After tackling the more tedious tasks of painting the front porch railings and staining the floor, planting our garden and wishing our grass to grow (it’s starting to look so good!), we were finally to the point of pulling everything together. With new lights installed and an over-sized swing to swing in (with only minor heartache along the way), our front porch is – for the most part – complete!
For the last couple of months, we’ve been pulling the trigger on some of the larger purchases – the coffee table, an outdoor rug and our flea market chairs – and over the weekend, we pulled everything out of hiding. We fussed with placement, we bent out the rug kinks and we toasted many, many beverages in our outdoor living room:
We picked up a handful of succulents from a local nursery, Adams & Son Gardens, and I potted a small terrarium (fully equipped with our favorite – dinosaurs!) for the table. By the front door, we picked up a large planter from Ikea and filled it with colorful purple Coleus, Setcreasea (aka Wandering Jew) and asparagus plants from Sprout. Last year we missed out on adding plant life to our outdoors (I suppose we were a bit busy tearing down ceilings, you know), and man, have we missed it! All furniture aside, plants make the whole porch feel a thousand times more beautiful, more welcoming.
I picked up this rug during Lulu & Georgia’s Memorial Day sale, and the black Greek key pattern snowballed the rest of the furniture decisions – a black aluminum coffee table (it’s so light! And durable!), our black painted swing, and now that we’re seeing the space as a whole, we are definitely keeping those Elkhorn chair in their original wrought iron state. With our lightly stained porch floor and white railings, the black accents lend a feel of subtle sophistication.
I think we’re still on the hunt for an extra deep swing cushion, but the non-standard size (2′d x 5′w) isn’t easy to find in stores or online, and a handful of emails to various Etsy sellers have left us empty handed – either they’re simply not responding or they’re not taking on custom orders. In the meantime, we’ve stuffed it full with outdoor pillows, giving the low back some oomph! (Are any of you sewing enthusiasts accepting cushion orders? We’d love to work with you!)
We are so, so in love with our front porch, and I guarantee that if you’re ever looking for us, there we’ll be. Every meal has since been consumed al fresco, we’ve been indulging in naps on the swing, and we’ve turned into those people that constantly water our grass and comment on the growth – like, in our actual dinnertime conversations. (What?!)
And as for what’s left?
Paint/Stain the porch floor
Finish the staircase hand rail
Top the downstairs cinder blocks with caps
Install a path from the pavement to the side of our home, alongside the garden (NOPE)
• Paint the front door
• Paint the staircase – that is, once the pressure treated wood has dried (boo)
I actually had high hopes to paint the front door this past weekend, but the morning of, we got sidetracked by a trip to the far away Chicago ‘burbs for a new studio desk (which I love, but it needs work). And since painting our porch stairs can’t likely happen this season, it seems that the front door is the only thing left! (Yeah!)
In other news, a new fence was also installed (and I’m going to grab photos later this week or early next), which – while not directly related to front-porch-fixins – technically leads us to one more to-do (this year anyway) for the home’s exterior:
• Make a “pee pit” for Jack + CC
We are weirdly excited about that one.
Source round-up: Lulu & Georgia Hanolo rug, flea market chairs, Strathwood Rhodes coffee table (bought from Amazon), DIY porch swing, pink + orange pillows from Little House Pillow Co., black + white polka dot pillows from Society6, striped pillow was self-made, TROSSÖ Ikea planter, Home Depot watering can, flea market lantern, thrifted terrarium dish.