This past weekend I spent a lot of time sprucing up my little side porch for summer. I’ve been trying to get my house in order so that I’m ready for company at a moment’s notice. That way, when someone says she or he will be stopping by or just shows up on a whim, I’m not in a state of panic trying to quickly make my house, or in this case my porch, presentable.
I’ve recently teamed up with Lowe’s as one of their Creative Idea Bloggers and couldn’t be more excited. One of our challenges this month was to create outdoor party decor. This was the just the excuse I needed to get my porch ready for a spur-of the-moment party or get-together. I wanted party decor that would last all season. To achieve this, I added three things to my space: sparkle, color, and candlelight!
First up, I have three plant stands that I kept them on my porch all winter long, and apparently the weather got the best of them. Covered in rust spots, they needed a good coat of paint. In past years, I used black and later white. This time around I wanted something different – something special with a little sparkle. Want to guess what color I chose?
Gold, baby! Okay, I may be taking this gold thing a little too far, but I can’t tell you how much I love this transformation. A few coats of Rust-Oleum metallic gold paint did the trick! The plant stands definitely are showstoppers. Who would have imagined gold could look so great outdoors?
Once my plant stands were ready, I needed some color. One of the easiest ways to add a splash of color outside is with plants! I loaded up some of my favorites and tucked them in wherever I could.
I love the way plants look so different throughout the course of the day. Whether it’s mid-afternoon, or just before sunset, they really make a space come alive!
The glider on my porch, which belonged to my grandparents, is in need of a new paint job. But to be honest, I don’t mind a few chips here and there – it adds character. I did, however, want to jazz up the seat a bit with some colorful and comfortable cushions. These striped cushions were the perfect fit!
Last but not least, I scattered a few citronella candles around the space. I must have sweet blood because I’m a target for mosquitoes. Anyone else? I’m hoping that these candles will keep my bug-bite free!
So that’s my porch, dressed and ready for a party any time of day. It’s amazing what a little sparkle, color, and candlelight can accomplish! What do you think?
Join me tomorrow and Friday as I continue to share ideas for the porch, including three ways to use slate boards and a delicious new cocktail recipe!
For even more ideas, visit Lowes Creative Ideas. You can also sign up to receive their free Creative Ideas Magazine, which is loaded with inspiration! There’s also a magazine app so you can have inspiration on the go! And, don’t forget to follow Lowe’s on Pinterest or on Instagram!
I am a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Network (along with some other really fantastic bloggers). I did receive a Lowe’s gift card to complete my porch projects. As always all the opinions, thoughts, and idea listed above are my own.