One of the things I love most about summer is using our outdoor spaces…especially my little back porch. I think of it as just another room in the house and my summer porch decor reflects that. I start every year with a blank space and apply the same layering method that I use to decorate my rooms indoors. (More on that in another post.)
This year I was in dire need of either new cushions or some different slipcovers. The porch gets wet when it rains so I need fabrics that dry without staining. I found just the thing at my local JoAnn (sources at the end) and sewed new cushion covers, pillow covers and even a slip for my stool.
Another new addition this year, and one I just love, is this vintage garden gate. I’m going to save the story of how I got this for another day…but for now I’ll just tell you that it is the real deal. I literally unhooked it from an old fence.
I brought it home and wasn’t sure exactly what to do with it. In the end, I didn’t do much. I cleaned it really well and then sprayed it with clear matte poly. All the wonderful rust and even some green paint is still there. It’s perfect on my porch wall…at least I think so.
My next project involved spray paint. I’ve wanted to add some color to the wicker for a few years but couldn’t decide which direction to go. So I headed to Lowe’s and if there was the perfect green color, I would paint something…wasn’t sure what. Sure enough, I found this lovely grassy, gloss green called Fern by Rustoleum. (affiliate link) I started small and used it just on the table. Not being an expert spray painter, I had more paint on my feet and legs when I was finished than I did the table…but it was worth it. For now it’s all the color I need.
If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that this peony is the first bloom I’ve ever had. Ever. My peonies are three years old and finally this year there are blooms. Alleluia.
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Fabric on cushions and stool: Solarium Rydell Summer
Fabric on pillow covers: Solarium Mojo Kiwi
Valance fabric: White Duck Canvas
Toile pillow covers: IKEA
Green Spray Paint: Rustoleum Fern
I’ll be back this week with the story about my gate, a salad recipe and I’m not sure what else. I’ve got some ideas swimming around and I need to get serious and make them happen. Thank you for visiting me on my porch. See you soon!