Have you ever procrastinated on a project for so long that you can’t recall why? I personally can’t remember why I’ve spent so long putting off finishing our enclosed porch.
Dreams of sunny tea parties and autumn suppers and cozy naps and morning coffee in this space (which we call the “rumpus room”) have danced in my head for the past four years, and it’s about time to make those dreams a reality. For motivation, I’ve joined up with Serena over at Thrift Diving for her 30-day August Upgrade Room Challenge:
I only have 30 days to upgrade this space, but the good news is the easy part is over. Last November, most of this room was destroyed by fire and received a top-to-bottom remodel. Considering that our rumpus room had previously been a hot mess of sagging vinyl siding (yes, siding on the INSIDE!) and would have cost a fortune to fix ourselves, the tragedy turned out to be a huge blessing.
So here I am with a clean slate both physically…and mentally. In other words, I’m stumped.
Oh, I know how I want this room to look, but I also know how much I want that look to cost. Unfortunately, the two don’t add up.
My ideal budget for this upgrade is $500 which includes flooring and furniture. I’ve already purchased 220 square feet of this peel-and-stick vinyl tile :
Don’t panic. I plan on using a tile adhesive as well as grouting the tiles. Sounds bizarre but hang with me. If anything, installing the tile myself will save money.
Overall, the tile and grout put me out $170 which leaves me with $330 to play with.
HERE’S WHERE I NEED YOUR INPUT!
Challenge Quandary #1: Seating
This inviting and sunny southwest corner of the rumpus room needs inviting, comfy and sturdy seating…
…seating like one would find in this handsome outdoor sectional from Crate & Barrel:
Unfortunately, this handsome sectional comes with the handsome price tag of $4,000. If I’ve never even paid this much for a car, then I surely wouldn’t shovel out four grand for a place to sit!
The creative, hip, with-the-times alternative would be to make my own comfy seating out of pallets a-la this daybed:
Looks simple enough.
PROBLEM: See how there’s no back or armrests on this daybed? See how it’s just pillows? That no worky. I need support!
Couldn’t I just build on a back and armrests? Sure I could (even though I am not a carpenter). But then I would still be uncomfortable because pallet wood is scratchy and thin. (Did I also mention that I am not a carpenter?)
What would you use for an inexpensive-yet-comfy seating alternative?
Challenge Quandary #2: The Upright Freezer/Recycling Bin Eyesore
Ok, I think I know how to fix this:
A long, tall table on casters.
If I could somehow build a cute table on casters with maybe a couple low shelves for the recycling bins, then I could just cover up the whole mess by simply rolling my creation over the freezer. Not only would the eyesore be gone, I’d have extra counter space to set out drinks, pot plants, etc.
PROBLEM: I’m no carpenter. I could use a door as the tabletop, and I know how to screw in casters…but that’s about all I have figured out. How will I build the low shelves? What will the body be made of?
Got any ideas/tips?
Challenge Quandary #3: Details, Details
My original idea for this room was to have blue and white Mexican-style tile flooring. Sadly, this plywood subfloor is way too uneven for tile.
The only way I’m gonna get my Mexican-tile effect is with this fabulous collection of broken pottery pieces my friend Bex gave me:
PROBLEM: Though stunning, a lot of the pieces are broken edges (READ: not flat).
I could make a mosaic, but so many mosaics are too chunky and heavy and with all these edge pieces, any creation is sure to be both.
I also have this old window pane that could be made into a million things. A lot of panes are upcycled into photo frames, but I would not want pictures in this exposed area. I could go on Pinterest and look at all the billions of ideas, but why not ask you all first?
What are your favorite uses for pottery pieces and window panes?
As further incentive, I’ve decided to host a wee party in this room at the end of the month. Will I have comfy seating and eyesore cover-ups and accessories by then? We shall see….
What room in your home is on your list to upgrade?