My porch has come a very long way.
From a blank slate in January of 2012:
To a few $15 craigslist chairs and… some other junk in 2013.
Then a few weeks ago I hit the motherload when I got this amazeballs vintage couch and rattan coffee table (plus two other pieces of furniture) for $100:
I would have been happy to leave the porch like this for a while, considering what a vast improvement it was, but then I had brilliant idea. I love the look of draped cafe lights, and it occurred to me I could probably do that look on this porch. It took me a while to pull the trigger but when I saw string lights on clearance, I went for it. I’m super glad I did! Party porch is on!
I bought simple screw-in hooks, drilled pilot holes into the wood trim (and in one case the ceiling) and then screwed the hooks in by hand. It was super simple! The only big issue with this whole lights on the porch project is that I have no electrical outlets outside so the cord has to be draped through the screen door and the front door. My Dad came over and made a face about it, but then I convinced him it was totally fine to jam electrical wires through a door that is opened and close multiple times a day. What could possibly go wrong????
You may also have noticed my new wreath. There was already a nail on that very spot so I’ve known for a while I wanted to get something for there but could never really come up with anything cool. I figured a standard twig wreath is pretty classic. I’m still considering adding or doing something to the wreath. I just hung it up there to see if I liked it and to contemplate my next move. Dip-die? Ombre? Stripes? We’ll see what happens!
Even though I think the porch looks extra awesome right now, nothing is every really completely finished around here. I still have my crazy pipe dream of screening in this crappy little porch, but you know, I have my limits. I can only do so much and screening in the porch has proved to be a little beyond my skill set. But maybe some day!
The last thing I want to do in here is to get a big outdoor rug to cover the floor. When this house was painted a few years ago the painter painted the floor of the porch, but unlike the rest of the house this floor has not held up very well. Also, I’m terrible and have definitely spray painted a few too many things out there so not only is the paint chipping off but it’s covered in black, gold, and white spray paint marks. Oops!
But for this summer, I’d call this porch makeover a success!