Back to our regularly scheduled program! :)
A few weeks ago, I decided that I'd finally had it with the dysfunction of our tiny little back porch:
|that's on a good day, nice and cleaned up|
|the only thing it's NOT lacking is more sidewalk chalk on the wall|
So when DH had a few days off from work (in a row! imagine that), I sent him to Lowe's with a list. :)
Using Ana White's "simple potting bench" plans, we built one of our own! Have you ever made anything from Ana White's website? It used to be called "Knock-Off Wood." I liked that name; I thought it was clever. Oh well. Anyway, let me tell you: you need to try something from her site! Her instructions are SO clear, and SO foolproof. (And SO free! ;) She even gives you a list of exactly how many of each size lumber pieces to get, and then a "cut list" so you know exactly what to do with them when you get home. She makes it easy and FUN!
I didn't take any pictures of the process. Why? I don't know. It wasn't that exciting...just a bunch of wood getting put together.
Here's what we ended up with...ta-da!
And check out the wire hanging decoration...
|There's my handy guy, wielding a drill. I'm behind the camera, most likely asking if he's SURE he doesn't want me to get the level? That's an ongoing point of, um, "loving contention" every time we do a project together, btw.|
|tee hee! Got it at a yard sale earlier this summer for $10. Bargained it down from $15. :)|
|Pretty! And level. Why did I doubt?|
So we went from this (on a good day, remember)...
This isn't really a "before & after." It's more like, "before & a good start." I have a few things left to do to really make it a "Barbie Dream Porch." Such as...
1. change out the light fixture. I think that thing's been there since 1927. I shudder to think of all the bugs that will fall out when we do that. And when I say "we," I mean "DH."
2. maybe a larger floor mat or outdoor-type area rug. I've looked into painting my own floorcloth, and frankly, it looks like a major pain in the bum. And not necessarily less expensive than just getting one on end-of-season clearance. So there!
3. finish the potting bench
Here is what I'm thinking for the potting bench: I want to put a curtain across it so that it covers the bottom shelf. That, and/or get matching bins for underneath.
I also want to either paint or stain it. I'm not sure which, though. I'm leaning towards painting it off-white. Or I could go with a bold color; that would look great. Like the red one on the aforementioned Ana White website. Or a nice light sage green? I have no idea. What would YOU do? Side note: I'm not very good at distressing things in a way that doesn't look like it's been distressed on purpose. And I have a feeling it will get "naturally distressed" from use, anyway. But I'm up for anything. Seriously, I need suggestions!
I think I'll link!