From Ugly to Beautiful: The Porch gets a new look & A Giveaway!

{Giveaway is Closed}

It has sure been a lot of fun fixing up that old covered porch at my parents’ house.  It’s actually a little sunroom with windows and at 8 feet wide by 16 feet long a little bit of a challenge to get furniture arranged in there. But, I think I managed to make it completely livable and comfortable to be in, as well as pretty and functional too. We had to keep the function of this porch, that was a must.

Strategic storage pieces were definitely the answer. Storage can be pretty and I found some good versatile pieces. I spent every bit of my allowed budget and we are so happy with the outcome. I’ll be spending a lot of time on this porch now, you can believe that! 🙂

Let’s refresh our memories with the poor old Before pic. Tired, cluttered and not very inspiring.

The After is everything I dreamed it would be. A wonderful spot to relax and enjoy the sunshine and an occasional breeze. I got all the furniture and storage pieces at Home Depot, except for that creamy white cabinet on the left. Once I saw this vinyl wicker set with the green cushions, I knew these were it! My color scheme was born and off I went. And when I sat in that motion chair (rocker, glider, swivel chair), I had to have it. There was only room for the loveseat, motion chair, and ottoman, and it makes a complete sitting area.

My parents were real troopers and pitched in to help get this porch in shape. My dad put together every bit of this furniture and that really helped out a lot.

They are both really happy with the outcome too and I can see that we all will be enjoying this space now. It will definitely be my new computer spot. This set is by Martha Stewart at Home Depot and is Charlottetown.

My sweet friend, Sharon, in Birmingham gave me the antlers.  Her hubby is a hunter and had plenty to spare.  I love them out here.

Another of my very favorite $5 yardsale finds, this original watercolor is just perfect out here too and gives the porch a vintage feel.

At the other end of the porch, I concentrated on getting all the shoes in a huge storage bin and it will be perfect for keeping this space organized. This is an accurate look at the new wall color, Colony Green by Dutch Boy, the same color I used in my old office nook. It worked perfectly out here and I had enough left to paint this space.

There is still plenty of room to come and go with a good pathway down the middle to the back door.

My sweet Daddy fussed at first when I asked him if I could paint his oak rocking chair and said no at least twice. I kept on because I knew how good it would look and he finally relented.  With 4 women in our family, he doesn’t have a chance most of the time with things like this.  We know how to wear him down. 🙂  And then he likes it!

After I sprayed it with Rustoleum’s Dark Brown spray paint, he totally admitted that it looked so much better now. A new color coordinated cushion finishes it off. There’s only room for one rocking chair now, so the other one will go up to NC to their mountain house.

NOTE: Someone asked if the other rocking chair was painted and yes, yes it was.  After I painted the first one, I was just going to leave the other one oak since it was going to the mountains.  Mom mentioned that Dad really liked the new paint job, so I should paint both of them the same.  So, I did!  I knew he would love it after I painted them and I was right. 🙂

Also, someone asked about the walls.  That is paneling on the walls that was original to the house, with cinder blocks on part of the walls.  That’s how the house was built back in the 70’s, so we didn’t do anything out there but put on fresh paint.

Inside the big storage bin are shoes and porch essentials, now neatly hidden away behind this door. Much better than leaving everything out.

The old shelf got a new coat of paint and looks so much better with Dad’s caps hanging on it. You might remember my brass lovebirds from my old porch. I was able to bring out some of my treasures to finish off this space and that made me happy.

This is a Martha Stewart storage bench in Espresso. I loved the fabric drawers that it holds and there are a bunch of colors offered in these. Loved this aqua shade to add some accent out here.

Inside one drawer, my mom tucked away their garden gloves.

My small iron bakers rack that was on my old deck pulls duty as a plant stand, holding mom’s beautiful African violets that she grows with her green thumb. Those other 2 plants are mine.  I took some regular wall paint and brushed her plastic planters with a new blue color, just to unify them all.

Live plants are perfect on a porch and I love having them out here, adding life and color.

One of my thriftstore oil paintings fits in nicely out here too. I still love this little find.

You’ll notice that I added chocolate brown bamboo Roman shades on every window and that really gives this space a finished look.

These pretty paisley pillows came with the loveseat and I just loved the colors in them. The perfect jumping off spot for my accent colors. It was hard to capture the true colors out here.

Lamp was a yardsale find for $5 (without the shade) and this side table was also a yardsale find. My sweet Birmingham friend, Sharon, gave me the antlers, which I think look great hanging out here.

Here’s a little tip for you.  I changed out the old glass that was on this table for a large piece of tile.  The glass had been outside and had some scratches on it that didn’t come off, so I changed it out for a 14×14″ piece of tile from a local tile shop for less than $2.

This big clock will come in handy and it’s large enough for older eyes. It was a yardsale find too for $20 and is huge. The original sticker on the back is from Homegoods, where it sold for $60 retail. Quite the bargain.

I adore this space! The lattice rug is also from Home Depot, an 8×10. It’s actually gray and tan and I love the contrast it has with my other colors. Look up and take notice of the pretty new light fixture. This just about kicked both my dad’s and my butt, but we stuck it out and got that thing hung. I was not about to give up! That old light had to go.

