Exterior Summer Plans: POLYWOOD Furniture

Since the inside of my house is now finished for the most part, I’m concentrating on the exterior of my house and looking forward to many updates out there this year.  We all have dreams of beautiful gardens and pretty landscaping with seating areas and flowers to enjoy and that’s been on my mind since I bought my house 2 years ago.  Inside work was first and now it’s time for the outside.  One of the first things I’m doing this spring is getting my house painted.  In fact, it’s happening this week and I couldn’t be happier to see this change come about.

Ya’ll, I’m squealing like a little girl over this!

So, I thought I’d show you the before pics of my house, so we can really appreciate the after shots when it’s all finished.  I’ve envisioned painting my house a truer gray and that’s what I’ve chosen.

front exterior

With that new portico all finished, it’s time to paint and then the landscaping of the front yard will start in May.  Y’all, I can’t wait!  

It’s going to be so fun to see this yard start to come alive with plants.  Plants make all the difference!

pink dogwood

You can’t help but notice this beautiful pink dogwood tree in my front yard.  I do believe the Lord put it there just for me to enjoy right now.  It’s so strikingly beautiful and makes me so happy in the spring when it’s blooming it’s little heart out.  It’s the perfect accent to the front yard, along with the cherry tree on the right.

front exterior

So these are some good shots of the house now and how much things are going to change in the next couple of months, as the house gets painted and the landscaping begins.

front portico

I’m still absolutely in love with my portico and couldn’t be happier with the change it brought to my house.

garage side of house

Garage view of the house.  The painter suggested I paint the garage doors the same as the siding and I think I will do that, keeping the trim white.

back door

Back side of the house, which I hope to get beautified one day too.  We’ve finished the screened porch and I am going to be getting it all cleaned up this week from the pollen, so we can enjoy it again this summer. It sure was a nice retreat last year and we were out there all the time.  That’s my office window right above the grill.  I can look outside from my desk.

back of house

You can still see the aftermath of our projects with the left over wood and sawhorses.  This will all get cleaned up soon as we finish up back here.  I’ll be using a sprayer on that lattice, since we have already started it, we’ll finish it and let the paint crew do the rest.

dovetail paint

I’ve been testing out paint colors and the winner is the top one, Sherwin Williams Dovetail.  It’s a really pretty darkish true gray and that’s what I was looking for.  Trim will be Pure White.  One of the other things I’d like to do in the backyard is to eventually put in a seating area outside my back door.  I would love to add a stone patio from the bottom of the porch stairs over to the back door and add some beautiful new seating that just arrived.  That will be another project for another day, but I can’t wait to share this with you!

polywood chairs

I also want to introduce you to a new company that I just heard about and am working with.

POLYWOOD is a company who makes outdoor furniture out of recycled plastic.  Yes! All recycled plastics, like milk cartons are used to make these heavy duty outdoor seating pieces.  They have so many great items to choose from and mine are club chairs.  They arrived all packed up in boxes and using a handy tool provided (Allen wrench),  (with the help of my roommate) we put them all together using long metal screws.  These furniture pieces are very heavy and should stand up to the weather very well.

Did you know that today is Earth Day?!  It is, so recycling goes hand in hand with this day.

polywood furniture

For now they are sitting under my backyard trees and I couldn’t help but dream about how pretty it will all look one day when I get that patio in outside my back door.  The club chairs are very substantial, heavy and sturdy.  No problem with them blowing away in the wind!  I was very impressed with how they are made and put together and I can see them lasting for years and years.

polywood table

The little side table will be perfect for drinks and snacks.

polywood club chairs

The cushions on the chairs are very heavy duty and sturdy too. There’s nothing skimpy about them at all and they fit the chairs perfectly.  I chose this blue and green stripe and the fabrics are by Sunbrella, so you know they can withstand weather.  I will more than likely keep my cushions inside for now, but once I get my patio set up, I can leave them out during the summer months at least.

polywood club chair back

The back of the chair has slats and fits inside the slot, leaning back slightly.

polywood club chairs side view

These chairs are very substantial and sit very well.  I can’t wait to try them out more.

polywood club chair with cushions

Beautiful and sturdy, these POLYWOOD products using recycled plastic are so unique and perfect for the outdoors.  I won’t have to worry about the frame on these at all, this plastic can withstand anything that comes along.

Interesting fact about POLYWOOD (and Earth Day) it takes approximately 500 recycled milk jugs to make one of theirAdirondack chairs.  I think that is pretty cool, keeping those milk jugs out of the land fill. 

Here’s exciting news for all of YOU!

POLYWOOD is giving away one their South Beach Ultimate Adirondack Chairs along with a matching Side Table. The winner will be able to choose from 13 different colors. Just go the contest page for more details. Contest ends Wednesday, April 30th, 11:59 EDT, open to US residents only.

