Monday, May 7, 2012

Front Porch Refresh

 I finally made some time yesterday to work on some projects, and it felt SO GOOD!!  My front porch was in need of much TLC, so I headed out early for Home Depot and Home Goods.  I knew I needed a can of white spray paint to start.  My friend gave me a red ikea table about a year ago, but I decided it needed to be white.  Then, for a year now, I have wanted to make a rug by painting stripes on a drop cloth canvas.  So, while I was getting my paint, I picked up a 5"x5" drop cloth as well.  

Lucky for me, Home Goods is in the same shopping center as my Home Depot.  I found two green and white cushions (the exact color I was looking for).  I couldn't buy them right away though - I had to run across the parking lot to Kohls and Target first to make sure I was covering all of my bases.  True to form, I ended up where I started and bought the cushions from Home Goods - does anyone else do that?  Find something at the first store you go to, run around to a million other places and then end up where you started?

Once I got home, I got to work on the table.  As soon as I started priming it, I realized I forgot to take a before photo.  This is what the table looked like before...

And here she is after... I love me some white furniture!

On a side note - I must have picked the hottest day of the year to decide to do all of this.  I was sweating my butt off!!

So next, I taped my stripes onto the canvas with painter's tape.

I used two different shades of green craft paint mixed with water. OK actually, it was not my intention to do this.  After I finished the first stripe I realized that I was only going to have enough paint for two of them.  So I skipped a stripe and then filled in the rest with another shade.

Here's what it looked like after I took the tape off...

And finally, my front porch is done.  Well, almost done.  I still want to make a wreath, and I have a planter project for next to the front door.

Can't wait to sit out there and enjoy!  The cushions are so cozy!!


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  1. LOVE!!!! Your porch is so pretty! How much was the drop cloth? It looks so fancy painted - I might try that!

  2. So pretty! I found you over on Tip me Tuesday:)

  3. Oh I love the rug - what great colors!

  4. Gorgeous! I'd love for you to add it on my link party at: Thanks!

  5. I love this! Ironically I'm working on an almost identical rocking chair this weekend AND was planning on a adding stripes to a drop cloth to use as a rug! You did an amazing job!! Now I'm really psyched to work on my projects! I'm your newest GFC follower!