New Additions to the Sunroom

When I replaced the furniture that was in the craft area with my new Martha Stewart Craft Furniture

….I had to find a place for the oak desk that we have had for years (and years).

The attic is full!

So I decided to paint it….

And it landed here!!


I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint/Country Grey with both clear and dark wax.


How do you like my “leg lifts”…? 🙂


The dark wax was applied on top of the clear…just wanted a bit of a “wash”


I bought a bird cage at the Winterthur Museum store in Alexandria, Virginia a long time ago…

I had it on a high ledge in the living room…unless you looked one really noticed it.


It was on clearance!..a great deal and had to have it.

So as we were walking through the streets of Old Town Alexandria…

… hubby was carrying this beauty…and it was a long walk to the car! What a guy!


I wish I had another “mini urn” to flank the other side of the bird house door…


As you can see, I kept the desk top the original oak stain, along with the drawer.


I added a McCoy flower pot and filled it with my vintage garden tools, a topiary and PB candle and stand…

… complete the vignette.


I collected these garden tools over the years…

…..I love the one with the 79 cent marking



While on a shopping trip with Amy, Kristen (and her mom and daughter too), and Suzy….

…..I came upon these great bird plates…I love a bird motif!!



These plates are part of an Audubon Series by Alfred Meakin/England.

They were a bargain at $9.00 each.


The other side of the potting bench/cabinet proudly displays my watering can and seed packets from Mary..

…..just waiting for Spring to be planted. Hurry Spring!!



On the other side of the room has a table that is also a victim of the “domino effect”…

… was in one of the guest bathrooms. Had to place a bookshelf in that bathroom..

……….to accommodate the craft furniture.


I had a small lamp on the previous table in that spot…really needed a larger lamp…so off to HomeGoods I went.


And..I scored!!

After wheeling my cart through the several aisles in the lighting section…I turned the corner to the last aisle..

….the clearance aisle..and the angels sang…score!


Isn’t she lovely..for $22.00!!!



So with that savings, I can buy more stuff!!…but then again I am saving for my France trip with Kim and Kim

And there’s a new pillow in town…bought this beauty at the Pottery Barn Outlet in Georgia…


This table used to be in-between the loveseat and chair…now it is beside the chair…

…..a convenient spot for my reading material and a great cup of tea.


The tea cup is Spode Rose Chintz…the napkin was a souvenir from my friend Linda…

…..she goes to France and I get napkins!…I will bring her back one this year!!


I love silver spoons and try to gather ones with my initial.



A few things added to the table to give it another look…



Thank you so much for visiting and seeing the changes in my sunroom…


I am working on many projects around the house…here is a sneak peek of one of them…

…..just doing some tweaking in the kitchen.


Adding a few things…shopping the house…like this tole tray that I bought at our neighborhood yard sale…

…..for $5.00 !! 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend!!

I am joining the following:

Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

A Stroll Thru Life for A Cloche Party

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays

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  1. Shirley, I need to come to your neighborhood yard sale! Love the tray and your tole painted watering can! Your painted table turned out lovely…so many things to ooh & aah over in your sunroom! I love your Audubon plates too! I meant to ask before but how do your trays hang on the wall? I need a way to hang mine other than with an oversize plate hanger, I don’t like the way they hang.

    Thanks for letting me know about your trip to France~ I would love to go but I’m afraid my hubby would protest if my first trip there was without him 🙂 I’m sure you’ll find lots of treasures!
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  2. I’d say that it landed in the perfect spot. What a saint hubby is to haul that thing while you shop around the streets of Va. Good man, great woman, fantastic changes to the room.
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  3. Your sunroom is wonderful. I love it and the changes you’ve made are so pretty. The desk looks great with it’s new paint job. Of course I love all of your accessories, that birdhouse qualifies for the “Cloche ” party too. Hugs, Marty

  4. Love the changes. The desk fits perfectly there. Wonderful plates you found. I love anything with birds especially with spring coming back soon. Looking at your room makes me long for spring and maybe we will make it to France if we can stop shopping.
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  5. Oh what a delightful way to open my eyes this morning and see this lovely sunroom. That table looks uber charming Shirley. I also love the copper watering can.

  6. Shirley I love how you painted your table. It stands out and says look at me!!
    I envy your sun room, especially here where we have just had a horrific snowstorm over a foot dropped yesterday. Our temps are -21 cooolllldddd.

