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A Summer Porch Makeover

I know it has only been a few days since I talked about my BBFF Meg, but that is how it is with your best blogging girlfriends. It is fun to talk about them. I can’t remember when we met, but it has been a long time in blog years.

I have always adored Meg’s house and I would totally move in if I lived closer. I could talk about her house all day — she has five kids and her home looks like the funnest house to live in. I love it. I also love her pictures, she takes amazing photos.

But, instead of talking ABOUT her today behind her back like I usually do, I asked if she would tell you all about her recent porch makeover and she kindly agreed! It is time once again to grab a cup of lemonade, sit back, and be inspired by a lovely place to enjoy the summer! Let’s go to Meg’s house!

A Summer Porch Makeover

A Summer Porch Makeover

When our summer began I was feeling a little overwhelmed with having so many kids in the
house all day long again.

A box of Legos came out and they were taking over the kitchen island.

I couldn’t take one more mess…so i said “take those out on the porch!”

And they did.

They have never played out there.

Then two days later, after hours of porch time play, I looked outside and knew what I had to do.
It was finally time to work on the porch.
It had looked like that for a long time.
Very dirty…collecting junk…a place where no one spent any time.
Here is how I did it.

A Summer Porch Makeover

Step One: Clean.
I took everything off the porch and threw almost everything away.
I hosed the porch and all the chairs down.
I washed the cushions and swept the floor.

Step Two: Make a Plan.
I knew I wanted a comfy place to sit together…play games…talk…eat ice cream cones.
I knew I couldn’t spend much money.
I knew I already had lots of things here that I could use in a different way.
I wanted a living room….but outside.
I had mostly blues and greens already so I chose that palette to make it easier and less costly.

A Summer Porch Makeover

Step Three: Accumulate.
I gathered all my furniture I thought would work from the basement and other rooms in the house.
At World Market I found the sisal rugs on clearance (you buy them by the 1’x9′ strip as wide as you want)
and a cushion in my colors. It was the last cushion in that print and it had a small hole.
I asked for a discount and they gave it to me for 50% off!
We got a few things at Target and spray paint at Walmart. (Blue Ocean Breeze and Ivy Leaf…Krylon)

A Summer Porch Makeover

Step Four: Work.
I spray painted an old rocker we had from an auction, a metal table from a garage sale, an oak bench from our previous dining room set and a kids’ chair.
I covered the top of the bench with oil cloth fabric that I already had…stapled it right on the back.
I made three new pillows with scraps I had and a vintage tablecloth I have had for a long time.
I strung big glass Christmas lights on one side of the porch
For the sitting area I took the electrical parts out of a big iron chandelier my friend gave me and wrapped it with white Christmas lights.
They both turn on with a Christmas tree timer.

Step Five: Decorate.
Pull it all together and here we are…an outdoor space that is happy to be in!
I spent about $100 on the whole thing.

A suitcase is filled with games, art supplies, a snack and magazines.
We have a bucket full of outdoor play essentials.
The chalk board was from a garage sale.

A Summer Porch Makeover

I have been coming out in the morning with coffee while the kids are inside watching cartoons.
We are spending lots of time in this space. I can’t believe it took us this long!


Thank you BBFF!
photos: Meg from Whatever


  1. Jen

    WOW – just love it! Isn’t it amazing how sometimes it just takes doing it, and then we can’t believe it took us that long? It’s so inviting.
    We actually built our house with a wrap around front porch in mind. It’s in our dream wish list…it will happen..sometime. :)

    Jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlams inspiring blog post..Family Fun Fourth of July ideas

  2. Sara

    i love the practicality of this porch and the fun bright colors! love. it. :)

    Sara @ Be Still and Knows inspiring blog post..stopping time

  3. kayellen

    What would we do with out Krylon Paint? Such a quick way to transform something for the decor :)

    Fun Summer colors….great transformation…very pretty!!!

    smiles and Happy 4th!!


    kayellens inspiring blog post..Gardenia Bloom Memories

  4. abeachcottage

    wow just love it and loved reading about it, interesting what you can achieve without spending much isn’t it…all pulls into your beautiful life theory

    you know recently Country Living focused on a porch makeover on their cover in their so called ‘budget’ issue, I was eagerly looking forward to it, but there so called budget friendly porch totted up to thousands and that was with the seating already there…so I thought I would send them an email from a real person on a real budget and my little deck makeover costing all of oh 50 bucks…never did hear from them, shame

    anyway I think making the most of the deck for us even though it is far from perfect is great, it gives us another room most of the year round and best of all, have not got to worry about clear-up


    abeachcottages inspiring blog post..Dining Tables and Shattering Vintage Glass

  5. lylah ledner

    I absolutely LOVED reading Meg’s heart – through her fun in creating that sanctuary spot. Thanks for sharing Melissa!

