Monday, June 17, 2013

That's a Bad Emma.

Remember last Halloween how I totally decked out the sofa on our front porch? For those who don't feel like clicking back, it looked something like this:


Super cute right? Well, I am a bad blogger.

It's what, middle of June and I haven't done shit to my front porch? Bad Emma!

We had a bought of beautiful weather on Sunday so I went out front to assess the damage from a porch that hasn't been touched in 8 months.


Yuck. Seriously?

It had tree sperm, dirt, random crap Brenna left on the front porch when she moved and uhh...more dirt.

Nasty. Not to mention we took all the pillows off the couch when the weather turned.

So I lugged everything in, gave the porch a good sweeping (which will have to do until we can rent the power washer...) and using fabric from my stash, made new pillows for the couch. I used the three seam pillows tutorial shown here.

I liked the way this fabric has the orange in my begonias and the blues of the house. I used plain blue fabric for the large cushions.


Also, if I was a good blogger I would have ironed them. But...they're for outside and ain't nobody got time for that.

I moved the couch from in front of the window to the far sill and it makes the front porch look HUGE. We always had the couch away from the sill to keep it dry during hard rains, but I wanted something new.

But, this also made it painfully obvious that we should have another chair to even everything out. Since I don't have another chair (well, for the front...once we build the porch swing, this bench will go out back as it matches the furniture back there) I had Nate lug the pot of flowers my mom and I made for the door over to the little nook.


I had an extra outdoor rug from World Market laying around that I put down- it's not perfect, as it's more teal than the blues that are out there, but it will certainly do for now. Our mission was to make it more pleasant without spending money.


Much better.



What did you guys get done this weekend?

20 comments:

  1. I love that the orange in the pillows catches the orange in the plants. Looks great!

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    1. Thanks, Jill! I was so excited that begonias were shade plants and I didn't have to forever live in a world of Hastas

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  2. I love the fabric choice especially with the flowers. I am seriously crushing on the sofa though. My heart wants that rattan! It looks a ton better out there. It's easy to forget the front porch especially if you never use your front door.

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    1. We have matching chairs too! Of course, we painted them and I wish we hadn't, but it's okay! They're so comfy! (The chairs are out back- http://www.brokeasshome.com/2012/08/our-99-deck-makeover.html)

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  3. Very nice! It's amazing what a difference turning that couch around made! It looks so big and inviting out there now :)

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    1. Oh my word, it feels HUGE out there. So much better for crashing out there with a book.

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  4. Gorgeous!!!!! I love the orange and blue - great colors!!

    As for washing a porch - I'm a porch washer from way back ---- no power washer needed.

    Get your hose going, and wet down the porch. Sprinkle on some powder Tide, and scrub it down with a good ol' fashioned corn broom or push broom. Hose it down again to rinse off all the soap (do this thoroughly so it's not slippery). You will be amazed at how clean it will get!!! And, if you can, hook your hose up to the hot water on your washtubs and wash it with hot water (be frugal with the water though, it will drain your hot water tank quickly).

    I used to do this every spring and summer when I had a porch like yours, and my mom still does this on her huge restored Victorian home, her porch is also painted wood.

    Gorgeous porch!!! Love it!!! (we need photos of your impatiens though --- how does your garden grow??) :-)

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    1. Yeah! We've washed porches like that before. My mom had an old cement porch and we'd do that every summer. Since we need the power washer for the back deck I figured I mind as well wait and not use the energy twice. ...that might just be my sofatsolazy speaking though...

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  5. Where did that rug come from?! Also, I really like the colors. So bright and happy!

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  6. love it! and the flowers are looking SO GOOD and full out there :)

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    1. I'm so proud of myself for having not killed them yet!

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  7. The porch looks great Emma! Such a difference with the seating moved like that! Wish I had a covered porch to play on. I too wanna see those impatiens!

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    1. Hhahaha okay I'll go out there and (weed) take pictures.

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  8. Gorgeous makeover, especially for FREE!

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  9. Aww, I love all that orange! And I love the idea of sprucing up with what you have. Proof that you don't have to spend money to make a difference in your home. Looks like a nice place to spend a summer morning or evening.

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    1. Thanks, Rita! We have plans for what we want to do out there long term, so we didn't want to spend anything on the interim. Have a good one!

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  10. I've totally been there, totally have ignored my studio for 8 months too! I love the blue and orange! Sorry may have to steal a little inspiration, I'm thinking Rustoleum-ize some old hunter green patio chairs in bright orange...hmmmm. Even better spruce up for the price!Nice!

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    1. Steal away! I love blue and orange together. We did it on our back porch too- lots of spray paint- head on over there for more ideas to steal! http://www.brokeasshome.com/2012/08/our-99-deck-makeover.html

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