Update Your Home Exterior for Under $100

Have you ever looked at your porch and the front of your house and just thought “….wow, this is embarrassing…” Well, I sure have, sometimes it’s because every other house on the block is all decked out for the holidays and we look like the Grinch must be holed up in our house or because the front porch is strewn with leaves and the front porch decor is covered with dust and the plants are holding on for dear life. Or as was the case more recently the front of our home was just feeling totally bland. Read More

How to Build a Cedar Window Box

If you guys follow me on my facebook page HERE you may have seen or even engaged in the long conversation we have been having about the exterior of our home! We love the inside of our home, the layout is what we were looking for, the floors are great, within our price range I don’t think we could have found something better that was move-in ready (which was Alex’s stipulation this time around, he says next move I get to pick so that’s pretty exciting!) but the outside of our home is just BALH! Read More

Spring Carrot Door Hanger

Spring is upon us! I’m so excited for the sunshine, warm weather, flowers and all the happiness that spring brings with it. I’m also excited for Easter and spring time decorating and I’ve decided to get a little jump on my Easter decor by adding a spring carrot door hanger (our very first door hanger at our new house!) to the front of our new home! It was super easy to make and I know you’ll want to know how I whipped it up, so scroll down and I’ll give you all the details!

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Back Porch Oasis In-Progress.

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Good afternoon my people! are you all enjoying this amazing weather? I know we have been! In fact it has inspired us to start revamping our back deck. Just last summer my sweet in-laws came to town and Alex and his Dad built us an awesome pergola, new porch railing and leveled out the once sagging deck.

Back Porch Revamp In-Progress

And then there was me, who was very pregnant and very lazy uncomfortable in the heat and opted not to decorate the back porch. WELL this year I am NOT pregnant and I’m in the mood to do a little sprucing before our house goes on the market. We have a short list of things that need to be done to the deck- the biggest task is sanding the older deck boards and staining the wood a nice deep brown. This is on my task list for this weekend. Last weekend I kicked off the sprucing by up-cycling those lovely old wooden patio chairs you see above. Here is another picture so you can see just how “lovely” they were…

Back Porch Revamp In-Progress

I know what you’re thinking…Pretty! RIGHT????

They were in seriously bad shape, the arms had been totally chewed when we had a big dog for a hot second ( he went to go work on a cattle farm- turns out we’re not big dog people, who knew!), the stain was completely faded and they were just sad. I decided that I could salvage what little shred of dignity they had left by sawing the arms off at seat level. I did that and then I added a coat of Minwax Polyshades in classic black.


The cushions I bought last year on clearance from target for $7.00 a piece which is a steal for patio cushions by the way! I decided I would just recover them. Do you guys recall the banana leaf madness that occurred last summer? I do, I’m riding that crazy train until she breaks down! I love the banana leaf print…on.anything. Dorothy Draper and I could be best friends. Well, when this madness first cropped up I splurged for some $35 per yard Tommy Bahama “Swaying Palms” indoor/outdoor fabric, which consequently you can now find for less than $10.00 per yard at Fabric.com.

Back Porch Revamp In-Progress

I made really simple little covers for the cushions leaving two little holes in the back for the “ties” to pop through and secure the cushion to the chair.

Back Porch Revamp In-Progress

I love how the chair turned out. I have one more chair that needs the same treatment and they will complete the small sitting area on one side of our deck( this photo shows just how horrendous the deck boards are). I topped the chair with this sweet little striped pillow. The pillow cover is from Ikea.

I put this little garden stool out as a side table, I’ve been hoarding keeping it in the basement for a few years now. And of course my little DIY gold lantern and faux succulents, because y’all know I can’t keep anything alive besides humans and puppies….and that last one is even iffy sometimes.

Back Porch Revamp In-Progress

Y’all, thanks for stopping by and checking out what I’ve gotten accomplished on the porch so far. I can’t wait to share more with you!