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How to Create a Summer Porch

My porch has always been okay, but I decided this summer that I wanted to take it up a notch. Since we are at home and are actually using our porches, it would be nice to make them even better. So, how can we do that? I think there are a few little upgrades you can do to take your porch from pretty good to great!

Tip #1: Get a coffee table! I had been wanting a table to sit in front of my porch swing, and Saturday I found one in my neighborhood at a yard sale for $10! It was quite dirty, but after cleaning it up it was the perfect addition I had been dreaming of. And it was already painted a green! I only replaced the knob with one I already had at home.

Tip #2: Decorate the table! I found this old wooden toolbox at the same yard sale for only $5. It had cobwebs and dirt all over it, but after a good scrubbing it was perfect! An old coca-cola box would work well too. Adding in a wooden element relaxes the space. Inside I added flowers, napkins, dishes, and drinks.

Tip #3: Add flowers. Nothing spices up a porch better than plants. Flowers adds color and softens the space. And it’s such an easy addition! I found this wicker basket at the yard sale too ($5) and set my pot of flowers down in it.

Mexican pots are all the rage here in Texas, and I scored 2 at my local grocery store and put pentas in them, which are perfect for the sun that hits the space.

Tip #4: Add pillows! I’ve had these striped pillows for a while from Pottery Barn. But I just added a blue stars pillow I found on Amazon for $11. I’ll take this off after the 4th, and replace it with something else. Pillows add the color my white porch swing desperately needs.

Tip #5: Looking for porch furniture like rocking chairs and swings? Check out Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace for great deals. I rarely buy anything new.

Tip #6: Paint your door and add a wreath! My door is a red that leans pink and I added a yellow tulip wreath to tie to the yellow paint on my house.

My dogs are enjoying time on the porch just as much as I do! By adding a coffee table, table decor with wooden elements, flowers, pillows, furniture, and a painted door with a wreath, you’ll take your porch from pretty good to great! Now, get to work making your porch all that you want it to be. You’ll be so glad you did!

Wendy Conklin

I'm Wendy Conklin, The Chair Stylist.

What brings me joy is helping others live more creatively. I design antique-inspired, boutique chairs, and I teach others how to do what I do. Check out my shop, services, and courses to bring more whimsy into your home and life!


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