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Sprucing up the Back Porch

Is it odd to be posting about sprucing up my back porch when it’s almost winter outside? Probably so, but here in the South we can use our back porches almost year round, depending on the day of the week. Just this past weekend, Coach and I were sitting outside as Miss A played on her swing set in the back yard. I mean, sure, we had our jackets on, but it was a sunny 60 degree day and it was so nice!

We love this space out here and it’s slowly, but surely coming together to be a welcoming space when we have people over.

Here’s what it looked like for a couple of years after we moved in …

Back Patio: Before | TheTurquoiseHome.com

Our grill, some kid’s toys and lawn chairs were not very nice or welcoming. And then this is the progress we made two summers ago …

Back Patio: Progress | TheTurquoiseHome.com

Ahh! Finally a nice place to sit. And I shared some of my wish list items 🙂 …

Back Patio: Progress | TheTurquoiseHome.com

Recently I headed to my local Ace Hardware and picked up some new items on my wish list.

Back Porch Spruce Up | TheTurquoiseHome.com

I loved the sturdy resin weave Hampton coffee table that looks great with my existing furniture. I love this type of furniture for the outdoors because it’s rust-resistant and so easy to clean. The glass top is a nice touch too. I was a little worried about having a glass top with a preschooler, but she doesn’t mess with it and I like the flat surface for decorating and sitting our drinks or other things on it.

Back Porch Spruce Up | TheTurquoiseHome.com

I was soooo excited to get rid of the patio table we were using as a side table over there on the right side. (You can see it in one of the progress pictures above.) My intention was to build a side table and a coffee table, but I don’t know how long wood furniture would last out here. Probably a while since it’s a covered patio, but I didn’t want to deal with mold and mildew on the wood.

Back Porch Spruce Up | TheTurquoiseHome.com

So, I loved the durable, yet light weight resin wicker side tables that are easy to move around where needed and the perfect size for our porch.

Back Porch Spruce Up | TheTurquoiseHome.com

I also picked up this pretty entrance mat that not only makes this space look nicer, but keeps the dirt and leaves out of my kitchen! I love how big it is.

Back Porch Spruce Up | TheTurquoiseHome.com

And I added a pop of color with some poinsettias, which I promptly brought inside after my photo shoot. I’ll fill this pretty hanging basket with some fun colorful flowers in the spring.

Back Porch Spruce Up | TheTurquoiseHome.com

Over time I’ll add more to this space, but I think it’s turned out pretty well and ready to entertain some neighbors and friends whenever the time is right. I’m thinking bonfires with roasted marshmallows this winter. What do you think??

Do you use your outdoor space year round, or do you have to pack it all up for the winter?

 

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Ace is offering a $100 gift card to one of my wonderful reader, so you can spruce up an entryway of your own! Or use it however you’d like. 🙂

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88 Comments

  1. I would love a new front door, but even just painting it would spruce it up. Planters for the front would also be nice.

  2. I’d fix my front porch which is basically falling apart from years of subsidence problems. If there was anything left after that I’d want to replace the bush that’s been damaged by the porch sinking.

  3. Wow! This looks great! I love seeing how easily a small space can be transformed. We just bought our first home and I’m anxious to get to work on making the small patio into a cozy space once the Iowa snow melts this spring. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Cute porch. Love the resin tables! I could really use that Ace gift card to spruce up our front porch. We’ve been in our new house for 2 years and the front porch has not a single thing on it, so I need some outdoor furniture to fill up that space!

  5. Before Christmas make a nice 1/2 bushel basket with pine cones/holly and spray snow on them. Sit by the front door. Also hang a Fall Colors Wreath on the Door for Halloween thru Thanksiving.

  6. We just moved here in July and have new patio furniture that we haven’t used yet. But, we need a new screen door for the sliding glass door and I want to create a tropical setting, but need to do some pinterest hunting.

  7. I am in desperate need of new patio furniture! I had to sell my old set during our last move (military). Finding quality things that last through frequent moves is hard.

  8. We need to get landscaping in order, but my heart’s desire is to have a portico at the front door stoop. And a gorgeous storm door.

  9. Love your transformation! I would get new front entry lights and a new welcome mat. New landscaping is desperately needed, but no funds for it yet.

  10. I recently bought a heavy duty rope to suspend a hanging bed swing I purchased for mu porch. I would love to add a couple of plants and a side table. I really like your new tables!

  11. I would love to plant some roses in the flower beds under the windows. I would also like a new mat and to put some kind of tree in the front yard!

  12. I would add outdoor pillows to our bench, a new welcome mat, and maybe some plants if I won. Thank you for the giveaway and the opportunity to win!

  13. I don’t participate in giveaways, but I just wanted to say that your photos are lovely. Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. 🙂

  14. I actually am in the process of moving, like tomorrow! A long drive ahead, to an apartment that Ive only seen a few fuzzy pics of! So, who knows for sure? I have been told it “could use soom work ??????? Its a surprise! Happy Holidays to All!

  15. I would get a new light…and a new mat for my door…or one of those outdoor heaters! oh the possibilities! Thanks for the giveaway!! Have a wonderful weekend!
    Jess

  16. We really need new patio furniture and I would love to get a vibrant rug to go under it all, too!

  17. I live in the South too, and use my outdoor spaces at least three seasons a year. I finally got some really cool vintage iron garden furniture for the back yard, and am working on the front porch. I need a new swing, and lots of comfy pillows so I can chill out there and read!

  18. I live in Missouri so year round is not always an option, but I’d love to spruce up our front porch. It needs some TLC…

  19. I would add some planters and a wreath. I have also been wanting to get a sled to decorate at the entrance to our home.

  20. i would like a few more sago palms and to put some pretty new lights out front. we also need to repaint the patio floor.

  21. I sure could use it to spruce up my front porch area. We moved in 11 years ago and it still looks blah to me! Could paint our front door and spruce up the flowerbed area.

  22. I would use the gift card to add a new colorful outdoor rug, some fresh potted plants, and some new decorative pillows to my bench.

  23. Some new rugs and cushions would really look nice out there! It’s a bit tired looking right now 😛

  24. Little by little I have been tackling our outside spaces, but I have not worked on our screened in porch or our outdoor deck. We live in New England, so it’s a bit harder to be outside year round. I love your patio furniture though!

  25. I would redo my porch flooring and maybe get a new rug. I have a dog so it’s hard to decorate, but I manage to do some on the wall! Redoing the porch flooring would make it easier to sweep it and it would look better year round!!!

  26. Funny! I was JUST sitting on my back porch a few days ago thinking about how I want to change it up. It is cramped, messy, and needs a whole lof of everything…..especially since we are talking about relandscaping the back yard.

  27. OOOOOh I hope I win this! I need some planters and cushions for my outdoor patio. And maybe some cute bug repellant containers for the summer!

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