When I painted our front doors last week, I noticed what a mess the rest of the porch was when I was trying to take pictures for the post. I decided to take action and finish the front porch makeover that I should have done ages ago.
The cushions on the chairs were mildewed and faded. There was a ton of stuff that didn’t belong there that had been left, then overlooked for God knows how long. Like a pink chair, empty flower pots, TWO door mats, bags of soil and fertilizer. Funny how a picture can make you see what your eyes don’t.
Well, that was enough to spur me into action. I got rid of the gross pillows. I took the pillow covers that were on the seats off and got rid of them too. I put the potting materials away. Got rid of one of the door mats. Cut back the dead leaves from my plants. (Why are they dead? Well, I didn’t specifically tell my husband and son to water them while we were away – hence, dead plants. I must remember that for the next time I’m gone for more than a few days. 🙂 )
And the other side…
Moving on… I bought fabric for the new pillows and cushions from JoAnn Fabrics. And then I made a bunch of new ones – one even had a zipper! I am so proud. It took me a few nights to make them, with the help of my niece, who can hand stitch pillows closed like a pro.
Even though the porch is facing north and doesn’t get a lot of direct sun, it gets enough sun to bleach the daylights out of any fabric, so I gave all the cushions a couple of coats of Thompson’s Waterseal Fabric Seal. It protects them from sun damage, repels water and stops stains. You do have to reapply it every few months, but it is worth the effort.
I used it when I made over an outdoor set a while back, and it worked great. You can check out that post here.
And finally, I took a few pictures. This time, I was happy with what I saw: a much improved, and cleaner, front porch.
I love all the blue accents!
Can you tell I’m excited that I learned how to put a zipper on that cover?! Now I have to master button holes. :p
I love the bird on a wire pattern – it’s bright and friendly feeling.
Look how cute this little fiddle leaf fig is! Unlike the two on the back porch, this one has only one trunk and will look more like a tree than a bush as it gets bigger.
After I sewed the covers for the back of the chair pillows, they looked rather plain. So I broke out my swag that Royal Design Studios gave us from last year’s Haven Conference, and gave them a little bit of oomph.
It was super easy to do, even for a stencil newbie like me.
I love that of all the stencils I could have gotten in my bag, this one was absolutely perfect for what I needed. Even if it did take a year to use it! 🙂
Do you remember when I got this shelf? Well, it makes the perfect shelf for all my succulents and some orchids that don’t need a lot of water, and not too much sunlight.
The only things left to do is to put a protector on the wicker chairs and loveseat, and hang the metal art pieces.
I know it’s the same porch we’ve always had (structurally) but for the first time since we moved in, I feel like it’s finally a space I am proud of.
What’s your favorite part?
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Note: this is not a sponsored post. While I did receive the stencils, paint and protector (last year!) from our Haven Sponsors, they have not compensated me and don’t know I am including their products in this post. None of the links are affiliate links, and I don’t make a dime if you buy them. These are products I have used, and believe in 100%.