After a long, cold, snowy winter, it seems
as if spring has finally arrived in our part of the country...at least for today. This is Missouri, after all, and we've had snow in April before!
One of my favorite things to do to embrace the change of seasons is to spruce up our front porch. No, it's not the rambling farmhouse-style space of my dreams, but it's a cozy spot that can be very welcoming when done up right.
It seems as if the porch becomes a gathering place for lots of odd things over the course of the cold months. Before I could even begin to re-arrange and decorate, I had to clear away some overshoes, a pile of plastic totes that were used to make bricks for an igloo out of our last big snow, and the few remaining logs. Once those were disposed of, I swept off the remaining twigs and leaves and starting putting things back in place.
If you're like me, simply re-arranging a space is ok, but throw in a few fun projects, and you've got the makings of a pretty enjoyable day, or two.
The first thing I did was find a spot for this old wash tub. It's one of the few larger items from the shop that we chose not to sell when we closed. I at first envisioned it as a pretty sweet cooler for next to the pool, but then my husband reminded me that we already have a big cooler so I had to go to plan b. That consisted of bringing up some clay pots from the basement that were just taking up space, buying a bunch of flowers in a variety of bright colors and creating a fun vinyl piece for the front. It brightens things up a bit, while still keeping with our vintage theme.
That was a great start, but then I looked around at all the blank walls, dug through some of the other items from the shop that I really wanted to re-purpose, and inspiration struck again. I made the "No Soliciting" sign after looking at a few different ones that I found for sale online, taking my favorite parts and combining them to make one just for us. Using the old window that was originally the sign for our shop, I applied the vinyl lettering. Once we get some hooks installed, this will hang right next to the front door.
For my final project, I walked around the porch with these three shutters in my hands, trying to decide what to do with them. Should I separate them and hang a couple of them horizontally over the step up to the porch? Hang a couple of them vertically in the openings over the railings? After getting my husband's feedback, I ended up leaving them together, painting them barn red and we decided we would hang them on the wall above the chairs and white enamel-topped table.
They were too boring on their own, so I added the two jelly jars using radiator clamps, and made the wooden cross out of leftover pallet wood scraps. I painted it with warm white, a layer of crackle finish, and topped it with brown. I love the way it turned out! The white knob at the top came from Hobby Lobby, and I figure I can change things out on a whim, maybe putting up a wreath or a flag, or whatever.
To top things off, I hung up this pallet wood flag that my husband made. It was the last one that we hadn't sold at the shop, and after it injured me at our recent show, I figured it needed to find permanent residence. I really like it here and think it finishes off the space really well.
This chair usually resides in our kitchen, but I thought it would really fit in well on the front porch. The enamel ware bucket was one of several in a stack that are destined for a resale shop near me. It may end up holding some flowers at a later date.
So that's our front porch make-over. I'll probably add a few extra touches over time, possibly another plant or two, but the major things are in place and I love how it turned out!
I hope that spring is inspiring you to be creative too!