before & after: sunroom

Ok, folks the sunroom furniture rehab is officially done! It’s actually been done since last weekend but it has been raining for 6 days straight. I was waiting for a sunny day to take the after pictures in natural light but guess what, I just can’t wait anymore. I hope the rainy day pictures do the room and furniture justice.

Here are before shots of the antique iron patio furniture that I picked up at a flea market for a 100 bucks. It is actually a 5 piece set plus cushions. There are 3 chairs that make up the sofa, plus the coordinating arm chair and coffee table. And they also threw in some huge piece of purple glass that was being used over the coffee table. I insisted that they keep it but they said it was part of the set. If anyone needs some purple glass, I’ve got it for you!

The night before I went to the flea market, I imagined exactly this set of iron furniture. In my dream, it was already cleaned up and looked like this.

Then I woke up to another day of torrential rain and set of for the market anyway. There were about 4 vendors in the whole place and one with the crusty old furniture set of my dreams!

On the way home, I started second guessing my descision. Quite frankly, I had never redone something like this. I was thinking maybe I should have gone with a wicker set so I stopped in my favorite thrift store and low and behold there was a white wicker furniture set there that also needed some love. The pieces added up to $225 which reinforced that I made the right decision on my $100 iron set. Plus there was not an inch of room in the truck for more furniture.

The rest of the way home I considered leaving the furniture as is in its chippy, rusty glory with some new cushions. That wouldn’t be so bad but I knew Ryan wouldn’t appreciate that “style” and it wasn’t the vision I had.

I scrubbed the iron and sanded off all of the rust and layers of black and white paint. I used a drill with a wire brush bit. It took 2 nights to sand and then a day of spray primer. Then took several days to spray paint every inch apple green. I ordered the proper size glass for the coffee table.

After that was my next big challenge. The cushions. I don’t know how to sew. Yet. We considering buying new ones but I figured that would cost as much or more than the furniture did and I was determined to DIY this thing to death. First I scrubbed the cushions. Turns out they cleaned up pretty well. The white vinyl was good as new. I used dish soap and a soft brush. Then I left them out in the sun to dry. And naturally a bird pooped on one so I had to repeat.

The challenge was to replace the fabric portion of the cushion, a “no sew” task. I bought this amazing fabric, spray adhesive and fabric glue. And since I am a fabric amateur, I bought twice as much fabric as I really needed. Oh well.

I cut the fabric to fit each cushion. Folded the edges so there would be no fraying and fabric glued it together. Then I spray adhesed the new fabric to the old. I glued along the edge with fabric glue.

This no sew cushion rehab isn’t intended to last forever but I’m hoping for the season…or until I learn to sew new cushions anyway.

Then I accessorized the room. A shutter turned shelf full of coordinating pots and plants.

A barn ladder turned blanket rack with some throws. The pink one is a vintage tablecloth that I decided to keep because I just love how the embroidered calla lily matches.

Some other flea market finds: A pink slipper chair that I’ve had floating around for ages finally has a home! Plus that quirky table that looks like it has a cherry tablecloth on it but doesn’t. Its holding my herbs that still need to go in the garden if it ever stops raining.

And the window boxes which were the first thing to go in helped define the color palette. Yes, I sprayed them green too.

And there you have it! The newest “room” in our house. What do you think?

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29 thoughts on “before & after: sunroom

  1. This looks amazing! I would never have thought to put that fabric with the green furniture, but it works so well.
    And what kind of plants do you have in the window boxes?

  2. This looks GREAT, you did a fabulous job,love the color scheme, can’t wait to see it in person,glad the material glue worked.

  3. Ohh I am absolutely LOVING this set! What a great find and love how you have refinished it! It’s so charming!!! Stopping by from CG today~ I host a Friday decorating party if you would like to come join sometime- love this!

  4. Hi there~ Just stopping back by to say thank you for linking this up to Feathered Nest Friday~ I adore your set and am amazed at your creative way of sprucing up your cushions! Hope you will come share again soon! :)

  5. This room looks fabulous! I need to learn more of these sanding, priming and fabric refinishing techniques, from you. I’m so excited for you!!

    • I’m glad that I looked you up tonight. Your porch looks like such a happy place ! Love it, can’t wait to see what else you can do! Jules ♥

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  12. Wow, how pretty, and how lucky that you found the set with the cushions! I paid the same amount but no cushions. I love the look of my cushions, but they are not quite thick enough. I am actually going to try putting a piece of plywood underneath, see if that helps! Thanks for sharing. Take care, Laura

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