Farmhouse Budget Laundry Room Makeover: $100 Room Challenge Week Three

100-Room-Challenge-Graphic

Welcome back to week three of the $100 Room Challenge hosted by Erin of Lemons, Lavender and Laundry! If you are not familiar with the challenge you can read about it here. A group of bloggers have a $100 budget to make over a room in their home. Two weeks ago I introduced you to my laundry room. Last week I shared some of my progress. It is a disaster and I am hoping to turn it into a beautiful space that I will no longer be embarrassed for friends and family to see!

It was another week of not getting all of my tasks completed! This one was totally my fault! My husband measured out what we needed for our barn door. We are using leftover tongue in groove wood we have from our master bedroom makeover ceiling. My part was going to Lowe’s and buying four 1×6 pieces of pine. The wood smelled a little funny and I thought that was weird. Well I bought the right size but the wrong type. The label said Ground Pressure but I had no idea what that meant. Apparently it means pressure treated wood that is only for outside use. Oops. Since moving out to the country Lowe’s runs end up taking over an hour round trip. We were working on the door in the evening after he got home from work so I didn’t have the time to go back. IMG_3382

 

Now for the progress I did make! I was able to knock item #3 off of my list, paint and item #5, organization! When I mentioned that I was using the leftover white paint from my powder room makeover my husband made a face. He’s not as big of a neutral fan as I am. Since I’m the one doing the labor I get the final say, right? Plus using leftover supplies means more money left in my budget to spend! There was just enough paint to finish the room so it worked out perfectly. Our laundry room looks fresh and clean now, not to mention brighter!

IMG_3385

The shelves were restocked with only the essential items for this room. Lightbulbs went into the crate and everything else found a place on the shelves. A Ball jar was reused to hold my Oxiclean. I purchased two mason jar drink dispensers from Walmart to hold the laundry detergent and vinegar. Vinegar is used instead of fabric softener and also helps to freshen towels.

FullSizeRender(19)

 

I was also able to complete item #6, make it pretty. The shelf was rehung along with my antique washboards and other decor items. My oldest son traded hampers with me so I can use this fun farmhouse style one he had in his room instead of the plastic one that was in here prior.

IMG_3384

 

Let’s break down what I have spent so far on this makeover.

Budget $100

Purchased:

Crate $3

Barn Door Hardware $45.99

Mason Jar Drink Dispenser $7.88

Mason Jar Drink Dispenser $7.88

Total Spent: $64.75

Money Left to Spend $35.25

Next week is the final reveal! We need to get to work! Our new flooring will be put down, an overflow pan will be installed and our barn door will be completed. Before you go check out what my fellow bloggers were up to this week.

Farmhouse Laundry Room Budget Makeover_ $100 Room Challenge Week Three


Farmhouse Laundry Room Budget Makeover: $100 Room Challenge Week Two

100-Room-Challenge-Graphic

Welcome back to week two of the $100 Room Challenge hosted by Erin of Lemons, Lavender and Laundry! If you are not familiar with the challenge you can read about it here. A group of bloggers have a $100 budget to make over a room in their home. Last week I introduced you to my laundry room. It is a disaster and I am hoping to turn it into a beautiful space that I will no longer be embarrassed for friends and family to see!

This week I did not make as much progress as I had hoped to. My husband was out of town for 4 days, I’m dealing with a child who has a dislocated elbow and the heat index is over 100 degrees! Painting the room was on my to do list but with this weather it was not happening. Unfortunately I have had to push that back to next week. Instead I took the time to work on item #6 on my list, make it pretty!

First I emptied and cleaned out the entire room. I’m embarrassed to say it had been a very long time since I had done this and it shows in my before pictures! This crate was purchased a few months ago at a yard sale for $3. It fits the width of the shelf perfectly.

