Sunroom Makeover: 1950’s Ranch House

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you out there!  I’m spending some time with my mom today and we celebrate every single Mother’s Day with grateful hearts at this stage of life.

We finally got one room (mostly) finished now in Andrea and David’s 1950’s ranch home.  Things are moving along over there and after getting chairs recovered, furniture painted and sofas changed out, accessories added, we can finally call this one almost done.

There are still pillows to be made for the chairs and a couple more tweaks, but it’s finished enough I wanted to go ahead and share it with y’all.

Let’s go back and look at the BEFORE shots and then you can really appreciate the AFTERS!

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Before:   The sunroom was the catch all and had a cluttered feel.  Not very cozy at all and they really wanted to use this room for sitting and relaxing.

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Most of the old furniture was moved out, as well as the rugs and accessories.

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Mr. Deerhead came off the walls (yay!) and the desk was painted and moved to the other side of the room. Love the plants so they will stay.

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AFTER:  A brighter and lighter sunroom makes for a much more pleasing room, don’t you think?!   We painted the brick and walls Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter and the lighter shade is very appealing in here. It’s a great color!

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The large rug in the middle of the floor was taken out and since that is a direct pathway in and out of the garage to the family room. I opted for rugs on either side in the seating areas and nothing in the middle.

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It’s so much prettier and appealing now and they actually want to use this room again!

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BEFORE:  The dark burgundy chairs needed an update and the fresh turquoise fabric makes a huge change.  Andrea likes blues and greens so we are using those throughout the house.  The old floral sofa went away and a white loveseat from the living room was brought in on the other side of the room.  You can see she spray painted the white wicker coffee table in navy to freshen it up.

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Newly recovered chairs look great in here.  We found this rug at Rugs USA and ordered during one of their big online sales.  It’s a wool rug and very soft and cozy.

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This room has so many windows and now looks SO much better with the refresh. We kept some of her brass pieces, like the big brass deer.  Note the painted desk in the middle with the newly recovered chair seat.  I’ll be sharing that in another post. Lamps and accessories were updated too.  Don’t you love the newly recovered chairs?  I think they look fantastic!

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A closer look at this corner, with the brass animals and plant in the corner.

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And the other side, with a pretty framed print.

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We found these prints at Homegoods, one of my favorite shopping spots.  We found several things there for this room.

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Love the chair fabric and how great these turned out.  It’s nice to find a good upholsterer and I think they found one.

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The entire room has a different feel now!

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The desk got a new lamp from Homegoods. This is an Alexa Hampton collection lamp and is very elegant and pretty.  I loved the gold accents on it.

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Back to the other side of the room.  We added a pretty striped rug (Ralph Lauren indoor/oudoor) from Homegoods and this is the loveseat that was in their living room. Perfect out here.  Now the doorway is completely open that goes outside.  The other doorway coming in from the garage is to the left.

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New pillows will be made with this fabric, but that hasn’t happened yet.  Soon!

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On the brick wall, we went shopping for a side table and found this pretty rustic console table at Nadeau, one of my fave shops for occasional tables in solid wood.  They have so many shapes and sizes and their prices are reasonable.  I think this was around $180 and we loved the look of it, plus the shelf that holds books underneath.  I worked with Nadeau last year on freshening up my foyer with a new console table, but this project isn’t sponsored. I just like their store, so check them out if you have one in your city.

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Another new lamp from Homegoods went on the console table.  Excuse the price tags I forgot to take off.   She already had the candle holders and candles and these go great out here.

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Again, the prints are from Homegoods and add a garden feel.  The rustic table adds texture and wood tones to the room, bringing in warmth.

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All the plants give this space life too.  You know how much I love plants.

And that’s a look at Andrea’s sunroom space!  I just love how it turned out. We have lots more to do in the house and I’ll be back along the way with more updates.

We are working on the kitchen now and just had the kitchen cabinets painted white with new knobs and other updates.  Can’t wait to get that one done and keep on moving!  Andrea is loving all the changes.

If you missed the beginning of this project, these are friends of mine from church and I’m helping them update their 1950’s brick ranch house, one room at a time.  It will probably take this whole year to get through most everything, but we are happy with the progress so far!

Updating a 1950’s Brick Ranch – All the Before pics of the house are here!

Updates in the Hallway

Painting their Red Brick Fireplace

Painted Foyer Console Table

One more note:  Our sweet Aunt Mary passed away and our family is heading down to Florida for the funeral for the next couple of days. Thank you for your prayers! We know that Aunt Mary is with Jesus right now and is healed and whole.  We will miss her greatly!

- Rhoda


  1. Everything looks great! The blues are very peaceful and I know they will enjoy relaxing in this much more calming space! I especially love the flower prints and the fabric for the planned pillows, which will tie the blues together!

  2. Also, I forgot to ask if you considered painting the floor. I love what you did with the fireplace and that made me think about painting the floor.

    • HI, Debra, no we won’t be painting the floor. I really don’t mind the brick red tile in there and I’m not sure that painting that kind of floor would be a good idea anyway. They are happy with it as it is and I am too!

