Taking it Outside – Covered Porch Reveal

Hey friends,

First of all, thank you for all of the great comments and feedback on my questions about hardwood floors.  You all have definitely given me a lot to think about!  I have heard and read about how dark hardwoods can be a maintenance nightmare, so I’m definitely taking that to heart. 

I was all ready to talk to the “Flooring Guy” who was scheduled to come to measure on Wednesday night, but alas, I was stood up.  Can you believe it?  Not happy about that, given that our schedules are only getting even more hectic now that baseball season is kicking into high gear.  But, I’ll reschedule.

So, I figured I would take it outside and refocus on some of the happenings in our outdoor spaces.  We have people scheduled to start work on the yard this week (rain, rain, go away!), and I’m really excited to get things moving.  I swear, our only saving grace is that our house sits pretty far back from the road, so people driving by can’t actually see what a mess it all really is.

But there is progress to report on the covered porch in the back of the house!   It’s not done, but it’s a big improvement and is a space that we’re actually using now. 

I gave you a sneak peek at the furniture last week, but here it is – all assembled and arranged.   We scored a great deal, buying this furniture from Joss & Main – the furniture brand is Crosley.  

(I feel like this is a ‘Where’s Waldo’ picture, as my dog seems to be a bit of a diva, sneaking in to my photos.  Maybe a divo, since he’s a boy.  Can you see his paws peeking out from the sofa?)

I also want to add some outdoor drapes, and am working on those.  And yes, that is the potting bench you see back there.  The layers of paint seem to be very happy where they are, so I’m planning on embracing it’s chippy goodness.  But it’s still not done.  Pretend you don’t see it.

I couldn’t resist these throw pillows from the Frontgate Outlet.  I tried.  I really did.  I even picked up some other pillows in an effort to talk myself out of them.   They were marked down more than 50%, and were still too much for outdoor throw pillows, but I bought them because I really love the look, (and I knew I would regret not getting them).

They’re just pretty, you know?

We still need to get some more side tables or something along those lines.  I’m thinking maybe a couple of garden stools would be perfect between the two sets of chairs.

It feels like a tree house in this space, and I love sitting out here on weekend mornings with a magazine (or my iPad, catching up on my blog reading) with a cup of coffee. 

One more – a before and after shot for you (before we moved in):

 And as it stands now:

Are you feeling the urge to work on your outdoor spaces now that Spring is here?
UPDATE:  Here is the porch all ready to go for a summer party.  You gotta love summer.

And what’s not to love with the mason jars – perfect for drinks and decorating.

Just a reminder, the next Room Evolution Party is on Monday, April 30th!  I will be sharing some features from last month’s link up, and look forward to seeing what you have to share!

Linking up to:

Remodelaholic – Porches, Patios and Entryways
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia – Tuesday’s Treasures
Thrifty Decor Chick – May Before and After Party
Centsational Girl – Garden Link Party

Thrifty Decor Chick


  • Reply
    marty (A Stroll Thru Life)
    April 26, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    What a fabulous space and the furniture looks amazing. I am sure you are loving it and using it often. Hugs, Marty

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    Crystal (theweekendhomemaker.com)
    April 26, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I was just telling my husband yesterday that I'd love to rip out our deck and add a covered outdoor space. I'll have to show him pictures of yours. He may change his mind. Yours looks lovely.

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    Maury Kilgo
    April 26, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Beautiful! I love the furniture and I'm sure you're loving every single minute out there!

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    Lisa Glowacka
    April 26, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Looks like a great spot to sit and veg out! I'm working on our patio now but the days of being able to sit and really enjoy the space will be gone soon since we live in AZ and well…need I say more?

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    Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    April 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    it looks beautiful! i love the fun pillows and that ceiling is AMAZING!

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    Calypso In The Country
    April 26, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Oh, I would just love a covered porch! Our deck gets full sun all day and it gets so hot. You have such a great set up with the beautiful furniture and I love the ceiling!

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    April 26, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    It looks great Jenny! I love the new furniture and sure you'll get a ton of use out of the area this summer.

    Happy Spring!

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    April 27, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Looks great, nice pillows!!

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    Lisa Scibilia
    April 28, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Ahhhh!!! Jenny, I am in love with every room of your house. Those posts? Ceiling? Brick and stone? Gorgeous furniture and pillows that absolutely cannot be returned, no way no how?? Love love love. Just gorgeous and that potting bench is the perfect contrast to the newness of the furniture – a great mix of old and new. I want this room instead of my pathetic deck! Hope you spend tons of time enjoying this space in the next few months.

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    April 28, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Your back porch looks so inviting! I love the furniture, and great choice on the pillows, they are very pretty.

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    April 30, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Oh, wow, what an amazing space! I can't believe you even get to have a TV out there. That ceiling is gorgeous, too.

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    May 1, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Wow what a spectacular space! I'm coming over to have snacks and watch some tv! I'm a new follower!

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    Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
    May 7, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    This is gorgeous! you are going to get so much use out if it. Thanks for linking up, I'll be featuring it today.

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    the cape on the corner
    May 8, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    love that furniture, and what a great view of your yard and gazebo!

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    Jen @ The Social Home
    May 8, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Ohmygoodness, it's gorgeous! Came over from CG 🙂

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    McKae @ kaes corner design
    May 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    It's gorgeous! I love the pillows

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    Gwynne @ So Original
    June 4, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    What a beautiful porch! I'm new around here and found your post from Centsational Girl. It just so happens that I'm also working on an outdoor porch and had a few questions. We are interested in putting in a fan. What is the ceiling height of your porch? Also how did you get the TV wired outside? Was it existing? Did you have any concerns about the TV getting wet? Thanks!

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    Barrett Elmore
    December 18, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    WOW! You've done a great job on this covered porch! I can imagine how nice it looks today since you might have decorated it for the Christmas celebration. Hehe! Any post about that? I hope you can direct me to a link about the recent accessories incorporated in your porch. 🙂

    Barrett Elmore @ Nehemiah.com

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    Lynn Williamson
    March 31, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    How gorgeous! You did perfectly fine with the porch project. This doesn’t even look like an outdoor porch, but rather one of the proper living room of the house’s interiors. That’s great, as that means the space would be fully-functional regardless of the weather outside. Lyn at DAL Builders

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