IMG_3280

My husband took the door off for me to make it easier to paint and I love having the additional space to move around. Our laundry room looks so much bigger now! I have decided not to put it back up. Instead we are going to build a sliding barn door. Pinterest has several tutorials on how to build your own for cheap! We are still deciding which plans to use. My first stop to shop for hardware was Amazon. Luckily I found many inexpensive hardware kits to choose from so I placed an order. It should arrive in a few days (thank you Prime!!!). The only downside is this eats up the budget that was set aside for making a folding table. Oh well. You can’t have it all!

IMG_3278

The only other thing I accomplished this week was gathering accessories from around the house. Underneath the mess in the laundry room I had some treasures hiding that I never got around to displaying properly, including my washboards. Antique washboards are fun laundry room decor and fairly easy to find in antique shops and flea markets. My collection includes 2 larger wooden and metal washboards and one all wood washboard. They are well worn and I can’t even imagine what it must have been like to have to use these for my family’s laundry. We do enough with the washer and dryer. I would be washing clothes all day long!

 

IMG_3289

The Be Joyful sign came from the half bath and it is a reminder to myself to be happy no matter what I am doing, including laundry! I have had this heavy cast iron antique iron sitting on the shelves but it was hidden behind all of the cleaning supplies. Instead it needs to be better displayed.

The flooring and drain pan are on the list for next week along with paint and starting on the barn door. I was lucky enough to have an almost full box of leftover peel and stick vinyl flooring from my boy’s bathroom makeover. Huge budget saver! You can see that makeover here. Let’s break down what I have spent so far on this makeover.

Budget $100

Purchased:

Crate $3

Barn Door Hardware $45.99

Total Spent: $48.99

Money Left to Spend $51.01

 

Farmhouse Laundry Room Budget Makeover_ $100 Room Challenge Week Two

Check back with me next Wednesday! Before you go, please visit my fellow bloggers to see what they have been up to this week!


Farmhouse Laundry Room Budget Makeover: $100 Room Challenge Week One

 

100-Room-Challenge-Graphic

I have signed on for another $100 Room Challenge hosted by Erin of Lemons, Lavender and Laundry! If you are not familiar with the challenge you can read about it here.  For this month I have chosen my laundry room. Our laundry room has not been fully updated since my house was built in 1992 (besides new washer/dryer by previous owner and the light fixture) and needs some love.

If you have ever been to my house you have most likely not seen my laundry room. The door is kept closed because I don’t want to look at it! Laundry is my nemesis and I try to spend as little time as possible in here. I’m hoping a makeover will help to change my attitude. It’s not likely but at least it will be pretty to look at and more functional.

Are you ready to see my mess? I did not do any cleaning up for you! My washer and dryer have never been moved since we moved in 2 years ago and I do not even want to think about what is back there… Eww….

IMG_3181

So let’s talk about the plan. There are a few positive features to the laundry room

  1. Good natural light from the window.
  2. The location. It is on the second floor across from master bedroom.
  3. That’s about it.

There are a few things I would like to change.

  1. Flooring. This hideous floral beat up vinyl has got to go.
  2. Add a washing machine drain pan. The pan is more of a need than a want as we don’t need a flood!
  3. Paint. The walls are really dingy and marked up.
  4. Functionality. I need some sort of folding countertop or table. Currently I fold clothes on my bed and I would prefer not to transfer laundry into my bedroom. Sometimes it ends up not leaving!
  5. Organization. Right now things are haphazardly thrown onto the shelves and on top of the machines. A few things, like my old Cricut machine, do not belong in this room.
  6. Make it pretty.

A few examples of what I am talking about are shown below. See the boring dingy walls? And that chevron cow print is out of style.

IMG_3183

Messy shelves? I’ve got 3 of them!

IMG_3182

Let us take one last before view of the room. There is not a large space to work with but I will do my best!

IMG_3184

Be sure to check back with me every Wednesday to see my progress. Check out what my fellow bloggers are working on below!


Thrift Games: DIY Chicken Coop Sign

Thrift Store Makeover_DIY Chicken Coop sign(2)

I am so excited to be participating in Thrift Games hosted by Charleston Crafted. We were challenged to do a thrift store makeover on an item meant to be used outdoors with a $15 total budget. It wasn’t easy with such a small budget but I was able to meet their challenge. I only had to purchase one item as the painting supplies were leftovers from previous DIY projects. My total amount spent was a whopping $3!!!!

