Thursday, July 30, 2009

Porch Makeover

Just over three years ago this is what our home looked like after we moved back in after having rented it out for five years.

And this is what it looks like now after our 4th of July mini porch makeover. All over blogland ladies are turning their porches into beautiful outdoor rooms. Just cause I was faced with a less than perfect "before" doesn't mean my "after" can't be beautiful


We spent just over $100 cash & purchased rug, black side table, animal print pillows, candles, drop clothes, ring clips, some hardware bits, fabric, foam, potting soil, hanging baskets and flowers. I shopped the house for picture hanging wire, table top water fountain, black spray paint, ficus tree, little metal & glass round table, birdhouse and chains for hanging baskets. The red wicker barstool came from dumpster diving in North Charleston last year. My husband bought that oak rocker from an junk~tique shop in Lake Lure about 19 years ago with a broken runner and made a new one to repair it. The swing came with the house so it's atleast 19 years old.

A weekend's worth of work & $100...

Blocking the ugly view across the road

&

spending quality chillin' time with my sweetie

Priceless

28 comments:

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Oh how I love porches, especially ones with a swing. Looks very cozy and inviting. Jackie

Ashley @ AshleysBusy said...

Your porch looks great! Sounds like you're in the Carolinas? I'm in Charlotte :)

Kim said...

Thank you for your comment. I was reading your blog probably the same time you left your comment and I didn't leave one on yours, sorry. But I did want to say that I love your house. The older farm homes are my favorite, they have so much character, and you did good on the front porch make over.
Love the crafty ideas that you have, I may have to copy some of them. :)
Have a blessed day,
Kim in OK

Darlene said...

Hey girlfriend....glad to see you!! I absolutely LOVE your porch!!! Everything looks great, and isn't it wonderful to sit out on your porch and enjoy it!?! I also love the look of your home. I have always wanted a big ole' farm house style home with a large wrap around porch....ahhhh, we can always dream!

Hope you are having a wonderful summer.

Twice Remembered said...

Just beautiful! What an amazing transformation - great job! I'd LOVE to sit out on a porch like that!

I'm happy to have discovered your blog and am now a happy follower!

Christian said...

I love that little red side table and your swing, and the birdhouse, and the rocker and the flowers....all of it really! Enjoying your blog, you have loads of good ideas here!

Beth said...

Well done! I love your curtains. I want to do the same to separate our porch from our neighbors, but I don't want to have to wash them all the time. Beautiful porch :).

Lady Katherine said...

I love your porch! It looks wonderful, the swing is my most favorite! Your home looks like a Craftsman Bungalow. Mine sort of looks like yours. I moved my 100 year old home on 10 acres, it was sitting length wise as most Bungalows. I had it turned around and building a porch and doorway on the front. Love your home.

Kara said...

Wow, I love it now! Looks so nice an cozy. I've been wanting to spruce ours up, but it's so darn hot I can't stand being out there.

linda said...

B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L! What a transformation! I'd love to have a front porch to relax and enjoy life from!

Gina said...

Amazing porch! I love it, it looks like a great place to hang out and rest!

Jamie said...

What a great porch! So cozy. We are getting ready to rebuil our front porch this fall and I can't wait until next Spring when I can decorate it!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Mz. Kitty, what an adorable porch! Love it all & what a great budget makeover. So cute!

Heidi said...

Yay, I'm sure you'll love hanging out there even more! I'd love to have a house with a porch one day to make a sweet cozy space as well. Enjoy!

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Your porch looks great! And for little money too. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Aimee said...

I love your porch. You did a great job!!!

If you have a chance stop by my Blog and say hi!

Have a great day,
Aimee

Rhonda said...

I hope you are spending some major time swinging on your pretty new porch! It's lovely.

I sent you an e-mail about the mirror tutorial request.
Rhonda

Rhonda said...

Sorry, couldn't find your e-mail address! If you will email me, I will send you the info back.
Rhonda

Southern Lady said...

Kitty, I love your porch transformation. Everything went together beautifully and says, "Come sit a spell." I know you're enjoying it.

Gina said...

It's just beautiful, and you've created a whole extra room to enjoy your home and family. Lovely work!

Found you through DIY Day. Thanks for sharing!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

And beautiful it is!!!! Oh my gosh I could just sit there forever. Like them curtains too~

Sarah said...

Your porch is FAN-TAB-U-LOUS!!! The before and after pics speak volumes of your ability to take a house and fluff out a home! God's blessings, Sarah :D

Jen R. said...

IT looks awesome and relaxing!

sarah m said...

I love it!! So cozy & inviting. Great work!! :)

The pleasures of homemaking said...

You did a fantastic job! It looks beautiful - love the animal print pillows. All porches need swings!

Manuela

Susan in SC said...

Thanks for visitng my blog. I have enjoyed reading yours! I love your front potch! I wish I had a front porch to put a swing on and to really decorate!

Melissa Wertz said...

Kitty, it is beautiful!

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

I'm eating up those animal print pillows! They look totally yummy. Have you seen Bella Della's porch... she's got a cute one too all with flea market find furniture that she has painted... Yours is just as sweet as hers!

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal