I love beautifully decorated porches. The porch of my last home was so small you couldn’t put anything on it without having to trip over it later. So I’m just starting to learn to decorate one. My problem now is that my porch stretches across the entire length of the house (except the garage of course). I love it. It is one of my favorite things about the house. But holy-cow, what do I do with all this porch? I’ve gone from the non-existent porch to Godzilla porch.
Ultimately I’d love this porch.
Or I’d settle for any of the front porch ideas in this post Paula wrote a few months ago. But for now I’m stuck to a small budget made smaller by my Sports Addict’s recent ACL surgery. With this in mind I’d decided not to pursue my porch decorating fetish for the time being. Brooke on the other hand caught the decorate-the-front-porch-now bug. She got the great idea to go to the local goodwill store (D.I. for anyone on the Wasatch Front) and see what she might be able to use to decorate outside. Just going along to help her wouldn’t hurt…right?
She ended up finding some great baskets and a simple chair she decided she could spray paint.
We loaded everything into my van and headed back to my house to do the spray painting. (Remember this is all for Brooke…right?)
The only problem was that I loved everything she bought. Oooo…I wanted it all so bad. The Greedy Green-Eyed Monster was totally having a hay day with me.
If you think I sound crazy at this moment just read The Berenstain Bears and the Green-Eyed Monster and it will all make sense. Kind of. I promise.
Well Brooke left a while later with all her freshly painted (but dry now) goodies, and I was left to try really hard not to think about how they would all look so nice on MY porch.
I fought it.
Then I lost.
I gave into the disease and I raced back to the goodwill store, splurging to my little hearts content on similar items. In fact I bought another of the chairs exactly like the one she bought, as well as a whole bunch of baskets, and even a little table I couldn’t believe we had overlooked earlier in the day. (See my floral to fabulous table makeover post here.)
The next day I removed all accompanying ribbons and bows. I remember learning how to make those bows years ago. At the time they were so pretty. Nostalgia! But I could never really get my bows to look right, so it was rather fulfilling to tear these bows off. Take that you rotten bows I can’t tie.
Like Brooke had done, I spray painted everything black. The more colorful side of me wanted to spray a few orange, but thought better of it, afraid they might look like hunting jackets.
Brooke came back a day or two later and helped me pot some hardy mums directly into the baskets. We first lined each basket with pieces of an old plastic table cloth I only kept around for craft projects. Then we arranged everything on the porch and made it look so cute. (Just remember tying bows is not my thing, but I liked this ribbon a lot.)
There are still other things I’d like to add to make the porch feel complete. It still seems to be missing something. Ideally I’d like to add all kinds of molding around the door. I think something like this from Between Naps on the Porch would work just beautifully.
Of course this brings us back to that wretched budget thingy. Due to it I probably won’t get moulding for a while, but here’s the cost breakdown for my porch decorating so far. (Rounded to the nearest dollar for simplicity.)
4 potted mums = $13
Baskets = $7
Chair = $5
Table = $10
Total = $35
Aahhh…It was better not knowing how much I spent. I suppose I should include $3 for spray paint as well. Ouch. It’s OK though. It is still within my budget so lets call it a success.
On the bright side, I should be able to use these items for more than one season. So lets just call it an investment and hope I get lots and lots of use from them. I’m already thinking of spray painting them a different color for next spring.
I hope this gave you some great front porch ideas of your own. If so, I’d love to hear about them.
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