We have been wanting to decorate our chicken coop since we built it two years ago. It’s functional but I want it to be pretty too. My mother bought me a garden flag but that is as far as we have gotten. I really wanted a cute sign for them and was looking for a way to re-purpose an item to make one. My kids and I stopped at Goodwill earlier in the week and found this hideous wheat motif melamine tray. The price tag was $4.25 but when we got to the register the cashier let us know that green tags were 50% off. After donating to round up I ended up paying $3!

IMG_3004

IMG_2968

 

When I got home I went through my crafting supplies and found black chalk paint that I had leftover from the boy’s bathroom vanity makeover. You can see that post here if you are interested. I also found a gold paint pen that I had laying around.  Since chalk paint requires no prep work I just started painting. It took two coats and I used a fan to help speed up the drying process (I am impatient!)

IMG_3003

IMG_2978

While the paint was curing I went to the computer to print out a graphic for a stencil. I decided to go with The Chick Inn (yes super cheesy but I think it’s cute). PicMonkey allowed me to create the sign using the Design feature. For the font I went with Bilbo Swash Caps and then reverse imaged it with the rotate tool. Once I printed it used regular white chalk and rubbed it on the back on my paper. The paper was then laid chalk side down onto the tray and I used a pen cap to trace the words.

IMG_2982(1)

You can see how the chalk transfers the wording onto the tray. I then used my paint pen and traced over the chalk lines. When I was finished I wiped away the excess chalk.

IMG_2983

For the bottom section I wanted an outline of a chicken but knew there was no way I could freehand one. I used a free clip art chicken silhouette and printed it. Since it was too large I trimmed it to fit with my scissors and then traced it with the paint pen.

IMG_2984(1)

Here is the finished product! I think my girls approve. Since it will be hung out of the elements I did not use a sealant. If it were going to be exposed I would recommend using one.

FullSizeRender(17)

Check out the projects my fellow bloggers have completed!

 

 

Cozy Farmhouse Style Living Room Design

arhauscollage

All images on this post courtesy of: Arhaus Furniture

Today I decided to have a little fun today and design a farmhouse style living room using Arhaus furniture and their new line of paint. Arhaus makes it easy to build your own room on their website. I was able to go to their Living Room page and find all the elements that I needed in one place. So convenient!

Let’s start with the wall color. Blue is my favorite color and I use it in several rooms in my home. It has a soothing quality and just makes you feel relaxed and welcome. There are so many shades of blue but I decided to go light and airy with the paint to set the tone of the room. When you have guests you want to them to feel at home and blue is the perfect color for a cozy space. I imagine the room with bright white trim and moldings. The color I chose is Stream in an Eggshell finish.

79STREAMES-ae0db8b2-6a69-4aa3-b85d-ee0519929f04

Moving onto the seating. I love pieces that you can just sink in to and cuddle up. The Rio Upholstered Chair in Check Please Lakeland fits that bill. Buffalo check is a fun blue print perfect for an accent piece that makes a bold state. Just look at those legs! For the sofa I chose the Outerbanks Upholstered Sofa in Hampton Oyster. Choosing more neutral pieces of large furniture will allow you to mix prints and fabric easily. I like to change my decor seasonally.

couch RIOchair

Next I chose some gorgeous tables. Thick and solid wood pieces are perfect in this space. The Hudson Rectangular Coffee Table in Natural and the Hudson Rectangular Console Table in Natural tie in nicely with the wooden legs of the upholstered furniture without being too matchy.

hudontable35HUDSCON

Speaking of fabrics I had a little fun with some pattern mixing using throw pillows. I love using natural elements combined with different textures, colors and fabrics. Keeping with the blue theme I chose the Batik Motif Blue Square Pillow and paired it with Chestnut and White Hair on Hide Pillow Nothing says farmhouse style like farm animal prints! For the flooring I selected the Theo Jute Rug in Camel to bring more another neutral element into the room.