This pretty creamy white storage piece is from Target and made by Sauder. it’s a great piece for holding all the extras out here.

Perfect spot for Mom to hide away all her essentials that need to be in reach.

I’m sure several of you still have the Target bunny weathervane that was all the rage a few short years ago. I waited until the last minute and almost missed out on getting one, but managed to score him for around $7 and he is still one of my fave pieces.

I managed to get in a couple of my bunnies on the porch and they fit right in.  If you’ll notice in the above pics, he was on the other side of the cabinet.  Thought he’d be safer on this side.  I already had to glue his ear back on from the moving mishap.  🙂

So, that is the porch! I hope it was worth waiting for. It is definitely going to be a much loved space in our family home.

Thanks to American Express for sponsoring this project.

I was contacted by American Express about a program that they have going on:  Membership Rewards.  They launched Membership Rewards 20 years ago as a first of its kind program that over time has continued to innovate through new partners, categories, and features.  The program offers more than a million rewards from over 500 brands and millions of Card members have redeemed their points for a variety of merchandise and experiences, from movie tickets to trips to the world’s finest resorts.

Not a Cardmember? The Premier Rewards Gold Card can help you redesign your social space. Apply today and receive a $100 Home Depot Gift Card when you spend $1000 within your first three months of Cardmembership to get you started.

{Disclosure:  I was given 150,000 points ($1500) to use to redecorate this porch for my parents.  I did not receive any other monetary compensation and was allowed to pick my own products from their websites.)

Here’s the great news today!!

ONE of you will win a $100 Home Depot giftcard!  Just leave a comment and tell me what you will do with your Home Depot card if you win.

Want to spruce up an outdoor space?

What do you have in mind?   Just leave a comment to be eligible to win.


  1. Jessica Y says

    I would work on my porch and patio as well. In spring , I get so itchy to beautify it. Thanks. Your’s and your parents new porch looks great!

  2. We just recently added on to our patio. This giveaway would come in handy for purchaseing finishing details!

  3. Heather Blair says

    You did such an amazing job! I love Amex points. We use them to do some of our Christmas shopping every year. I would love to win a Home Depot gift card. I’ve really been wanting to cozy up our breakfast nook. It’s so dark and drab and none of us like eating in there and I think it’s important to eat at the table as a family.

  4. Hi! Very nice of you to spruce up your parent’s porch. It looks wonderful! New to your blog and have already found so many interesting things here. I am actually cleaning out and reorganizing about every room in my house….Spring cleaning? Anyhows, I know I would find a room to use the HD gift card….like my craft room. Thanks for sharing! Linda

  5. I love how this porch is beautiful, but still livable and functional for your parents. What a sweet gift to give them!

  6. I could use the gift card to spruce up my kitchen that is lost in the 70’s!

  7. I would love to buy a lattice rug like the one on your parents’ porch!

  8. Wowza!! What a transformation! You are incredibly talented, and your folks are blessed to be able to enjoy your talents.
    I’d love to win the Gift Card. I think paint would be a priority for me.

  9. Just want to say how blessed you and your family are, to cope with these transitions in your lives — using your talents, and demonstrating true love for one another and all that you meet, via the Internet or otherwise.
    Rhoda, you have inspired so many people – and I pray you will continue to acknowledge God’s working in your life. As we Irish like to say, “God love ya!”

  10. How lovely! I am sure your parents feel blessed by having you around – as you are blessed to be with them. Still praying for you as you continue your journey. 8 years since my “journey” began (at 51 years old) and God continues to bless me daily. There are many things at Home Depot that I could use a gift card on. Rhoda, continue to blog and continue to bless others! I do so love your blog.

  11. Wonderful job! Everything came together so beautifully. It’s cozy and still incredibly functional.

    Thanks for sharing

  12. Mindy Hodge says

    Definitely buy a new fixture for my breakfast nook!

  13. Rhoda, the room is wonderful! I know you are so thankful to God for blessing you with such a wonderful gift right now. And I’m sure you and your parents will enjoy many wonderful, peaceful and joyful times in this beautifully redecorated room. Wish I could get in that glider and rock away with ya!

    Many blessings to you and your sweet parents! Enjoy!

    Victoria in Texas

  14. Venessa Martin says

    These pics are refreshing, just makes me want to sit and stay awhile. The bunnies are adorable! I am also a bunny fan and would love to spend the card on bunnies for my backyard and patio. Would also update my planters and put in fall bulbs and look for anything else that would be interesting and fun.

  15. Love the space. You did a Great job. I’m aware the contest has closed. Just wanted to say I love the space.

  16. love the redo what store did you find the porch blinds thanks

  17. Love the re-do on the porch. I’m sure your folks will enjoy the new area. I would love to get some new window coverings for my kitchen…..that is what i would buy if i were to win the gift card from Home Depot.

  18. What fun and your work paid off beautifully! I would use the gift card to add some whimsy to my front porch.

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