Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Before and After back porch

We've been in our house now for about seventeen years and for seventeen years our screened in back porch has been an eye sore.

It's long and skinny and basically, pretty gross.

I decided this spring, I had, had enough. No more ugly back porch.

So I go to Walmart and buy some spray paint (ya gotta luv spray paint). Anywho, I bought the above table and four chairs from a neighbor about 20 years ago and paid $20. We have gotten our money out of it.......believe me. When I bought it, it was black. Since then it has been creme, dark green, red and now lime green (well, not really lime, just a soft green).

I painted all the wooden lawn furniture white. Alvin and the girls bought me the two chairs with hearts and our porch swing that matches for Mother's Day probably 20 plus years ago.

I am just tickled pink how the porch turn out, so what do you think? Pretty, huh?

This is the view when you walk from the back yard into the back porch.

Opposite end.

I bought this chest from Lucky's for $40 dollars a few months ago and painted it black.

I'm not really happy with the things on the shelf, but am still looking. Any suggestions?

And my favorite part of all. The porch swing. My hero and I have swung many a hour in this porch swing. Isn't the cushion darling........TJ Maxx special!

I luv the way the chairs turned out and the cute black and white pillows........well, another bargain, Target $4.50 ea. What a deal!!

I'm still not quite finished yet. I want a floor lamp and a rug to bring it all together. However, it's sooooooo much better than it was and I LUV IT!!!!

I hope you enjoyed my little project. Do you have any summer projects going on? I would LUV to see them.


Mildred said...

Hi Becky, Your porch looks so welcoming now. That must be a great place to unwind at the end of the day. For your shelf, what about a jar of brightly colored marbles and an old Chinese checker board; vintage games of any kind???

Kelley said...

I love your porch! It looks like such a place to retreat to after a long day or a place to come and drink morning coffee. I like Mildred's idea about the games.

Nancy said...

Hi Becky, I am on vacation, but when I saw your porch re-do, I had to leave a comment! It looks so great! Cozy, and welcoming! Looks like a place I could spend hours! Thanks for sharing it with us! Hope you are having a wonderful week! Nancy

Amber Schmidt said...

Wow! Now there is a transformation! LOVE those chair cushions and pillows and the green table and chairs!

petrii said...

Oh be still my back porch lovin' heart!!! I LOVE IT!!

You did such a GREAT job. That furniture is just beautiful!!!!!

Have you thought about trying an ivy plant in a black and white pot for your shelf? The black and white would tie in with your pillows, and I love plants on a back porch, and ivy's are oh so easy. Just a thought...

Have a Blessed Wednesday,

A Touch of Country said...

Hello, I would mix the ivy in amongst the candlesticks and then remove the container in the middle of shelf. On the left side maybe a burlap covered bottle or a bottle not as tall as the one you have and wrap it in jute for a summer time feel. Then set a starfish resting on the right side of the bottle and leave the middle of the shelf empty..a space for the eye to "rest".

I love this room...I could spend hours here!


His Doorkeeper said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE what you did with your porch!

Looks so inviting! Love the green/white cushion on your swing!

Becky, you did a FAB job!

Kat said...

Hi Becky

It's been awhile, but I'm finally back to blogging. Gosh, you've been busy! Your photos from Gulfshore were great and so were the ones of your day of boating. I love what you've done with your back porch! Love it all!

Connie said...

I love the porch. Isn't it amazing what a little spray paint will do to brighten up a space. Enjoy!


Susan S. said...

You've done wonders to your porch with all your cute little touches. I can imagine that's a nice place to sit when it's getting late in the day or at the beginning of th day with a cup of coffee. VERY NICE!

joan said...

Becky I love your porch. I can just imagine sitting there in the morning with a cup of coffee and having some quiet time. It looks great!

nikkicrumpet said...

OH MY GOSH...it looks awesome! What a fun change...and I bet you love being out there now. I think the porch swing is the coolest thing a couple can have. It's such a nice place to just sit and snuggle and chat. A rug will be the crowning touch. GREAT JOB!

Kelley said...


I really love that magazine. In my area along highway 64 from Russellville to probably Morrilton there is a huge yard sale/flea market deal. People set up booths all along the road. My dad has picked up some antique fishing lures from there. Well that explains the bicycle. My father in law has an office right on that road. People are using his lot to put their "treasures" for sale. He got this bike for MK. It looks like a boy's bike, but she says it's just for big girls like her. Priceless. She is getting tall. I can't believe it. No one believes me when I tell them she just turned 3.

MiMi said...

Wow! Your porch looks amazing! Love those chair cushions - and what bargains!

I think you and I should plan a time to swing on that porch and chat-- and I'll bring the Cheerwine Floats!

Susie said...

Looks wonderful sister!

Jacquie said...

Oh, Becky! You did GOOD!! I always wanted a screened in porch.

I've thought a lot about you this past week.

Ashley ~ said...

I absolutely love your 'new' screened in back porch. That has got to be such a nice place to sit and have morning coffee. You did good, gf*!!! _Ashley ~

bj said...

Hi, Becky...what a fabulous porch.I love it !!
i LOVE Mildred's ideas for your shelf...

Leigh Ann said...

Becky!!! I LOVE IT! Can I come over?

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

You did a great job...I love it.

Shelia said...

Oh, Becky! What a difference you've made in your porch! I love it! Love that little vintage iron table and chairs! Your swing, the Adirondack chairs, the cushions! Oh, it's marvelous! Good job, my sweet friend,
Shelia ;)

Nancy said...

Alright Miss Becky, I miss you posting!!!! Hope all is okay! You must be a busy bee! I just wanted to let you know you are missed!

Thanks for popping over to see me the other day!

Hope you have a great day! Nancy