BATIKMOcowpillow juterug

Now let’s talk accessories to finish up the room. Good lighting is important for any space. How fun are these lamps? Brass is in right now and these have amazing style. For the table lamps I chose the Franklin Brass Weighted Task Lamp. They coordinate well with the floor lamp I selected, the Sorbonne Floor Lamp in brass. For the walls this gorgeous Teak Arched Window Pane Mirror would look amazing! The coffee table I chose is large and perfect for a vignette. I am loving this cloche, the Pasca Dome in Antique Brass.

tablelamp floorlamp

clochemirror

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the room I designed. You do not to live out in the country to love farmhouse style. It’s cozy and informal which is perfect for pretty much anyone no matter where you live. Let me know what you think!

 

Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint: Kitchen Table and Chairs Makeover

Kitchen Table and Chairs Makeover

This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. I have received free paint from Amy Howard at Home in exchange for an honest review. You may view my disclosure here.

 

If you’re a regular reader of my blog you know I love a good bargain. My kitchen table and chairs were a huge score! Years ago I found the table at a yard sale for $10. It was in sad shape and filthy. After cleaning it up and painting the legs white it moved into my craft room as my scrapbooking table. That was in my last house two kids ago when I had the luxury of having an entire crafting room to myself! Now my work space is the dining room table.

IMG_2820

 

When we moved I used the kitchen table for an actual kitchen table. Originally I had different chairs but have since given them to a friend. Browsing Goodwill one afternoon I found these ladder back chairs. All four chairs were only $35!! They just needed a little love. Someone had spray painted them black but they got pretty beat up from use afterwards. Luckily Amy Howard at Home offered me free paint for a makeover project in exchange for an honest review. This set was the perfect project! I went with the One Step Paint in Black.

IMG_2756

Our little mini pig Neil caused a lot of destruction the few months he was living indoors. He would drag his puppy playpen around the kitchen making black paint marks all over the white table legs. It looked horrible! Instead of repainting the table base white again I decided to go all black with the set.  I’m glad I did as I’m loving the look now! This paint requires no prep work which makes life so much easier. Of course you do want to start with clean surfaces. The paint also has no odor so I am able to use it indoors. Huge plus for me as I don’t have a garage to work in.

IMG_2921

 

Before I got started I used brown paper grocery bags to protect the rush seats on the chairs. First I cut them in half and then I clipped the corners. Using painter’s tape I secured the bags to the seats of the chairs.

IMG_2914

IMG_2915

Per the instructions I opened the paint and let it sit out for 20 minutes to thicken up. The consistency is great as it’s not as drippy as regular paint. Using a 1 1/2″ paintbrush I got started on the table.

IMG_2920

 

The first coat covered the white well but the second coat really finished it off nicely. I love that the dry time is only 30 minutes. Finishing a project quickly is very important to me!

IMG_2924

 

One of the chairs had a crack in the top rung. I decided to use a matching chair I also found at Goodwill for $8 to replace it. In two coats I was able to take the brown chair and transform it black. This picture was taken during the first coat of paint. The coverage is great! You are unable to tell which chair it is now after two coats. The rest of the chairs only received one coat just to freshen them up. When they dried I did not feel that a second coat was necessary.

IMG_2927

Just a few hours after starting my project the kitchen and family room were back to normal. I had minimal cleanup too!

IMG_2941

Here is the before and after. I am loving the black! What do you think?

IMG_2944

 

Summer 2017 Farmhouse Home Tour

 

Welcome friends! It’s the first official day of summer! Today I’m sharing my home tour with you. Enjoy!

Let’s get started on the front porch. I went with a patriotic theme as red, white and blue just scream summer to me. You can read more about my front porch here.

