Here Comes the Sunroom

Jul 17, 2007 |  by  |  Craftsman Archives  |  Share

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  • Window ledges scraped to raw wood, sand, prime and paint
  • All other surfaces (walls, ceiling, floor) need lose paint scraped, light sanding, prime and paint
  • Install 1/2″ plywood over the lower beadboard to match the front door surround
  • The two storm windows on either end of the sun room need to be replaced (3rd and 4th picture from the left)
  • The front door needs to be stripped, sanded and stained dark walnut (1st picture on the left)
  • New oil rubbed hardware for the door needs to be purchased.
  • One cracked window need to be replaced
  • A new ceiling light fixture needs to be purchased and installed

The great thing about doing this room is that there’s no rush. So I plan to take my time and focus on the details, making sure everything is as perfect as it can get. I’ve been wanting to have a livable sun room since we moved in, but so far it’s just been the harbor for all things dirty. From scrap pieces of wood, to saw dust, to paint chips and plenty of friendly spiders – you know, those really fast ones that scare the hell out of you when they unexpectedly fly across the floor after you shift some things around. And is it me or do old homes seem to have more of these vile critters lurking in odd places? Anyway, it’s time to flip this room around and make it a happy place – Bob Ross kind of happy.



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3 Comments


  1. hey dont forget, your sun room also houses all the tools you have borrowed from me! They are glad your fixing up the place.

  2. Hey man, thanks for letting everyone know how deficient my tool supply is. I think I’ve been using your miter saw for at least 6 months now – I think I owe you another six pack of PBR…that’s your favorite right?

  3. You should really consider seeing if the couch fits sideways. We have a 1924 dutch colonial and our triple wide couch fits on the sunny end – and saves room. The way you have it – you’re losing all that space – you may have to put it in through the door sideways and slide it into place in one end or the other.

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