With lots of pics on my computer of my old house in Georgia, I sometimes look at them and enjoy my old rooms all over again. Such is the case with my old screened porch. It was very small, just a tiny little area that was left from the large deck that got enclosed for a sunroom and this portion was kept for a screened porch. Just big enough to cram some wicker furniture into. I still love looking at these pics all these years later. One of these days, I’ll have another screened porch and I’ll be able to use all my wicker again (Lord willing). It’s all stored here in our garage.
This is an old antique wicker sofa that my sister passed on to me years ago. It started off white and when I did my porch makeover, I sprayed it black and it looked so good with the green and black fabrics I picked up to use out there. Again, my sweet mom made all my cushions for me, recovering some old stuff and refreshing this space and I just adored it when it was all finished. I still have all these pillows too, packed away in the attic. I think I did this porch back in 2003, if I remember right.
This little iron table was a yardsale find for $5 and it currently resides in my livingroom on one little wall. You’ll recognize that old iron urn, another $5 find from long ago. In fact, I still have all this garden stuff and still enjoy it.
It was hard to take pics of this space, it was so tiny. You’ll see that the floor got painted in a black and white checkerboard pattern, one that I still love. And that’s one reason I went with the black and white peel and stick tiles in my laundry room here. That leopard rug was a yardsale find too, as well as the column and all this furniture.
I found this table and chairs one Saturday while I was out yardsaling in Marietta. I got the table and chairs along with the teacart for $125, if I’m remembering right. Where you see the black, it was a dark green and I painstakingly painted it black with a paintbrush. This is stored in my garage here in AL too. You’ll notice 3 old stain glass windows hanging up and I still have those too, stored in their boxes. One of these days, they will come out again!
Mom covered the cushions that I found at a yardsale with leftover fabric. There was originally indoor outdoor carpet out here and I got really tired of that, so when I decided to redo this space, I ripped it all out and just used the plywood subfloor as a base for my black and white pattern.
Painting the floor tips:
I looked at a magazine article at the time and they added a black border all the way around the edge (about 6″ or so). That makes for a much neater look, I think as you can see by the door going outside. By painting the border and then adding the squares on the diagonal, by starting in the center, the squares will all come out evenly all around. Not that they are complete square, but they are even at least, so I followed their instructions. Painted it all white to begin with, marked the squares with pencil, I used a cardboard template for the job. And then went back and painted every other square with black. Didn’t tape off the squares as that was much too time-consuming. I used a small artist’s paintbrush for the edges and then a small roller for the middle and it went surprisingly fast. I would do this again in a heartbeat! I think using a Sharpie for the lines would also work good.
The teacart that came with my table and chairs. That’s an old stained glass window with a light behind it that my ex built and I left it with the house. I used the same color as my kitchen paint, Laura Ashley Olive 4 out here. It’s such a fresh green and looked great with the black and white. So, you can see I’ve been enjoying these colors for a few years now.
A porch is definitely on my wish list for future.I know I would use it almost every day, especially with Fall coming. Screening is essential here in the South with all our bugs, so that is a must.
How about you…do you have a porch or favorite outdoor space?
Linking to DIY Day at Kimba’s.