  3. Rhoda,so sorry about your aunt Mary. Please give your precious mother a hug from me. Wish my mother was still with me. The sunroom is stunning. I also think the floor would look good painted. The brick wall is such an improvement.

  4. Rhoda,
    I am so sorry about your Aunt Mary’s passing. I know you and your family cherish that last visit you had with her.

    I love the transformation in the sunroom! Revere Pewter is one of my favorite colors of all time. It really is a color that looks amazing with all furniture and décor. I think the decision to keep the floors original was the right one. The red tiles balance the room and give it some vintage character. BTW… that brass deer is my favorite piece in the sunroom.

  5. Lorraine Watkins says:

    Love the room! Would like to see it when the pillows get made. I love the Ikat fabric you have selected.

  6. Melanie says:

    So sorry for your loss.

    This room looks wonderful!

  7. The room looks great! Such a difference now with the darker upholstery gone. I’d like the name/number of the upholsterer they used as well as info on the chair fabric. The pictures are perfect for the room!

  8. A beautiful makeover. Very fresh and inviting. Rhoda, can you recommend a good upholsterer in the Marietta, Kennesaw area?

    • Kathy, I’ve used Bobs in Kennesaw & they did a good job. My sister used Glabers in Marietta & they were good too. I’ll have to find out who Andrea used. I think they are in the Howell mill rd area.

  9. Roxanne says:

    What an excellent makeover. It feels so peaceful and serene. Andrea and David must be thrilled, and I hope they are enjoying their morning coffee out there right now! I’ve always been a fan of what we call “broken quarry tile” floors. It was a great decision to leave it. Prayers for you and your family during this difficult time.

  10. I’m sorry for your loss, Rhoda.

    I love the sunroom but I, too, would paint the floor. I don’t mind the ‘broken quarry’ look of it, but I don’t like the color of it, especially with the cool blue, green, and white tones everywhere else. The pictures and lamps work well together. When you paint wicker doesn’t it flake off??

    • I have 2 sets of wicker furniture that I have painted. One a dark green, and one white. They were spray painted and have held up great. No flaking.
      Love the sunroom

  11. Love it! Beautiful colors and the painted brick looks great. So sorry about your aunt passing. Prayers to your family.

  12. What a lovely makeover! I am interested to know more about the two wicker pieces that she painted … the plant stand and the coffee table. Painting them really took them up a notch. Did she use any special kind of spray paint? Any advice that she can share for getting full coverage in all the nooks and crannies of wicker?

    • Hi Lindy, all she used was satin finish spray paint from Valspar & I chose a navy I had used before. You don’t have to do anything to wicker, just spray away. It might take several costs to cover, but take it outside in a well ventilated area. Spray it all, turn upside down to make sure you cover all the nooks & keep spraying til it’s all even & covered. I’ve sprayed a lot of wicker & it holds up great!

  13. Kathleen Merner says:

    So sorry for your loss, Rhoda.

    The room is beautiful. I am not a fan of painting brick but, in this case, it turned out great. Love that floor!

  14. JEAN KISSANE says:

    Nice! Of course anything would be an improvement with the disgusting animal head gone!! I pray it went into the trash!

  15. VintageBeachgirl says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your Aunt Mary Rhoda. Knowing how much she’ll be missed I offer prayers for peace and strength for you and your entire family.

    I LOVE the changed look of the sunroom, it’s hard to believe it’s the same space!!
    A fabulous upgrade that I’m certain Andrea and David will enjoy for a long time!! I’m looking forward to seeing more of the changes in their home. Thanks for sharing the photos!!

  16. Anise Butler says:

    I’m so glad you got to visit your aunt Mary before she died. I know her death was expected but it is still so hard.
    I just love this sun room makeover and I can rarely say that about a room. The choice of colors and the lack of clutter is just the best ever. I got to go to Home Goods when I visited my daughter in Sacramento, Ca this spring. The prices are reasonable and I could have spent my fortune there.

  17. Susan Blount says:

    So sorry for your family’s loss, Rhoda. Love the colors you chose. How expensive were the chairs to cover. Trying to decide on recovering or something new.

    • Susan, I think she told me they were less than $300 to cover each one, she supplied the fabric. That might not be completely right, but maybe Andrea will see this.

  18. I love how the room looks and especially love the brass animals. I’m very sorry to hear about your Aunt Mary. Please accept my condolences. God bless her and your family.

  19. Are either the chair fabric or the fabric for pillows available online? I love the way you have used various blues in this room.

    • Hi, Trish, I don’t think so unless we can somehow find them. She found these fabrics at a local fabric store.

  20. Lynn Hutcherson says:

    Dear Rhoda,
    So sorry for your loss of your Aunt Mary.

    I like the red floor. It’s perfect for the 1950’s home with the updates to the porch. Love the blues and whites. Fresh, inviting feeling.

  21. Love what you did with the room, Rhoda! So inviting now! My condolences for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

  22. Really Liked the way you decor house in these pics and so sorry for your loss

  23. Love all the lamps, love the console table, and I’m also a fan of the original floor! No, it’s not trendy, but it has character and I would leave it. The painted brick looks great as well.
    I am also sorry for your loss of your Aunt Mary. I’m so thankful you have the peace of knowing she is with her Lord.

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