Sunday, May 31, 2009

Porch Party: Before and After pics



Welcome to Rhondi’s Porch Party! Please visit her at Rose Colored Glasses for a list of participants. Rhondi did this last year, and it was the second blogging event I participated in.  Thanks Rhondi for doing this again, so that we can all see the great looking porches of our blogging friends-both old and new.

When we bought our home in 2003, it had this hideous red deck on the back. We loved lots of things about the home-mostly the location-but this red deck was not one of them! It was my dream from the beginning to add a screened porch to the back of the house. It didn’t take us too long…we did it the summer of 2005, and were in the middle of construction when Katrina came along. The porch was a great help then since the roof was on and we were able to spend lots of time there since our power was off for 6 days. It was definitely the coolest spot in the house.

back of house before porch

This is the outside of the house today with the porch added. The porch includes 2 sets of French Doors, but we screened about 3/4 of the porch and left one area open.


 This picture shows the area that was not screened in. We use this area for grilling out.IMG_0851

An interior view…..IMG_0852

 Another view that shows the wicker. The wicker was originally white or tan, and was bought at different points in time from garage sales, flea markets, etc and spray painted the same green color. The cushions were covered from tablecloths I bought on sale  for $1.00 each at Walmart. I didn’t sew them…took the lazy way and pinned the fabric to the back of the cushions. LOLIMG_0853

 Something I enjoy doing is picking up accessories at thrift stores and garage sales for my porch like this little rabbit in a planter.


 Pillows from the thrift store………………IMG_0855

A cute little ladybug house-found at a flea market.


And this Southern Living at Home basket to hold house plants.IMG_0857 One of my favorite spots is the porch. I love to admire the flowers through the comfort of the porch. These purple coneflowers are really putting on a show right now!


A hydrangea planted next to the open part.IMG_0861

A view looking into the woods. I got the tea cup bird feeders ‘free’ at an estate sale…bought enough other stuff, so they were just thrown in!  IMG_0858

I hope you enjoyed visiting my porch! It is one of my favorite spots at my house.


Thanks for stopping by…be sure and visit the other porches on Rhondi’s site!



Unknown said...

I love screened in porches, and yours is divine. I love what curb appeal it gives, and thanks for sharing the before and after photographs. Your porch is lovely.

Happy Porch Party.


Jadehollow said...

Awesome porch! It's so cozy and peaceful.. I can see why it's a favorite spot.

imjacobsmom said...

Diane, I can see why your porch is your favorite place, it looks so cozy. I would want to spend lots of time there, too. I really like your wicker furniture, I like how you painted it all green to match. ~ Robyn

Dana said...

Hi~ I just happened upon your blog and am enjoying looking at your beautiful porch!! I LOVE the green wicker and the beautiful flowers. It seems so warm and welcoming. Kudos to you.

Anonymous said...

Your porch looks beautiful and what a view from it. I would never leave it.


Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

What a beautiful porch. I would feel right at home there. It is so cozy and welcoming!

Hope you have time to stop by my porch for a visit.

Celestina Marie said...

Your screened porch is wonderful. I love seeing the before and after. What a difference and so worth it. Your decor is divine and so well pulled together. I love the view outside and your coneflowers are gorgeous.
What an inviting porch.
Have a great week.
Celestina Marie

Jojo said...

Congratulations on your porch!! It is beautiful and I love all the wicker. You have a beautiful view from your porch.

Darlene said...

I LOVE your screened is absolutely GORGEOUS!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a wonderful porch, Diane! I love it... so comfortable and pretty! And those adorable teacup planters in your yard... CUTE! And the little bird house and so many cute things. Love this, Diane!

Happy Porch Party...


Sheila... who combined posts for this event and Second Time Around Tuesday! :-)

debbie said...

What a beautiful porch....I love everything about it....I love your teacup feeders. I have all the necessary items I just need to put them together. I love a screened in porch.
Thank you for sharing

abeachcottage said...

oooh it is beautiful

love all the wicker and can see why it must be such a wonderful place to just sit and be

great inspiration,I enjoyed my visit


A Romantic Porch said...

Your porch is lovely and the view is fabulous. rachel

xinex said...

Beautiful porch, beautiful garden and view! I like the color you painted the wicker furniture with and I love the iron tray you put the plants in....Christine

Marina Capano said...

What a nice porch you have! You have a gorgeous and restful place to relax

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Your porch is gorgeous, Diane! I love how part of it is screened and part is open.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Beautiful views and so much eye candy. You must spend hours on that porch...I know that I would!
♥, Susan

Barbara said...

Diane, I love the color you painted your wicker furniture and the colors in the cushions, great job. I am jealous of the purple cornflowers. Everything looks great. Happy Porch Party, come visit with me.

Carolyn said...

I love screened porches too. I love all your wicker especially the chaise!

Chiki Cottage said...

Such a beautiful porch!! It is such a large space. I love everything about it. Thank you for inviting me. Happy porch party!

