New & Improved Screened Porch Plans!

I’m really excited to share my new porch plans with y’all today!  I got the opportunity this spring to work with some other bloggers on a design challenge for Color Lovers and we would all do an update in our homes. This group loves color and we are not shy when it comes to using color in our homes, so I hope you enjoy this one. We could choose any space we wanted to make over and we’re working with 3 sponsors to get this accomplished, so it was up to all of us to shop for our spaces and choose what we wanted to refresh and update our homes.  A big huge thanks goes to Birch Lane, The Mine, and Minted for their help on this project!

It took me a little while to come to the conclusion that it was time to update and improve my screened porch. Duh!!  I love that porch and have so enjoyed the hours spent out there, but the loveseat and 2 chairs that started on my old deck in Birmingham that I wrote about in 2010 (7 long years ago!), the ones that came from Big Lots, they really weren’t practical for lounging out there.  When I moved in this house almost 5 years ago, of course I used all the furniture I had, adding a few things along the way.  And reusing my wicker and my old breakfast table and chairs out there was definitely the way to go.  I already had it, it fit my porch and so, there you had it….a screened porch was done.  It was comfortable and homey, but I had always longed for something that we could really lounge on.  I wanted a porch for napping!  When this opportunity came along, I jumped at the chance to get new furniture out there and spruce this space up, making it even more enjoyable for outdoor living.

Here’s a reminder of what my porch has looked like for 4 years now.  We finished this porch after I moved in and it was completed in June of 2013.

This was the latest version of it last summer.  It has been a cozy and sweet spot to chill out, but time for a change!

After I got my furniture plans in place and decided the color I wanted to use out here, the green walls had to go.  I got out my Alabaster paint (by Sherwin Williams) that I used on all the trim out here and painted over the green. It was pretty while I had it, but white is so fresh and clean.

The porch was dirty with pollen and winter yuck and it was time to clean it too, but first I got those walls painted and ready for my new look.

I picked up this mold and mildew cleaner to use out here and it worked pretty well for sprucing up my porch.  I’ve learned in the last couple of years that the easiest way to clean this porch is to drag my hose up here.  It will reach from the side of the house and come right in the door, so I moved everything off and got to work.

My old Big Lots wicker pieces will not go to waste. They are going down to Louisiana to my niece, Lauren, for them to use by their pool so I’m happy to pass them on for more use. They are sturdy and have held up great.

After painting the walls Alabaster, the space looks so nice and fresh.  Time to clean that floor and windowsills.

I sprayed everything down with cleaner and got a bucket of water and a scrubber and went to work.  It really didn’t take too long to scrub down the sills and the floor.  I used an old nylon broom to scrub with since I didn’t have a long scrubber handy and that broom worked fine too to scrub the muck off the floor.  That yellow pollen we have is nasty and gets everywhere so it’s nice to get it all off the porch and everything scrubbed clean again.

The floor doesn’t getting perfectly clean but better than it was.  I shared how I painted this floor with gray and white diamonds 4 years ago and love how it turned out. Of course, wood floors will scratch and ding a bit but overall it’s holding up well.  I did touch up the paint after I scrubbed it down in a few spots.

The glass table was wiped down and cleaned too, ready for another summer on the porch.

My patio was the holding spot while everything got clean.  I keep it covered up during the winter and bring all the cushions up to the porch and cover them all during the winter months. This really helps protect everything and keep it looking nice for much longer.  During summer, I just keep this big tarp over it and when it rains it keeps it dry and clean. It’s easy to fold back the tarp and put it away when we want to use it.  Those wood chairs I’ve had forever got a makeover too.

I didn’t share my color scheme, did it?  I’m going with navy, white and kelly green out here for a really fresh look that I adore.  This fabric is going on the chair seats.

I got busy and changed out the fabric which is really easy to do.  I think these chairs have been covered at least 5 times in their 20 years that I’ve had them.  Sturdy chairs last a long time and you can keep freshening them with fabric!

I’ve shared a few times how I cover chair seats, so check that out if you’ve never done it before. Very easy with an electric stapler and it doesn’t take much fabric.  I bought just over a yard for these 4 chair seats.  You can see the chair seat covering tutorial here, which is the same chairs, 3 fabrics ago.  That’s what happens when you’ve been blogging for 10 years!

This garden stool got a makeover too.  It was a great color out there with my other fabrics, but time for a Kelly green now.

I picked up Rustoleum Meadow Green gloss and first sprayed it with a primer and then 2 or 3 coats of the deeper green and love it!

A nice refresh for my new porch!

It should hold up great out there as a side table.

Screened Porch Refresh

Last but not least, here’s my mood board for the new porch!  I can’t wait to show it all to you and I’ve already been enjoying the new look and feel.  Adding a sectional was the best thing I could have done and it’s so nice to spread out and have so much room.  Room for a nap now!  And 2 people can recline on here at the same time.  I’ll share all the pillow sources with you too.

A big huge thanks to our sponsors that are behind this Color Lovers refresh! We couldn’t have done it without them.  The sectional is from The Mine .  It’s been such a pleasure working with them and this sectional will be the perfect fit for my back porch, adding so much additional seating.

