Porch Projects


I was on an unintended internet hiatus this weekend.  The weather here has been nothing short of fantastic. I just wanted to be outside as much as possible. Thankfully, I have several unfinished project outside that I’ve been dying to get started on.

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First, last summer my Dad and I had to replace the bottom of the pillars holding up my front porch as the wood was starting to rot. With this fix, a paint job is obviously needed. I decided to change the the color of pillars from maroon to white. Painting to start later this week or next, I hope.

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I also will be replacing the railing from wood to white vinyl. The previous owners of my little inn replaced the railing on the back porch, so I’ll be using the same material for a consistent look. Plus, it will be much more durable and sturdy than what I currently have.  And yes, the horrible rust stained outdoor carpet will also be replaced. Everything is just a hot mess right now.

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Next up, with my other porch changes, I decided to paint all my metal patio furniture white instead of black.

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I have a table, four chairs, a rocking chair and two additional plant stands to paint. Wow! While, I didn’t hate the black, the white just brightens up the space. So clean and fresh! I’m so glad I decided to paint.

I also have a vintage metal glider from my grandparents that needs painted. I’m thinking about calling local body shops to see if they will paint it for me. It’s just a project I’m not prepared or equipped to handle. Has anyone painted a large metal glider before. I’d appreciate any advice.

I also finished up a landscape lighting project I started last year but didn’t complete due to cost.

This is the set of lights I choose to use. I got them at Home Depot. This set includes the main power unit, the electrical cord and four spot lights.

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I then purchased these accent lights from ebay.

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It conveniently started raining this afternoon when I had the time to take some pictures. I think I still need a couple more accents lights and then I have to bury the electrical cord. Once all that’s done I’ll share some more pictures.

As much as I love the internet and the doors it has opened for me, it was amazing to step away from it this weekend and just live. Do you know what I mean?

I also have been running/walking about five miles each day. I even have a little sun tan going on. In March!! Unbelievable. Plus, I lost another pound. Yay!

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What exciting things did you do this weekend?

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  • Brandi at

    The weather was beautiful in my neck of the woods too. I’m so excited for spring and summer. I can’t wait to start on some outdoor projects myself. Good luck with yours!

  • Funky Junk Interiors at

    Taxes… not so fun. 🙂 Still waiting for good weather to hit our areas. There’s fresh snow on the mountains daily. Crazy!


  • Anne at

    I’m slowing painting every item and every wall in my house… I think I’m losing my mind! lol Your garden lights are fabulous. Thanks for sharing!

  • Haven at

    Love the white furniture but I’m always afraid to do that as I just know that white gleam will get all dirty and horrid. I’m kinda doing the weight thing along with you I’ve lost 1.7kg (3.75lbs) in 2 weeks! Woot! I’m aiming to lose about 25lbs, go team go!

  • Melissa at

    It rained and rained, for pretty much the first time all winter. Good for the area, but not good for my plans to get a garden planted!

    Those are so many projects!!! Looks like you accomplished a lot! I can’t wait to see final products as well!!!

  • Carrie Rosalind at

    Looks like you’ve got a lot of fun projects coming up! Looking forward to seeing how they all turn out. 🙂

  • Maureen Cracknell Handmade at

    I love that you painted your furniture white!!

  • Dee at

    We went to the beach and made the most fortuitous mistake. I missed my turn to the island and ended up on the next island down. Found the greatest park with phenomenal views of the Ponce de Leon lighthouse. (Pictures can be seen at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/63663561@N07/

  • Shari Smith at

    Yay for projects!!

    I love love LOVE those old vintage gliders. I’ve been trying to talk Hubs into one for several years now. I’m thinking we should probably wait until the military is done with us, though, because I suspect that they don’t fare overly well with multiple moves.

    I think an auto body place would be able to give it a good, long-lasting powder coat. You might also want to look at local vo-tech schools. They might be willing to do it less expensively for practice for the auto students.

    Happy spring! 🙂

  • Kathy at

    We spent our 80 plus degree weekend in Middle TN working in my Mom’s yard, repainting my small chicken coop and working on a couple of other projects for inside the house. Was outside ALL WEEKEND and LOVED IT!

  • Anonymous at

    Just my two cents worth! BUT I HATE plastic wood! Your home is stunning and vintage and beautiful and your front steps and porch are the entrance to your Kingdom….wood has the depth and warmth that plastic does not have…use a good quality restorer and good quality paint and your wood will last for many years without too much upkeep…hope this wasn’t too harsh,lol! LOVE your blog!! LOVE you on Pinterest too!Debbe in Canada

  • Sasha Star at

    Just an idea for the glider…I own several pieces of metal outdoor furniature that I acquired from my great grandparents. Luckily my dad runs a business that sandblasts heavy equipment. I would look up someone that can sanblast, prime, and paint it. My dad does mainly heavy equipment but smaller projects take so little time that he takes them in quite often. You would most likely have it back in 2-3 days. And for a glider you could be looking at about 40-60 dollars for the sanding priming and painting. The finish will also hold up very well. Good luck.

  • Victor Deloach at

    Last month, I was inspired to be one of the best property painters (self-professed) in our town. I painted an exterior wall at home, installed similar accent lights as you did for the garden. Lo and behold, the effect ended the way i imagined it.

  • andieclark at

    I want my new house to have a front porch too and I am yet to find home builders that are known for their wonderful porch designs. Good thing I came across this post, thanks for giving me an idea.

  • Sally Campbell at

    I agree with almost everything you posted. But soon, with your patience and talent, it wouldn’t be long before that place turn into something beautiful than it was before. I also agree with painting the iron seats and tables with white. It looks better that way – gives them a more “classy” look. Back home, we also painted white our outdoor living furniture and added glass top on our iron table.

  • Curtis Gantt at

    These pictures inspire me to create unique designs for Bali hut Perth. I want to see the the result of your newly painted rocking chair because my grandmother asked me to paint her old rocking chair so it would look new.

  • Mariam Gwynn at

    A paint job or a replacement is needed for that type of situation. You chose a really good colour for that porch because it looks new again.

  • Leslie Mignon at

    I have big plans in our porch too. We recently had our garden landscaped so it would be nice to match it with a beautiful porch too (which overlooks our garden).

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