A little work on the front porch goes a long way

Rob and I took advantage of warm weather this weekend to finally tackle several projects, including the front porch.

I've been thinking about sprucing up our porch for a while now, and it was great to finally put my plan into action.

In the before photo (which is sadly a somewhat-cleaned-up version), you can see the monstrous porch swing and some of the home-improvement clutter. We moved stuff to the basement and garage where it belongs, scrubbed the floor on our hands and knees and put the swing on the curb, marked “Free!” Someone took it. I practically jumped for joy.

I painted the floor and was again amazed by how 15 minutes of work can make an incredible difference.

We took a trip to our favorite home-improvement store, where we found the cool vintage-style chairs and a two-person hammock you see in the photo below. The chairs required assembly, which got a little tense in our front yard. And after Rob and I laid in the hammock and realized our feet were above our heads, we realized it just didn't work for the space and returned it.

I cleared out my dresser, putting my clothes in bins under our bed, and moved it to the porch. It's now housing gardening tools. I also moved my houseplants outside (there are fewer than there used to be. I'm good at killing them.) And I made the D monogram using an online tutorial. I'll tell you all about that soon.

 

I'm so pleased with the results of our work. I still have a little more to do – I want to paint that floor cloth you see above with chevron stripes, and we need to find a replacement for the porch swing. I wish I could find something in the same style as the chairs. Rob and I also bought a ceiling fan for the porch, which needs to be installed. I'm also looking for inspiration for items to put in the hanging wire baskets. Let me know if you have any suggestions.

 

However, I'm amazed at how I walk in the porch's door and feel calmer, just because it's so airy and bright. I can't wait to find a moment to curl up with a book in one of those chairs.

Did you have a chance to tackle any big projects this weekend?

 

 

 

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DenaS wrote on April 11, 2011 at 11:04 am

In the wire baskets, how about bright plastic toy balls for playing fetch with the dog? It'd be an off-the-floor but easy-access place for keeping pet toys rounded up between romps. (Is that you guys' dog in your bio photo?)

I got five planters and about twelve square feet of garden planted! (I'm hoping planting seeds rather than actual plants will let me stealthily sneak the plants past the voracious raccoons that ate my last garden crop down to the stems within 1 night of actual-plant plantings, though I'm not much good at telling seeds from weeds while they're still little two-leaf things... wish me luck? :D)

Meg Dickinson wrote on April 11, 2011 at 11:04 am
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I wish we had a dog - pup in the photo actually belongs to my sister. That's a good idea, though, because he comes over often.
I'm similarly challenged in the garden. Good luck!

algon wrote on April 11, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Grover will be sad when he reads this that you don't feel he belongs to you.

Julie Wurth wrote on April 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm
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It looks great! I'm always afraid to post those "before pictures" ....

Have you checked out this site? Not sure if you'd like the one featured, but they might have a glider you'd like.

http://www.vintageglider.com/

Meg Dickinson wrote on April 12, 2011 at 7:04 am
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I looked at that site for a LONG time but I think those gliders are out of our budget, unfortunately.