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Friday, April 30, 2010

Front Porch Decorating



My front porch was in very sad shape. This is what the poor rockers looked like. They really need refinishing.


Restained and looking so much better. See the white chinese garden stool. That's the famous one from Big Lots. It needs painting too, and the poor dead plants replaced.


This is what I used to transform the chinese stool.


First it got two different colors of green.


Then a little stain was sponged on for character. I finished it with 2 coats of Clear Gloss.


Ta-DA!!! New front porch. Much better.


A view to the front door.


The wreath got a little redo too.


Some pillows and a new fern, now this looks inviting.


Of course a little critter had to be added.


The stool is just the perfect size for a couple of glasses of iced tea.






Since we live in Arizona, of course we have desert landscaping, but the porch still looks inviting.


I am also linking to:
Today's Thrifty Treasures @ Southern Hospitality
It's So Very Creative @ It's So Very Cheri
Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch for Metamorphosis Monday.


Sunday Showcase @ Under The Table And Dreaming


The DIY Showoff

P.S. WOO-HOO!!! I've been featured on UNDER THE TABLE AND DREAMING Sunday Showcase. Click on the button on the top of my sidebar to see other features. Fabulous creativity and inspiration galore.


Thanks so much for stopping by. I always appreciate your visits. Be sure to stop back by for Table Top Tuesday. I will have Mr. Linky up by 5PM Monday evening. I hope you will link up and join the party. Remember, it's for any kind of vignette on any surface.

79 comments:

  1. Love what you have done with the garden stool. It looks amazing! What kind of stain did you use to get it so shiny and gorgeous! I love the two tone. Your front porch looks so inviting {wish I could come over for a chat and a cup of tea} =)

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  2. What a beautiful place to sit and enjoy a great summer evening!! Very very pretty!
    ~have a wonderful weekend~

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  3. Get the iced tea ready because I'm coming over. You'll find me in the rocker to the left.

    :-)

    Absolutely lovely !

    Kate

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    Marilyn, retirenowtimeforfun.blogspot.com or just go to Marlyn's blog,
    ourvictoriancottage.blogspot.com

    Our you people in blog land as nice as you write on your blog?

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  5. When I looked at the first pic I thought, man that looks nice. Then when you fixed it further I said, OH, I see now!! WOW nice!!!

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  6. Ooouu! I love it! You did an excellent job on that chinese thingy! How do you find the time to do all these things and blog too?? It looks fabulous!

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  7. Marty, I absolutely love what you did with the garden stool- just stunning! Great job!
    xoxo Pattie

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  8. Marty, what a charming looking front porch, would love to stop in for a visit sometime!

    Nancy

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  9. Marty, your front entry and porch just beg you to come on over and have a seat or to come on in. Aren't you the artistic one with the color and staining of the chinese stool. Everything looks so good. I think we need to move to Arizona so I can quit having grass to deal with.

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  10. It turned out beautiful! Don't you just love a little facelift when spring hits?

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  11. Looks great! I also like the stool redo.
    Have as great weekend.

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  12. Looks like a very nice and relaxing spot to sit and read ;)
    Have a great weekend.

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  13. Marty I came over as soon as you said it was posted!! My, my you Miss Clever lady. Love, love the stool makeover. I think you are going to have to share the step by step on this process. Inquiring minds want to know!! It looks so cool and inviting. The green was the perfect touch for your hot Arizona days. I would love to be sitting there with a glass of ice tea and can we have one of your delish desserts that you are always making? Hugs Kathysue

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  14. Your porch now looks delightfully fresh and ready for visitors!!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  15. Your porch looks so nice...very few folks even have a porch in AZ so it is nice to see one waiting for visitors!

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  16. Marty, you have been one busy lady! Beautiful job. I love the chairs and just want to come and sit and chat with you.
    Love your blog and you are always so kind.
    Hope your weekend is wonderful!

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  17. Very lovely!! I like the green striped pillows very much. The garden stool with the green colors turned out beautifully! I love the darker stain added to it! It looks like a very inviting and cozy front porch!

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  18. Ooh love how you painted up that sweet garden stool. Looks amazing as does your porch. Very inviting and cozy.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  19. But it's a dry heat, right Marty? : ) My grandparents used to live in Phoenix and I would visit every few years.

    Love your front porch ~ it looks so inviting. You did a great job on that garden stool. Love the greens you brought in and how it moves from the seating area to the front door.

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  20. Great job. The stain was just the right touch.

    - The Tablescaper

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  21. Very pretty and yes, very inviting!!!

