This is our front porch BEFORE we made any of the changes this Summer. The swing holds sentimental value to me because it was a gift from a former neighbor, an elderly Southern lady from whom I learned a lot. She taught me how to plant flower seeds properly, how to conserve water and some great cooking skills.
Let me begin with some of the projects within the Porch Makeover Project.
I picked up this old antique rusted out lantern from an estate sale. I knew it had potential and it did not disappoint. You can read about how I made this old lantern over into a solar lighting here.
Our Tea Cup Sconce Planter was another fun project. While shopping for a chandelier to repurpose, we came across this beautiful sconce and simply had to find a way to use it. It turned out beautifully, don’t you think? You can read the step by step directions here on the blog or here on Hometalk.
Our Solar Chandelier remains the favorite of both mine and my husbands. We enjoy sitting on the porch on a nice summer night and listening to the sounds of living in the country. Our Solar Chandelier provides subtle lighting which does not attract those awful flying bugs associated with southern nights. You can read how we made our Solar Chandelier here.
There is one more project which I did not photograph the steps of along the way. I am learning to sew, and I decided to make cushions and pillows to spruce up the porch!
While making the pillows, I cut the fabric to be able to center the design in the middle of the pillow. There is some additional fabric waste to do it that way but the end result is totally worth it! Shopping in fabric stores to so much fun!
I am very short, (4′ 11″ ) so I don’t like thick seat cushions at all because they prevent me from being able to place my feet on the floor. I wanted seat cushions but thin ones so I purchased a twin size mattress topper and cut the pieces to fit. It worked perfectly and was a lot less expensive than the foam inserts sold in craft and sewing stores. Then I just measured and cut the fabric to fit around the cushions, sewed and stuffed and there you have it. I will be sharing some more involved sewing projects in the future.
The white wicker furniture used to rest on my parents back porch where it has heard many conversations. We are emotionally attached to it but we know it has given it’s best years already. Although we did discuss new furniture, we decided to get one more summer from it.
The red afghan was my mothers as well. Her best friend gave it to her as a gift knowing that red was Momma’s favorite color. I had to include some ‘Momma’ touches on the porch. The ‘coaster’ for tea is an Avon Mother’s Day collector plate. Momma collected those plates for many years.
We purchased the Patriotic table a few years ago at a local arts and craft fair, hand made and solid wood with drop sides. It fits perfectly between the swing and the wall with one side down. The tea light candle holder was a thrift store find for only .50! That is a glass globe too! It’s just cute.
I know that is 3 different solar lights incorporated into our porch makeover project! It’s just beautiful at night!
Bringing it all together. My sweet husband and I enjoy our morning coffee on the porch on the weekends. It cozy and comfortable now! This project really was budget friendly. Probably the most expensive purchase was the new flag pole and flag.
Stacy has since completed his next project which was to build us a clothesline (we are trying to do a better job of living green) We are in the early stages of a new project which may take a while, painting the interior and replacing flooring! Pray for us!