How To Live Big On A Small Porch
In July 2009, we received the certificate of occupancy for our new addition. We added an extra family room, master bedroom, and side porch. Since then, I’ve been dreaming of adding French doors and a patio to the back of our house. It never dawned on me, until recently, that I had a perfect 10’ by 5’ side porch already. The view from that porch is lovely, and the sun shines gently upon it in the early morning hours. You can see how my side porch looked before the makeover in the pictures below.
My Side Porch, Before the Makeover
The prettiest thing about my side porch was my cat, Megara.
I decided to spiff up my side porch as economically and creatively as possible. First, I transformed a wooden Goodwill wreath using one of my favorite themes for spring and summer. Read Make A Strawberry Wreath here.
Next, I bought a summery rug (featuring a red truck and a Golden Retriever), two red, $5 cushions, a $1 sunflower pillow from Walmart.
Then, the real fun began. My husband graciously agreed to spray paint a wicker bathroom shelf from Goodwill with some brick red spray paint.
I spent the next day painting some 4” flower pots that coordinate with a flower patch growing along the brick path leading to our side porch. The Black-Eyed Susans are almost ready to bloom here in the Lowcountry. Read Hand Painted Black-Eyed Susan Flower Pots here
My last small project involved a makeover for the little side table we’ve had for over a decade. I replaced its rusty exterior with an aged copper patina using Modern Masters Metal Effects paint (tutorial to come later). I topped it off with a wire basket, filled with Spanish-moss-adorned impatiens; my favorite annual flowers.
Before and After Photos of My Little Round Table
I’m so happy with my little porch! I plan on making many more things to embellish it this summer. I especially want to add more plants. I love to sit outside in the early morning, sip my coffee, and watch the birds. I just can’t believe it took me 10 years to stop longing for something else, and use what I already had instead.
5 Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” Hebrews 13:5 NASB
Linking up here
If you liked this post, subscribe to Love My Little Cottage here, and receive every post in your email.