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  22. Oh it looks wonderful! What a great job. And yes; tea please, with lemon :0)

    Have a great weekend!!

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  23. Marty! That looks fabulous! But you better sit out there all week cause here comes the heat!

    Take care
    ~Rainey~

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  24. Hi Marty love what you did with your front porch looks so welcoming!!! Beautiful home inside and out! Have a great weekend, Martina

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  25. Very nice Marty! love those rockers and the little unique stand that you re-did. Looks just sooo refreshing and inviting!
    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  26. Super job! Your porch does look inviting. Nothing like a good rocking chair! I have one in almost every room in our house.

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  27. Hi Marty, Your garden stool looks great. I love how you made it two toned and the stain just added so much to the color. Don't you just love spray paint?
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  28. Good job! Everything looks so green and inviting!

    Katherine

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  29. Hi Marty! Oh, how beautiful your little table turned out! It looks wonderful and I love how you finished the top part and it looks glazed! Man, you're good!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  30. At first I wondered about the 2 greens on the stool, but when I saw the pillows and the front door and all the pots , I see how beautifully it all goes together. The green and aqua is refreshing.

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  31. I like what you did to your stool, Marty. Beautiful and very welcoming front porch. What a coincidence, am also decorating our front porch, first time ever in our 3 years here cause I always just work on the back porch. I just bought 2 rocking chairs for the front this morning...Christine.

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  32. Thank you for visiting my blog!!
    Your blog is great & your home makes me want to move right in!!
    Beautiful.....
    I will be back.....
    Hugs,
    Marilyn

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  33. It looks so nice! I hope you spend many a pleasant evening out there rocking away.

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  34. Hi Marty! That stool is gorgeous! And your porch looks so cool and inviting! Save me a rocker! Happy weekend...hugs...Debbie

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  35. Marty you're so creative! I would have never thought of painting the stool... Your porch is very inviting!!!

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  36. Turned out AWESOME! Your porch looks like a little oasis. Very inviting indeed!

    ~Liz

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  37. Hello My Friend,

    I dropped by to say thank you for posting my button on your sidebar. I was thrilled when you told me about it. I posted Table Top Tuesdays in my Link Party Directory and entered you in my sterling silver giveaway again. You have a great blog and I love how the rockers came out. Thank you so much. Rory

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  38. I always enjoy your posts but stopping by today I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how you spruced up your porch!! I am from Florida where in the Keys nearly everyone has a house with a porch and yours reminds me of my childhood days on my grandmothers porch sitting with her and telling stories. Yours makes a statement.... this is a warm, loving inviting home with lots of love inside :)

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  39. Marty -- I am in love with your garden stool transformation. Amazing! Did you come up with this yourself? I never would have dreamed up such a creative combination of techniques and colors --it looks wonderful!
    Your porch is beautiful, inviting and cool and green looking. Love the critter, too!
    Best ... Cass

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  40. Marty I would love to sit on your porch and have a sweet tea with you...Hope and pray all is well in your world my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  41. Oh, it looks like a different porch altogether! I would NEVER have thought to do that with the stool. My, you're creative and clever!
    Brenda

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  42. ~WOW! Marty it really is GORGEOUS! Great job on every single detail. Love the green! :)

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  43. WOW! Your front porch is amazing....just makes me want to walk right up and have a seat! LOVE the finish you did on the urn!

    {{{HUGS}}}

    Robin :o)

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  44. Adorable and inviting front porch!! LOVE how you re-did the Chinese stool! Very creative. Now pour the iced tea, I'm coming over to rock and gossip!!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  45. Hi Marty...
    Great minds think alike girl...
    We're both sprucing up our porches...
    Your pretty awsome with a can of spray paint!
    Your chairs and pllows and added greens makes me just want to sit, chat, and catch up with you...
    A beautiful home,
    xoxo~Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  46. Marty what an inviting porch you have!! I love what you did with the drum table painting it 2 tones- such a great idea!!

    I got to spend all day working in my sunroom trying to get it ready to use- it has been full of stuff for my little booth and want to get it cleaned up so we can use it for the summer. I look out the window while I was working and I thought the pear flower petals were falling from the tree but it ended up being snow!!!

    bee blessed
    mary

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  47. Your porch is neat and tidy ..a wonderful retreat.the chairs look like new after you worked worked your magic with a few spray cans.

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  48. This is very pretty and it looks like you live somewhere warm OHHHHH.
    We have snow still...
    Since i am here a lot, i wanted you to know about my give away on my blog and i don't want you to miss it. I will not Link my party to other party :)
    XOXO
    Frenchy

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  49. Hi Marty! Love your porch! We haven't touched our yard, it's so pitiful looking. LOL I hope to get out there soon though. Thanks for the inspiration! *hugs from conroe, tx!

