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From boring patio to tropical delight . . . and on a budget

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You
may have seen the delightful sunroom above if you read Home
magazine, where this picture appeared on the cover.

If
not, I’d like to introduce you to this wonderfully economic makeover.

The
house is in Miami Lakes, Fla., and is owned by interior stylist
Maria Fernanda
Molinari
and her husband, Rafael R. Lopez.

You
can see the room after (top photo) and before (bottom photo).

 When the couple bought the house, this
space was little more than a bland covered patio with a tile floor.

After
the transformation, the space exudes an exotic classiness, yet done on a budget. Of particular note:


The seating platforms are simply plywood boxes topped with bed
mattresses. Isn’t that so amazing? You have places to sit, with the side tables
built in, and also places for guests to sleep if necessary.

 • Also,
note the coffee table. It is likewise made of plywood covered with seagrass
mats on the sides.

Where the money went for platforms and coffee table

Plywood
and molding used to make daybeds and coffee table – $232

Wood
stain –
$30

Twin
mattresses –
$110

Slipcover
fabric –
$70

Seagrass
mat (inset on coffee table) –
$1

To
see the whole article and a full list of costs, go
here.

Plus, Maria has made the building plans for the platform seating available for
purchase for $5. Go here to buy the plans.

(Photos: Home magazine)

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