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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
last year we did these hanging lanterns over our table – aren’t they pretty? they can hold candles or flowers.
but this is the area we put most of our efforts into. it looks a lot cozier, doesn’t it?
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.
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!
we only had to buy a little bit of new wood for the slats under the mattress and some extra long screws.
even the littles got to jump in and help with the nail gun!
the basic frame. see the gate piece behind? that was original to our house before we remodeled.
we used 2 of these arched gate pieces on either side of the back and then filled in the gap with new slats.
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 ;)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
so this is my favorite view this summer, relaxing on my new porch bed, getting cozy with my family!