I can’t believe I am going to show you these photos of my junky back porch. Go ahead, cue “The Beverly Hillbillies” theme song!

Back Porch Makeover - Before

But I promise you, there’s no broken down washing machine or castoff couch out there. (There was a toilet on our front lawn once, but that was our other house and only for a few hours and there was a reason!

Back Porch Makeover - Before

Just junk, dirt and projects half-done. Dead and dying plants and rusted out planters and broken flower pots. Fairy gardens that no self-respecting fairy would ever visit.

Back Porch Makeover - Before

Trim that needs painting, bricks that need replacing and concrete that needs a good pressure washing to remove a spring’s worth of pollen and bugs and grime.

I have a grand plan for an entire backyard entertaining space with a large patio, firepit, an outdoor kitchen, lots of lounging furniture and maybe even a pergola.

And while I’m at it, why not build a gardening cottage or fancy potting shed/studio/playhouse for me?

But let’s just say that plan is long term — definitely (not in the budget this year.)

In fact, I have an entire Pinterest board devoted to my backyard dreams…

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Oh, it will be fabulous — someday.

But that back porch. That’s something I can do something about now, so we can enjoy the space this spring and summer (or at least in that two-day window when the pollen disappears and the temperatures and humidity are still bearable. Ah, North Carolina! But after that winter we had, I’m not complaining.)

I was fortunate enough to win a $100 gift card to World Market while at SNAP! Conference, just for Instagramming a photo of myself posing with a rickshaw.

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I decided to put that gift card to good use and buy some new furniture for my sad sack back porch — and of course I paired it with a 25 percent off coupon and some World Market Explorer bucks so I was able to stretch the gift card!

Back Porch Makeover Inspiration

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I picked up the Aqua Blue Cadiz Mosaic Bistro Table and  
Baltic Blue Cadiz Metal Chairs
, plus outdoor cushions for the patio from World Market.

The plan is recover the chair cushions with a blue-and-white outdoor floral print (Premier Prints Twirly Blue) and maybe add a blue-and-white striped outdoor rug, too.

I already have a few accessories from my stash for the space, but I’m hoping to hit some yard sales this weekend to find others. I’m sure they’ll be a painting project or two involved in this makeover.

Though our back porch isn’t very large, and we still need to leave space for the grill, I think I probably have room for more seating out there. And I definitely want to bring in plants — maybe a kitchen herb garden — to make the space more inviting.

My husband is on the job to get those broken bricks fixed, and we’ll be doing more scrubbing and cleaning and trim painting. This won’t just be a lipstick on a pig makeover, but the plan is to keep to manageable and to do it on a budget.

I’m still very much in the planning and inspiration phase for our back porch makeover, so I’d love for you to weigh in on how you’d arrange and style the space. Send me your favorite pins, too, so I can add them to my Yard Inspiration board.

When the makeover is finished, I promise to invite you over for some homemade passion tea lemonade and a little porch sitting.


  1. I am in the process of planning the back porch revival, and adding to it a bit at a time. I am telling myself to be patient! For me there is an additional challenge of keeping everything clean after it is decorated.

    You inspiration board has lots of great ideas, Amy. I would like to incorporate a fire pit and a potting station in my back yard…along with a thousand other things:)

    Like your finds at World market!
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    • Atta Girl Amy

      Oh yes, the challenge of keeping clean, not just the messes that nature makes but the messes we make. I’ve been reading The Nester’s book lately and trying to do better about loving the imperfections in our home because those beautiful messes really do speak to our enjoyment of our home. But it’s so hard when you’re a blogger and when you’re constantly looking at other blogs and Pinterest and magazines and the Ballard Design and Pottery Barn catalogs that come every day.

      I have to keep reminding myself that making a home takes time, but there are times I wish I could wriggle my nose like Samantha from Bewitched and have it all done — all that Pinterest inspiration brought to life!

  2. Sounds like a great plan and i know it will be beautiful!!!…Happy Mother’s Day!

  3. That was a great purchase from World Market! As with everything else, it will be amazing when you’re done! Then you can come over and sit on my front deck and tell me what I need! I know a good painter/pressure washer, by the way!

  4. Amy, I love your future plans for your backyard. I am so yearning for a fire pit. I have the Adirondack chairs but no pit! I’ve been working on cleaning and decorating our porches this weekend and getting plants potted. I am one tired puppy. Lucky you to win the gift card and I love what you’ve already purchased. Hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

    • Atta Girl Amy

      We’ve all been fighting the crud lately, so our work on outdoor projects has been greatly derailed. But I did manage to get both porches cleaned and washed off. I’m hoping we’ll feel up to decorating soon! Because it is a lot of work to get those outdoor projects done, especially here in the south where pollen is as thick as molasses! I can’t wait to see the results of your hard work. And here’s hoping we both get those dreamed about firepits soon! Hope you had a wonderful day today, as well.

  5. You seem to have a great plan and some beautiful things planned. Good luck and I can’t wait to see t he finished product!


  6. Hmmm …. like minds must think alike – I have plans for navy & white on the porch too and just ordered me some blue & white stripe fabric. I’m aiming for a cabana look on the screen porch this summer. Can’t wait to see your vision come together!

    :) Linda

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