  6. Jocelyn Stott

    The blue color on those rocking chairs makes me swoon. I can’t WAIT until I get outta this darn apartment and into a house so I can have fun like this!!!

    Jocelyn Stotts inspiring blog post..Coraline

  7. Chie

    So fab inspiration. I just done mine and it came out a romantic one. I love it and shame, no one sit there as our weather is really HOT! So, front porch is waiting till the late summer §:-))

    Have a fab day, Mel!

    Chies inspiring blog post..HOT IN THE CITY…

  8. Janmary, N Ireland

    This is wonderful – love the vibrant colors and the use of Christmas lights all year round.

    A perfect spot for all the family, and amazing value too.

    Janmary, N Irelands inspiring blog post..Lessons Learned – Feel free!

  9. Kathy

    Wow, Meg did a fantastic job on her porch! It’s great that she had most of the stuff already, just repurposed it for outside. Love the chandelier with the lights.

  10. Chele

    Beautiful idea! I have 4 kids at home with me this summer and I share your problem of the mess in the house. We have a covered porch too. You gave me encouragement to do something with it!!

    Cheles inspiring blog post..Thirsty Thursday – Happy verse Joy

  11. The Stylish House

    Your friend’s porch is so fresh and inviting! It looks like the perfect spot to enjoy a summer afternoon.
    Have a wonderful day!

    The Stylish Houses inspiring blog post..Romancing The Slipcover!

  12. Kim

    This is such a darling porch makeover! I also enjoy reading Meg’s blog and was excited to see her post on your blog!

    Kims inspiring blog post..Antiques

  13. sharae

    WOW, I love it, so cozy….
    I know I felt the same way about the kids being home all day, but I have got used to it! I try to have my coffee BEFORE they get up, so I can start my morning off with me for a few minutes.

    sharaes inspiring blog post..A wonderful visit with the Pryors’

  14. Stella

    What a creative way to create a new room to live in. I know your children will have happy memories of playing on the porch. Rachel at A Romantic Porch is featuring my back porch on her blog. If you have time pop over and visit.

    Stellas inspiring blog post..Happy Independence Day

  15. g.suzie

    After you finish a project like that, don’t you just want to stay there and bask in the finished goodness of it all. I bet you and your family are really enjoying this space now! Have a great weekend!

  16. Anna Marie

    Megan is so good! I love it all! So inviting and fun! You can count on her to use color :o)

    Anna Maries inspiring blog post..i love buttons

  17. cynthia

    I love Meg’s blog…it’s a favorite of mine that i find myself at everyday! Yours too!

    Fun to see her and her family spending time out there! Excellent use of outdoor space…which makes me think of my deck, now let’s see…

    cynthias inspiring blog post..wednesday window shopping

  18. Melissa Marie

    What a colorful and relaxing place to sit and enjoy the summer. I love the idea of saying “take those to the porch” and the fact it was done for no more than $100 is very inspiring. Thanks for sharing

    Melissa Maries inspiring blog post..Be kind painting

  19. Richella

    This is wonderful! I, too, had a great porch that really wasn’t being used, and this spring I “fixed it up” with stuff I had plus $100. Reading this story makes me want to go ahead and finish–there are a couple of projects out there that I still need to complete. As always, thanks for the inspiration!

    Richellas inspiring blog post..An act of God

  20. Lisa

    Every time I come here I want to stop everything I’m doing and go decorate something. And sister, my porch needs it BADLY. I have one swing, one wicker chest, one wrought iron plant stand and that is it! PITIFUL.

    I think I’ll go dig in my fabric box to see what I can use to spruce up out there. :)

    Much love to you Melissa!

    Lisa @ The PWs inspiring blog post..A NEW HOME!

  21. Flower Patch Farmgirl

    What a brilliant idea with the chandelier! I love the porch. Maybe it’s time to do something with my own?

    Flower Patch Farmgirls inspiring blog post..My Babes

  22. Michelle B

    Love! Makes me want to work on my porch! Great ideas!

    Michelle B

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  23. Kristen

    Wow! It’s such a beautiful space. We’re moving into a slightly bigger place in a couple weeks – and that means a bigger porch. So for me, this is a very timely guest post. Thanks for the great ideas!

    Kristen @ Beautifully Imperfects inspiring blog post..Moving On

  24. Ann

    Meg is so talented…so creative! I just love the space she has created! It just oozes happiness and her love of family. The chandelier wrapped in lights is a super idea! She always makes her spaces so welcoming just like her warm personality. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Natalie

    This is perfect! The colors and textures are great, and I love that it’s liveable, yet adorable. You did SUCH a great job :)

    Natalies inspiring blog post..Lovely Living

  26. teresa

    Meg- love your porch- those colors just scream summer- especially the little blue chairs! Love them. Thanks for sharing your talents with us today.

    teresas inspiring blog post..A lot of ……

  27. Misti of Studio M Designs

    Cute as a button! My covered deck out back is my biggest project for next year. I can’t wait to get it done, it’s been too many years of not using our great space. Glad your friend got it together, now she has inspired me to get moving!


