front porch makeover

front porch makeover

 isn’t it funny how sometimes things just don’t look as good in pictures as they do in real life?  this is definitely the case.

over the last couple months we did a little sprucing up on our front porch.

front porch makeover

this is what it looked like before – not bad, but not super comfy either.  we have a great view off this porch, so its valuable real estate in our home, and we needed to use it more!

front porch makeover

 the rosemary bush is actually an overgrown christmas topiary that i still use occasionally for cooking.  the big black pots on either side of the front door are actually plastic that i got at kmart years ago!  for some reason, geraniums do really well on our porch.  they get huge and add a great bit of color!  our wall fixtures were from lowes 6 years ago for about $15.

front porch makeover

 now this wasn’t a full porch makeover, just a few areas that really needed it, and on a very tight budget.  my front door mat is in a pretty sad state, but it didn’t make the cut.  maybe next year or an after season sale?   i love our oversized dutch door, and we use it this way all the time!  i also love the vaulted area above the front door.

front porch makeover

to the right side of the door is our dining area for the porch.  sean and i made this table when we first got married from an old 4 poster bed frame (the legs) and an old salvaged gate (the tabletop).  this is also where i take a lot of my product pictures!  the little wall fountain doesn’t work anymore, but i still think its cute!

front porch makeover

last year we did these hanging lanterns over our table – aren’t they pretty?  they can hold candles or flowers.

front porch makeover

 but this is the area we put most of our efforts into.  it looks a lot cozier, doesn’t it?

porch bed

it all started with my dream of a hanging porch bed.  i have wanted one for years and i finally thought i was going to get it.  i had even convinced my parents to help make it for me, but then… we realized that there was nowhere in my porch roof that was going to be safe enough and strong enough to hold the weight of the bed.  i was bummed for about 1 day until i got over it and realized it would still be wonderful.  and i would never have to yell at anyone to stop swinging the bed into the railing.

this is the sketch my mom came up with for the design.  we started with a pile of old wood my parents and i had collected over the last few years (some of it was used for our potting bench).  some of it had come from my childhood home and was a lovely chippy green, and some of it had come from the original structure of our house.

porch bed

my parents are awesome, have i told you that before?  they are work horses and like to get projects done.  when they are here 1 week a month, we are never short on projects!

porch bed

 we only had to buy a little bit of new wood for the slats under the mattress and some extra long screws.

porch bed

 even the littles got to jump in and help with the nail gun!

porch bed

 the basic frame.  see the gate piece behind?  that was original to our house before we remodeled.

porch bed

 we used 2 of these arched gate pieces on either side of the back and then filled in the gap with new slats.

front porch makeover

 we made the arms nice and wide so i can easily set a magazine, a glass of something yummy, and a plate of snacks on it.  don’t worry – i’ve tested it and it works ;)

front porch makeover

 the mattress was an old one of our girls’.  when we got her a new one, we moved the old one out here.  to protect it, i bought a waterproof vinyl mattress cover to protect it from the weather.  and wet bathing suit bottoms.  instead of taking the time to make a nice mattress cover, i used a simple white fitted sheet to cover it. i love it because i can easily take it on and off for washing and its really inexpensive to replace (hello $5 at walmart).

i get out here at least a couple times a week to eat lunch and read a magazine.  i’ve even snuck in a few naps!  the extra large size makes it great for family cuddles and relaxing with your feet up.

front porch makeover

 my mom and i made the curtain rod and drapes, but more on that later…  either way, i love them!  this area can get windy and also very sunny.  when i want ot just right, i just close the curtains and i’m good!

front porch makeover

 an oval galvanized bucket hold my reading material for optimal relaxation.  a couple old concrete urns we got in mexico flank the porch bed, filled with geraniums again.

front porch makeover

i bought this enamel topped table from ruby rose.  its chippiness is just perfect to me!  the little stool was made by my grandpa.  the kids love to pull it up to the table for lunch or playing games.

front porch makeover

 i brought some sturdy blocks out here for the kids and they have actually been used quite a bit here!  fresh hydrangeas from the backyard add a bit of color.

front porch makeover

this table was from ikea years ago.  we bought a set of 2 adirondack chairs and a love seat (in the backyard by the fireplace) when we first got married and it still works so well!

front porch makeover

so this is my favorite view this summer, relaxing on my new porch bed, getting cozy with my family!



  1. 1

    Oh my! That is so lovely!!! I would hang out on my porch all day!

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    That looks so nice! I would love to come over and read magazines with you on that bed! I would just need to add some iced coffee.

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    simply beautiful everywhere!

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    Just shared this on my FB page – I am in LOVE with your porch!! Can I crash it for the day?! Your mattress couch just looks SO cozy!

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    That does look comfy! The entire space is amazing!

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    That looks great!

    Your parents really are talented.

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    well i’d say you and your mom and dad make a great team! that’s awesome! you’re porch is beautiful!!

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    LINDSEY!!!! This is so cozy, I want to sneak over to your house and curl up on the bed without your noticing I am there :-). I’ve always dreamed of a front porch just like this one: with napping space and eating space, and one day…one day…I’ll have it. Two things made me have “kindred spirit” moments in this post: 1. the dutch door (swoon) and 2. the hydrangeas from your back yard. – Just loved everything about this post :-) Hope your Thursday is a good one!

