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Cottage Sunroom Reveal: Shiplap Walls and Decor

Take a tour of this cottage sunroom addition. It has a vaulted ceiling, exposed beam, shiplap walls and industrial farmhouse style home decor.

To say I’m excited about today’s post is a bit of an understatement. You see we’ve finally reached my absolute favorite part of any home improvement project — decorating and furnishing! We’re finally done with our cottage sunroom and front porch additions. So this week we’ve been taking you on a tour of the new spaces.

On Wednesday, we shared the big reveal of the new craftsman style front porch on our cottage. Now today we’re following up with part two of our tour – the interior of our new sunroom. We can’t wait to show you the vaulted ceiling, exposed beam, shiplap walls and industrial farmhouse style home decor.

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Cottage Update

If this is the first time you’re hearing about our cottage, grab yourself a sweet tea. Let me quickly bring you up to speed. We purchased a small a-frame cottage on a wilderness river in Michigan in 2011. Shortly after we bought the place, we gave the interior a complete makeover. Dumping the red shag carpet and 1970s gold couches made a dramatic difference. This tour of our cottage shows you all the changes we made that year. Then last summer we hired builders to help us expand the space by adding a front porch and a sunroom.

Can't wait to see how this DIY project turns out! The cottage renovations and ideas planned for this A-frame home include a new front porch with stone pillars and covered roof as well as a sunroom.

The renovations at our cottage have taken over a year to complete, but we are finally DONE! We’ve previously shared our initial renovation plans, the early construction of the new spaces and then the shiplap walls and porcelain wood tile floors in the sunroom. A few months back, we also shared our sunroom decorating ideas. Planning it in our heads as we walked around furniture showrooms months ago is one thing. But it’s always a bit nerve wracking to see whether it all comes together in real life like we envisioned.

Cottage Sunroom Goals

When we first started dreaming about the new sunroom, we set a few simple goals for the project. We wanted to create a space that was:

  1. Bright, warm and inviting
  2. A retreat where we can relax, take a nap or curl up with a good book
  3. Great for playing games on rainy days or in the evenings after the kids go to bed
  4. Washable (With 2 boys and a Scruffy dog, easy to clean or decor that hides dirt well is a MUST!)

We spent countless hours surfing online for ideas to decorate the new sunroom with those goals in mind. What we wanted was more of a “rustic farmhouse” look for our cottage than a “rustic wilderness” look.

Without further ado, grab yourself a refill on the sweet tea. Let’s step inside to take a look around!

BEFORE: 

Can't wait to see how this DIY project turns out! The cottage renovations and ideas planned for this A-frame home include a new front porch with stone pillars and covered roof as well as a sunroom.

AFTER:

Windows on the side of this new cottage sunroom allow a lot of natural sunlight to flow into the house | reverse board and batten siding | peaked roof | vaulted ceiling | home idea | metal roof

Entrance to the Cottage Sunroom

On the side of the house where we were adding the sunroom, there was a large window. We chose to leave that window in tact as it lets a lot of light into the kitchen. Then to get from the main part of the cottage into the new sunroom, the builder installed a large glass sliding door. The interior of our cottage still has the original dark paneled walls from the 1980s. So that window and the new glass sliding door allow a lot of natural light to filter into the cottage. We’re amazed at how much the window and sliding door really brighten things up. It’s wonderful!

Craftsman style trim, a large exposed aggregate cement patio and low maintenance landscaping are all part of this big renovation project to add a sunroom and front porch to an A-frame cottage.

When you walk through the new sliding glass door into the sunroom, it’s so bright. The first thing you see is an entire wall full of big huge windows that overlook the river.

A round table with a barrel base and distressed chairs adds farmhouse style to a cottage sunroom with large windows - the antique multicolor round dining set from International Furniture Direct | dining room | shiplap walls | plank wall | whitewashed pine wood walls | porcelain tile floor | wood tile flooring | home decor | English furniture side chair | home ideas | farmhouse style

Cottage Sunroom Shiplap Walls and Ceiling

To give the new sunroom the bright appearance we wanted, the walls and ceiling needed to be light colored. We chose to have the builder install white washed pine plank boards rather than drywall the room. This shiplap look is especially popular on home improvement shows right now like HGTV’s Fixer Upper.

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Whitewashing the pine boards allows the natural wood grain and knots to show through. The wood grain gives the room a rustic appearance. You may have noticed the pine planks on the ceiling are a different width than the ones on the walls.

Vaulted ceiling above Angie Chair (#4634) from England Furniture in the color Perth Sand with storage ottoman | glass sliding door | cottage sunroom | footstool | hinged ottoman with storage | shiplap walls | plank wall | whitewashed pine wood walls | porcelain tile floor | wood tile flooring | home decor | furniture | home ideas | farmhouse style

Vaulted Ceiling

The support beam down the center of the vaulted ceiling was wrapped with rough cut lumber. Then it was stained to look like old barn wood. On the beam, we hung a ceiling fan to help keep the space cool during the hot summer months. Last fall we picked out a 52 in. Indoor/Outdoor Weathered Gray Ceiling Fan from Home Depot. Unfortunately, it’s not available online anymore which means it might be hard to find in store too.

