IKEA - Ribba, 50014976)
  • art lights

Mantel Makeover - $200

  • mantel
  • fire screen (Target: Home - 085100081)
  • mirror
  • fireplace tools (Target: Home - 085100098)

Accessories - $220

  • candles, storage boxes, baskets, rug (HomeGoods)
  • wicker lamps (Wal-Mart: lampshade - Home, 070299280277; lamp: Home - 070299280840)

Project Total - $996

Upholstered backdrops also made from coordinating bed sheets give added impact to the framed black-and-white photography for the expanse of existing white walls.

How-To: Upholstered Backdrops

  1. Make a frame out 1 x 2s attached to 1/4-inch plywood.
  2. Next, turn the frame over and wrap it in batting, attaching it securely to the back with a staple gun.
  3. Repeat the process with the fabric, being sure to pull everything tightly for a smooth finish.
  4. Attach the art to the backdrops, hang on the wall and highlight with art lights for a high-end feel.

The Cost

Wicker Furniture - $175 (thrift store)

Lighting - $150

  • floral baskets (Lowe's)
  • lighting kits

Console Tables - $66 (IKEA - Ingo, 11814)

Fabric - $60

  • custom Roman shades (sheets: Macy's)
  • wall art backdrops (fabric: Jo-Ann Fabrics - Dried herb 7280225)

Wall Art - $125

  • framed photography (prints: Cost Plus World Market - 000000367199; frames: IKEA - Ribba, 50014976)
  • art lights

Mantel Makeover - $200

  • mantel
  • fire screen (Target: Home - 085100081)
  • mirror
  • fireplace tools (Target: Home - 085100098)

Accessories - $220

  • candles, storage boxes, baskets, rug (HomeGoods)
  • wicker lamps (Wal-Mart: lampshade - Home, 070299280277; lamp: Home - 070299280840)

Project Total - $996

To freshen up the mantel, design coordinator Charles Burbridge creates a new one to fit over the existing slate mantel.

Wicker furniture from a thrift shop gets a new lease on life with a simple repair job from Burbridge, using supplies from a wicker-supply store. Also, Snijders gives the pieces a coat of black paint for a contemporary twist on traditional painted wicker.

How-To: Wicker Furniture Refurbish

  1. First, soak a bundle of caning in warm water for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Next, cut a length that will fill the exposed area. Make sure to cut off more than you think you need.
  3. Lay the caning in lengthwise from top to bottom and then wrap the area from bottom to top.
  4. Once the area is filled, leave a couple of extra inches of caning to tuck in behind the wrapped portion.
  5. As the caning dries it will tighten and will not be noticeable after the piece is painted.

  • Snijders creates a unique lighting solution to coordinate with new wicker lamps by using floral baskets fitted with lighting kits to hang upside down over the cocktail table.

    The Cost

    Wicker Furniture - $175 (thrift store)

    Lighting - $150

    • floral baskets (Lowe's)
    • lighting kits

    Console Tables - $66 (IKEA - Ingo, 11814)

    Fabric - $60

    • custom Roman shades (sheets: Macy's)
    • wall art backdrops (fabric: Jo-Ann Fabrics - Dried herb 7280225)

    Wall Art - $125

    • framed photography (prints: Cost Plus World Market - 000000367199; frames: IKEA - Ribba, 50014976)
    • art lights

    Mantel Makeover - $200

    • mantel
    • fire screen (Target: Home - 085100081)
    • mirror
    • fireplace tools (Target: Home - 085100098)

    Accessories - $220

    • candles, storage boxes, baskets, rug (HomeGoods)
    • wicker lamps (Wal-Mart: lampshade - Home, 070299280277; lamp: Home - 070299280840)

    Project Total - $996

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