Dressing Up Outside

A pretty porch makeover by Marty at A Stroll Thru Life.

Here is her post:

My front porch was in very sad shape. This is what the poor rockers looked like. They really need refinishing.

Restained and looking so much better. See the white chinese garden stool. That’s the famous one from Big Lots. It needs painting too, and the poor dead plants replaced.

This is what I used to transform the chinese stool.

First it got two different colors of green.

Then a little stain was sponged on for character. I finished it with 2 coats of Clear Gloss.

Ta-DA!!! New front porch. Much better.

A view to the front door.

The wreath got a little redo too.

Some pillows and a new fern, now this looks inviting.

Of course a little critter had to be added.

The stool is just the perfect size for a couple of glasses of iced tea.

Since we live in Arizona, of course we have desert landscaping, but the porch still looks inviting.
Beautiful job Marty! Thanks so much for sharing! I love how everything looks so fresh and pretty! I’ll even take some of that Arizona sun right about now. 😉

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Remember when I did my house number flower pots? (Tutorial here.)


I’m so excited that I’ve inspired someone! I got this letter with photos:

Hi Roeshel, I have LOVED your blog ever since I came across it. I have been waiting for spring to arrive in the Rockies to attempt your house number project…we had a couple frost free days in a row so I decided to go for it! I used inexpensive plastic pots from Target and spray painted them, then free-handed the numbers/letters on and painted them in with acrylic paint. I’m waiting for my husband to build me a bench (on the to-do list for his new table-saw after the dog house is built) but I’m super pleased with the results – especially to make our house stand out a little in our military housing! Thanks for another awesome, easy-to-accomplish idea!

-Lara

Here are her pictures:

Thanks for sharing Lara! They look great and I love how you swapped out the pots for plastic ones. I do have some touching up this year after leaving mine out over the winter. (OOPS!)

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