Before & After: A Sunroom Gets a Beachy Blue Makeover

by hookedonhouses on May 22, 2012

Jenna Sue's sunroom before

I love a great makeover, and I’m a sucker for sunrooms, so this is one before and after I had to show you. When Jenna Sue moved into her house, it had a sunroom, but it was pretty blah, as you can see, with beige carpet and vertical blinds.

But it’s boring no more, with new flooring, comfy seating, and lots of beachy blues to cheer the space up. Take a look!

She got these Brimnes day beds at IKEA. That metal end table was black, but she spray painted it Valspar’s Exotic Sea.

The new flooring only looks like wood–it’s actually tile, which is more practical for a room like this (wish I’d thought of that for my sunroom!).

Jenna Sue's sunroom after makeover 6

She built the coffee table on wheels herself and says it only took 2 hours, “including waiting for the paint to dry!” (DIY details here.)

I think her black cat might be the best accessory in the room, though:

Jenna Sue's sunroom after makeover 4

For more photos and all the details about the makeover visit Jenna Sue’s blog. She runs a design business in Florida and has more inspiring room makeovers you’ll want to see.

P.S. If you missed the before & after of mine: Julia’s Sunroom.

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Kim @ Sand & Sisal May 22, 2012 at 6:57 am

It’s beautiful! I love blue ceilings! I’ll have to stop over and see all her tutorials. Thanks for sharing with us!

Casey May 22, 2012 at 7:00 am

I love this! Everything looks so soft and comfortable – very soothing. I could spend a lot of time in a room like that!

Jenna Sue May 22, 2012 at 7:00 am

Julia, thank you so much for the feature! Your sunroom is amazing too… I am in love with the roominess and architectural elements. It’s kinda like the lemon-lime version of mine :)

hookedonhouses May 22, 2012 at 7:04 am

Yours makes me wish I had some blue in mine! So pretty. Thanks for letting me feature your room, Jenna Sue! :)

Donna May 22, 2012 at 7:04 am

Looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Kate May 22, 2012 at 7:13 am

Love the room! The floors are great too – We put porcelain tile that looks like wood flooring in our bathroom and its great.

Janet May 22, 2012 at 7:13 am

Beautiful job! Love the “wood” tile, I was checking it out at Lowe’s the other day, it has a really great weathered look. It IS a perfect choice for a sunroom. Great makeover.

Carrie May 22, 2012 at 7:21 am

Love it!! I love painted ceilings!

Luciane at May 22, 2012 at 7:24 am

This one made my day. So creative, summery and fun!


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Schmitty May 22, 2012 at 7:30 am

Looks great!! Shaka!!

Michele May 22, 2012 at 7:38 am

Gorgeous. I’m obsessed with the white floor length sheers – I’m toying with the idea of putting some on my screened in porch when it’s built in a month or so. However, my husband may have a different opinion. :) Man Cave vs. airy Beach Lounge. However, we are also extending our garage to give him a workshop, so that gives me major leverage on porch decorating!

An Island Mom May 22, 2012 at 8:33 am

Love the daybed idea for this room. Also, a coffee table with wheels would be so useful in a sunroom that looks like it’s next to an outdoor seating area where the coffee table might also be used from time to time. Pretty and practical.

Kim Porter @ mylifeincolorblog May 22, 2012 at 8:44 am

So jealous, it’s gorgeous!!

Renee F. May 22, 2012 at 10:25 am

I just got those same floors instaled in my home. LOL
I work in flooring and when they came out I knew I had to have them. :)
You can search for my blog We are still not done with the remodel but slowly working on it. I love the sunroom and will borrow those ideas when we redo the FLorida Room next. :)

Stephanie May 22, 2012 at 10:27 am

Beautiful ~ very light and airy! Looks like a great room to relax in!

snaggy May 22, 2012 at 10:40 am

Love it …and the cat !

Karen May 22, 2012 at 10:50 am

I like the daybeds too, but I tend to wonder if they are very comfortable. Love the sheers too. I just have a covered patio and am trying to gently suggest netted sheers to help keep the bugs at bay (not working yet). Love the cat too–reminds me of mine that I had to euthanize (miss him). This is a lovely space and thanks for featuring it.

