Freshening Up The Porch

With so many projects demanding attention from our bank account, any “non-necessary” projects, like porch beautification, had to be done on the cheap.

This is how I did it, and for how much:

#1 Pots
When we moved in, the previous owners left a ton of pots behind, including two large ones. The were not a matched set, so I decided to make them one. After a good washing and sanding, they took spray paint really well. I chose a navy blue color and finished with a coat of clear gloss over the top. Cost: $8 for two cans of spray paint.

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#2 Pillows
The pillow covers I bought 7 years ago were really faded. They look much better in the picture than in real life.  Cost for two new covers looked to be $40 minimum,  so I decided it was worth the risk to try to dye the old ones. I bought a package of R.I.T “blue denim,” followed the instructions and was really happy with the results. They don’t knock my socks off, but they are certainly an improvement for now. Cost: $1.50 (after 40% off coupon)

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#3 Ferns
Last year I hung flowers from the porch ceiling hooks, but then started to notice that many historic homes’ porches were adorned with ferns. I loved the look and knew that’s what I’d do from now on.
I needed three of them, and at a cost of $30/ basket, that was way more than I wanted to spend.  I found out the local drug store had been selling them for $12.99/basket, but every location was sold out and unable to get more.  I was depressed.  Costco came to my rescue.  When I was on a milk-run a couple days ago, they had just brought in a shipment of the huge, glorious babies.  People were loading them onto their carts right and left.  These ferns were the talk of the store.  And they were only $15 each!  I was afraid they would be too huge, but once home, my fears were relieved.  I just LOVE them.  Cost:  $45

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Total Cost of my porch-beautification project was just under $55.  For “new” pillows, “new” pots and 3 fabulous ferns, I think that’s as good as I could do.

As you can see from my pictures, we still have some work to do on the porch.  Very soon I hope to tackle the steps and floor and bring them up to par.  The “lattice” under the porch (I’m not sure what the proper name for it is) is original, but broken and rotten in many places.  We (by that I mean Lance/ his dad) will be recreating it, but I’m not sure when that will happen… bigger fish to fry, you know….

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