Every morning when I leave the house for work and every afternoon when I return home, I step onto my empty canvas of a front porch and think to myself ‘there really should be something here.’ But the thing is, we live in a small, quiet neighborhood and have a large deck around a pool in the back yard. I could put furniture on the front porch but I’d never actually sit out there. Why squish myself onto a slim front porch that boasts a view of my neighbors driveway full of SUV’s when I can relax on a lounge chair by the pool with a full view of trees, flowers, and a small creek behind our property? It seemed so silly. Until it rained. The kind of light rain that smells so fresh and cleansing. The kind of rain that cools off the summer air just enough to make walking out to the mailbox without coming back pouring sweat possible. The kind of rain that makes you want to curl up with fluffy pillows and enjoy a good book.
Hmm…can’t do that on the uncovered back deck, can I? I guess I could, but it wouldn’t be quite as relaxing as I envisioned. So maybe some chairs on the front porch might be a good idea after all. Knowing that I wouldn’t spend too much time out there anyway, I didn’t want to invest a lot of money on my secondary outside sitting spot. I checked my inventory in the shed and found some chairs and a bench I had when I lived in my old apartment during my bachelorette days. In the darkness of the shed, they looked fine. I brought them out into the sunlight and disappointment took over quickly.
One word. Yuck. The metal used to be black. And shiny. And smooth. Now it’s gray. And rusty. And gross. The rattan part was still in good shape, though. Just a little dirty. Just when I was about to leave them out and have the Hubs haul them to road on trash day, I remembered one of the things my mother always says, “You can spray paint anything and make it look brand new.” No way, Mom. Not these chairs. Their life is over. But I figured, if I’m going to throw them away, why not give it shot with some spray paint I have in the garage. If it doesn’t work (which it won’t) I’ll just trash them and no one will ever know.
I covered the rattan with cut-open trash bags and taped them in place with painters tape. I had no intentions of this actually working. It was more of just something to do to kill a little time before I went to the gym. I hate going in the afternoon. It’s always so busy.
Well, my mother was right after all. You can spray paint anything and make it look brand new. Those nasty chairs that were headed towards the county dump are now two beautiful contrasting conversation seats. I took the navy color to match the shutters and did a bright teal on the other, just for fun. An old plastic folding table got a quick coat of spray paint too and it looks like I just brought it home today.
Instead of facing the chairs outward towards the driveway of cars across the road from the neighbor’s teenage son’s weekly football team gathering, I turned them towards the inside of the porch. Right across them is the newly updated bench for an even better conversation flow. No one wants to turn their neck 45 degrees just to talk to the person on the other side. I know I don’t.
This is my spot. The hummingbird feeder is right beside it and they don’t mind an audience during dinnertime. The bench is just big enough to curl up with a good book and a snuggly blanket this fall. And speaking of snuggling, I’d much rather share a seat with my hubby than sit in separate chairs anyway.
I found this cushion at Lowes on sale for 18 bucks. The pillows came from my garage, stashed away from my old back porch at the bachelorette pad. I gave them a little scrub and they cleaned up nicely.
These denim weaved all-weather rugs came from Walmart for $9 each. A total steal because they are impressively soft for an outdoor rug. Not to mention they are super easy to clean. They go right in the washing machine and back outside to dry. Yay for low-maintenance!
It may not be a fancy front porch. But I don’t need a fancy front porch. I need a covered area, a cozy spot, and a good book. And the fact that I only spent 40 dollars for two rugs and bench cushion makes it even better. With old furniture, spray paint, and outdoor pillows already on hand, this project only took a couple of hours. Now I can enjoy those summer showers like a Southern Lady is supposed to. Bring on the rain.