Yesterday I updated you on what I had been doing while not writing. Today I had a break in the weather so I did some rearranging and staging on my new old front porch. You can read yesterday’s post to see a lot of the in progress pictures and the before.
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Just a quick (ish) update for those who haven’t been keeping up with our porch reno – We live in an older home that was our weekend home, but due to some changes last year, has become our full-time home (and here) while we wait on God’s direction for what comes next. We lovingly refer to it as the Little House (aka StoneLeaf Cottage).
This blog was originally started to chronicle the Little House, but I haven’t’ done much of that as I have found other things to write about. I think over the summer I am going to add more posts about the house. Stay tuned.
Our most recent project has been our front porch. The porch ceiling was vinyl. I don’t really care for vinyl porch ceilings, especially on old houses. And, I desperately wanted a blue porch ceiling. A southern porch at it’s best. You can’t paint vinyl – yuk! And our vinyl had seen better days; it was sagging, which meant probably a leak was lurking. The floor boards were in good shape but had grayed over the years; the shutters were pitiful and the porch just was not overly inviting. I wrote a poem about it here. I’d had a swing for the better part of two years and had not hung it because one of the hooks was missing and the sag was where the hook should have been. So, not knowing what I’d find or whether or not I’d have to replace all the old boards, we decided to do what any sane person would do. We took the vinyl by the claw hammer and let her rip. No going back.
That was the best decision ever. Yes, we had to replace the old boards. Yes, we replaced them with tongue and groove pine boards and yes, we painted them blue. Summer Sky blue from Lowe’s. Valspar I think. Does Lowe’s sell any other brand of paint ;). And yes, I have pictures to show you in a minute or two. To make a long story as short as possible, we also freshened up the porch wall paint ( an Olympic color called Puppy Paws – not my choice, but we’re not painting the whole house, so we went with what was already established.) And we painted the floor and today I did some “staging” and took pictures. Lots of pictures. I’ll try to refrain from sharing all 57 of them. (all pictures were taken by me. Please link back should you share any of them.)
Enjoy how our transformed front porch has helped “make our home a place of Grace”:
I hope you enjoyed the pictures of our new old front porch. You probably noticed how the accessories jumped around a bit. I had fun trying out different combos. The porch floor paint is a Glidden color, Handcast Pewter, in Valspar porch and paint from Lowe’s. The cushions and furniture are from Oxford Garden. You can go online to check out the where to buy link. The rug is a lucky find at Wal-Mart. The only one of this style left in their outdoor rug bin. The colors could not have been more perfect for all the different blues and greens in my cushions. It even has a beigy neutral color that picks up on the pinkish tan tones of the house color. And, of course it compliments my summer sky ceiling paint perfectly. For now I’m ignoring the black retro railing because I can’t afford to change it to a wooden white railing and columns. We will probably need to freshen the paint on it soon.
All the pops of color excite me and make me happy. My swing makes me happy!
My front porch makes me happy!
click the quote for a song:
Swinging on the front porch in Grace,
PS – The house you see behind the swing is the home we moved to when I was a teenager; my parents still live there. We’re so blessed to have them close by.
PPS – I still have a few things I want to add, like string lights and some kind of art on the wall, and maybe a hanging plant or two. But I’m so excited for the progress. I’ll keep you posted on any updates.