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Diane, Your porch is amazing! So welcoming and pretty! Love how you painted all the furniture green to make it cohesive! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

Ribbonwood Cottage said...

HI Diane, what a lovely screened in porch. We have questioned whether or not to screen ours in. I'm going to show hubby pictures of yours. I really like it! What a lovely surrounding area you have as well!
Great porch, decorated so lovely.

Rhondi said...

Hi Diane
What a transformation. It is like havign a whole other house outside! I love how you've used bargains to decorate it. It is so comfortable and inviting looking! Thanks for joining the party. I think I'lljust stretch out onthat chais elounge for a few minutes and see who else stops by :)
Hugs, Rhondi

Rue said...

Hi Diane :)

You really changed the whole look of the house and added a wonderful room addition more than a porch. That really took some vision and you did a great job decorating it too. I love that you painted the wicker green to make it match. I would love to sit out there :)


Beverly said...

Diane, your porch is wonderful, and it really made your home. I know you all must enjoy it so much.

You have everything arranged and decorated to look so pretty. And, what a great idea for covering your cushions.

Thank you for inviting me.

Nola said...

Your porch is fantastic! Of course, I especially like the screened part; it is a beautiful outdoor room. I can just imagine sitting there on the wicker and sipping tea or coffee.

Barbara Jean said...

This is beautiful.I love wicker and porches.
So fun to look at all the ones posted.

Thanks and blessings,
Barbara Jean

Anonymous said...

I really like the 2 areas. Beautiful view, also. Well done!
Kate Michelle

Daisy Cottage said...

Diane your porch is beautiful! ((((hugs)))
It is as beautiful as you - thank you for always being so sweet when you stop by Daisy Cottage.


bj said...

O, what a beautiful porch..I just love it. You have a lovely home and grounds...those little teacup feeders are precious...
xo bj

Helen said...

I would ... for sure ... use this pretty porch in warm weather as my sleeping porch. I have always dreamed of having one.

Poppedijne said...

A great poch to have lots of lovely party's on. Such a nice place.COme and join my party too.You will have to do with my garden instead of a porch but you are most welcome.

Gabrielle Mader said...

great looking did a great job screening part of it in? Where do you live in the South? We were in Alabama the day before Katrina hit..

jeanne said...

Hi Diane, I am trying to catch up with the porch party as it is raining and we are not going exploring in the mountains today. It is actually snowing higher up today. Sigh. We could use this break after 17days of being on the roads. Our weather has been great up to now, so no complaints.

Your porch is absolutely beautiful. I love every thing you have done. My wicker furniture is also thrift store finds and I painted mine tan. More of a mountain feel. Your flowers just make me want to plant more around our home. We have done all of our landscaping ourselves and it is a work in progress. Some things like the terraced steps to the lower deck and the dry river bed we hired done. I get ideas from my blogging friends and that would be you Diane.

Well, we haven't had breakfast yet so we are off to find a good place to eat. I love this vacation. BIG smile.

I have admired your home so much and your location is awesome. That's everything isn't it?


Stephanie said...

I love what you've done!! Wow. I'm inspired to paint my wicker too. I just love that!!

I enjoyed your Porch Party!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

This is a fabulous transformation! What vision you had to turn that deck into this delightful porch. I love the way you've decorated it. Oh, I think I could sit on that porch all of the time! Absolutely lovely. laurie

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

It's wonderful to have a screened porch! I love the transformation from what you originally had to now. Love the part you didn't screen too!


Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

GM Diane...girl I just love the soft aqua color of your wicker...this is all so pretty...I also did my sunroom with all Hospice finds and second hand stuff I had in my barn...just love being able to reuse my things and shop my house...Don't have to get out of my old Red robe that way ha ha!! May you have a great day my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

John's Arts & Crafts said...

Great blog & photos! New blog on the Hx. of the Ladybug:

LADY JANE said...

Diane, I love your screened porch! Oh...and you MUST have gotten to the thrift sale before me...or I would have snapped up those treasures first...I especially love the lady bug house! I have so missed blogging...I have been so busy...but I thought I would stop for a second to see your lovely porch and say hello! Hugs!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

My goodness, this is beautiful. What a smart idea to screen in most of it, but not all. I remember coming over here at Christmas time to see some gorgeous banister garland you had.
Everything looks lovely! : )

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love your porch and your entire house, Diane! A house like your here would cost millions. You have such a peaceful and pretty location.

Is J still in NYC? The job market is so tough now! My daughter is resigned to staying where she is as the BOE is not offering jobs to new teachers.

Four Paws and Co said...

Absolutely beautiful! I'm so impressed with your tablecloth seat covers! I may borrow this idea. ☺♥☺ diane

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Hi Diane!! Sorry I've been'd think my job would know I have blogs to read, LOL!

Oh, I love me a screened in porch and yours is truly lovely! You must have done some damage at that yard sale to get yourself some freebies. :-)