Modern Front Porch Updates

I have a lot, and I mean a lot of projects that I want to tackle on our exterior. At almost 30 weeks pregnant, I am running out of steam, especially for big jobs like staining our two story wrap around deck. This summer is all about the little things. I started with our front porch. There are still things I want to do here, don’t look too close at the stairs. But I removed the dated corbels, added some modern elements and pops of black to update this grey, 80’s porch. There will always be more to do, but loving the direction things are headed.

Modern Front Porch Decor

BEFORE


Front Porch Before
Modern Front Porch Decor
Modern Front Porch Decor

Awesome Deck Update

I’ve been working my butt off getting the inside of the house up to snuff, I have not had much of a chance to tackle the outside. That and the weather here in Michigan was cold until mid April, then raining since then. My decking out the deck was set back a little. This past week I finally got around to assembling my new outdoor furniture. My one big outdoor furniture purchase this summer was an outdoor sofa. I love the one I found at World Market for a really great price. 20% right now for Rewards members. No seating area would be complete without a table top set your summer cocktail and prop your feet up. I partnered with Autonomous for this beautiful teak wood table. I loved the beautiful wood and the detail of the curved edges. Our deck stretches across the entire back of our house and this section is directly outside our master bedroom. Thanks to Autonomous, this is the perfect spot for a drink, or hanging out after dinner. This is also the place where I’m going to set up our outdoor movie night and I picture a lot of baby snuggles happening here this fall.

Next up, sprucing up the front porch!

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Awesome Outdoor Deck Update
Awesome Outdoor Deck Update
Awesome Outdoor Deck Update

One Room Challenge Week 6 // Sunroom Reveal

Here we are! Another One Room Challenge Reveal. I’m equally obsessed with this room and the photographs Collette from The Lipstick Lens took of the space. I have spent the last six weeks taking our sunroom room from woodsy room to a modern space that fits our home and bridges the inside to the outside. And I did all this while in my second trimester! Toot toot! If you haven’t seen the progress, you can check it out here.

A HUGE thank you to Merola Tile for helping out with the tile. This wouldn’t be the space it is without the patterned tile. And a thank you to my favorite Grand Rapids boutique, Modrn GR for outfitting me with some perfect accessories. And of course, thank you to The One Room Challenge team and Better Homes and Gardens for hosting. Don’t forget to check out all the other room reveals here.

Lauren Koster Creative Sunroom Makeover
Lauren Koster Creative - Sunroom Makeover
Lauren Koster Creative - Sunroom Makeover
Lauren Koster Creative - Sunroom Makeover

THE BEFORE

Sunroom Before
Sunroom Before

WHAT WE DID

  • primed

  • painted (Behr - Polar Bear) multiple coats!

  • removed carpet

  • laid sub floor

  • tiled

  • shopped for plants and furniture

  • styled!

Lauren Koster Creative - Sunroom Makeover
Lauren Koster Creative - Sunroom Makeover
Lauren Koster Creative - Sunroom Makeover
Lauren Koster Creative - Sunroom Makeover

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One Room Challenge Week 5 // DIY Table Update

We have made it to the last week of the One Room Challenge! If you haven’t been following along, I’ve spent the last 5 weeks renovating my sunroom from log cabin to modern beach vibes. You can check out my progress from weeks 1-4 here. This time around (shockingly) I am not racing against the clock, I am putting the finishing touches on, and will be photographing the final reveal on Friday!! I am THRILLED with the room and I cannot wait to share it with you.

Today I have a couple sneak peeks to share. Last week I talked light fixtures and rounded up 9 awesome woven light fixtures. I ended up going with this classic Ikea fixture, which I actually bought months ago when this room was only an idea in my mind.

One Room Challenge - Sunroom

I did not buy a whole lot of furniture for this space, just the chair you’ll see in the last photo and this credenza from Target. The other pieces were moved from our old house and were kind of homeless. That is the beauty of buying furniture with similar styles and in the same color family, then you can mix, match, move, style and restyle. The piece that stuck out like a sore thumb to me, was this bright gold table bought at Target circa 2011. I didn’t really have the budget to drop another $100 on the table I really wanted here, so in the words of Tim Gun, I “made it work.” I spray painted it with matte black spray paint I had left over from a previous project. I bought a table top from Hobby Lobby and coated it with polyurethane I had from this daybed project. And glued the top to the base with Liquid Nails. Bam! New table!

DIY side table update

I think it fits the space so much better.

DIY side table update

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Don’t forget to follow along with the other blogger’s progress here!

One Room Challenge Week 4 // We Tiled and Choosing a Light Fixture

If you are just finding me here, I have been participating in my third One Room Challenge. A bi-annual blogger series where 20 or so featured bloggers and dozens more set out to make-over a room in 6 weeks and document their progress on their blog and social media.

For me these past two weeks have been a marathon! Last week I laid the cement subfloor on Monday, for about 7 hours, I tiled on Friday for 8 hours, started grouting on Saturday and finished yesterday. Did I mention I’m 22 weeks pregnant?

Hallelujah the tile is in, grouted and I scrubbed the floor twice today! The hard part is over, now the fun part! Bringing in the furniture, shopping for accessories and plants, lots of plants! Here is a shot of the room tiled with the fabulous (and affordable) cement-look porcelain tiles from Merola.

One Room Challenge - Tiled Sunroom
One Room Challenge - Sunroom Tile

This week on the docket I will move my furniture back in from scattered around the rest of the house and hang a woven light fixture. I just love the look of these pendants. I think the sunroom is begging for one, but I love how people have been using these type of fixtures in unexpected ways. Below I rounded up 9 awesome woven pendant options of all price points. Can’t wait to share which I chose!