  7. The newly painted desk looks wonderful in your sunroom, Shirley. I love the vignette that you created on top. I forgot that you bought those bird plates – I love them!
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  8. What a beautiful sunroom Shirley!!! The way you arranged everything is so pretty and love all of the bird accents especially those Audubon plates! Have a great weekend : )

  9. I love seeing your sunroom, Shirley! The desk worked out great in here. That birdcage is beautiful. Love the little urn, too.
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  10. It is eye candy,,,for sure! English garden cozy!

  11. I juyst love your sunroom, Shirley. The table looks beautiful, good job! I have nevr painted a piece of furniture!!!I Love all your bird things. The plates are beautiful as well as that napkin. The tea made me want to go make a cup of hot chocolate right now:) BTW, I know I asked before but forget: where did you get your curtains and valances? I LOOOOVE the pattern! Thanks!!! Have a great weekend. XO, Pinky

  12. I fell in love with your sun room when I first saw it … and it only continues to get better with every little change you make!

  13. Shirley, I love your post, I love your home, and most of all I love your sunroom. I too have a nice sunroom. Our room is done is reds and some yellow and green. Very tropical looking and I like it just fine. However…if I had seen your room first before I started decorating I would have used your colors instead. I think your room is so relaxing and calm with all the bird decorations and beautiful plants. Your are amazing. Thank you so very much for sharing your home. God bless you and your family.

  14. Your sunroom is so charming. Looks like a great place to sip a drink, read a book, or just daydream! 😉

  15. Linda Miller says

    Great paint job on the desk. You always find a place for things. Love the way you rearranged the sun room. It is so inviting and my favorite room in your house. PS I brought you linens from the South of France because that is what that area is known for. When you travel to Paris, depending on the exchange rate, you can bring me an Hermes scarf as a souvenir… LOL! je t’aime

    • Well, if I am resourceful…I will try and find a Hermes Outlet!! ha!!!…and you know pretty napkins can make great scarfs!!

  16. Quite a successful transformation on the desk. With all your finds and tweaks, you must be about to run out of around the house projects. Everything you add is a special touch.
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  17. Here you are! Hi there!!! So THIS is what you’ve been up to! Great job! I really do wish I had the fortitude to pull out a paint brush and go to town on my furniture, but I’m just leery of what ruin I might bring. I’m such an impatient little person when it comes to projects…which is why I have a hard time with sewing, too! It’s hard to believe any sturdy garden tool like that was once only 79 cents! We were just at the hardware store, and a similar one now costs somewhere around $8!!! I hope you’re able to find another miniature urn. The one you have is super cute!
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  18. Looking real good Shirley, I love the desks makeover, very pretty!! I need to come to your yardsales, I LOVE that tole tray!

  19. Hi Shirley,

    Your sunroom looks terrific!! I really love your curtains! I also heart your bird house and wonderful Alfred Meakin bird plates. This is a wonderful room to spend some time in. 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

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  20. Pam Standley says

    Wow, it’s so cozy, even more than before! Love everything about this warm, sunny room. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Beautiful job! I need to go back to using chalk paint, the texture is so much more interesting than latex paint!!!

    Happy Sunday!
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  22. What a happy room and I cannot believe all of the bargains! Love the bird cage and those bird plates ( I have a bird “thing”, too). You did a beautiful job – thanks for giving us a peek!

  23. What a beautiful room. You have added so many lovely touches.

    Wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  24. You did a good job in every room of your house here! I can feel the green nature in each room. I was planning to have a green theme in celebrating my Valentines this coming February 14 and thanks for sharing it. I have now an idea of green themes. Thumbs up!
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  25. I just love your sunroom! Everything looks so inviting…I love bird motifs too. Jealous you are going to France- someday I’m going to go too! :o)

  26. Your sunroom is so lovely! Your oak desk looks so pretty wearing its new coat of paint. You accessorized it so perfectly for that room too. It definitely has a garden feel in there.

  27. oh, i just LOVE this room!!

  28. I am so thrilled you linked this to the party, love the birdhouse, stunning and the lantern is fabulous too. Hugs, marty

  29. Connie Blessitt says

    I love birds and cheery rooms so I think this room is a huge hit with me! I love the yellow on the walls. What is the color? I think I want to paint my room that color.

  30. Everything looks beautiful as always!
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  31. I love the spring theme in this room. So light and fresh. Those are the prettiest bird plates!

  32. I like what you did with the table Shirley and I love that you left the top dark. I used to collect toleware and I love the tray.

  33. kelly jones says

    Wow! These are some truly gorgeous sunroom additions. I especially love your bird cage and the freshly painted oak desk! I’m glad I visited this page, it has inspired me add some embellishments to my sunroom as well! Thanks!

  34. Shirley – how lovely and inviting! Every detail in your sunroom is simply charming. Thanks for all the inspiring pictures – so many great ideas!

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