Monday, July 26, 2010

Pool House - Phase... DONE!

Are you all ready for this? I know I am! So, to look forward in this project, we must first look back just a little.

Remember these pictures?

Yuck right! Not only was it u-gly, it smelled like a dog. (very badly I might add) It was actually used as a dog house by the previous owners, so decor wasn't high on the list.
So buckle up and brace yourself for a loooot of pictures!

See more on how I did the walls here.

My goal was to keep the whole project under $200 and to try and do all the work myself.

I did keep it under budget and I did about 80% of the work. Thank you to my father-in-law and most of all to my husband for lending a hand!

I also wanted this to be a place where our kids could play, so I changed the dog door into a small swinging door for them.

Look back on my faux stained brick floor tutorial here.

The window seat was the first building project I had ever taken on. My husband and oldest son left for the weekend so my 1 year old and I got to work.

The seat opens up and all our pool supplies and chemicals are stored in there.

Three sets of curtains, one window seat cover and two pillow covers were made out of a package of 2 drop clothes from Home Depot. Only $9.99 for 2! Can't beat that with a baseball bat!

The metal shelf is from Ikea. I love the industrial touch it brings to the room.

I really did have so much fun doing this project, even if it did go on and on... It is such a fun challenge to try and think of creative ways to do things as cheaply as possible. You never know what may happen!
I'm sure many of you wonder why there aren't pictures of the other wall. You see a bit of it in the very first picture with the hooks and stool, but otherwise it has a window with an a/c unit in it, sooo, not very pretty.

Hope your eyeballs didn't fall out with the overload of pictures. I got a little snap happy.
Let me know what ya think of the pool house!

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Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

It looks great...what a great transformation!

Lorianne said...

I love it! It looks so good, and very inviting!

Melissa said...

Looks great!!! Makes me wish I had a pool house too...oh wait, you have to have a pool first hmm.

the VG huis said...

Jillian it looks amazing! Truely amazing! Great job and all on impressive! Cheers to you. ~Stacey

The Misty Journey said...

Under $200? You did a great job!!! wow! I need to shop HOME DEPOT more and brainstorm on other ways to use products. I love the simple look. Congratulations on a finished project.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Wow! All your hard work paid off! It looks amazing, you did such a wonderful job!!!!!!

Kennedy Wife said...

it looks AMAZING, Jillian! A+

Anonymous said...

So adorable! I love it. You did a great job.

No Idle Hands said...

You did good, girl! It looks great. I love the window seat concept with all that storage. What a great way to head all the floaties and such. Keep up the good work.

The Hill Hang-Out said...

I LOVE this makeover! I can't believe you did that for under $200. It is incredible!

Susan @ Entertain Exchange said...

This looks amazing! You did a wonderful job.

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HRH Sarah said...

I'm so jealous, and I wish I could come visit your pool house- I'll sleep on the window seat!

Meet Virginia said...

This looks so so good! You're amazing!


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Bonnie @ House of Grace said...

It looks great!!! I absolutely LOVE IT! HAve a great night.
Bonnie :)

Cheryl said...

It turned out lovely. That window bench is my fave part of it all. You rock doing it all for under $200! It looks like you spent more than that cause it looks great!
Love all your signs.

BigBearswife said...

amazing!!!!!!!!!!! I just can't stop looking!!! its great!!!

Amanda said...

Wow Jill, I have been following your progress (and your blog :-)) and I love what you've done with your pool house and all of your other projects. What a great touch.
Lana M.

karab said...

Great job!! turned out super cute!!!

Sew Much Ado said...

Oh my goodness, how fun! I really wish I had some of your decorating talents! Any kid would love to hang out there... or any adult :).

Nikki said...

I love it! We're in the process of doing our pool house... and you've given me a few ideas.

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

It really looks lovely! You did a fantastic's a great place to hang out and play!!

beachy keen girl said...

Wow, it looks awesome! I love it. Great job and way to keep the price LOW.

Erin A said...

This looks great, you've done an incredible job!!

Stephanie said...

I just saw this from DIY Showoff and it is amazing! What fun and hard work this must of been. It just looks beautiful.

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{ L } said...

WOW!! I am in AWE! This is incredibly beautiful. Every single detail is perfect. I would just stay in here and stare if I were you, lol. :) It's very tasteful and I love the style.

Shell said...

Love your pool room. Really loving the map print where did you find it or how did you make it? Thanks

michelle said...

I just found you over at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia and I love love love your pool house!!! I am so glad that I found you because I want to put up the planks in my kitchen and you have helped me see how to do it! I am guessing that I will be doing it by myself as well since my hubby thinks I am ridiculous when it comes to doing stuff like this to our house! :) Thank you! Great blog by the way!

sherry said...

Great post, Great Job, Great decorating, uhmmm Great Father in Law, Great recycling uhmmmmm I loved it. Could just move right in!


Melanie @ The Tiny Tudor said...

Beatiful and beachy! I love this makeover. So impressed at the budget too! Glad I found your blog (found you over at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia).

Christi said...

It looks FANTASTIC!! I would so love to have a place like that. Great job!

a Vintage Cottage said...

wow, this is so adorable it should be in a magazine. I am really impressed. I love love love what you did with the walls and am so curious as to how. I am going back to read this again, and to check out how you did the floors too. I am your newest follower. What a delightful read.

Farmgirl Paints said...

Urban Farmgirl sent me here. Wow...what a transformation. You made it just perfect! Oh and I love all the numbered stuff you've been working on. Numbers are soooo in right now:)

Jolie said...

That's unreal. The transformation is amazing. I have 2 sheds in my backyard that I'm wanting to transform also. Yours is definitely my inspiration.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that is just gorgeous!!! when can i move in?

Between Blue and Yellow said...

This is fantastic! You did an amazing job, but I kept waiting for pictures of the pool!?

Marilyn Holeman said...

Hi Jillian, I just came over from the CSI Challenge. Your project is beautiful and I love it--but alarm bells went off when you said you stored your pool chemicals in the window seat. Is it locked or secured in someway so that your darling kids are protected? I don't want to "rain on your parade" but I didn't know if you had thought of that or not--and of course, your kids are worth it! God bless!

Its So Very Cheri said...

I thought I had followed you last time I saw this but I just signed up.

Another great project.

Cheri from and

Caroline @ Atelier Caroline said...

Looks like a little peace of heaven

Kasey said...

It makes me want a pool house for our pool now! Great job. Love the color choices and all your thriftiness!!

Lisa said...

I LOVE this! I just saw it via The Lettered Cottage.

Any tutorials available for how you did the bench seat? We have a Florida Room of sorts with lots of potential but currently needs a lot of work. I want to do a big bench seat/couch along the wall.

Anonymous said...

Ok you - I just love what you do!!! What a beautiful space and I really liked your quote about being perfectly perfect!

Anonymous said...

Love the space :) I need a cheap way to do curtains for 4 windows in my bedroom. Of course they are 96" instead of the standard 84" that is sold in most stores for any kind of decent price. Might have to copy cat your cool idea. Thanks for inspiring!

Kayla said...

Hi Jillian, If you don't my my asking I was wondering if you created the hand painted (looking) signs or if you bought them somewhere? I love them and all of the decor but that is where I feel like I run into the most expense when trying to fill a room with the small trinkets to make it complete.

This is my first time to your blog--
Thanks and Great Job!

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