It’s taken awhile to get this room to a state of near completion. We started with a room that had once been a patio. Hence, the name “garden room.” The owners before me had it walled in and roofed.
I’ve lived here for four years, and have truly enjoyed this room. But, the cons were that it still had a cement floor that sloped down to a drain, which I had covered with a rug. It had the original house siding. And only a few electrical outlets were high on the wall, and therefore unsightly.
Robert wanted to do so much more to this room. But I got impatient and pared down the projects. He suggested glass bricks on the west side over the existing brick. I mulled it over, and decided that my blue quilt, handmade by me in the early 1990s, was still imperative over the couch. Thus, no glass bricks were installed, much to the chagrin of my husband. I just felt that quilt belonged there. And to me it blended in so well with the blue color paint Robert mixed.
Look at all the light now shining in from the dining room! Robert, you are a genius!
This is my little library corner. A comfy recliner with books on either side of it. My idea of heaven!
I now have wood (resembles wood, anyway) laminated floors. And the French doors from the living room are now pocket doors. The sliding glass doors going to the bedroom have also been replaced with a pocket door. This way I gained more wall space, as Robert put up drywall and painted the existing areas where doors once were, paring it down to a single doorway on these two walls. I needed those walls, as three open to other rooms in the house.
Yesterday I decoupaged the coffee table. Rather than ruin the integrity of the existing wood, Robert cut a thin piece of plywood for me to lay on top. I also had a piece of glass cut to fit the coffee table.
The coffee table was decoupaged with the same type scrapbook paper I used for the tables at the ends of the couch. The only difference here is, I had a dark wood table. So I took dark scrapbook paper that resembled antique rulers and separated the squares. I felt that this looked better with the existing wood.
I opted for the old desk, not more than a year old, rather than have him build a new one. Or alter the existing one. I kind of like the glass look. I am a Windex/clean surfaces freak, so the glass suits me in that respect.
I bought the very same lamps I have in the master bedroom. I simply like them, and they provide good light. They were modern-ish, like the desk, but then I’m an eclectic sort.
Robert hit the nail on the head with the high shelves surrounding three walls of the room. It has provided a place for all my knick-knacks that never seemed to find a real home. The way he built them, and angled them at the end, is quite beautiful.
I decoupaged what once was the double doors that went into the dining room. Robert cut them down and I had glass cut for them. The decoupaged pieces now sit atop my white storage cubes I got 40% off at Michaels.
I used scrapbook paper to decoupage these old doors. I liked the old paper, classified ads, antique-looking paper.
I have to say, I am completely and utterly thrilled with my new garden room!