Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sparkling Back Porch!


Whew!  I've got one sparkling porch and one filthy, exhausted body!   You see, I'm a little lackadaisical when it comes to prepping my outdoor spaces for winter.  I hold on to every day of fall, refusing to believe that winter is going to come.  So instead of facing the inevitable and getting the furniture put away while the weather still allows for somewhat comfortable chores, I wake up to a patio full of snow covered furniture.   So I push all of the furniture closer to the center of the porch and hope for a warmer day to put a few things away.  This last winter I actually managed to get most of the wicker furniture into the garage, but only because they were "extra" pieces that had landed on the porch after I brought them home from estate sales and needed to be put away for restoration anyway.   

Our back porch needs some tender loving care - some of which will be relatively expensive and sweat inducing and take a little time.  This is not the spring that these things are going to happen.  So I tried to come up with a few things that would get us through "just one more summer."    

Exactly 14 days ago my back porch looked like this:


and I blogged about all the things I was going to do to freshen it up for spring and summer.   Well, I didn't get everything done.  But I did get a lot done and now my back porch looks like this:


And because this all made me really tired and hungry, I'm going to bathe and eat dinner and leave you with a bunch of pictures.  On another day I'll talk a little more about what I did.e
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And after I've bathed and eaten dinner, this is where I will be sitting - in that rocker on the left.  Mister Quirky will be sitting in the rocker on the right.  There will be two glasses of wine hanging out on that little table.   I'm still working on what I will use to put my feet up on......

Make something wonderful today!

Karen

After we rest, we party so you will find us here....

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36 comments:

Four Marrs and One Venus said...

Ummm. Karen... I will be coming over for some wine too! I will just lay on that cute rug you have down..throw me a pillow and all will be good! WOW! I love your Porch- looks so inviting that I am just inviting myself on over! See you soon! :)
Jen

Four Marrs and One Venus said...

Oh- and I have to share this on FB! Hope that's ok!! :)

Jana@Transformations From the Heart said...

Looks great. Enjoy your bath,dinner and wine, you deserve it after all that work. Good luck on finding something to prop your feet up on.
Oh, I love your little shutters that are different colored~very cute. :0)

Holly @ Bella Nest said...

Great job, Karen! Everything looks so perfect and quirky! lol Enjoy your vino. Wish I could come hang out with ya!!!

Gallamore West said...

I just saw your porch on FB {via Four Marrs & One Venus} and I loooove it! I'll be right over with my glass of wine too. Those shutters and that ohhh so chippy piece are gorgeous!

Ceekay-Thinkin of Home/Doublewide Decor said...

Your porch cleans up good! I love the day bed...and the old cabinet...it is way good!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

This darling space isn't a room... it's an outdoor home! You have thought of everything! I love the chippy colors and great seating areas! The rug is awesome! I need to look for one like that!
If my porch was so inviting I would eat every meal on it!
Very inspiring!

RHome410 said...

Our back porch is one of my favorite places in the world. You have so much wonderful seating for yours... Nice!

Little Vintage Cottage said...

Love your back porch, looks so inviting and fun with lots of goodies to look at! I just finished fixing mine up for summer as well, stop by and take a look if you'd like!

Tania

Meg said...

It looks amazing! Peonies are my favorite, ever! I'd love to hang out sipping a nice ice coffee and reading a good book!

XO

allisamazing said...

Very cute! I love your green wicker chairs.

fiona anderson said...

What a great place to chill out. I love it all, especially that chippy shabby cabinet !

plaits and paisley said...

I love that mat. You have been very busy, looking great!x

Pam said...

I think your porch is my favorite of all the ones I've seen today. Love the green wicker chairs. And the hoosier cabinet is to die for. Love it!!!!

Bliss said...

That's not a back porch it's an outdoor living area!

~Bliss~

Scribbler said...

I love your porch! I used to have one of my wicker rockers painted apple green, then I changed all the wicker to black, but I just bought some more apple green paint. I found another rocker the other day at an estate sale, and seeing your pair of green ones, I think I see green in a pair for my own porch! I love the little daybed too -- in fact, I don't see anything I don't like!

Found you through the Great Ooutdoors party.

Designing Domesticity said...

What a transformation. Love what you have done here - especially that crib. How cute. Thanks for sharing, liz

Little Miss Maggie said...

Fab makeover. No wonder your back hurts. Now you can sit back and relax. It all looks so inviting.

Susan said...

Your porch is absolutely amazing!!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love your vintage cabinet and that wonderful bed. Great wicker chairs in a bright color. You have created such a welcoming space.

Rita@thissortaoldlife said...

What a colorful, cozy place! I love the mix of colors, textures, and materials.

Eclectically Vintage said...

That crib is fabulous!! Can I lounge on it while I drink my glass of wine?

Love the shutters and all the chippy goodness!

Pinning!
Kelly

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Your porch is so inviting! I adore those green wicker chairs!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

It's so fun and colorful and chippy and shabby fabulous ...

... and I just love those colorful mismatched shutters on the window!

... so happy you shared with us at our Great Outdoors link party!

:)

Linda

thistlewoodfarm said...

Where did you get those rugs? Did you paint them? They really make the porch sing. And save a seat for me! This looks like such a wonderful place! Thanks for linking up to the party!

Have a blessed and wonderful day!
karianne

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

I absolutely adore this space! Especially the sitting in the rocking chair drinking wine part. And that awesome awesome hutch. :)

Hey any chance you're going to Haven?

Thank you so much for sharing at our party!
Karah

RaNaeLuvsEwes said...

Hi I came from the picket fence your back porch is lovely ty for sharing

THE FARMHOUSE PORCH said...

The green chairs and hutch are my faves...love it all! Cute porch, please come link it up sometime at my party. :) ( I know you're tired, so go rest and do it next week...haha)
♥Linsey

Sonya Sosa said...

How super cute! It's so fresh, summery, and I would definitely grab a good book and sit here forever.

Alicia said...

I love those green chairs!! I just found a wicker rocker on the side of the road and now you've got me wanting to paint it!

Liz - Imageremix said...

I am so in love with your back porch and that hutch and the shutters. Too much cool for me to take in all at once.
Liz

Candy said...

I love that old kitchen cabinet, and your wicker chairs, and the rug, and the shutters.......well, I love it all. Looks like a homemade ice cream kinda place. 8-)

Candy said...

oh.......and the little dining set and the baby bed/daybed.

Im now following you. Please come visit me at PICKINandPAINTIN.blogspot.com. 8-)

Anna Mae said...

I love your porch and the wicker, and the stove, heck, I love everything.I have a porch and I love it. Can't wait to enjoy it, if nice weather ever get's here in Lititz.

Debra Cotcamp said...

Can you tell me what is the brand name and color of green paint on wicker chairs.


Thank you!!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Debra - It is Rustoleum Ultra Cover in Eden Satin. If you need any more info on these I talked about it here: http://www.somewhatquirkydesign.com/2012/06/rock-with-me-i-gotta-tell-you.html
I prefer Rustoleum Protective Enamel for wicker and for outdoors, but I wasn't able to find the color I wanted. They do have a color that is close (and it is an awesome color) Fern.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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