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  28. Holly Mathis

    i have been in love with meg since i saw her READ room on ohdeedoh..she is this porch! great job Meg and glad you highlighted it Melissa!

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  29. LaDonna

    Fun! I would love to have a porch!
    Thank you for sharing all your great ideas to transform an overlooked area of your house! I am thinking of ways to incorporate some of them in my home.

  30. Nimmi

    I envy your of this porch. Over here in Germany houses don’t have a porch. Sigh – I will keep dreaming of one and look at the great makeovers pictured in blogland.

    Nimmis inspiring blog post..No-spend-month – count us in

  31. m & j

    This is just amazing work. Really amazing.. I so want to do ours now. very inspiring… m & j @

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  32. karen

    What an inspiring post. Your decorating ideas are beautiful. I love your summer porch redo.


    karens inspiring blog post..Outdoor Wednesday

  33. Sarah

    I love it! Great jobs and great finds! It always pays to ask for a discount I have learned! :)

    Sarah @ Prayerfuldrivenlifes inspiring blog post..Summer Breeze

  34. Becky K.

    I see why you like Meg. She is real, creative and sounds like
    someone you could enjoy hanging out with. ..especially on that porch. Even with kids building Legos. Maybe especially with kids building Legos. I miss that stage.

  35. AnNicole

    LOVE HER! Seriously…her house looks like so much fun…heck…SHE looks like fun! Thanks for sharing.

    AnNicole@OurSuburbanCottages inspiring blog post..Yummy Fourth of July Desserts

  36. patti

    i just love it! i’m having major porch envy.

    pattis inspiring blog post..1 year

  37. jane

    love this!! wonderful work. and killer porch! jkj

  38. Jean

    Covered porches are a great place to sit and read, or take a meal. This one is so charming. I just re-did my porch and did a blog about it this week. Come visit. Happy 4th! Love your inspiring pictures and words!

    Jeans inspiring blog post..Pictures from the Cooking Class

  39. cindy

    I love the chandelier, I bought a similar one with flowers at a yard sale for $10 and it makes me so happy. All of the fabrics are terrific as well, i can see how you would enjoy your mornings there.

    cindys inspiring blog post..Seaport Village & City Tour via Bicicleta

  40. Tracy

    How fun!
    Looks like a perfect place for a bunch of kids to spend summer days and grown-ups to spend twinkly summer nights. (and reminds me that I need to hang my globe lights on the patio)

    Tracys inspiring blog post..Comfort Food Friday (on Thursday)

  41. Mary Beth

    I’m embarrassed to say I’ve stopped by MANY times but never said hello.
    So, Hello!
    And Meg’s blog IS fabulous.
    And so is YOURS!

    Mary Beths inspiring blog post..degrees of separation…

  42. Rachel / cREaTe

    LOVE IT. i have NEVER thought of wrapping a chandelier in christmas lights. brilliant! :) and i love the aqua & green.

    Rachel / cREaTes inspiring blog post..Playing With My Food …

  43. Lindy

    Just adore the porch and Megan’s blog. Just happen to live close enough that we are going over to have her take pics of my grandson who is here visiting. Soooo next week I get to see her porch in person! I can’t wait for this. To meet Megan, see her porch, have her take pics, oh my!

    Lindys inspiring blog post..Wordless Wednesday – Bathing Beauties

  44. ML in Chicagoland

    Oh, for a porch….

    I am wondering what that red beverage was?! It looked summer-y and delicious!

  45. pve

    I just love that meg, especially when she is cranky.
    That porch holds such memories for me. One of 7, my Mom would tell us to “take it outside” and I loved our porch. We even had water slides out there….without helmets. Oh My!!
    be well friend! happy 4th!

  46. Maven

    I LOVE this! We’re redoing our porch this summer and this gives me lots of inspiration!

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  47. Diane Costanza

    How fabulous! We don’t have anything but some potted plants and two folding chairs on my porch right now and I am dying to decorate so we can enjoy it before the season is over. You have some great shoestring ideas. Thanks!

    Diane Costanzas inspiring blog post..Pray for Andrew

  48. Renovation Therapy

    Where is the table w/ the scalloped trim from? Thanks!

  49. jodi

    LOVE it! so creative & such great color usage. We’re contemplating doing a screened-in porch…this makes me want to do it all the more! thanks for the inspiration!

    jodis inspiring blog this little girlie

  50. Anne

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! SO Want to have time to do this to my porch. Inspiring…..

  51. Stephanie

    How utterly divine, Melissa!! I love your new porch area!

    Angelic Accents

    Stephanies inspiring blog post..PINK SATURDAY 7/11/09

  52. Sandra

    This is just the inspiration I was looking for! Now I can’t wait to get my deck and front porch summer ready! Thanks!



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