Scenes From a HAPPY Back Porch!

Hello everyone!!

After many long, hot hours in the summer sun, we’ve completed phase one of the back porch makeover!

As with most DIY projects, this one took about 3 weeks longer than we had anticipated, but it was well worth the wait. When we started we didn’t have any idea if this project would work. We didn’t even have a blueprint for our “wall”! All we knew is that anything would be an upgrade and that we wanted a more private space.

We took our sad-looking back porch to the next level by using free stuff, ingenuity, perseverance and sweat!

Check out the results of Phase One!

The original design consists of three pallets cleverly cut to make more of the limited supply of wood.

The original design consists of three pallets cleverly cut to make more of the limited supply of wood. We stained the wood with a dark color stain in order to make it look like one uniform piece and not a hodgepodge.

Side view: You can see that the "steps" are stacked pallets.

Side view: You can see that the “steps” are stacked pallets.

No wood left behind! We wanted to make sure that we didn't waste the wood, so we added panels and boxes for later planting!

No wood left behind! We wanted to make sure that we didn’t waste the wood, so we used the scraps to add panels and boxes for later planting!

We added paint to make the boxes pop! Plus, more color = Happy Jennie!

We added paint to make the boxes pop! Soon, I will plant some flowers in them. More color = Happy Jennie!

This was a totally FREE acquisition! We found it on the side of the road.

This was a totally FREE acquisition! We found it on the side of the road.

 

We moved a bunch of stuff around and off the porch to freshen it up!

We moved a bunch of stuff around and off the porch to freshen it up!

Just add plants!  I arranged my container garden on the bench for a touch of greenery.

Just add plants!
I arranged my container garden on the bench for a touch of greenery.

These little cuties were also free! Given to me by a friend when moving.

These little cuties were also free! Given to me by a friend when moving, they are the perfect accent to this little tree I got free from the local Christmas Tree Recycling Program.

Let’s take stock of the costs so far:

  • Pallets: FREE thanks to Martina & Barry
  • Dark wood stain: Left over from another project
  • Light mint and pink paint samples: Left over from another project
  • Teal and Blue paint samples: purchased from Home Depot for $2.96 each. Did you know that you can get any paint as a sample there? I didn’t! LOVE that!
  • Plant pots: I had a bunch in my attic
  • Plants: FREE from Brendan
  • Wooden Futon: FREE! Found on the curb.
  • Small aqua children’s chairs: FREE from a friend

As I said earlier, this is phase one of the back porch makeover, so be on the lookout for more back porch DIY projects to come!

 

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