Well, it's day 362849 of the stay home order or at least it feels like it. I think this time in our homes has given us all the opportunity to look at them a bit differently. To find & create spaces that are cozy, comfy and bring us joy when you are having a stressful or anxious day. Over the past year, we've done a lot to the cottage to create that cozy space we've always wanted. And like everyone else that buys an older home, we have a list of things we want to do here but with only one income now (my shoppe is closed due to the pandemic) a lot of that wishlist is being put on hold. However, I knew there were projects in the house I could work on that would cost us little to no new money spent. With that I decided to pick our front porch as the first project.
Originally I had thought about turning the porch into an office. It gets great light plus easy access to UPS and all other deliveries. Unfortunately there is no heat in there in the winter and that didn't make much sense to have my office not be able to be used 4 months or so out of the year. So instead it ended up being a catch all space since we moved in & a place to keep the litter boxes. But I did get the beginnings of a plan for this space rolling last year when I actually decided to at least paint it.
I decided to keep the colors light and bright in here just like the rest of the cottage. I used Alabaster on the walls, Snowbound on the trim and ceiling, and a watered down mix of Favorite Jeans on the floor- all from Sherwin Williams. This was a good jumping off point for the space but I was so busy with work projects that this space did take a back seat until now. Now that I had at least my color palette, next was figuring out a design plan & function for this room.
What helped figure out what I should make this space into was the furniture. I already had several pieces that I had acquired over time but never had done anything with down in the basement. A vintage glass bookcase that my mom had given me back when we lived in Chicago. A perfectly chippy twin bed I found at a consignment shop in New Bedford. Lastly a comfortable captains chair I found off of Facebook Marketplace from someone in the same town. Knowing I could create a cozy sitting room that looked out at our yard was ideal. I was already envisioning all the plants, pillows & cozy candles for this space. So with some of the key pieces in mind, I turned my attention back to the floor.
I wasn't sure if I should keep it blue. Since it's such a small space I wasn't sure if it was too much. I decided to do a little poll on my Instagram page to get some feedback from my followers and they all felt not only should I keep the blue but I should go even bolder and create a checkerboard pattern.
So I decided to go for it! I will say this about doing a checkerboard pattern- patience is something you need to have when tackling a project like this. There is a lot of measuring & taping involved to get this look. I did 12" x 12" squares on a diagonal to give the illusion the room was bigger. Once that's done, the paint part is easy!
Speaking of paint, since the floor was already painted blue I only had to paint the contrasting squares. I used Sea Smoke Milk Paint from Shackteau Interiors that we happen to sell at my shoppe & I already had a packet open to use. Now would I normally use milk paint on a floor??? NO. But I used it here for two reasons: One- the wood floor was not sealed. I did a light sanding before I started painting to open the wood grain like I would do when using milk paint on a furniture piece. And Two- I was going for a washed effect not a saturated look which milk paint it great for.
Once all the squares were painted. I let them cure overnight before sanding the whole floor to create a bit of distressing and then sealing it with a wax.
Here you can see where we are at for the porch room. We added a ceiling fan & roller shades that match the others we have in the cottage. Next up we will caulk all the cracks in the beadboard ceiling and give it a fresh coat of paint. Then it will be onto the furniture.
Everything is in the works right now so hoping to have a another post to share on our progress here by the end of the month.
Hope you all are staying safe & healthy.