When we bought our home over three years ago, we were delighted to have a screened-in porch to enjoy the outdoors. However, we hadn't done much to spruce it up, other than an indoor-outdoor rug, and some garage sale furniture that we spray painted.
Here is my before shot of my plain, uninspired porch. Since we didn't eat out here much, and instead mostly came out to relax and chat, I decided to make some changes.
I wanted to make the space a more comfortable, relaxing area, and so after looking at every store in our area, and then searching online for weeks (who knew that outdoor furniture was more expensive than indoor), I took the plunge and purchased a few key pieces of patio furniture that I really thought we would use and enjoy.
With the help of my six year old, I (almost) put it all together myself... Can you tell by the mess I made?
I really wanted a sectional sofa, but after looking at the price tags ($4,000 AFTER 40% off) and considering my future plans for my porch of putting in a door for backyard access, I decided a regular 3 seater sofa would work better.
There were so many loveseats out there, but I wanted a full length sofa to stretch out on when enjoying the porch, and was so happy to find one online with free delivery. In addition to that, I purchased a nice rocker glider and an ottoman.
After scrounging my garage and basement for a few thrifty finishing touches, here is what my porch looks like now.
My $12 thrift store coffee table works great out here.
The lattice on the porch is probably not a permanent fixture. We put it up when we first moved into our house because we had a active toddler and five year old who could have easily pushed through the screen, and the way our yard slopes, it could be an 8-10 foot drop. We would like to come up with a more attractive alternative though.
We are enjoying our space SO much more now, that it makes me wish I had invested in comfortable outdoor furniture years ago.