Design | Porch Makeover in Progress

This weekend, Wes and I were able to spend some quality time together. Something we don’t get to do often given our different work schedules and the busyness that is our lives. I was telling Wes that I don’t know how we are supposed to be able to fit kids into our lives someday when we are already so busy! I guess that is when you start prioritizing and cutting other stuff out.

So we made some home-made pizza, cracked open some wine and discussed our thoughts on our future, God, and our friends. What could be better?

Another thing I’ve been able to accomplish recently is an update to the porch! Here’s where we were before and where we are today:

It’s amazing how much of a difference flowers can make! I added Heather bushes to the barrels and Ranunculus to a metal flower box I had laying around. I had purchased it a couple year ago when it was on clearance from CB2 and had been using it to hold magazines and matches for the living room. When making plans to update the porch I knew I’d have to include it. The one thing I didnt love about the metal flower box was how silver it was. I wanted something a little rustier looking. So I spritzed the flower box with some black metallic spray paint to give it the look I was going for.
See the difference? I’m planning to do the same to the porch chairs as well to remove the super new shiny look from them.
I also created the same affect on these two metal wall art that I also had stored in a closet because I had no idea what to do with them. So I’ve brought them outside on the porch to match my metal planter. They were originally an ugly green color, so I coated them with silver spray paint and then again spritzed black metallic spray paint to give it the rougher look.
I still have a few more things I’d like to do to the porch, but in the meantime – it’s an improved happier spot to sit in than it was a couple weeks ago.

Lifestyle | Indie Arts and Vintage Marketplace

One of my new favorite summer activities is the Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace monthly shows. I started going last summer and this past weekend they hosted an event at the State Fairgrounds. Vendors from all over Indiana come together to sell their vintage, rustic, and art wares. Booths upon booths of vintage goodness for pretty fair prices with hundreds of shoppers with the same interests as me – could there be anything better?

At last summer’s event I purchased multiple wood file drawers (you can see here hanging above the upcycled buffet table) and vintage bar stools that I upcycled (see here). This weekend I was perusing the aisles when I happened across a rug for my kitchen! It matches the colors in my kitchen perfectly – score!

 

DIY | Twinkle Light Porch Canopy

Cost – $25

I am so excited to share today’s porch facelift that I’ve been working on!  A few months ago an idea came to me to add a little “sparkle” to the porch. I’m proud to say that this idea is not a replica from did  pinterest or any other blogs. As you know, I’ve been more into building things lately (here and here) which has really bolstered my confidence to keep trying to build more things. I’m even hoping to get a power drill for my birthday .. maybe even a nail gun?? Until then, I’ll continue to borrow tools from my neighbors.

I do get funny looks about working with tools … the other day I walked into Sears with my mom to help her remodel her bathroom and an older gentleman opens the door for us (oh why thank you!) and says “Now, what are two pretty ladies doing here buying tools??” I know he was just being nice, but was a little startling to hear. Haven’t we women come a long way in proving that we can do most things men can? Look at women like Ana White and Shanty2Chic who make such beautiful creations for so much cheaper than you can get at Pottery Barn or West Elm.

Ok back to the topic at hand. So I dreamed up a frame to hang from my porch ceiling so that I could string twinkle lights across for a canopy. I happened to have a $25 Home Depot gift card that my mother-in-law sent Wes and I for Valentine’s Day. She reads my blog and also loves working with her hands in building and gardening. It was so sweet of her to send us a little something we could use and that suited our interests (ok mine more so than Wes’ but you get the idea).

I am so so happy with the results. It looks so beautiful at dusk. Really this is so simple that anyone can do it. No building experience required.

Supplies:

  • Power-drill
  • Hammer
  • Corner brackets
  • Long nails
  • Wire ties
  • Screw hooks
  • Cheapest skinny wood cut to size
  • Twinkle lights!

Instructions

  1. First I measured my porch ceiling to get an idea of how large I should make the frame. 8×2.5 – check!
  2. Ventured to Home Depot to purchase and cut my wood to size.
  3. Stained them – this step is not necessary as the wood is up in the ceiling and not very noticeable. However my porch’s ceiling is painted white, so I wanted the dark wood to stand out.
  4. Once the stain was dry, I nailed the pieces together to make the frame. I made sure the 2.5″ pieces hung out beyond the 8″ pieces of wood so that the twinkle lights wouldnt be able to slide off.
  5. Then I drilled the corner brackets into the corners of the frame to help keep it sturdy. Otherwise it is very wobbly and you could risk it falling apart as it is hanging.
  6. I then wrapped the twinkle lights around the frame.
  7. Drilled screw hooks into the ceiling.
  8. For this part you will need a friend. You’ll want to take the metal twisties and wrap it around the wood and the screw hooks so that the wood is tied onto the hooks.
  9. I plugged the lights into an extension cord and voila! A twinkle light canopy!

(step 3 – stain)

(step 4 – nail the frame together)

(step 5 – drill in corner brackets)

(step 7 and 8 – drill in hooks and add metal twisties to hang to the ceiling)

(Enjoy!)

The Porch Facelift Begins…

You may remember thought I built a table for my porch last year. Now that Spring is here I’ve finally purchased chairs for the table so we can actually sit at it and enjoy the outdoors. I bought these two chairs from a flea market for $6 total. A steal if you ask me!

Having chairs to be able to sit out and enjoy the porch made me realize … this porch needs some serious work (see the wood on the barrels falling apart in the above photo??). So over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be working on giving this little porch a facelift. After all, it’s the only piece of our very own outdoors that we own, so we might as well do what we can with it.

Here’s the plan for the porch:
1. Flowers for the barrels
2. Upcycle the table by replacing the legs with metal legs
3. Stain the chairs
4. Darken the metal on the chairs
5. Add art on the wall

Stay tuned for an update on the twinkle light canopy that I built for the ceiling of the porch!