Porch Makeover {for under $100}

Happy Memorial Day!!

First I have to say a big thank you to all who have served and are serving in the armed forces, including my husband, sister, grandfather, and cousins.  I’m so proud of you and beyond blessed to call you family.

This weekend is the perfect time to debut our porch makeover for under $100!

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Screened In Porch Makeover

To keep this makeover inexpensive, I used my existing furniture and spruced it up with a bit spray paint.  Left over interior paint was used on the chairs, and spray paint on the bench.

My two wrought iron bistro chairs got new cushions (last minute splurge but only $30 for both!), and a new throw pillow from Lowe’s  is on our bench. SONY DSC

I was able to hang a candle chandelier that I’ve had for years by attaching a metal plant hanger (that comes out like an arm) to the wood frame of the porch.  I love the impact if makes on the space!  It really completes it. 
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The only other costs were drop cloths for the curtains and a couple of new plants.  I used drop cloths since they were for outside, were inexpensive, and long enough for the project!

I had to come up with a creative way to hang the curtains.   I used small hook screws and curtain rings to attach the drop cloths and hang evenly around the corners of the porch.   
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SONY DSC SONY DSC Shells we picked up on the beach are lined up on the railings. SONY DSC I foresee some lazy afternoons on this side of the porch in a wicker chaise lounge and garden stool. SONY DSCWith some easy repurposing and creative thinking,  this porch is finally transformed into an outdoor living space.   I can’t wait to spend some more time out here! What are your plans for Memorial day? signature

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  1. Absolutely LOVE this, Kathy! As someone who absolutely needs to do some sprucing up to her patio, this seems really reasonable and do-able… granted, we don’t really have a lot of patio furniture, so that might be a problem. 😉 Looking forward to adding a little color to ours this summer, and I’ve pinned this for inspiration, as well as am sharing it as a favorite from last week’s That’s Fresh Friday tonight. Keep up the great work, girl!

    1. thanks so much Erin!! I’ve been meaning to fix it up for two years now. At least we have one more year here to enjoy it! 😉

  2. Hi Kathy,
    I’ve can relate to the moving you’ve had to do, retired military wife here…. One day you’ll get a forever spot to call your own, we just bought ours last month…. I’m 43 and the hubby is 45….We bought an old, 1803, farmhouse in Mississippi…. To call the place a home right now I’d have to lie thru my teeth. Lol. It’s a mess of 1950’s remodel and 1800’s charm…..I decided to start with the front porch while I wait for my slipcover couch to arrive…… It’s a dark porch and the previous owners didn’t know rust colored paint doesn’t match deep red brick….. The house was updated in the 50’s and has red brick and white siding…. It’s kinda bland looking and I wanted to give it some color, ya know??? Anyway, I decided to go old school and paint the porch floor a dark gray with painted on rugs in the two areas I wanted to showcase my wicker furniture… then, I chose a light blue color for the ceiling, door and cushions… Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue is what I’m trying to find…… or something close that is a warm color, not cold…… Next, I chose bright red as an accent color with black shutters and black iron…… Still on the fence about what color to paint my wicker furniture and the lighting….. I’m a picky girl…. lol. Anyway, what color do you suggest I paint my furniture????? Should I go wild and paint them red or black???? Or some other color or leave them white????? I’m trying to keep my design in tune with the farmhouse look but, I love color or pops of it……I don’t know, I’m just stuck…. lol The color I like is the same color as your chair cushions….. the teal and white ones….I was looking at those on Overstock yesterday….. lol. I refurbish old furniture…. chalk paint, milk paint…. that kind of thing, so I’m pretty crafty. Yet, when it comes to my own house I go blank, go figure!!!!! Sigh……. More or less, I need a kick in the right direction. Thanks and I LOVE your ideas!!!! Every last one of them! Jesse.

    1. Jess, I remember replying to your lovely message but I don’t see so just in case it didn’t go though…. I love the idea of painting your wicker red or black for a pop! but it should reflect what kind of mood you want for the porch. I think the outside is a great place to be more daring with design choices. I would love to see pics of your painted rugs and porch furniture if you ever have the time! Sounds like a wonderful home to make your own. Yes, one day we’ll have ours. 🙂

  3. Love the look of your curtains. Could you provide a little more detail on the items you used? It’s hard to see the specifics in the photo. Did you just attach the wire at intervals? Thanks, Patty

    1. Hey Patty! I just used drop cloths from Lowes for the curtains and hung them with curtain clips/rings by eye hooks screwed into the frame of the porch. They weren’t able to be closed, just really for looks!

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