IMG_1763

Moving inside you step into my teeny tiny foyer. I found this free Land of the Free Because of the Brave printable on Pinterest. You can print out your own from Loving Mountain Life here. Using free printables is one of the ways I save money on seasonal home decor. Another fun updates is my crock is holding a faux fiddle fig plant from Michael’s. My name is Tracy and I am a plant killer. Faux is the only way to go indoors for me!

IMG_2815

Step into the dining room. I kept it super simple in here. Combining natural textures like the wooden bowl, twine balls and linen table runner keep it light and airy for summer. For the table, Kirkland’s had this centerpiece for a steal! The glass bottles and my faux peachy pink ranunculus are the perfect pairing! Don’t look too closely or you will see the “art” my 5 year old left for me. A new tabletop is now on the to do list!

IMG_2817

Come on in to the kitchen. Fresh cut chives from our herb garden in a simple ceramic pitcher adorn the table. Yes they are real but I won’t feel as guilty when they die since they were free. The shelves were changed up a bit to incorporate the cute copper tea kettle I found at an estate sale.

IMG_2822

My kitchen counters are usually pretty clear as I am an anti clutter person. Our coffee maker and Rae Dunn collection take up one small section leaving the rest of the countertops open for food preparation.

IMG_2820

Every summer the kids and I do a bucket list and try as hard as we can to mark everything off. We have a very busy summer planned this year so it’s going to be close if we get everything done in time!

IMG_2807

Last but not least is the family room. Did you notice my new antique sewing machine table? It’s the Mother’s Day gift I bought for myself. I saw it in a local boutique and had to have it!

IMG_2812

IMG_2814

This past month I made a new purchase (the buffalo check rug) since my naughty little piggie Neil ruined the sisal one I had in here previously. I planned to buy another natural fiber rug (I am in love with Jute) but was out voted. The kids and husband said they needed our new rug to be soft. Overstock had a great selection of wool rugs and it was so hard to choose!

IMG_2823

So I started with the rug and I ended up buying new pillows too. It always seems to snowball for me!

IMG_2824

And no, I did not clean the shoe mess up for you. It’s real life over here. We are constantly switching between our flip flops and farm boots throughout the day. I was more than happy for the backpack mess to be put away for the summer though! Next house a mudroom is a must!!

IMG_2818

I hope you enjoyed my home tour. Check back in with me to see all of the makeover projects I have planned for this summer!

Budget Friendly Closet Makeover

Budget Closet Makeover JerseyGirlintheSouth.com

This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience.

I’m going to let you all in on a little secret. While my house may appear well organized and neat, my closets are not! They start out that way but over time we just start shoving stuff everywhere. Every few months I empty each closet and do a little reorganizing. It’s a temporary fix but I am determined for this one to remain permanent! When we moved into our house almost two years ago I lost all steam by the time I got to our bedroom. My husband took his packed cardboard boxes and just stuck them on top of the shelves and then never unpacked them. He has an issue with holding onto things. I wouldn’t say he’s a hoarder per se, but if I was not here to rein him in I don’t know what would happen!

Every season I religiously go through my clothing and get rid of anything I have not worn. Anything that does not fit well or has wash wear gets the boot. My husband just keeps buying more but has a hard time parting with the old. Like I said, he could easily be a hoarder… Here are the embarrassing before pictures. HOT MESS I tell you! I am sharing them to show you how bad it had gotten!!! This is our “Monica closet”. Friends fan will get that reference. Wedding photos, a bag of computer wires, Amazon impulse purchases and a computer tower were all mixed in that mess. All of it found it’s way back to their proper homes.

before1

 

beforeright

I had a good start organizing with my shoe holders. Both came from my last house. Boots are hard to store so this hanging boot organizer from Amazon is perfect! The hanging shoe organizer is another Amazon find and I love it. Shoes can be stored in pairs or separately and since it’s vertical it takes up minimal space. My workout clothing and shorts are also in a hanging closet organizer. Dollar Tree had some awesome brown fabric bins that coordinate with the shoe holder. They were purchased for our hats but can be used to hold anything you like.