I love the fan’s dark weathered zinc finish and how the blades also look like rustic weathered wood.  In the photo below, you can also see one of the stereo speakers we put in the ceiling. We use a Sonos unit to play music in the new sunroom and throughout the rest of the cottage.

Exposed wood beam with a ceiling fan and a large metal sunburst mirror adds industrial style to this cottage home with vaulted shiplap ceiling and walls | sunroom | shiplap walls | plank wall | whitewashed pine wood walls | home decor | home ideas | farmhouse style

Large Industrial Style Mirror

The ceiling in the sunroom is vaulted. So there’s a big triangular space on the wall above the bank of big windows. I hunted online and in home decor stores for months to find the perfect mirror to put there. And then, of course, I ended up buying the first one I even looked at.

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Isn’t that how it always goes with home decor? There was only one benefit with waiting and looking around so long. By the time I went back to At Home the mirror was on clearance! The metallic industrial style sunburst mirror I chose is about four feet wide and fits perfectly in that triangular space.

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Cottage Sunroom Flooring

For the flooring in the new sunroom, we chose Montagna Rustic Bay 6 in. x 24 in. Glazed Porcelain Floor and Wall Tiles from Home Depot. With two boys and a dog, we really needed flooring that is easy to clean and more importantly hides dirt. Although the tiles are porcelain, people who see them often mistake the tiles for real wood.

Angie Sofa (#4635) from England Furniture in the color Perth Sand and Justine side chair from Best Home Furnishings in Silver 28843 | cottage sunroom | glass sliding door | footstool | hinged ottoman with storage | rattan lamp with side table | shiplap walls | plank wall | whitewashed pine wood walls | porcelain tile floor | wood tile flooring | home decor | furniture | home ideas | farmhouse style

Cottage Sunroom Space for Games and Snacks

When I came across this antique multicolor round dining set from International Furniture Direct at a local furniture store, I knew immediately it would be perfect for enjoying games and snacks in the new sunroom. Whenever I put together a room, I usually choose one or two core pieces of furniture first. Then use those as the basis for the rest of my decorating decisions. That’s exactly what happened with this gorgeous dining set!

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The table top is 51 inches in diameter. So it’s perfect for playing games at night or for an afternoon snack with our boys. We expect there will eventually be scratches as this table is going to get a lot of use! Thankfully, the distressed appearance and the variety of colors in the woodwork will help hide wear and tear.

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The details on this dining set are spectacular though. First, there’s a beautiful industrial metal edge around the table top.

The iron edge of this round dining table adds industrial style to a cottage sunroom - the table is part of the antique multicolor round dining set from International Furniture Direct | dining room | farmhouse style

But the real showstopper is the wine barrel base with the metal foot rest. The first one they sent us had a big damaged crack on the side, but the furniture store was fantastic. They ordered a new barrel base for us. Plus they allowed us to use the damaged one until the new base arrived a few weeks ago.

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Distressed Dining Chairs

We bought six chairs to fit around the dining table. This gives enough seating for the four of us plus my parents who live next door to the cottage. I think we could easily squeeze in a few folding chairs too if need be. We’ve found that the cushioned seating on the chairs makes it more enjoyable to play games for hours. Plus I love the distressed appearance that’s so trendy right now with furniture. This means I’m not fretting as much about the kids scratching or dinging them up!

Distressed dining chair in a cottage sunroom - part of the antique multicolor round dining set from International Furniture Direct | dining room | shiplap walls | porcelain tile floor | wood tile flooring

Cottage Sunroom Napping Nook

In the opposite corner of the room, diagonally across from where the dining set is, we created a cozy nook for reading, relaxing, napping or visiting with friends.

Angie Sofa (#4635) and Angie Side Chair (#4634) from England Furniture both in the color Perth Sand | cottage sunroom | glass sliding door | footstool | hinged ottoman with storage | rattan lamp with side table | shiplap walls | plank wall | whitewashed pine wood walls | porcelain tile floor | wood tile flooring | home decor | furniture | home ideas | farmhouse style

Now as I’m sure you can imagine any place intended for napping must have a good couch. The space under the large original window that we left between our sunroom and kitchen isn’t very long. We ended up choosing the Angie Sofa (#4635) from England Furniture because it’s only 83″ long and 35″ deep. We picked “Perth Sand” for the upholstery color to keep the room light and bright while still hoping to hide the dirt.

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Throw Pillows

The sofa came with two 20″ pillows, which we chose to get in the color they called “DePalma Ocean”. The turquoise color of the “DePalma Ocean” pillows coordinates wonderfully with the blu-ish color in the weathered wood on the dining set. After that I found a beautiful accent pillow at Meijer, a local store in the midwest. The pattern in that pillow has that same turquoise color in it so they look great together.