Woven Pendant Round-up

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One Room Challenge Week 3 // Tile Prep

Here we are at the half way point, week 3. If you have not been following along, I’ll quick fill you in. I am tackling my third One Room Challenge, a bi-annual online blogger event where 20 featured bloggers and hundreds of others make-over a room in 6 weeks and document their progress on their blog and social media.

Modern Sunroom Make-over

This week was definitely not the most glamorous or the most satisfying week for the One Room Challenge. This was tile prep week. Last I checked in with you, I was choosing tile. I made my selection, a really well priced porcelain cement-look-a-like by Merola Tile. In fact, I partnered with Merola on this project, but truth be told, this is the tile I would have chosen no matter what.

Back to the prepping, we ripped the carpet up to discover wood subfloors instead of cement, I thought “great, I made the right choice with tile. I will just spread the mortar and start making it look pretty.” WRONG! After consulting with google, I learned that because the wood subfloor expands and contracts, you need to install a cement subfloor, using cement backer sheets.

One Room Challenge Progress

I followed this tutorial to install. I started off by myself, but quickly realized it is not a one person job. You must spread the mortar, lay the cement board, screw it down and get ready for the next board very quickly, before the excess mortar dries. Then as you work your way to the edges you need to score and cut the boards to fit. It was exhausting!! Thankfully my husband was there to help for most of it.

How to prep a wood subfloor for tile

Once you lay the boards, you need to tape and mortar the seams.

How to prep a wood subfloor for tile
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I am not going to go into all the nitty-gritty details of the how-to, the video I linked to is an awesome resource, but I will give you a few tips.

  • you will need cement backer board to cover the area of the room (I used 1/4”), a trowel, backer board screws, a drill, joint tape, a sharp box cutter, mortar

  • I mixed my own mortar, but buy premixed to save a step

  • I repeat this is not a one person job, it’s much easier to keep things moving with at least two people, but honestly, I think three would be ideal

  • be sure your drill and a back up drill are charged. You will be using it A LOT

How to prep a wood subfloor for tile

Here is what the room currently looks like.

How to prep a wood subfloor for tile

What’s still left to do?

  • Tile

  • grout

  • clean the paint off windows

  • hang the awesome fireplace, I cannot wait to show you

  • hang the light fixture

  • assemble and move in furniture

  • hang art

The tile and grout should be done by next week, then the fun part! Shopping, styling, hanging, arranging and rearranging!

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One Room Challenge Week 2 // Black and White Patterned Tiles

One week has lapsed in the One Room Challenge, we are hard at work on our sunroom. You can see my design plan and inspiration in case you skipped Week 1. I’ve been knee deep in painting land. If you’ve been following along on my stories, you know that I’ve applied four coats of paint to our raw wood paneling in the sunroom. I think we are finally ready to move on to the next phase, operation tile. I have vetted every single option out there. I LOVE the look of patterned cement tile, but worried it wouldn’t be in my budget. So I also found options for the cement-look porcelain tile. And if that didn’t work out, I considered painted and stenciling the floor.

My room is about 160 sq/ft, with wastage I’d need about 200 sq/ft. So here is how it the budget shakes out with the three different options.

  • My favorite (budget) cement tile, Labyrinth is $13 sq/ft = $2600 + grout and mortar

  • My favorite porcelain tile is Vertex by Merola, $2.75 = $500 + grout and mortar

  • If I were to paint I would use Valspar Porch and Floor Paint $30 one gallon for base, and a quart, $15 for design, + the stencil $13 = $58

I have selected and ordered my tile, in fact, it got delivered today. But, you’ll have to check in next week to see what I chose. Before I reveal, I will show you below all the black and white patterned tile options I considered before making a final call. And don’t forget to follow along with all the other One Room Challenge participants!


PATTERNED CEMENT TILE

photo:  Jean Stoffer
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Cement Tiles: 1. Code Talker / 2. Lile / 3. Labyrinth / 4. Royalty / 5. Azemour / 6. Chawen / 7. Medina Tile / 8. Diagonal Eight Shades / 9. Rissani


PATTERNED PORCELAIN TILE

photo:  Design Sponge
Modern Black & White Porcelain Tile

STENCILED TILE

Modern Tile Stencils

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DIY Reversible Banquette Cushions

One of the very first things I bought when we moved into this house was mud cloth fabric to make cushions for brand new banquette. I was inspired by one of my favorite instagramers, @anaberdesign, the combo of her dinning nook situation and her fab head board gave me the vision. The fabric and the pillows were sitting in my closet taunting me to work on them. But I prioritized painting, then Christmas, then Ollie’s birthday party, oh, and the first trimester sucked the life out of me. Then Kyle went out of town for a few days. I finally finished Gilmore Girls and sewed the pillows.

Then another few weeks went by while I figured out how to attach the cushions. I initially planed to attach the leather straight to the white banquette back, but once I saw how amazing Garance Doré’s dining area looked with the hit of black contrast, I knew I had to go that route. I first explored the idea of curtain rods, but they were too tall to fit under the window moulding. So I walked the isles of Lowe’s. I found pipe in the electrical aisle and spray painted it black. Then fixed my DIY leather straps with snaps I bought at the fabric store.

DIY Reversible Banquette Cushions
DIY Reversible Banquette Cushions
DIY Reversible Banquette Cushions
DIY Reversible Banquette Cushions

Let’s take a minute to remember where this nook began.

dining nook before

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