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Conservatory Overhaul: The Beach Hut

When we bought our house, the conservatory was something of a selling point.  The idea of filling it with some comfy seats and spending a summer's evening reading a book with a glass of wine, warm sunshine streaming through the windows, watching the apple tree sway in the breeze... was pretty perfect.  Then the dream died as it slowly became filled with all of the junk we didn't know where else to put.  Because a conservatory isn't exactly a high-traffic, highly used room, it became a haven for things with nowhere else to go - armchairs that didn't go with the lounge colour scheme, clothes airers, Tom's drum kit, an old fish tank, old suitcases and exercise equipment.  In the end we hung thick curtains in the lounge to keep the conservatory covered up as it was such a depressing sight.  As a consequence the lounge was very dark and devoid of light.  I remember one friend coming round and when I moved a curtain she exclaimed "What is out there?" When I showed her she said "Wow, you have a conservatory, I never knew that!" It struck me that it was a little crazy that we had a whole room we kept tucked away unused.  This summer I lamented not being able to enjoy it, and whilst we were away in France I made the decision that we would get stuck into revonating it when we got home.  I can't say Tom was wildly happy with this decision as he hates DIY, but we both agreed that we wanted to use it and enjoy it again.

Here is what it looked like a few weeks ago.  Full of junk! You can just see the blue slab flooring.  Around the outside under the windows is just bricks.  It was very cold and it also let in water in some places (I think the previous owners built it themselves, the ground isn't even remotely level!)


As we live close to the sea, and the conservatory looks out on our garden which is full of pebbles/gravel, I thought a beach hut theme would be fun. Tom damp-proofed over the bricks and then put MDF up to give a cladding effect, which I then painted. We painted and put up a skirting board and architrave.  Tom then laid some laminate flooring we had left over from when we first started renovating the house (we measured up for the lounge, then pulled up the carpets and found original wood flooring so it never got laid).

The red and black poang cushions were replaced with neutral/natural ones, and the fish tank was cleaned ready for some new fish.  The old blinds and curtains were taken down and replaced with some that fit the theme.  In the weeks we spent on the DIY I set about collecting accessories to fit with the theme.  After a lot of painting, floor laying, fitting and trips to the dump, this is our new conservatory...



It's really hard to take good photos of it as there's so much light all around you just get glare, but hopefully these photos go some way to showing you just what a calm, cosy room we've created.  It's lovely and warm in the morning and lovely and cool in the evening - the perfect place to relax.  What you can't see from the photos is that there's a fish tank adjacent to the glass sliding doors - when we put fish in it you'll be able to see them swimming around from the conservatory, or from the lounge as our table faces the glass doors (so I can watch fish pootling around whilst I'm eating my dinner!) We also painted an old oar and placed it above the doors but I didn't manage to get any good photos of it!

I'm going to put some more photos up of some of the 'details' and where we got some of the items from later in the week but for now I couldn't wait to share some photos of our new favourite place! Hope you like it as much as we do!

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42 comments

  1. I love this, I can't believe the difference, love what you've done with the walls, I'd never have thought to do that, just would've painted over the blue haha! Love it though, and I lOVE those pictures, where are they from?! xx

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    1. Two different places, I'm going to look them all up and post about it in the week as part of another feature :) xxx

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  2. Its gorgeous Rosie, you've made it into such a beautiful warm room! It looks like the perfect place to hang out with a book :) xxx

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  3. This is beautiful, I wish I had the time to see through DIY projects on this scale - can't wait to see more!

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  4. Oh it looks so lovely! I know how easy a room can turn into a junk room if you have lots of random items and nowhere to put them.

    Love the retro drawers and it looks like such a nice space to sit and read. :)

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  5. This is SO gorgeous. I especially like the cladding. We have this in our current dining room and I'm really going to miss it when we move! Will have to find somewhere to install it in the new place!

    Enjoy your newly renovated space :)

    Franky xxx

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  6. The cladding looks so good. I used to have one of those chairs, they are the most comfy!