FullSizeRender(16)

Plastic hangers never hang nicely and stick out awkwardly all over the place. My solution was velvet hangers. HomeGoods had a big selection but some of the packages had damaged hangers in them. While I was looking an employee let me know that her manager would discount them if I wanted to purchase. Yes please! Our closet now feels more like a boutique than a bachelor pad. If you notice my husband’s clothes are also organized by sleeve length and color. Before he just haphazardly hung stuff wherever and it looked very sloppy.

end4

end5

Our other issue was the lighting. The fixture that came with the house cast off an yellow glow. It was hard to match colors in that light. While browsing Lowe’s I came across a new fixture for $12.98! I was hoping for an inexpensive light and could not believe the price! My husband installed it for me and I could not believe the difference. White pure light makes picking out your clothing so much easier! There are no windows on that side of the room so it was impossible to take a picture with the light off. You can see the details on the box. It is very pretty in person.

FullSizeRender(15)

 

Another change I made was to hang my purses. I had them on the shelf and some of them ended up on the floor. Now they are easily accessible and the totes are all in one place. No more digging through the mess when I am trying to find a bag! Being a decorator I also had to add a fun monogram and art work. My budget for this project was $100 and I came in under!

end1

Here is my budget breakdown:

Velvet hangers (HomeGoods) $58.97

I Love Us Art (Hobby Lobby clearance) $5.44

Hook (Hobby Lobby 50% off) $6.99

Hat bins (Dollar Tree) $2

Light Fixture (Lowes) $12.98

Grand total $86.38

Are you interested in any of the items I used in my makeover? You can shop my closet!





Budget closet makeover

 

How to Make Money Blogging Guest Post

Today I am lucky to have Cait from Cait’s Cozy Corner guest posting to share her tips on how to make money blogging. While blogging is an awesome creative outlet for me it is also nice to be compensated for your time and efforts. Thank you Cait for sharing your expertise with us!

Female hands typing on the computer keyboard.

Back when I first started blogging 7 years ago, blogging was just a way to keep track of fitness routines, write about what you were eating or doing daily and just keeping in touch with loved ones who may be far away. Today, blogging has skyrocketed and many people are wanting to make money off their blog.

In three years, I went from not knowing at all how to run a profitable side business, to helping my husband pay off student loan debt. Did you know that you could do the same thing using several different tools? I’m going to share 6 ways that you can even start to make money right now! That’s right! Today! Grab a cup of coffee and let’s dive in shall we!

 

1. ADS

The very first monetization strategy I used for Cait’s Cozy Corner  was putting an ad or two in my sidebar after I had been blogging for a few months. The easiest way to get started with ads is to go through an ad network like Google Adsense. Adsense and other ad networks do the work for you in that they have connected with many, many companies who want to advertise on websites, and they fill your ad spots with their ads so that you don’t have to go out and find individual companies to sponsor your blog.

2. AFFILIATES

Another monetizing strategy that I used after I had been blogging for a few months was getting involved in affiliate programs. For example, one of the most common affiliate programs you’ll see bloggers using is Amazon Associates. You can apply to their program, and if you’re accepted, you can generate an affiliate link for any product that they sell that you mention on your site. When people click your link and buy that product (or, in Amazon’s case, anything else on their site), you make a small commission. Eventually, those small payouts add up and can become a great revenue stream for your site.

3. SPONSORED POSTS

A third way to earn an income from blogging is through doing sponsored posts. Unlike affiliate programs, where payment is typically based on readers taking an action or buying a product, sponsored posts usually involve a company paying a blogger a flat fee to write a post based on their product or service.

A great way to get your feet wet with sponsored posts is by going through a media company like Pollinate or BluePrint Social. Again, these media companies act as a “middleman,” finding companies who want to sponsor blog content and matching them with bloggers who would be a good fit. Typically, you would apply to the media company and once you’re accepted, they will pass along campaigns that you can apply for individually if they would fit in with your blog’s content. Other companies you may want to check out are Massive Sway (SITS Girls) and Collective Bias (Social Fabric).

