Archives for July 2009

A beautiful life is right in front of us!

A beautiful life is right in front of us!

I like the simple, homey look of that quilted round tablecloth!
{House Beautiful}

Wishing you all a wonderful 4th of July weekend! I had a busy week (ha, as usual!) and am looking forward to some family fun and fireworks this weekend! How about you?

A beautiful life is right in front of us!

We are trying out the new MckLinky today, let’s see if we like it better than that squirrely Mr. Linky! Thanks MckMama and the creator of MckLinky for finally giving us a nifty new option!

Beautiful Life Fridays is our chance at The Inspired Room to share how we found a beautiful life this week! It is good to be reminded that beauty and contentment are really right in front of us every day, whether we are working on a DIY project, folding a quilt over the back of a chair, polishing our sink, counting our blessings or pausing to notice our children laughing outside.

Don’t let a beautiful life pass by without notice! Share what beauty you found this week! Please please please link directly to your beautiful life post and link back here, it is WAY more fun for everyone that way.

A beautiful life is right in front of us!

Visit my tumblr for some inspiring ideas! Be sure to check out the link on tumblr to Kimba’s sale too! Also check out Hooked On Houses for Hooked on Fridays!

A Summer Porch Makeover

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!

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Thank you BBFF!
photos: Meg from Whatever

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