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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

front porch spring revamp

I love the spring season! Everything seems so fresh and new and clean. 

Well, everything except my tired porch. Approximately a billion years ago, I started giving it a little life by repainting my front door. Then three years ago, I added some nice benches, plants and even a DIY coir mat.

But this year my porch looked tired. Could be never ending layers of yellow pollen layer. Or the tired rug. Or the mostly dead shrubs. The potential list is long. So now that the weather has warmed up, I decided to give the space a bit of a refresher. I dusted the it all off and decided that almost everything needed a face lift. The goal (as always) was to do it with a few new purchases as possible.




With a little bit of sanding and a couple of cans of white spray paint, my benches on each side of the porch are looking good as new. I snuck in some impatients and creeping jenny in a few  various pots to the side and added couple of colorful green pillows from my hoarder-esk pillow stash. 






With a little bit of sanding and a couple of cans of white spray paint, my benches look good as new. I snuck in some impatients and creeping jenny in a few  various pots to the side and added couple of colorful green pillows from my hoarder-esk pillow stash. 




Most needed? New door shrubs! 
Truth be told, this has been a six year battle. My porch gets zero direct sun and I've been through countless plants, hoping to find some sort of large shrubbery to sit on either side of my front door. Guys, I've killed them all. I'm convinced that nothing will live here year round. The latest tragedy was a pair a yew shrubs that I was promised would happily ever after in the shade. Lies, folks. 
So I'm finally get smart about this and we went artificial with the large piece! I nabbed some fake boxwood topiaries and then planted some real begonias and creeping Jenny around it. I love the layered look!
But I sort of feel like a cheater with my fake boxwoods. Am I a cheater?? Whatever. Work smart, folks. 




A new rug {same as the last - a $10 mat from IKEA}. When I laid out the new one, I realized just how disgustingly gross the old one was. You were probably catching the plague by stepping over my threshold. Sorry, friends. 





And lastly, a fresh new wreath. I've been eyeing a magnolia wreath for ages (thanks, Fixer Upper) but they are crazy expensive. You know the rest of the story... DIY. Swing by Friday for a tutorial on whipping one up! 





Feeling good about sweet spring-y space! Today I realized a birdie had also decided the porch was so pretty that he wanted to move in. Nest with eggs in the corner! Now that's confirmation of a spring decor job well done, no? 
This is my own spot to enjoy as I watch Jake adorn the front walk with side walk chalk, do somersaults in the grass, or ride his bike along the sidewalk.
It's a good life, folks.




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