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Turning Our Screened In Porch into an Outdoor Room

How to turn a screened in porch into an outdoor room

When we purchased our home, I was reluctant about it because we have a gorgeous view, but from the main level it’s limited due to the deck & screened in porch. I love a good southern home with a screened in porch – off to the side, but I’m making the most of it & am really starting to love the idea! I want to take you along on my journey to turn our so so screened in porch into an outdoor room we’ll love & use often.

deck beforeThese are a couple photos prior to moving in to give you reference. I’m hoping the windows to the left will become french doors in the future!

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The screened in porch felt like an old lake house – which I hope to have soon, but I wanted to make it feel warm, clean, & relaxing.

Industrial Curtain Rod - get a high end look for less with this tutorial for custom curtain rods

We started by making custom copper curtain rods. You can read more about them & the sheer panels here.

Screened in porch ideas
You know the formula for a makeover – paint! We started by painting the ceilings & the walls. Finally this weekend, we stained the floor & the transformation was everything I had hoped it would be! The walls & ceiling are Everyday White, the house wall & floor are Realist Beige. I would have done it all in everyday white if I had really thought through it all – but it’s not quite that simple because of the adjoining deck. More on that to come soon!
The room feels breezy, almost like we’re on vacation. I can’t wait to furnish it, but first…
Basket light fixture
You know I had to eliminate the ceiling fan. It was a rusted, warped & lightless ceiling fan. It didn’t have a thing going for it. To make the room feel more intimate, I wanted a pendant to hang down. If you like ceiling fans or want to find a way to make one work in your home, you’ll love this tip from Emily A Clark! It’s been a loooong weekend! Here are a few iPhone photos from our celebratory picnic tonight…
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I’m starting to rethink & purchase pieces to furnish the space. I can’t wait to relax & enjoy it. I hope your weekend was fruitful & fun!
Julie

16 comments on “Turning Our Screened In Porch into an Outdoor Room”

  1. Thanks for the link, Julie! I think the pendant you chose is just perfect. This is going to be such a great space.

  2. Love this! I want an outdoor room!

  3. Love the new look. Makes me want a Southern porch.

  4. Oh, this space is beautiful! I love it!

  5. Gorgeous! I would want to spend every waking hour out there.

  6. I am so jealous it is ridiculous! That is beyond gorgeous 🙂

  7. What a magnificent transformation! I’m certain it will bring you years of joyful memories!

  8. It’s so beautiful, Julie! I can feel the breeze blowing the curtains. 🙂 Seems like a space you could spend hours in. Painting it was such a great choice!

  9. Pure bliss! I might have a little outdoor room jealousy! xo

  10. Hello, This room is just what we needed to do. Our bedroom has varnished ceilings and not sure how to proceed. i have been discouraged as what happens when the boards move and the cracks appear.

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