    Nadia

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  7. Wow, I absolutely love it!! Such a nice place to hang out. I can imagine it's going to be nice for winter too, if you get some small heater in there!

    Lovely!

    Maria

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  8. What an incredible transformation! I stupidly just showed my other half this and now he wants to sort out our house *imagines mountains of clothes falling everywhere* so thanks for that! haha :)
    xx

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  9. Gorgeous. Looks lovely and relaxing, fab for both summer nights and for cosying up with blankets and hot chocolate in the winter. Well done guys, your hard work has paid off!

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  10. Oh, I also love the sideboard, its stunning, where's it from?

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    1. Thankyou, we love it too, it's wonderful isn't it? Tom inherited it when his Gran died, it was in his grandparents' house. It's such a beautiful piece of furniture!

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  11. Oh this is so beautiful!! Seriously, you guys have done such an amazing job here. Well done you, I'm thoroughly envious- I'd love a little space like that! xx

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  12. Your conservatory looks amazing! You've transformed it so beautifully! xxx


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  13. I need ideas for the new house :) thank you

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  14. It's really lovely Rosie. We have a very similar conservatory conundrum. Unfortunately house priorities mean it's last on the list. Can't wait to do it up and actually enjoy sitting in the sunshine. But it will probably have to wait until next summer...

    Jenny | sunny sweet pea xx

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  15. Absolutely gorgeous, what a transformation! It looks like the perfect room to spend those lazy summer evenings in <3

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.

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  16. What a transformation. I absolutely love it! Definitely a place that you, Tom (and Bodhi!) can relax :) xx

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  17. "MY DARLING, MY DARLING, ty es soublaïme". Cristina Cordula voice.

    Love, unicorns and glitter on you. <3

    Florian,
    http://www.like-enchanted.com

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  18. This is so pretty, I really want to do something with my conservatory.

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  19. Ahhh I love what you've done to this. What a transformation, seriously great job it looks fantastic!

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  20. Well done! It looks so fantastic!

    Erin, xx

    http://strawcherry21.blogspot.co.uk/

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  21. Oh wow! it looks amazing! I love the color theme you chose

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  22. soooo cute!!!looks completely different!!

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  23. I am IN LOVE with that wooden sideboard-dresser thingy!

    Where did you get it?! (please don't say charity shop or I might have a little cry)
    x

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    1. Sorry, I might be about to make you cry! It was handed down to Tom from his grandparents. It's beautiful isn't it, it's an original 60s G Plan sideboard. Have a look on eBay, you can sometimes get some bargains :) xx

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  24. Ah wow Rosie, your revamped conservatory looks incredible! The perfect reading, blogging and chilling out nook! I really like that framed print, in your last photo, as well. Hope you've been well sweetpea, I feel super out of the blogging loop. xx

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  25. Lovely! Just got to make sure you use it now :p

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  26. Woooooow it looks incredible Rosie!! It's so frustrating when rooms get all cluttered because you have nowhere else to store things and then ends up taking forever to get round to sorting it out because it's such a massive job. You've done fab at transforming your conservatory though, it's like a dream room, you must be enjoying it so much!!

    Raffles Bizarre Blog

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  27. what a transformation! I love before and after photos of rooms for some reason. And now you really can sit and ponder the swaying apple tree! I'd love to know where your sideboard came from too. I'm on a hunt for some lovely antique furniture for when I move into my first proper pad with the boy! xx

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  28. It looks lovely, I'd love somewhere like this to chill out!

    Lauren | Bits and Bobs xx

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  29. Looks fantastic, all the hard work payed off :)

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  30. Looks wonderful! Well done :)

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  31. What a difference - it looks great! Our spare room was a bit of a dumping ground but I'm trying to tidy it up and give it a good revamp :)

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  32. I love what you have done with this, all of your hard work has paid off!

    Maria xxx

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  33. This looks great and a room you will enjoy. Great work.

    Lou
    www.thekeypieces.co.uk

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