Sunday, June 20, 2010

Side Porch Makeover for Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch

The side porch of our Colonial home looked barer than a bone when we moved in.

A dark brown ceiling got a total makeover with white paint.  The equally dark floor is now painted a light gray. Those paint jobs lightened things up considerably.



Luckily, at a thrift store, I came in a the right moment. A Victorian-looking settee, chair, and table from a woman's estate had just arrived. All they needed was a coat of white paint so I bought the trio on the spot. It cost less than $100 for all of the pieces.  They got a new coat of white spray paint and look great.

At a yard sale, I found a child's rocking chair that would be perfect for a little guest. For $5, it was a steal.























Throughout the years, I have picked up pretty accent pillows at yard and estate sales, too,  primarily in pinks and creamy whites with lace, and this spring added them to the chairs on the porch.
























Also his year, I bought a sheer pink curtain panel for a little more privacy. My husband hung it between two glass panels. I also purchased a  colorful rug from India at the Christmas Tree Shops for less than $10. It adds a very cheery touch. (Eventually, we want to install windows with screens all around the porch . That would make the porch usable many more months of the year. Ahhhhhh, so nice to dream.) 























Red impatiens hang from one part of the porch. A  lovely, blooming  hibiscus and potted yellow rose bush have also been added.   

A happy-faced frog on a swing adds a humorous touch to one corner of the porch. He never fails to make me smile when I see him.  Nearby, silk greenery mixes with living plants.


The side porch has undergone quite a metamorphosis, don't you think?


19 comments:

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

Oh, Susan, its so pretty! I love the columns in the background. And that settee is to die for. What a cheerful porch to sit and visit. That frog is just too cute!

Chatty Crone said...

Your porch certainly has changed and it is for the better. I love that color with white. Very cheerful happy place. sandie

Karen Lange said...

This is beautiful! It's amazing what a little paint and new accessories will do to freshen things up. Thanks for sharing.
Blessings,
Karen :)

Vanessa@decor happy said...

Wish I had a porch! Love the rug and curtains - great pop of colour.

Debbie said...

This looks wonderful! LOVE the settee with the pillows. Looks like a nice place to sit and enjoy a nice glass of iced tea.
Debbie@houseatthelake

BECKY said...

Oh Susan! It is SO lovely!! Wish I was there, sitting on your beautiful wicker furniture and sipping iced tea with you! :)

Bookie said...

This looks so inviting, like you want to snuggle right into it. Here we are sweating like crazy. I am soaking after a walk at 9 pm. I feel refreshed just looking at this cool porch. Wish I could sip iced tea there in the morning!!

Susan said...

Susan your porch is absolutely gorgeous!! I love all your little lace pillows you have collected. I have quite a few I have collected , and I also make pillows as well.

Victorian1885 said...

I love your porch! Once Spring arrived I would find it hard to do anything else but sit and day dream..I can't believe you found that wicker set for such a great price! Enjoy..

Wanda

Linda @ A La Carte said...

The porch makeover is wonderful! I love the wicker furniture. Such pretty soft colors.

D said...

Yes, I do think so. That frog makes me smile, too.

Linda O'Connell said...

Susan,
You lucked into a great find with the furniture! The frog tickles my funny bone. I wish I had a porch like this. It has such a warm, hospitable feel.

Claus said...

Very pretty! Very...shabby chic in my eyes :-) I love the pillows; they certainly add special touch to the area.
Thanks for sharing!

gnee said...

What a lovely spot to take in summer! Be sure to throw a neighborhood girl's tea-party for me there. It would just be the most fun...

Creative Carmelina said...

oh susan!
what a darling post and
a gorgeous porch!
i love white wicker!

we have to put up some wood or vinyl to cover our porch underside....it's so dark right now...i need and crave reflective light! makes such a pretty happy transformation!

thanks for sharing!
ciao bella
creative carmelina

diane stetson said...

I don't even RECOGNIZE this porch...wow..you guys did a great job! xo

Atelier de Charo said...

Beautiful porch, love the wicker chairs with those cute pillows!

Dayle said...

This is so charming. A great place to sit a spell and enjoy the morning or evening.

Barrett Elmore said...

With that new paint job on the ceiling and floor, it’s evident that you were aiming for a bright room where you can just relax. I love how you used those Victorian chairs and pillows because they create a mood where you can just drink tea and eat cookies. Brilliant choice of décor!

Regards,
Barrett Elmore

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