August 24, 2011

a sunroom addition


A while ago I showed you my sunroom.
I always knew we were not using this room to it's full potential. It needed a purpose.
While perusing the blog world one night, I came across Ashley Ann's pallet bed and I died.
I was dead, but then I came back to life and got me some wood pallets.
This was quite the labor of love, but it is finished and I couldn't be happier.

Prepare yourself for lots of photos of one teensy tiny room.
I couldn't help it, it was self-gratification on a memory card...I had to share.



There are wood pallets all over the place, just waiting to be something more than just plain ol' pallets.  I bought these two, but I'm sure if I would've tried harder I could've scored some freebies. These were cheap and I just didn't feel like searching.

I did 90% of this project solo.
I used a drill...lots. I figured out the nut and bolt thing. It was interesting....

I ordered a twin sized mattress and when it got here, I realized it was quite a bit smaller than the pallets. So Jarrod sawed a couple big chunks out, hence the last 10%. ;)






I had two lonely wood boxes in the basement and stacked 'em up to create a little side table for books and a lamp. I like the way it looks with the pallets.  I added an old quilt and sewed some quick pillows. The door has been in the garage for months. I was going for a really hodge-podgy look.



I had to change out the curtains because the other ones were long, so they needed to be shorties. I was not in the mood for a big curtain gig, so I just sewed very simple panels with a large casing at the top for the curtain rod and a small casing at the bottom for a dowel rod. Then I rolled them up and looped a long piece of twine around and tied it up. Simple simple simple.




I did that all by myself ;)


The two pallets are bolted together with several bolts.

It's already been used the last two nights for loooong reading sessions. I took a nap on it. Yeah for naps! I'm super pleased with how this turned out.
Speaking of naps........

bye!


xo,
{alicia}




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42 comments:

Leanne said...

I love this Alicia! You are going to LIVE on the this...our daybed is a favorite destination. Nice nook...enjoy!

Marcie said...

You did an amazing job. Those naps that will be taken there are your reward for a job well done. It looks amazing and I love all of the pillows.

Jennifer S. said...

I love it! What a great idea. I really loved the headboard too. I wish I had somewhere to put a pallet bed. So in love!

The Frat Pack + Me said...

Oh my gosh!!!! So cozy + inviting!!! I love this....seriously swooning here!!

Lindsay H. said...

Looks fantastic, Alicia! I love the pillows!

Smallgood said...

It's magazine gorgeous! It's home gorgeous! You did a terrific job (100%).

Stuff and Nonsense said...

yay for naps indeed...and yay for your pretty new pallet bed sofa thingy...love it!

alison

Farmgirl Paints said...

Gorgeous!! Love the blind
and those pillows are fabulous. You are a rock star seriously!

Amanda said...

I love this idea! So cute how you pulled it all together!!

Cynthia said...

This is so great! I love how you've decorated the whole room!

Jaimie said...

Looks fantastic! I love the crates for the side table, too!

Jessie May said...

It's awesome, you should feel so proud! And to re-use all that stuff, brilliant. Love your pillows. You're really inspiring Alicia :)

Megan said...

I hope you do some kind of tutorial. I saw the pictures saying "thou shall not covet. thou shall not covet.". LOVE it to pieces.

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

Oh.my. I LOVE that room. I'd curl up in there and never come out. You did an amazing job!

My husband has banned pallets in our house ever since that e coli report came out ... I keep trying to get him to reconsider but to no avail. He's ruining my crafty life.

Heather said...

What a great idea for a cozy spot! Looks great!

Blissful Blooms said...

You ROCK girl! Power tools make you tough! I'll be right over with my stack of curriculum that has yet to be read and prepped. Beautiful job!! I wonder how much the shipping would be if you made one for your Etsy shop? Yes please!!

Grace said...

Came to your blog via Carissa's blog...I love your sunroom! I use twine and ribbon to tie curtains all the time. Love your style.

Privet and Holly said...

You really rocked
this, Alicia! I
have a crate that
I've wanted to put
wheels on and now
I'm inspired to git
'er done : ) What
a charming space for
a read or a nap!
xx Suzanne
PS: HAPPY B-DAY!

Karina said...

Your room is completely adorable. So fun to see someone who actually completed one of those many pallet projects making their way around. It looks great. I love your fun mix of pillows - total charm. Here's to girls who use power tools!!!

Shelley said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! I so want to do this... I like it so much I even pinned it :D I'm thinking it would be so fun on my outdoor patio...

Great job!

Shelley
www.westermanfam.blogspot.com

carissa said...

wow. wow. wow. now i'm dead.

Jennifer said...

Wow Alicia - this is awesome!! I love the shades you did too! I featured you today in my Friday I'm In Love favorites.

http://socialsalutations.blogspot.com/2011/08/friday-im-in-love-week-14.html

- Jenn @ Social Salutations

Anne said...

What an awesome job you did - totally inspiring!! I'm your newest fan!

At The Picket Fence said...

Alicia this looks incredible!!! I absolutely love it and cracked up about your "self-gratification on a memory card". LOL! Your sunroom looks like something from a magazine and the fabrics you used on the pillows are just perfect. Thank you so much for sharing this fabulousness with us at Inspiration Friday this week!
Vanessa

Pamma said...

Wow...and to think it all started with a pallet bed. Love that sunroom and your choice of colors!
~Pam
pamspaintparlor.typepad.com

kaylan said...

LOVE it! i know where i can get a few pallets for free... just might have to try this out soon. I also really like your curtains. I need something similar in my kitchen, but couldn't find a tutorial i liked... i can totally copy the idea with the dowel in the bottom. So double thanks!

Heidi said...

Very impressive! The room is adorable! kudos to you! so satisfying when a big project like that turns out so well!
:)Heidi

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

I saw this bed a few weeks ago too and I couldn't sleep, I had to get up and look at it again measure my bed and see if it would work. I love it and have to figure out how to have it! Way to go!!!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

This is wonderful, love that fabulous blue door for the headboard. Great job on the bed and I LOVE those window treatments! So glad you linked up to VIF. xo Debra

Inspire Me Heather said...

Wow, too cool - your sunroom is fabulous!

Jamie Lott said...

Awesome! Pure awesomenss!

The Hopeless Romantic said...

As ur latest follower, i have to say uve captured my heart with this project. Something ive been dying to try for the porch...Im gettin sleepy just looking at it..................Bonnie

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Love this Alicia ~ it looks absolutely wonderful!! Your sunroom is gorgeous- love it! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Karen said...

This is beautiful! I hope you don't mind that I pinned one of your daybed photos (crediting you, of course). Wonderful work.

Sunrooms New Jersey said...

Wonderful sunroom/s. I hope you guys consider in building your own in the near future.

Vivian, but you can call me Viv. said...

i really really love how this turned out. you did a great job.. i only wish i had as much talent and drive to finish the projects i start! my house is a blank canvas.. and we've lived here for three years. definitely turning to your blog for some inspiration. :)

Life With Lucy said...

AWESOME. i am SO jealous. looks like it came straight out of a magazine. so inspired. thanks for sharing. { and of course leaving your blog open for my listening pleasure now :) }

Sunrooms Northern Ireland said...

The daybed is just so inviting. Your room is cute that I want to have that kind too.

Rachel Sue said...

I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

http://reuseandupcycle.blogspot.com

Jenna said...

This looks amazing! We have very similar taste. I wish I had space for a sunroom. We purchased nice canopy covers for the backyard though!

Rose :: Fine Craft Guild .com said...

thank you for this great, great project!

Anonymous said...

I was wondering what material u used for the curtains... I love it and want to use something similar in my beach themed kitchen

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