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  50. Wow Marty! You have been one busy lady! Your porch looks very inviting! Love the paint style you did on the drum. Very nice!! I'm ready to come over and enjoy a glass of iced tea. LOL

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  51. Marty, Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase Party! I am still amazed at the stool - I love the staining technique! Thanks so much for the info. I greatly apprecaite it! Hope you are enjoying your weekend! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  52. I love to look at homes and see what people do to make theirs beautiful, your home is sooo gorgeous and welcoming!

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  53. Wow Marty, I love what you did with the stool! It really came out beautifully and is the perfect size. Your porch looks so cool and inviting, a great place to sit and relax and chat with a glass of tea. Wish I lived closer, I'd pop on over:) Hugs, Kat

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  54. Marty, it looks simply delightful and oh so comfy. I love rocking chairs....there is something so inviting about them.

    Wonderful!

    Barb

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  55. Your front porch looks very inviting! I love what you did with that stool! I would never have thought of painting it like that - looks fabulous!

    Manuela

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  56. very creative idea with the stool colors

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  57. Hi Marty, Just wanted to let you know I’ll be featuring this today! Stop by and grab a featured button if you like! This painting technique is amazing! Thanks so much for linking up to the Sunday Showcase. ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  58. I can't believe you did that finish on the Chinese garden stool...it's awesome!
    Everything looks all fresh and clean and in need of some front porch company. What time should I be there?
    Rhonda

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  59. Your porch looks so inviting! I need to do some work on mine big time!
    Yours looks gorgeous!

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  60. Thanks for the lovely reminder that here, too, we'll soon be out on the porch. I really like the painted Chinese stool. The colors are cool and relaxing. We live near the town square and, in warm weather, many people stroll by and some stop to chat making front porch living very nice.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  61. Your porch looks great, Marty. I love how you painted the garden stool. Beautiful!

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  62. Hey, Marty, what curb appeal you've got & you've spruced it up even more. Love your rockers & those aqua pots by the front door. I didn't know about the famous white stool from Big Lots. We are getting a new one by my house, so I can stop in there more often now.

    Thanks for playing this week!

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  63. Love everything you have done...It all looks great. Have a good week.

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  64. I think that was really brave painting it...and it turned out beautifully. I would never have thought to attempt it. Your porch looks wonderful and very inviting!

    Sue

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  65. Wow, Marty! I had no idea you could paint porcelain. Your stool turned out great. Like the pillows too. Ferns make any porch look better & yours looks great.

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  66. I really love your porch and entry way. I like how everything goes together so well and you matched colors up nicely. I like the Chinese stool painted that color it would have looked too stark all white. Great Job!

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  67. WOw, such a beautiful front entrance and porch. Wonderful job!!

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  68. Wow, what a great job, I usually like everything white, but boy that looks great in green! I wish I could chat with you on your porch!
    XoXo
    Michelle

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  69. Beautiful makeover...luv those rockers!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  70. Hi Marty!!!
    Oh how I love the porch re-do!!!It is so warm and inviting!!!Even if it gets to 110 degrees, you can still set out as it is so dry here!!!!it is warm, but drink a glass of tall Iced tea, and you are good to go!!!
    I want a front porch now!!!!And some cracker barrel rockers!!!!Love those!!!!
    Love the pillows and the new plants!!!
    So pretty!!!
    hugs,
    jamie

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  71. WOW!!! It all looks so fresh and inviting. The treatment you did to the garden stool...tres chic!

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  72. Hi--I just stumbled across your blog today, and I LOVE it! Beautiful site and great ideas--have added to follow and will be back!

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  73. Love the rockers, LOVE the stool, love the fern and the frog and the wreath! I love everything about this redo. You are so clever!

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  74. It all came together beautifully, love it all!! I am working on my deck right now!!

    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  75. The things you ladies do with paint. It's really terrific. Porch looks good enough to rock. Please stop by if you have time. Jane F

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  76. What a lovely spot to sit a spell! Great job...love the greenery all around!
    Have a beautiful week!
    ;-D Kathleen

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  77. What an inviting porch. The painting is amazing. Can't say that I've seen that look before. I love it!!
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

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  78. Marty, your entry looks so welcoming. Love what you did to the Chinese stool. laurie

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  79. Such a lovely spot to sit and watch the neighbourhood! The stool transformation is fantastic, by the way!!
    Victoria @ DesignTies

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