So, this is a view of our back porch. We never sit out here, just pass through, so I decided to amp it up a bit. I had dreams of sitting out here sipping coffee in the morning or wine in the evening. Hmmmmm....what to do, what to do?????
A close-up of all that drabness. So! Where to begin? I found an old wrought iron couch on Craigslist for $20.00. It was black, so I used two cans of Krylon white gloss (easier to wipe down) spray paint to transform it. I am impatient, so of course I just drug it out on the grass to paint it. The surrounding grass and my feet were also a lovely white when I was done! The cushion was in decent shape, but had a hideous flower print. So, I covered it with an old, stained quilt and a crocheted coverlet. I used white sheers that were original to our house and hung them with hooks.
I found the old kneeling bench at Goodwill for $5.00 and invested in some new pillows. The birdcage is from Faded Velvet, and my husband wired a tiny chandelier (also from Faded Velvet) to hang inside it. I added two ferns because I think they make any room feel warm and homey. I will, of course, kill them eventually because I have no green thumbs.
I used my the existing bistro set that had been on the porch, but added coordinating cushions.
The shutter is also from Faded Velvet and I just propped it in the corner (it has withstood several strong windstorms as it is, though it does bang against the house a bit). The chandelier from Faded Velvet wasn't wired, so I just painted it white and added some crystals and hung it for some added sparkle. The tall iron fern stand and window from Faded Velvet just add another layer of charm. Ferns are an inexpensive décor touch that add an organic feel to all the hard edges of the wrought iron and concrete.
A close-up shot of the birdcage chandelier. God bless my hubby, who wired it for me. I have learned how to wire and re-wire lamps and chandeliers, but it goes faster and there is less fussing (see *swearing) when he does it.
Here is an evening photo. The lights are just the C-9 Christmas bulb strings, but I think they look magical at night! You could use the tiny Christmas lights too, whichever is your preference, or whatever you already have. Whenever the kids come over they call them the "party lights". And, yes, it is lovely at night to sit out there and sip a glass of wine.
Another night shot. If you look closely, you can see Clyde, our sweet old cat in the foreground. He thinks we put the couch outside for him. I forgot to mention that I used an older rug that I had for the floor of the porch. This really added warmth. People ask about keeping all that white clean. I have washed everything one time (since the first of June) and it is now August. If it storms I bring the pillows and quilt in if I think about it.
A full picture of the porch. It is not a large space, but we do entertain and have meals out there. When it is breezy, the sheers and lace blow gently in the wind and it is a lovely spot to escape to. In the Fall, I will change out some things for the season, but I hope to use the porch into October!
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