Tuesday, February 1, 2005
Room for Improvement: Sunroom Makeover
Our makeover maestro is once again getting in touch with nature. This time, Martin Amado is proving it's even possible to brighten up a sunroom. Here's tonight's Room For Improvement.
WSVN -- On today's edition of Room For Improvement, we're using nature as our inspiration to help transform a sunroom that's pretty much in the dark when it comes to design. Let's meet our homeowner.
Martin Amado: "Hey Lisa, nice to meet you."
Martin: "So why did you want this room done instead of some other space in your home. Well to me it's the focal point of the whole apartment. And, anywhere I'm going to be is going to look out over this room."
Martin: "Boy it really looks like I'm getting a workout going up and down these stairs ... Whatever it takes to get the job done."
Martin: "First step is to give the room some much needed color."
Martin: "Before beginning, here's a great tool tip. Get some tape and wrap it around your roller. That way you remove any loose fuzz so it doesn't get on your fresh painted walls."
Martin: "I'm using a slate greenish color called mediation love the name off the bat because I definitely think it's what we're trying to create in this room, the feel. And it also helps to bring the outdoors in."
Martin: "Ok the painting is complete so it's time to pull the room together."
DECO DESIGN TIP OF THE DAY:
To create a more intimate feeling and to soften up these entranceways, I am simply using these swing arm curtain rods. Now keep this in mind if you're going for a purely decorative look.
Martin: "When shopping. Don't be afraid to look at things differently. This is a planter that I'm actually turning into a pedestal by putting a sea grass charger on top."
Martin: "Here's a great tip on how to get a second use out of a candle holder. Simply hot glue a clear vase to the base and it turns it into an instant flower holder."
Martin: "Typically having an ottoman as a coffee table works. But this one is just too small and there's too much pattern with the sofa. So we're getting rid of it."
Martin: "The solution, two ottomans instead of one. Great for storage. Voila! Plus additional seating."
Martin: "Another tip to finish off plants inside your home is to add Spanish moss to the base. Trust me. For 80 cents it's an easy way to turn dirt into decor."
Martin: "This morning this sun room was lacking any real purpose. But at the end of the day it's become a cozy sanctuary for under a thousand dollars. I think even the plants are happy. So let's see what Lisa thinks."
Martin: "Now on the count of three I want you to open your eyes OK? Remember what this room looked like this morning. One Two Three."
Lisa: "Oh my Gosh!" "Martin this is so beautiful."
Martin: "This is amazing. This is actually for you, for trusting in my work and being part of the segment…Your own T-shirt ok."
Martin: "Before with the white walls and cold appearance, the sun room just wasn't living up to it's name but in one day it's truly become a room with a view in more ways than one. I'll see you guys next week."
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