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Hey Guys! So, I’ve been racking my brain about this sunroom update that I’ve been wanting to get underway. I mentioned taking on reupholstering the small cushioned sofa in the last post. I just ordered foam btw – progress – next up, ordering fabric.
This room isn’t just a regular old room, with regular old walls and a regular old floor. It doesn’t have any of those thing, it does however have a lot of challenges. First of all, it’s a sunroom, every wall (seriously all 4) have windows. The interior wall has two windows and a door to our bedroom. It was originally built as a porch, so the floor is slanted down a few inches from the interior wall out to the exterior wall to allow for water drainage – from back when it was open to the elements. Eventually, someone had the porch insulated, walls were built, windows were added, and now it a sunroom with vintage (and not in a cute way) slanted floors. Have you ever tried to place furniture on a slanted floor? It’s really hard, because unless you shim all your furniture it looks like everything is about to slide right off the floor, and nothing is even kind-of-close to square with the base of the windows. The best I have been able to manage is to butt the sofa up against the one straight wall and shim a few side tables with 2×4’s. Not such a super cool look.
It hit me the other day that I could do something awesome here, I could make a “fauxdenza”. Are you familiar with this concept? I’ve seen it happening more and more over the years, cause it’s a really good idea, obviously. I don’t know who invented it, but basically it is one of the greatest Ikea hacks of all time. The idea is to take Ikea kitchen cabinets, attach them to the wall right above a floor board with an easy-to-use Ikea suspension rail, and finish them off with a wooden top (to cover the screws of the box cabinets).
I always wished I had a place in my house that needed a fauxdenza, but none stood out to me. There were not a lot of long walls that could handle it. It hit me the other day when I was killing myself over what to do with this sunroom and it’s slanty floor situation, that I could just add a fauxdenza! It would allow me to have a piece of furniture under the window that I could use for storage and on top I could fill with plants. Best of all it would be level, dawgz! I’m even considering doing it on the opposite slanted wall because I think it will be that awesome.
I used the Ikea kitchen planner to price out the parts and see if a fauxdenza would actually work for the space – I did the same thing when I was planning the funny nook in the kitchen this fall. There is not enough room to do a full 30″ tall standard cabinet. The windows on the narrowest part of the wall only sit 23″ above the floor, I told you this room was not normal! I could however, do a set of 14″ tall (39″ long) horizontal wall cabinets under the windows. They are only 13″ deep (perfect) and I think it would solve a lot of problems for me. Plus the cabinets with door fronts would only set me back $200 – that’s without a wood top, but I do think I could build a nice top for very little money. I’m kinda loving this plan, you guys.
Have any of you guys built a fauxdenza? Do you love it?