Molly @thewaffler May 22, 2012 at 11:33 am

Love, love, love!

shabbychick May 22, 2012 at 11:35 am

So pretty! And I agree about the cat ;)

Aria May 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Amazing before and after! And inspiring as we are about to finally decorate our newly built screened-in porch!

I love the cat! It’s black color in contrast with all the blue and white made for some cool photos!

Zoe May 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm

It is BEAUTIFUL! I love it! AND the cat looks exactly like mine!

Kim May 22, 2012 at 2:12 pm

What an amazing before and after. I love the blues with the white. They give the room that beach feel.

Al May 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Everything looks so soft and comfortable – very soothing.

Jane May 22, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Love it! So light and airy.

BeColorful May 22, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Ahhhhh so pretty and inviting. Love the blue and I’m not even a real blue person but I could so do that. Combined with the rough woods it is perfection.

Grand D May 22, 2012 at 5:57 pm

simplicity – nicely done

betterOutdoorLivingatHome May 22, 2012 at 11:12 pm

What a difference! I love all those shades of blue – really gives the room a relaxing feel. Really attractive floor – it looks like wide plank flooring.

Nancy Hoffmann May 23, 2012 at 12:30 am

What a wonderful make over. Those vertical blinds were really ugly. Love the blue ceiling and the fantastic Ikea beds.

Maria May 23, 2012 at 2:38 am

Very pretty. Love the beachy look. The tiles will work as passive solar as well. I do have to wonder about function though, those daybeds are a rear end hazard waiting to happen given nobody can sit in the corner section. Also without a back, difficult to lean back or have options to rearrange. Certainly pretty as a picture, but think I’d wait to look for something more functional, hopefully facing the view/each other vs. the sliding interior door. Maybe it’s used as a pass through space? Or a sunny spot for the cat? I dare say my cats got much more use out of my sunroom then I ever have. Love the blue ceiling, so fresh, I’ve been wanting to do that in my house.

Linda@lime in the coconut May 23, 2012 at 9:10 am

Nice job….sure looks like florida!!

Juju at Tales of May 23, 2012 at 10:30 am

So lovely. And how fun is that table.

2inz4me May 23, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Beautiful! What a lovely room! The floor is an awesome alternative to wood. I’ve never seen that! So pretty!


Sara @ Russet Street Reno May 23, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Dang, that is gorgeous! And I did a double take, that totally looks like my black cat in those pics.

CanfieldCrafts May 23, 2012 at 9:09 pm

This is so beautiful! I wonder if the daybeds are a permanent part of the room- I’d saw the right “arm” of the daybed on the left off (does that even make sense?) to make a comfy corner section if I had a space like that. Nothing like snuggling in a corner section with a good book!

I love how functional this is too- lots of storage with those daybed drawers. You could have a sunroom/family room/game room all in one and keep it clean easily. :-)

Jenny May 24, 2012 at 12:13 am

I love it and yes, the cat makes the perfect accessory!

chris May 24, 2012 at 7:31 am

love the cat. looks like my deceased linus :(

Melinda May 26, 2012 at 8:30 am

Love the room! That would be a place I’d spend a lot of time.

franky May 29, 2012 at 9:45 am

this is such a beautiful makeover….love the brightness and clean colors you’ve chosen. great post!

Country Girl June 5, 2012 at 7:39 am

Very well done! It feels like a day at a Gustavian beach, with Marimekko pillows :-)

That wood-look tile has been around for decades, alternately despised and revered by designers in Florida (where we used to live). It was recently used in a “rustic” bathroom in the 2010 Southern Living design house in Senoia, Ga. and looked completely at home and wonderful there. I love it in this sunroom also— thanks for this post.

decoguy June 14, 2012 at 8:03 pm

This sunroom looks great. love the shades of light blue in the room. I like the cat too, a great edition to the room =) I saw how you mentioned the flooring is actually tiles, where is it from? they look like real wood.

hookedonhouses June 15, 2012 at 8:25 am

She gives all the source info in her post–click over to her blog to see it. I can’t remember where she got the tile. Love it, though!

ladyofargonne August 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm

It’s very beautiful to be sure. But I see the same mistake in many sunroom make overs. You have a gorgeous view and the furniture faces in. In other words your back is up against the windows. A room has to be lovely from all angles.

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