Thursday, April 17, 2014

Front Porch Update

I hate to admit it, but if you were to come to my house anytime in the last two years, you would probably turn your nose at my front porch. When we moved in I put two chairs and a little table there. And I had every intention of actually decorating it. But I get so busy between home life, work life and friend life, that I barely have time for laundry much less decorating. Little by little I am tackling each space, one at a time. We have a pretty big Summer coming up - Kat graduates high school, John retires from a 20 year career in the military, Coco turns 15 and wants a QuinceaƱera, and I turn 40! These events (minus my Bday) means family and friends will be flying into town to celebrate! So even though we have an impending move, it was time to get off my butt and get my house decorated. I have been trying to keep a move in mind and only get things that can be used in multiple rooms or multiple ways. I have debated on taking care of the front porch, and every time I pull into my driveway, I am just utterly disappointed. As if someone should see the despair and come fix it for me! What? I can dream!

The hose on the front porch drives me crazy! Who puts a hose on the front porch? I HATE it there! I think is should stay in the back or at the least the side of the house, not as a greeting to your guests! I wish John would leave it in the garage, but noooo it stays on the front porch. We used to have two chairs and a table. But first the table broke, and then one of the chairs. Age will do that to items, I suppose. Now this chair is breaking and is in desperate need of being stained. I did get that wall art at Kirklands when we moved in, But that's about where the decorating stopped. 

Our doormat is so old and just bleh and then hiding in the side is the kids bike, which really needs to go! We need to give it to someone, anyone need a bike?

I decided enough was enough, and so using my amazingly awesome artistic skill, I drew up what I wanted my front porch to look like. I checked out Pinterest, but found absolutely nothing, except the idea for a plant box. I can't believe I came up empty handed on Pinterest! What the heck! I created a budget of $200, which I know is probably a bit low since I needed chairs and a table and they are so friggin' expensive, but that is what I had to work with. I was determined!

Being the ever patient girl that I am, I immediately went online and looked at what I could get for chairs under $75 or table and chairs for no more than $100. I began to think it was hopeless, but then I found these chairs at Lowes for $35 each, using my military discount, I was able to get both chairs for $66! Score! I found a hose planter at Target, and I grabbed it, but if John promises me that he will keep the hose in the garage, this may go back. I went $26 over budget and it was 100% due to that! So if I can bring it back, I'll be a happy decorator! I thought about one of those hose boxes that doubles as a table, but we had one of those before, and well, I just didn't want that. I mean really, is it so hard to grab the hose when you need it? I think not! Put it in the damn garage! 

I hit up 2 Ross's, Lowes, Hobby Lobby, Target and even my most hated store - Walmart! I cut a few corners from my original design idea, like a smaller area rug, no ceramic garden table, no planter box and no wreath. But I am hoping I can add a few of those a bit later.

I really wanted to go red white and blue for the design, but I didn't want it to scream super patriotic or 4th of July.  I don't know why, I'm just not a themey decorator. The wall art has burnt red, green and turquoise, so I wanted to try to incorporate that in somehow, so I wouldn't have to change that. I went with a red and white striped carpet and a red flower pot. Then I added cushions in navy blue and turquoise pillows. The front door mat, has all the colors including green, so it was a perfect way to use all the colors and tie it all together. I'm not sure how I feel about the flower on the chalkboard, but I want to hide the hook. Any ideas? Maybe I should just let the hook show? The flower stands out a little more than I want.

I'm so glad I finally made this update. I actually sat out here yesterday and ate lunch out here. I won't be embarrassed when people come to my door either. Good thing, I have about 15-20 ladies coming to my house tonight for Bunco!