Well, you’ve seen a peek, but today I am excited to share the rest of our screen porch with you!
Here’s what we started with:
And here is how it looks now:
Here’s a quick before & after shot – paint works wonders, doesn’t it?!
Next, we picked out fabric, and ordered replacement cushions from this wonderful shop.
We removed the ferns and herbs from the porch. While part of me liked having them out there, they looked pretty messy . . . and they actually were messy! We had fern leaves everywhere. So, we relocated the ferns out in front of our garage door, and moved the herbs inside where they did much better.
We also moved the black adirondack chairs to the deck, and brought in our table and chairs. My mom suggested we move the table in here, but I wasn’t so sure at first. The porch is off of our dining room and kitchen (there are doors that lead out there in both rooms) and we have a table in both rooms. I really thought it would look weird to have three dining areas all within sight. So, I debated and debated, and brainstormed how I could make the best use of the porch, and in the end, the table won. While I don’t think the layout is perfect (I don’t love having three tables so close to each other), we have really enjoyed having a table out there! It’s the girls’ favorite place to color and craft now, and we usually eat dessert out there too. Plus, it has helped give this large space two distinct areas – a dining area and a comfortable seating area.
The picture that I had hanging in the space above the couch no longer fit – it was too large once we moved the couch over. So, I looked around the house for something to use, and I had one of these awning stripe frames that I had made awhile ago. The stripes were cream & white, and I quickly painted over the cream stripes with some leftover Annie Sloan Paris Gray chalk paint. I just tried it on a whim and I ended up really liking how it balanced out the stripes on the cushions across the way.
I made the throw pillows on the couch using this fabric.
My mom brought down the outdoor lamp below – it was used in my screen porch growing up! I had the stool that it is sitting on out in our garage. It was white with an oak top, so I painted it with some AS Paris Gray, and it works perfectly as a little side table.
We have four of these little glass hurricanes around the perimeter of the porch.
Here’s a close-up of the water that is on the table. I love the drink tag, which was a part of a set from my friend, Christina! Some other tags included were “coffee” “decaf,” and “tea,” which all look adorable at our coffee bar.
We have a new favorite dessert spot!
One thing that I love doing every morning is strategically placing a few books on each of the girl’s beds after I make them. It never fails that they see them at some point during the day and flip through them on their own or ask me to read with them. We have some designated reading times too, but laying books out on their bed has helped to subtly encourage pockets of quiet reading time throughout the day. I like to place some books out on the porch now too.
I hope you are having a wonderful week!