Monday, June 6, 2011

From Sad to Happy Front Porch Makeover

My front porch was looking pretty sad for the summer.  And by sad, I mean bare.  Just two lone rockers, and well, that's it.

 I knew at the very least, the chairs needed pillows.  A few weeks ago I picked up these 4 placemats at Kroger (yes Kroger!) for $0.67 a piece.

I have been dragging my feet on making these pillows, because I knew it would involve sewing.  I am still a novice at sewing, so it scared me a bit.  BUT - what did I have to lose?  If I messed up my $0.67 placemats - no loss, right?  I didn't have any pillow stuffing in the house, but I did have some old ugly brown pillows that were sitting in a closet.  So I ripped one open, and repurposed the guts.

I pinned the placemats together, sewed them up, stuffed 'em, and low and behold - I had pillows!!  I did it!!  LOL.  

Quick and easy, sure - I was so proud of myself!!  But they still needed something - they needed BURLAP!

I grabbed some scrap burlap that I had, cut them into squares, and stitched them around the outside to prevent fraying.  Then, with my Cricut, I made a number stencil out of contact paper - 74 and 85 - because my house number is 7485.  Using contact paper makes it easy - just cut around the stencil and stick it down where you want.  Then I just painted the numbers.

The last step was to hand stitch the numbers onto the front of the pillow.  Once I was done, I was in LOVE!!

The porch still needed some more stuff - so I grabbed some odds and ends from around the house, and voila!!

I was on a roll, so hubby and I ran out to Home Depot and bought some hanging plants too.  Here's what it looks like all done:

Ahh...we have already spent so much more time out there!  It's so relaxing, right?  Not bad for $2.68 and some stuff I already had around the house!!

Linking Up To:


The DIY Show Off

BWS tips button

Junkie handmade projects

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

The Shabby Nest




  1. Looks fantastic! Love the pillow idea..

  2. Cute! Love the colors! I've been wanting to stencil some numbers for our front. I think you just motivated me!
    Scissors & Spatulas

  3. They look great ! I'm sooo scared of my sewing machine and are trying to get over it too..:(
    you did a great job ! xo

  4. I love that the numbers are your house numbers! How creative and cute! I am doing a PILLOW FIGHT on my blog, for charity, and would love it if you would consider linking up!


  5. So charming- well done! Thanks for sharing at FNF!

  6. How cute did you make your porch... well done


  7. Hi there~ Love seeing these again~they are darling! Thanks for sharing them at the Shabby Cottage Summer block party!! :)