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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