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!
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!
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.
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…
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.
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!
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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.