Throw pillows on Angie Sofa (#4635) from England Furniture in the color Perth Sand | The turquoise or teal pillow color is DePalma Ocean from England Furniture | cottage sunroom | glass sliding door | footstool | hinged ottoman with storage | rattan lamp with side table | shiplap walls | plank wall | whitewashed pine wood walls | porcelain tile floor | wood tile flooring | home decor | furniture | home ideas | farmhouse style

Side Chair

We also ordered a matching Angie Chair (#4634) from England Furniture in the “Perth Sand” color. We initially intended it to be adjacent to the couch at a 90 degree angle to form a conversational space. But we decided it felt too crowded in that corner. Plus we didn’t like how it was blocking the view out the sliding glass door to the outside, even though that side of the door doesn’t open.

Angie Chair (#4634) from England Furniture in the color Perth Sand with a storage ottoman | cottage sunroom | footstool | hinged ottoman with storage | shiplap walls | plank wall | whitewashed pine wood walls | porcelain tile floor | wood tile flooring | home decor | furniture | home ideas | farmhouse style

End Table and Ambient Lighting

In the corner next to the sofa, I was debating between a few wine barrel based side tables or one that matched the dining set. Then I remembered that we already had a second end table in the living room of the main part of the cottage that we weren’t really using. It’s always a money saver when you can shop your own home for the things you need, isn’t it?

A distressed industrial style side table with a rattan lamp gives farmhouse style to a cottage sunroom with shiplap walls | plank wall | whitewashed pine wood walls | furniture | home decor | home ideas

We used to have two matching rattan lamps in our living room at home. After being knocked over by our boys more times than I can count, one of them was permanently broken and sent to the dumpster. We brought the surviving lamp up north to the cottage. It looks great in the new sunroom and gives the space some ambient lighting in the evenings.

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Storage Ottomans

To complete this corner of the sunroom, we found two matching ottomans to make it easier to relax and put up our feet.

Put two together two upholstered footstools or ottomans to create a coffee table in a cottage sunroom | Angie Sofa (#4635) from England Furniture in the color Perth Sand | rattan lamp with side table | shiplap walls | plank wall | whitewashed pine wood walls | porcelain tile floor | wood tile flooring | home decor | furniture | home ideas | farmhouse style

They both have hinged lids and built in storage for throw blankets, games etc. The upholstery tacks on each of the corners really made these foot stools stand out to me at Meijer. However I was even more elated when they rang up on clearance for only $17 each. SCORE!

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Cottage Sunroom Reading Corner

In the corner by the sliding door that goes into the main part of the cottage, we made a reading corner. We got the Justine side chair from Best Home Furnishings in Silver 28843. While there isn’t much space in that corner, the left side of the glass sliding door doesn’t move. The base of the chair also swivels, which is awesome. The person sitting there can look out the window at the river or visit with people in the sunroom. In hindsight I may have ordered one too many furniture pieces for the sunroom. This chair is just so comfy I couldn’t pass it up!

The patterned fabric matches well with the Perth Sand color I choose for the Angie sofa and side chair. Occasionally I toss one of those turquoise “DePalma Ocean” throw pillows in the chair and drag an ottoman over to make it even more cozy for reading. We’ve also found we can easily set drinks or books on the window ledge so we don’t need a small table to go alongside this chair. 

Justine side chair from Best Home Furnishings in Silver 28843 with a DePalma Ocean turquoise or teal throw pillow from England Furniture | cottage sunroom | glass sliding door | footstool | hinged ottoman with storage | rattan lamp with side table | shiplap walls | plank wall | whitewashed pine wood walls | porcelain tile floor | wood tile flooring | home decor | furniture | home ideas | farmhouse style

And that my friend, is the conclusion of our tour and the grand finale! This big cottage renovation project has taken more than a year to complete. So we’re relieved it’s finally done! WOO HOO!

A sunroom and front porch were added to this a-frame cottage on a wilderness river to give the home a beautiful craftsman style look | river rock pillars | exposed aggregate concrete | home idea | stained cedar wood | concrete patio

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6 Comments

  1. I think it looks absolutely lovely! I love the warmer outside color- it seems to go more with the surrounding green environment outside than the dull off-white it was. It looks like the table might use to be a bit bigger- especially if you want to fit 6 people in it! You said it was 51″ , but it sure doesn’t look it!
    Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Hi Dina,
      Thanks for stopping by to check out our new sunroom! The table really is 51″ and fits six chairs perfectly for playing cards and games. 🙂

      Best wishes,
      Carrie

  2. Yes, I love all your updates on your cottage! Turning out lovely and I’m going to be stealing some ideas from you. However there has been a little miss conception on the time fram or “era” of the old furnishings. Gold couches, red shag carpet and brown paneling wad all from the 70’s not the 80’s. I dont really know why that bothers me when people get that wrong, lol. It just does.

    1. Hi Shelly, great catch! I just updated the post so it says 1970s instead of 1980s. Glad you enjoyed the updates on our cottage and found a few ideas you’d like to implement at your own place. We’d love to see pics of how it turns out for you.

      Have a wonderful weekend!
      Best wishes,
      Carrie

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