Just Me Makeovers Projects

Porch makeover

If you remember last summer, we embarked on a deck/ porch makeover.. it was a bit ridiculous. Once “monsoon season” finally subsided (seriously y’all… we have had 28 out of 30 days of rain), I knew something was going to have to be done. (We never even got to use the screened porch last year once it was finally done.)

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WE were ready for porch season… but our porch was not. So I got to go shopping FOR US! This doesn’t happen often. I’m usually on the hunt for everyone else- this was going to be fun!

When contacted by Stinger about testing their new bug zapper and with all the rain we have had, talk of mosquitos, and the Zinka virus going on, I knew this was going to be put to great use out on the “new” porch.

Brian wanted a metal glider like we have up at the family camp in the Adirondacks. It nearly seven feet long and those are kind of impossible to find (if you have a line on one, PLEASE let me know). I scoured the internet and found something close and part of a set on Craigslist. It was yellow and shorter, but would have to do for now. Putting it out there helped a bit for seating, but it was kind of sad-looking….

SxS porch makeover before

Let’s talk about how I despise that rug… ick. Brian bought in on a whim one day for the old house and while it worked fine there, it really couldn’t be more boring. He was going with practical, but I don’t understand why you can’t have at least a tiny bit attractive too? The pallet coffee table was Brian’s idea as well, though major props for that one- I think it is great! It’s the perfect size and just works, (super bonus that it makes me feel less guilty about my growing pallet collection and lack of time to make fun stuff out of them).

Home Goods just seemed like the perfect place to start looking for everything else, don’t you think? I had so much fun wandering around and dreaming… I found this desk for a friend:

SxS porch makeover Home Goods trip

and discovered that chicken stuff is apparently all the rage this season:

SxS porch makeover Home Goods chickens
SxS porch makeover Home Goods chicken canisters

I “may” have neglected to mention we now have 35 chickens, ducks, and guineas…. (heaven help me) Hopefully I will get to showing you the giant coop we built soon…

I did find a rug and shot a pic over to Brian (I love technology)

SxS porch makeover rug

He approved (hooray). I used it to anchor the room and bought some cushions and pillows too.

Shopping my own home, I picked up a few lanterns we’d used at the old house, and a lamp I was going to sell at the shop (It needs a shade or something I realize, I’ll find one eventually).

Putting it all together, the porch now looks like this:

SxS porch makeover after

I find this SO much more inviting and sit here for hours in the quiet watching all those silly chickens.

The lantern bug zapper is fabulous too. The “barn door” sliders aren’t the most bug tight (Brian hates them) so the insects still manage to get in occasionally. Having this on the table is perfect at night and I love the peaceful violet glow.

SxS porch makeover Stinger on

It’s rechargeable and has a light feature too so I can send the kids back into the yard to collect their shoes and clothes once they come in for the night. It’s even attractive so I can leave it out on the table and not have to hide it on a shelf in the corner.

SxS Stinger

I only wish I’d had it out when our friends came over a few weeks ago… Oh well, next time, it’s ready!


*Stinger was kind enough to send me a lantern to try out and share with you, Home Goods and Craigslist have never heard of me. All opinions and experiences are my own and always will be.

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