Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Front Porch Revisited

This is a rerun from last spring when I cleaned up the front porch.  I thought I would show you again how to spruce up a space with just a little elbow grease.  It's all cleaned up for this spring and ready for visits with a glass of iced tea.  Now I am working on the patio, can't wait to show you it all done.
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.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I always appreciate your visits.


  1. Marty,yes very inviting.The newly stained rockers is callin',let's sit out there and have a cup of coffee.
    I love the way you two-toned and stained the table.
    Everything looks so freshen up and Welcoming.

  2. Hi Marty and congratulations on you being featured! I love your porch redo and remember swooning over it last year. I love the redo you did on that stool and you made it look like a million dollars!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. Marty, your porch is so welcoming! I love the chairs, the plants and the paint job you did on the table! Beautifully done!

    Have a great day.

  4. Beautiful, did a wonderful job staining the rockers and painting your stool! The plants and furniture make this such an inviting entryway!

    Congratulations on your feature! :-)


  5. looks great and at least you have a tree for some shade!

  6. Oh Marty,
    Your porch does look very invinting. And the Chinese stool project turned out amazing. Great job. Have a wonderful day.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  7. looks great! Very inviting! You did a fantastic job on the chairs and stool!

  8. Nice! Now I want to go work on my front porch (such as it is)!

  9. What a beauty, Marty. Your front porch looks so inviting.

  10. Beautiful and just the right time of year to be enjoying this front porch before it gets too hot.

  11. You front porch look like home! I am a southern girl who thinks a front porch is a religious necessity! J/K

  12. I remember when you posted this last year ( the pics and cleaning the porch) I cleaned my porch shortly thereafter! I always learn so much from what you have been up to! Afraid I am fast becoming a refinishing addict....due to YOUR blog influence!

  13. Your porch is so inviting. We live in a town home without a porch and I really miss having one. I'm going out this afternoon to find some lovelies to spruce up my front stoop.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Hi Marty, what a gorgeous front porch! I would love to join you for a glass of iced tea!

  15. Your porch looks so inviting! I am itching to get working on mine, but I have to wait a week or so until all of the pollen leaves.

  16. I just stopped by. What wonderfully large pics you show here! Love it!

    Gentle hugs...

  17. Your porch looks so nice...this has been my focus at my home too. Still working on dead plant removal...trip to Home Depot garden center tomorrow. Happy for a little warm weather again!

  18. Marty can I come and sit with you on your front porch? Its so beautiful! I love your shutters btw. Ferns are my favorites no matter what or where you live just add some ferns and you have instant beauty! I cant wait to get to working on my back and front decks. Yours looks so cozy and I would love to come sit with you and have a glass of sweet tea!:) The rocking chairs look great!

  19. So, so lovely Marty and it makes me just long for warmer days (it is hailing outside while I type this!). Very welcoming and inviting, just like the owner of that home! :-)

  20. Marty I got a lot of catching up to do still can't plant anything to cold... We have the same color going on outside... you did a cool paint job there...


  21. it looks beautiful Marty.. so much green in the front changes the whole look...

  22. Hi Marty,
    I love this post. I loved it last year and I still love the rerun. You did a great job on the table. Thanks for sharing again. More inspiration for outside this summer.

  23. Your front porch is so inviting and beautiful. I love what you did with the garden stool.

  24. Ms. Marty,
    That stool is pretty darn awesome! I like your little froggy friend agrees :)

    Have a wonderful week!

  25. Wow! Lovely! Your porch is indeed beautiful and inviting !:)Nice makeover of the Chinese stool..


  26. Marty, your house and your front entry is so beautiful.... I just loved it... I'm so glad you did this post. Yard looks so good and such a wonderful job on the Chinese stool!! You have been quite busy, I see.. I was gone all day but I had to check out this post... thanks for introducing me to so many new friends!!I was drooling over your Horchow placemats and what a find it is!!

  27. WOW, Marty! It looks wonderful!! AND we've had some GREAT weather lately to enjoy it with too!!