Oh my goodness this took longer than I thought it would. I envisioned an evening of putting furniture together, spray painting a table and dressing up the porch. After three goes at the bench, and a little bit of tub soaking, multiple spray paint "issues" and the quickest planting ever the porch is dressed!
I love it so much, it's exactly the kind of outdoor room I was hoping for.
The table was really what held up this project. It was a rusty whitish estate sale find and I figured an easy spray paint make over. Well not only did I not bother to sand it (so I may be painting it again in the future), but I taped it all up only to realize that it had to be taken apart to fully be painted. I also completely forgot I had one of those awesome spray paint guns and got black spray paint all over myself and a cramped finger as a result. But today Sciarrino came over and watched Tuesday and I got it put back together. Thank goodness the chairs (which I also thrifted) were already painted black. Table cloth, tray, and lamp were all from recent thrifting.
Earlier in the week Bill came over to help me put together my Christmas present, this awesome bench. It only took us three tries. He pointed out that if we had more benches to put together we would be golden for the next ones. So I guess we're go to bench assemblers now. Meanwhile my mom and Tuesday were hanging out watching us and staying cool.
The water baby loved bathing in here. I'm keeping the bin out and full of pillows when not in use by cute little babies:
It was thrifted (I know, shocker). The rug is from Costco. I love it, it is super soft, made from recycled pop bottles. I was originally going to look for a woven type, but this is much nicer for Tutu to play on, and was so much less expensive.
To the right of the door. This old produce stand (I think) has been a few different things in my house (packaging materials for ribbon jar, winter gloves/scars hold, among others), but I think it looks best out here. The planter was given to me by my mom and I love how it's aged:
Tuesday and I have hung out here everyday this week, it's lovely in the afternoon when the sun has ducked behind the house. I can be out when my neighbors come home from work so Tuesday can see all her friends.
I once again have to thank my friend Matt for coming up with the design of this porch. It totally has changed the look of our house. Since you can't really see our addition from the front it is the most drastic change people notice. Many of my neighbors have come up to me this week to comment on it, I think they are as glad as us to have it done!