One of the things I originally fell in love with about our house was the screened porch overlooking the big backyard, but I haven’t given it much attention since we’ve lived here. I didn’t use it much last year because honestly, I was just tired of looking at the mess. The kids had kind of taken over the space—papers, art supplies, mismatched pillows, spilled snacks and cushions that didn’t fit our furniture. This year, I decided to take back our porch—and hopefully help a great cause in the process—with the help of FrogTape.
I’m on one of six bloggers taking part in this year’s FrogTape Paintover Challenge where each of us makes over a space according to a theme we were given, in hopes of donating $5000 to our favorite charity. (I chose St. Jude Children’s hospital.) My project’s theme was “nature’s influence” (fitting for a porch, right?) and I wanted it to reflect the beautiful colors of Spring’s new life and blue skies.
I believe every room—whether indoors or out—needs a touch of nature. Besides incorporating blues and greens, I also used a lot of textural pieces to give my design a natural feel. I incorporated the wood sunburst mirror I already had and added touches of jute, driftwood and wicker. A modern dining table and some blue and white pottery help balance things out and give it a more polished feel:
The first step to perking up this space was to give my floors a fresh color. Although neutral, the old color showed every dirty footprint tracked in (and there’s a lot of them!). We pressure washed the entire porch before starting. I then taped off the perimeter with FrogTape and used a paint specifically for porch and patio floors (in “Green Adirondack” by Behr). We had the rest of our porch painted bright white last year which doesn’t leave room for a lot of painting mistakes.
I brushed around the edges first, rolled on two coats of paint and touched up the spaces between boards with the brush before removing the tape.
I feel the same about the change, Annie. I feel the same.
Once the floor was painted, it was time for the fun part—accessorizing! Ready for the before and after?
Most of my budget for this space went toward new cushions for the sofa and chairs. I admit to trying to skimp and save money a couple of years ago by replacing the original cushions with cheaper ones from a home improvement store. They were comfy but never fit out furniture properly and were always sliding off, looking like a sloppy mess. It drove me crazy. I ordered the Sunbrella replacement cushions that were made for the pieces and it’s a huge difference. I stuck with blue. In fact, the key to the natural look I was going for was to keep the color palette very simple, using green on the floor and shades of blue on everything else.
The pretty greens of Spring blooming all over our backyard also helped move this makeover along. . .
As I mentioned earlier, texture played a big role in accessorizing the porch. Since the porch is covered, I was able to use a jute rug to tie the seating area together—and I love the strong pattern it adds.
We also changed out the dated brass light fixture by the back door with a simple black and glass lantern. I finished up with some new pillows (more blue!) and cut a few dogwood branches from our yard to celebrate Springtime.
I’ve already used the porch more than last year combined and sneak out there with a book whenever I’m able. :)
To see all of the participating bloggers’ finished spaces, head over to the Paintover Challenge page where you can also vote for your favorite to win $5000 for the charity of their choice.
Thanks to FrogTape for sponsoring this post and for including me as a participant in this year’s FrogTape Challenge.