  9. 9

    Looks amazing! Makes me miss my front front from my old house :(

  10. 10

    Beautiful, LIndsey! I could definitely spend an afternoon lounging there!
    Heidi :-)

  11. 11

    Lindsey it looks great! Wonderful inspiration for those of us who need a porch freshen up!!! the colors are lovely! By the way, what color is your house? I love that shade of blue!!!

  12. 12

    Gorgeous. I love that bench. It looks SO cozy! I’d love to have a front porch.

  13. 13

    This space looks WONDERFUL! And so relaxing! I’d love to hang out on that bed!!

  14. 14

    It looks lovely! I have actually just started a front porch makeover as well and I was lacking inspiration – I think you just gave me some :) Good work!

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    I love it, looks like the perfect spot for Summer!

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    oh wow, I love the shabby chic look! everything is gorgeous, and it must be super relaxing!

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    What an awesome redo! You could always just re-paint your door mat :]

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    What a sweet cozy porch! I love the bed, and the whole seating area. I can’t wait to hear more about the curtains!

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    I just loove your style! It’s the perfect mix of classy and rustic/shabby chic! We are currently building our house and I always come back to your house pics for ideas. Thanks for sharing!

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    Elisabeth says:

    I love it!!! I also would love to know the color you used on your house?! Would you share?? Enjoy your “new” space!

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    This is gorgeous! I think it’s genius how you put the curtain behind the bed/bench. It gives it the illusion that it’s hanging, too!

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    I want to be you….

    That is just beyond lovely! BTW, the book club is rolling! I am SO excited!

  23. 23

    so inviting! I love the sheet idea…gonna have to try that!!!

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    Very cute! I love that just about everything has a story… very neat!

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    Looks so cozy and welcoming! Perfect for a long, lazy afternoon chat ;)

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    Sigh…I miss my SLO front porch! You’ve done a fabulous job! I hope you get time to enjoy using that great space!

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    This looks absolutely devine! So homey! Perfect for a girls night of visiting and drinking something yummy!

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    It looks SO GREAT!! I LOVE your front door (what about if you give the mat a new paint job? or flip it and paint it to get thru the rest of the season?). LOVE the makeover – so sweet that the bench is made of all those various pieces of historia!!

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    oh my gosh! that porch is gorgeous! i would spend my entire day out there reading and relaxing. great job!

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    I’m brewing the iced tea and gathering a few homemade cookies……be right over!!!

    Just a stunning redo on the porch, love it! You are SO lucky to have such a nice big porch at your house for all to enjoy! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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    I would LIVE out there as long as the weather let me! Any chance you could set up the pictures on your blog to have “Pin it” buttons on them? Just wondered :)

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    Kirsten says:

    Oh my goodness. If you ever want to home swap with a boxy semi detached house in a dull suburb of south east london for a a holiday filled with grey light and perpetual rain, then let me know and I will happily dreamily and contentedly fill my days reading,, snacking, sipping and building towers on your porch. x

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    Love it! It looks so cozy and relaxing. It makes me wish we had a big ole front porch too!

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    So cozy! What a lovely space.

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    GORGEOUS! I love it all! Just a wee bit jealous my parents are as handy with a nail gun. ;) Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Amy carney says:

    You have the best house…love your style! Cutest porch ever..thanks for sharing

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    I dream to have a house with this much character!

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    Love it! And if you are right that the photos don’t do it justice, I can only imagine how wonderful it looks!

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    oh gosh… LOVE it!
    wish i had a big front porch like that.
    great job!
    and woo hoo on getting your parents to help with so much.
    that is awesome!
    are they both retired?
    and how far is their house from yours?

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    love your porch bed…looks so cozy!

    but mostly, lovelovelove that sermon. man. kicked my tail. i love it when you post links to your church’s sermons. so good. good conviction that i needed to hear and pray through. thank you so much for including that today.

    blessings lindsey!

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    You own my dream house! We are blessed with a bigger home but I honestly get overwhelmed by it at times; I know it may sound silly to some. I DREAM of a house exactly like yours, I love every little detail! One day I’ll convince my hubby to downsize;)

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    Terri M says:

    What an inspirational make-over. So lovely to see the whole family working together to build something beautiful then just going and buying it. I know you will enjoy it more as you think of the time you spent together too.

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    Simply adorable! So cozy and inviting. Mission accomplished!

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    Hi, I’ve just stumbled across your blog now and it’s gorgeous! My parents also do a lot of work around my house, which is such a massive help. Your parents really are awesome :)

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    Oh my goodness! What a beautiful makeover! It looks so peaceful and welcoming!

  46. 46

    sigh…this is just lovely, love the Geraniums and barn door.

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    Lindsey, I absolutely adore the home you (and your family) have created! It’s exactly the style I love. I would say your home and Ina Garten’s (original) home are my absolute favorites I have ever seen.

    My husband and I are doing a little bit of renovating, and I’m hoping to put a dutch door in. I’ve been pinning them for quite some time:

    …and although I’ve got lots of inspiration, I haven’t found a source who sells them.
    Would you mind sharing where yours is from please?
    Thanks so much for your time! xo

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    Lisa Richardson says:

    So many awesome ideas in one place!

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    Can u tell me more on the curtains ?

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