Maybe there’s a company you’d like to work with directly, though. You can always send them a pitch that details your project, how you’ll promote them, and how working with you will benefit their company. This might seem intimidating at first, but once you get your pitch down, it’s just a matter of finding the right person to send it to.

4. PRODUCTS

So far all of the monetizing strategies I’ve talked about involve working with other companies or brands to promote outside products, but one of my most favorite (and definitely the most rewarding) ways I’ve monetized my blog is through creating my own products. I love, love, love being able to help others!

Think about an area of expertise that you have that could be helpful to others or solve a problem for them. Could you package it in eBook or e-course form? Could you create printables or other electronic media? Or maybe you can create a physical product that people would like to buy. All of these methods can help to create additional income streams for your blog. Think outside the box to help your audience!

5. SERVICES

In the same vein as products, services are another rewarding method of monetizing your site. Do you have an area of expertise in which you could provide coaching? Could you offer virtual assistant services? How about web design or interior e-design services? There are people out there looking for all of these types of things, and you could be the one to provide them and add to your blog income in the process!

unnamed-3 1.14.27 PM

And if all of this blogging talk has you thinking, “I’m ready to jump into this whole blog monetization thing!”, one of the most important assets you can have at your disposal is your passion and dedication to make it work. Matt Anton can attest to the struggles of making money, and not just with blogging but creating his own website. A man who used to spend hours playing video games, now was finding a passion in website developing, learning everything  about SEO tips and how to make the most of the internet. He developed his own site, NJ SEO. They can help build a meaningful relationship with clients using social media. They also develop effective content strategies for forward thinking companies, bloggers alike.

So are you ready to jump in? I know you can do it. Remember, it takes time so stick with it and watch your blog slowly start to grow! You can do it!

Farmhouse Style Patriotic Summer Front Porch

 

 

Patriotic Summer Front Porch

This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.

This is the first house that I have owned with a true front porch. I love to style it for the different seasons. The navy blue rockers give the house a down home country feel and look great paired with Americana decor. Our family looks forward to Memorial Day and July 4th celebrations every summer and I would like my home to reflect that.

First new pillows were purchased for the rocking chairs at Tuesday Morning. Their selection of outdoor pillows were all too brightly colored or too expensive for my small budget. Instead I purchased these adorable American flag pillows for $15 each. I loved the brass star button details!

IMG_1767

I wanted them to hold up to the elements so I purchased Scotchguard Heavy Duty Water Shield from Amazon. It is supposed to protect outdoor furniture and fabrics. This is the first time I have used this product and so far so good. We had a bad rainstorm last night and the pillows repelled the water well.

IMG_1679

Following the directions I coated both sides of each pillow letting them dry fully before flipping them over. I wore gloves so I did not get it on my skin and used plastic bags to protect the grass.

IMG_1764

This cute little chalk painted table remains on our porch year round and I change up the decor seasonally. It was a flea market find from NJ and I painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Provence. By shopping the house I was able to save some money! The sign was left over from last summer, the flags were a Hobby Lobby clearance find and everything else I already owned.

IMG_1762

Besides the pillows the only other thing I purchased was flowers. Costco had the lavender topiary for $20! I had to drive to two stores to find it but it was worth the hunt.

IMG_1768

The fern was from Lowe’s and just screamed Southern front porch to me! My husband was not thrilled when he saw it as we have a whole woods full of ferns in our backyard… I could have dug some up for free. Oops!

IMG_1771

On the front door I hung up my patriotic heart I found at Christmas Tree Shops last summer. I love that store for seasonal goodies.

IMG_1765

IMG_1769

I am in love with the way our front porch turned out and I can’t wait to spend time on it all summer sittin’ and sippin’.

IMG_1763

You can find Scotchguard Heavy Duty Weather Shield here:

Also shared on:

Sundays at Home with Little Farmstead

The SITS Girls Sharefest

The 36th Avenue BFF Party

Dishing it and Digging it

Enjoy this blog? Please spread the word :)