I finished our porch makeover just in time to enjoy my favorite season in the whole wide world! Fall y'all. I have a bunch of pictures to show you so if you want to see the before shots, go here.
And here's just a reminder of the beautiful image that inspired me. LOVE it.
|(via Apartment Therapy)|
Remember, I scored the table and chairs off Craigslist. It's a great scale for underneath the porch eve and makes it so much more enjoyable to eat outside. I wanted to paint the table to stand out from the rug and the floor below. I gave it a coat of the spray paint but ended up adding a bit of brighter pink paint to it because I wanted it to be a little closer to the inspiration pic.
The Christmas lights were hardwired into the ceiling by me a long time ago. Scary, I know. I moved the chandelier that I got from a friend and sprayed it white. After the lights were wrapped around it, it was great. I wanted it lower over the table so I grabbed some rope and tied it into a big loop and let it hang back on the ceiling hook. I love the way that the rope added a little charm and natural feel to the light.
I recovered the chairs but I haven't even touched the finish. At some point, it would be good to wipe some stain over the bottoms of the legs and maybe spray some polyurethane on them to give them a little more protection from being in the elements.
The ceiling was painted with SW Rainwashed and really helped to lighten the space. When you're painting outdoor areas that are old and chippy, its best to use a flat paint finish because the glossier sheens reflect light on all of the imperfections in an old house. **the more you know**
We already had the outdoor rug in the attic so while its not exactly what I would have picked for this space, I'm happy to have it. Here's something similar.
As I said in my "before" post, I sold 2 of the 4 lounge chairs we had out here and recovered and sprayed the ones we kept. I used a bronze paint and recovered the chairs in a soft, neutral fabric that can still work when I change with pillows and blankets.
I'm slowly switching my indoor pillow inserts with feather pillow forms so I used my older pillow forms to make some outdoor pillows. The plaid one was made from the target rug that used to be in our bathroom, the green was left over fabric I got from my gran and the splotchy cover was an ikea buffalo check that I dyed then bleached. The 2 chairs fit perfectly on this wall and create such a great sitting area perfectly positioned down wind from our giant fan.
I was inspired by the coordinates sign from here and used some scrap wood and paint to make my own. I just typed in coordinates for Denton, Tx. Not my actual home. So don't call me a liar if you put them in and don't end up on our back porch... Also, maybe ask first. Please.
On the other side of the porch, next to our giant fan, is the book shelf that came with the rest of the furniture. WHAT A SCORE?!? It all makes me so happy! I went back and forth on whether this should be painted or not. Do I want it to stand out or do I want it to kind of fade in and let the awesome plants do the talkin'? I realize this is not that serious.. I decided to leave it for now, I like how this space is neutral.
The pencil cactus under the fan was a garage sale buy. It was $10 and about 2 feet taller. I cut it down and saved the clippings. Hopefully I can root them and give pieces away for Christmas gifts. Must resist urge to water...
I mean, how cool is this table?!
On the wall, I painted frame grey (which was actually the trim from our front door that we redid) and changed the tray from here. The green hook was from IKEA maybe 2 springs ago. I love it and should have bought more.
So that's it! Our new back porch. I'm so happy with the changes and feel like we'll get a lot more use out of it now. It's hard to think back to 8 years ago when this was a tiny, dark, enclosed room. Much improved. If I left anything out or you have any questions, just ask!
Thanks for reading, friends!
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