Monday, July 18, 2011

Porch Make Over Reveal

I posted a couple of weeks ago that my porch was in need of a little make over. I am happy to show off my once again lovely back porch  - where I sit right now with a cup of coffee and Rhett (my adorable French Bulldog) enjoying the peacefulness of this summer morning. 

Here's the before -

 Old, faded cushions, not many pillows, in serious need of pressure washing, not as inviting as I would like.

And the after -
 Everything has been cleaned and washed.  All new cushions and lots of pillows!  I bought the base cushions at Wal-Mart on clearance, but made all the pillows (thanks to a Joann's 50% off sale on all decorator fabrics).  The burlap pillows I stenciled and just stitched together, stuffing with polyfil.  The other pillows are outdoor decorator fabrics and are actually pillow covers, so I can take them off and wash then as needed.  I followed a great tutorial from A Pretty Cool Life. 
 So much brighter and more welcoming.  i love the lanterns of the coffee table.  Found them at IKEA for $4 each.  They hold a small votive candle and look great when lit at night.  I still need a new rug.  I bought one, but decided there was too much white in the pattern and it would be dirty by the end of the first party.  I'm thinking about painting a piece of vinyl linoleum....

The swing area may be my biggest improvement, considering there was a punching bag sitting here just a couple of days ago.  I added several flowers, a lemon and key lime tree and a cute little tile table I picked up at Target on clearance.

I am thrilled with my little porch make over, especially the price.  I did it all for under $300, including $90 for the two citrus trees.
Rhett Butler certainly approves!

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  1. Your porch looks so cozy. I can imagine spending many hours out there with a glass of iced tea and a book!

  2. Your porch looks great. Last summer we had our porch screened in. I am really enjoying it now. I'm sure you are, too. I really like the colors you used.

  3. Beautiful! You did a great job- looks so warm & inviting :) Hope you will show this off @ our weekend linky party going on! Happy Sunday!

    :)Kristi & Kelli

  4. Love it-nothing like a covered porch for summertime.

  5. Love the pillows. :) Following from I Heart Naptime link party. Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link party going on right now over on my blog {if you haven‘t already!}. Hope to see you there.


  6. What a gorgeous porch. I bet you spend a lot of time out there; it looks so inviting. Great job.

  7. Your new porch looks cozier than before! Who would’ve thought that such a transformation costs only $300? Good job!

    -Angelina Garcia

  8. It’s really nice, Jenny. :] The new pillows really brought about a tremendous change to the overall appearance, even without major rearrangements. I guess what your old porch really needed was a little color, some bits of life. I have to agree with the swing area – the flowers and trees made for a softer ambiance! -->William

  9. I love your porch! It's nice to replace your cushions once in a while, especially during holidays. Hehe! Great job on the redecoration, Jenny! I know it's been a year now, and I hope you maintained the cozy look of this porch. Anyway, can I see the recent look of this room? I think you've got great accessories for a Christmas theme. :)

    Barrett Elmore @


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