Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Progress on the back porch

It seems like we have been working on the porches for months.  We had to pressure wash, then I stained the decking and re-painted the back railings. I wanted a more vintage, country kind of style back here so I have done some changing. 

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I made slipcovers for some of the outdoor cushions with fabric I had and gathered some old things from around the property.

This is another one of my old screen door projects, and you can see it on Hometalk HERE.

My dad had given me some license plates and it occurred to me they would look great on the plate rack I wasn't using. 

I painted my grandmother's pink wicker rocker. It was already pink, but needed to be redone, so I kept her favorite color. 

I found this old Coke carrier a while back so I put my mother's peonies in Coke bottles. 

I did buy this 1950's tablecloth, but at $11 and free shipping, it was a deal. 

This little bar was another project. It was badly damaged, so I sanded and gave it a coat of black paint then walnut stain on top.

I have found so many cool, old things around here and I am enjoying incorporating them into my decor both inside and out. 

The important thing is we have already been enjoying it as a family. We really do enjoy sitting out here and just talking. 

I have been posting my progress and little projects on my facebook page, so please join me there:-)

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  1. wow, you really have accomplished so much. your porches are gorgeous!

  2. Anita, I always love seeing pictures of your porches! The pink looks so sweet and charming. I can imagine the wonderful times that you spend out back. I'd never want to come inside!

  3. Your porch looks absolutely amazing.

    You have done a wonderful job! Your hard work has REALLY paid off!!

  4. Oh Anita, it is all bEAUTIFUL!!! I love the PINK!!!! I also adore peonies and they are erfect in the cike bottles.The pink dishes are fabulous, what are they??? I will have a new post tomorrow morning that you might enjoy. I love your new slipcovers and pillows too. XO, Pinky

  5. Gorgeous Anita, perfect down to the tiniest detail. Love the screen door, I'd love one on my door. xo

  6. Your porch is so inviting! The vintage details and soft colours speak of relaxing times - no wonder your family enjoys sitting out there talking. The license plates look perfect in your plate rack and the screen door adds an unexpected element that adds to the charm.


  7. Anita- It looks absolutely beautiful. I love all the thought and effort you put into it. I hope you get to spend lots of time there- xo Diana

  8. Anita, your porch is so beautiful! I love all the sweet details you've incorporated and the use of black and pink. The vintage-look fabrics are so pretty and make this space a real southern porch. I love it!! Hugs, Pamela

  9. Simply lovely, such sweet touches with memories from the past. And now you are making new memories with your family.

  10. I LOVE it, Anita!! All your hard work has certainly paid off and it's beautiful!! I'd spend all day on the porch being with nature and reading and I hope you and yours get to spend many hours there, too.

  11. I love the colors and your tablecloth is to die for. Thanks for inspiring is to make our spaces special. Susan @ throughmyporchwindow.blogspot.com

  12. Your porch is wonderful! I wish I had a porch but will have to be creative with the concrete patio and teeny, tiny front porch step I have. You always inspire me!

  13. love every bit of it !!!!!!!!!!!! what a wonderful place to spend the day!!!

  14. Your porch looks fabulous Anita! All of your hard work has paid off. I love all the vintage touches and the old license plates are priceless!

  15. Anita,

    Sweet Blessings to you today while you enjoy your delightful porch. Looks cozy comfy and a great place to sit a spell. Think on good things while on the porch soaking in nature.

    Have a great week-end,
    d in Kansas

  16. Inviting and elegant. This is such an awesome post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us!