Click the POLYWOOD Facebook link to enter the contest! I would love for one of my readers to win.

I’m partnering up with 5 of my blog friends too. They have POLYWOOD furniture of their own to show off the styles and we are all promoting the giveaway.  I’d love for you to stop over and see all the unique styles that POLYWOOD offers.


Kelly with Eclectically Vintage shares her Adirondack chairs.


Diane with In My Own Style shares her rocking chairs.

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Liz Marie with Liz Marie blog shares her loveseat.


Ashley with The Handmade Home shares her Adirondack chairs.

polywood button Jennifer Rizzo

Jen with Jen Rizzo shares her lounge chairs.

Click over and see all the different styles we all have and how they styled them. There’s something for everyone!

You can find more info on POLYWOOD at their website.

Note:  This post is sponsored by POLYWOOD and we all received free products from them to use at our homes. All opinions and ideas are my own.

- Rhoda


  1. Your home is looking so good, Rhoda. The dogwood is beautiful, and the furniture looks super comfy with those cushions. I’m certain you’re going to love it when your landscape and painting is complete. We had a really rough winter and lost many plants that are ordinarily hardy in our region – makes me sad, but it’s a chance to refresh and perk things up again. Happy Earth Day!
    ps – I’m looking forward to your Thrifty Thursday parties!

  2. Oh I love the Dovetail for the house! Wish I could join you for some sweet tea in those comfy chairs!

  3. So excited that you are painting your home. I hope to have mine painted in May too!! We can do show and tell. Love your color choices. I think I am going WHITE. All white. Yay! Can’t wait.

  4. Rhoda, your plans for the paint sound perfect. Can’t wait to see the transformation and what landscaping you have planned. Your home is really taking shape beautifully. Love that portico, too. It is so rewarding when we see all our hard work and say, “I did that!” 🙂

  5. They look great Rhoda! I love the cushions, what a great place to sit in summer!

  6. Becky in 'Bama says:

    I am interested in that Polywood furniture. I have the Cracker Barrel rockers on my front porch, and even though I am faithful to wipe them down often, they still mildew horribly and over the last couple of seasons, it has gotten harder and harder to remove that mildew (as it has worked its way into the wood through crackling of the paint), and we have been so conscientious to store them upstairs in the extra bedroom during the harsh winter. I will check back with you at the end of the season to see how they have held up to our overly-humid summer weather. p.s. – the new house paint is going to be spot-on. p.p.s. – JEALOUS over that pink dogwood.

  7. Love those chairs! So excited for you to get your house painting and begin your landscaping. Playing and planting in the dirt is so much fun!

  8. One thing I love about your house is that it isn’t pretentious or grand but a realistic example of what you can do with any old house. The paint colors are going to look great!

  9. Your house is really looking FAB!
    WoW–the dogwood tree is incredible and what a GREAT 2nd shot!
    You have EVERY reason to be totally HOUSE-PROUD!

  10. Joanne B. says:

    wow! Those chairs are fantastic! They look so sturdy and well made- I can’t believe you put them together! Nice choice on the cushions (but I would want to bring them in to keep them looking newer longer/OCD much ?). What a good idea to use our ‘garbage’ for such useful, nice looking ideas. Glad to know someone is thinking!

  11. As usual, Rhoda, everything looks so lovely! I just love what you’ve done to your sweet home! Great job – and I LOVE those cushions! ;}

  12. I love your polywood set!! & your backyard progress is awesome! I can’t wait to see the finished product! xx

  13. We recently had our split-entry here in Lawrenceville, GA painted a medium-to-dark grey w/ creamy white trim. We also opted to have the garage doors painted the same as the siding since I think most garage doors are ugly and I don’t want to highlight them. I could not decide on the front door color so I’ve opted to do that myself. I settled on a deep red…but still kinda want peacock or yellow 🙂

  14. I’m excited to see your house after it’s painted. I have truly loved following the progress of your home–I was hooked from the day you first shared about it. Thanks for talking us all along on the journey!

  15. How exciting!!!! Great choice on the paint color, and I LOVE the chairs! I can’t wait to see it all pulled together when you finish the landscaping!

  16. Hi Rhoda –

    Your dogwood is just a beauty. We have a few more weeks before we see anything blooming here in Pa. You have truly made your house into a home over the past year. It has been a joy to follow. I can see you and your dad after a hard days work drinking some sweet tea while relaxing on your new chairs. They look great, love the cushion fabric. I am taking my cushions inside when not in use too – until I find a stylish way to store and protect them outside.

  17. I really like your choice of paint color for your house. Have enjoyed following your decorating journey. What is the lower level in your house that is to the left of your front door? Can’t wait to see the finished project.

    • HI, Sandra, thanks, that is my downstairs den to the left. I’m hoping to get more windows put in that room to brighten it up more. Soon I hope!

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