Inside: Small front porch decorating ideas on a budget
My front porch is one of the favorite parts of my house. The porch floor was a boring gray when I bought the house, but I knew it had potential.
I am not much of a decorator or do it yourself project person, but I had seen a painted floor that inspired me. Decorating my front porch was fun and easy. If I could make a boring room cute and cozy so can you.
My front porch is a great place for me to have lunch (I usually come home for lunch) or hang out after work. In the summer I like to read or journal on my porch.
It has also been a great place for the kids and me to have memorable talks or for them to hang out with friends.
What to do with the porch floor on a budget?
My first task in redoing the porch was to deal with the floor.
The floor is my favorite part of the porch. I had an idea to turn that boring gray floor into a pained rug. I used painter’s tape and saved a line of the old floor making a gray line in the center with a muted blue border and a red square on the inside. When I repainted the floor a few years later I did away with the gray line between the red and blue. Mostly because it was easier than repainting the gray line. and to change things up a bit. Porch paint is a must for the floor because it wears better.
I painted the porch floor in less than a day with most of the time being drying in between coats. Once the floor was painted I was ready to find furniture for the porch.
Furniture for my front porch on a budget
I have 3 elements on the front porch a swing, Adirondack chairs, and a small table and chairs. Initially, I had a hammock on the porch, which was a hit with my boys, but I prefer the swing.
I found this one on Amazon that is a lot like the one I have. There are a lot of cute swings to choose from. If you hang your swing make sure you anchor it into a support beam. I added a couple of 2 X 4s to the porch ceiling to distribute the weight at the suggestion of a carpenter friend. If you don’t want to mess with hanging a swing a glider will have a similar feel for your porch.
The Adirondack chairs started out natural wood and stayed that way for years, but last year I decided to paint them a dark blue and I really like how they turned out. Mine came in pieces and it was a fun project for my youngest son and me to put them together. I thought about using chalk paint to paint them, but I used this instead. I like how they turned out, but chalk paint would have probably given them a more artsy, shabby chic look.
The small table and chairs I got those from a fundraiser for the local homeless shelter. The director had a chair auction event. There were all different kinds of chairs auction. off and I got a set for my porch. You can also look at second-hand stores or garage sales to find fun tables and chairs to go on your front porch. Before I had the table and chairs from the silent auction I had a large low table that I picked up at a flea market for less than fifty dollars. I think it found it’s way to one of the boy’s college houses.
Cozy decorating touches for your front porch
I decorated the swing with a denim patchwork quilt I got at a silent auction at church for a fundraiser and pillows from an old chaise lounge that wore out, but we kept the pillows. My mom graciously agreed to make the covers for the pillows knowing sewing is not my forte. My family loves denim quilts so she had a stack of jeans and I had a couple of denim dresses that I had saved for something special, so my pillows and their covers were free.
The pillows make the bench swing way more comfortable. The blanket provides a little padding on the back of the porch swing . If I am reading out on my front porch in the evening and it starts to get chilly the blanket keeps me warm enough to extend my time on the porch. In northern Minnesota where I live we use sweatshirts year round so yes evenings do get cool here. once the sun goes down.
Here is a patchwork pillow pattern that is adorable and not too difficult if you are a sewer or want to try your hand at sewing. If you don’t sew maybe you are lucky like me and you can talk your mom or grandma into making your pillow covers for you. You can also find some cute patchwork pillows and blankets on Amazon if sewing isn’t your thing.
The Rustoleum or chalk paint is for the furniture if you are lucky enough to find chairs or a table at a garage sale that needs a little sprucing up.
I am really happy with how my front porch turned out. I’m also happy with the price it cost less than five hundred dollars to do the whole thing. In the summer I usually move my house plants to the porch. It clears space in my house and gives my plants more sunlight. It would be great if you shared photos of your front porch or patio.
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