Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Porch Rejuvenation - Summer Project #1

Every summer dusting off the Nebraska winter from my front porch is my first priority.  This year, Amy helped to create an eclectic yet cohesive space for me to relax, read, visit,  and create.  The permanent elements on the porch are:  the swing, the church pew, the red bricks, and the blue wood floor.  To help unify the space, Amy chose to paint the wicker chairs and table a dark charcoal gray.  I never would have thought of this.  I love it! 
Painting the wicker chairs charcoal gray helped coordinate the chairs, swing, and pew with the bricks.  We bought the side table at a "Big Box" store.  Amy replaced the top with a vintage wooden checkerboard that she sprayed with poly.    

I acquired the antique wicker table this spring at an estate sale.  It was a beautiful golden wheat color with a brick red top.  I thought it looked great as it was, but Amy was right when she suggested that I paint it gray.  She also added the vintage cooler, milk box, and crate.  The rug is made of recycled plastic.
The colors in the crate look so much richer against the gray table.

I made the pillow tops from old vintage tablecloths.  I found just the right one with red, gray and turquoise on etsy.  I had a great shopping experience with: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BellaroseSignature.

 My husband always says to tackle the worst project first.  I will tackle the worst projects later.  The sewing projects that I am dreading are:  1.  My Dysfunctional Cat  2.  Cantankerous Corners.  These are projects that need lots of help!

I just bought a great book, The Art of Manipulating Fabric by Colette Wolff.  I can't wait to play with fabric and her techniques.  Today was my first day of summer vacation.  I was up at 6:00 A.M. because I was so excited! There is so much inspiration everywhere! 



  1. I love your front porch! Everything looks so inviting, cozy, and charming! Just need some iced tea and a good book!


  2. What a great redo for your porch, and inspirational to me as well (now that we had a day in the seventies with no rain!!). Everything looks wonderful. Please tell us more about the rug made of recycled plastic!! Hugs, Cathy