All the accessories, except a few pillows are from Birch Lane, a company with affordable decorating options.  I’ll share all the details and sources with you when I post my big reveal in a few weeks, on June 27th!  I’ve been dying to share this with all of you and had to wait for the right timing, so soon, soon, I promise!

The art folks, Minted, provided an allowance for art in our spaces and I love what I got from them, so stay tuned for all the details very soon.  It’s a complete overhaul on my porch and I adore it all.  It really was nice to do a refresh and get my space even more functional, beautiful, and comfortable to use during the summer months. I am a total porch person and spend so much time outdoors during the summer!

Kelly Elko / In My Own Style / Inspired by Charm / Tatertots and Jello / DIY Showoff 

Fox Hollow Cottage / Four Generations One Roof / Jennifer Rizzo / Duke Manor Farm 

I’m joining 9 other color loving bloggers who will all be sharing an update in their homes. I know you will be inspired, especially if you’re a color lover too.  Neutral is so prevalent in decorating these days, but there are many of us out there who love to express ourselves in color and let it shine in our homes, so stop by and visit all these fun bloggers to see what they are up to on this collaboration!

- Rhoda


  1. I loved your porch as it was but look forward to seeing the reveal.

  2. Nice! It’s going to look great.

  3. hey color lover! i love your plans for your refresh on the porch. I am doing something similar on mine as well!

  4. You’re going to love the sectional – I have one on my patio and love it! I love your color choices – Kelly green is a favorite color – obviously! Can’t wait to see your porch all decked out in color

  5. This is so pretty ! I love the white. Ted and I just spent the last year on a remodel inside our house and we did it in white. Everything looks so fresh and clean now. I think your going to love the fresh look out there. It looks like a new porch. Beautiful !

  6. Lol Rhoda. I don’t know how I did that. Too early I guess. :))

  7. What a great space, Rhoda and I love that color scheme too! I can’t wait to see the after! And…no way, 4 yeas already?! Time flies!!!

  8. This will be lovely! The color scheme is one of my favorites.

  9. Your plan looks awesome. Love the Kelly Green color thinking about using it in family room as well. Did you like the Scott’s cleaner.. I also have a porch covered in that yellow pollen. Looking forward to seeing your finished porch.

    • HI, Hope, yes it did work well for getting rid of the gunk on my porch! I was looking for another product that is supposed to help with mold and mildew outside but couldn’t find it, so grabbed this. Definitely helped the job go faster.

  10. Hi Rhoda – Looks like you have been busy making a clean slate for the new look for your patio. I love all your choices and the color scheme of navy and kelly green is so inviting. Enjoy making the room come alive with your style. Looking forward to seeing all the reveals in June.

  11. As one who also loves color I can’t wait for the reveal!!!

  12. Can’t wait to see the final reveal, Rhoda! So, you’re going to leave the floor as is? Great decision, because it still looks awesome! I love my porch, too. It’s my summer office, dining room and den!

    • Hey, Pam, yes I still love that floor and it’s so neutral it still works with my current new color choices. I’m so enjoying it out there!

  13. It’s going to look amazing! I can’t wait to see the end result. I love the color choices and the fabric!

  14. Can’t wait to see the transformation! Love all the patterns and colors you’ve chosen.

  15. Looking forward to seeing your newly updated porch and I’m sure it will be wonderful!

  16. Leah Turner says:

    We moved last year and I was thinking of using that Rustoleum paint to repaint my wicker. Last house bought white faux wicker chairs that looked great there, but out of place here. Going to try it on a table first and see how it goes. In your experience with that paint, do you think it will be durable on the chairs?

    • HI Leah, yes spray paint usually holds up great and the Rustoleum I used says it does work with plastic. With faux wicker go for one of those paints that cover plastic, those are really durable. Take a look at the stores and you’ll see paint that is made for plastic like this one, it bonds with the material and should hold up fine. I know there are different brands but look for the one that covers plastic. Paints have really improved over the years and Rustoleum is always a good choice!

  17. Wow! I love it! Some day I’d love to get a sectional for my covered porch but for now I’ll have to settle for my mis-matched furniture out here. I love the color scheme you chose! It will be perfect with those cool painted floors. Love that you painted your wall white too. Very nice!

  18. Your porch was beautiful before so I can’t wait to see the transformation! The colors and fabrics are gorgeous. Looks like everyone is happy to see color in decorating again too. My screen porch is the favorite part of my home. It looks out on our 3 acre pond, full of wildlife, bullfrogs, turtles, hummingbirds. My porch is my sanctuary where I always find peace.

  19. I love color! I think these colors you’ve chosen are going to be so pretty!

  20. I’m glad to see you like color. So many people are decorating in grayish colors all over the house. A little gray is ok with me but like you, I love color and I really like the colors you’re using on your porch.

  21. Rhoda! It is going to be so fresh and bright! i love the colors you have picked out. I can’t wait to see it!!


  22. Can’t wait for the reveal! I like the blue and white fabric and that green is gorgeous!!

  23. Rhoda! This is going to look awesome!!! Love the floor and the colors are going to look wonderful together 🙂


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