Thursday, August 11, 2011

Party in our porch

Soo....it's 11:55pm, I've had two too many iced coffees today (that means 2) and while I'm on a mad cleaning spree waiting for the laundry to be done washing, I decided to do a long post about a porch you haven't seen yet.  It's the one you can see in all my patio shots:
I haven't shown it to you, because it usually looks like this:
Except add about 10 times more crap and put Shaun's big orange kayak on the ground.  Quite embarrassing.  Before our summer party on Saturday, we wanted a nice clean porch to enjoy with our guests.  We were pretty far from that. 
The structure of the porch was obviously an add-on sometime after the house was built, and I don't think it's been maintained since then...it is a series of wood grids that (33!) removeable glass panels fit into. 
The wood and glass inserts were hopelessly dirty.  We had to remove all the glass, number the (33!) panels, and set them aside for a good cleaning.  Of course, each opening is a different size!  And there are 33!  Did I mention that?
BAH!  That is what I say to moving all these heavy things about a million times.  The ceiling also hadn't been painted since we moved in. 
Dingy!  The chandelier I actually put up when we moved in, there was a weird recessed light in here, the medallion is covering the hole and the light is swagged to center on the table without blocking the french doors.  The ivory paint I used on the chandy looks yellow now.  Of course.  
So...Shaun shopvacced (yeah, it's a word now)
We cleaned/sanded everything, caulked around the bottom, and then we both painted - even though there is no photographic evidence of me painting, I assure you I still have it under my nails. 
I spent an exorbitant amount of time trying to mix up the perfect light blue/aqua for the ceiling using old blue paint Boozie left behind, the green in our guest room, the teal I have throughout our house, and white.  I must've gone up and down the stairs 35 times trying to get it right!  I will never work for Benjamin Moore.
I did end up getting it right, and the rest of the room came together after I re-sprayed the chandy and all the glass was Windexed - yep, also a word.  It looks much more blog-worthy now, don't you think?
The only things I bought were the four new pillows from Home Depot, on clearance for $5 each....and the 6x9 jute rug from Pier 1 for $140.  Considering the old ugly rug was free, I was willing to spend a little coin for one I loved.  Coincidentally, the big red lantern and dining table set are from Pier 1 also.  I got that table used for $150 when we moved in.  Curtains are $15 Ikea specials that I already had.  Here's another before:
And after:
I know what you're thinking...does this girl bleed aqua and red?  Why yes, I do. 

42 comments:

  1. Omg Sara! I love the colors!! The entire space has such a freshness about it! :)

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  2. Everything looks great and fresh - I especially like the cute red candle lantern in the corner.

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  3. Now that's what I call a make-over!! :-]

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  4. It look so much fresher in there! Great job!

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  5. I only got to the part about iced coffee.... Not really. The porch looks great! Nice work. Jocie really wants a screened in porch. It seems mosquitos like her sweet sweet blood.

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  6. It looks like a brand new porch/sunroom! As for the aqua and red, I think it looks awesome!

    Have a great weekend!

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  7. It looks lovely! I love the ceiling.

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  8. i am in love with the pretty ceiling and soft blue! what a fabulous place to hang out!

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  9. I love the transformation--especially the aqua and red color choices. Congrats!

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  10. Wow, Sara, I love what you did with it! It looks great!

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  11. Gorgeous! That made such a big difference! It's so open and inviting and CLEAN looking now. ;) Love the blue ceiling!

    ~Chelsea

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  12. Looks great! Love the idea of a colored ceiling. Are those terra cotta tiles under the rug?

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  13. Nice job! I love the blue ceiling!!

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  14. I Love It! It looks so relaxing.

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  15. AWESOME. I think I actually gasped at the after photo!

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  16. Cute idea with hanging the laterns!! It looks great! Paint makes a huge difference.

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  17. Ethan - I also suffer from sweet blood mosquito attraction. I think I should make up an acronym for it.
    Kit - the best I can tell, it is a concrete base with some sort of tint on it, made to look like tiles. I honestly don't know, because there seems to be some kind of 'grout', but it's clearly not tile. Who knows how they did it.

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  18. I am seriously impressed with the amount of porches and patios your house has! This looks like a wonderful room to dine/entertain in. Well done!

    And the turquoise/red combo is so subtle in this room that it only ties it together with the rest of the house. It has not been overdone at all.

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  19. I am seriously impressed with the amount of porches and patios your house has! This looks like a wonderful room to dine/entertain in. Well done!

    And the turquoise/red combo is so subtle in this room that it only ties it together with the rest of the house. It has not been overdone at all.

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  20. What a lovely color combination, indeed! I want to hang out on this porch all day long! We're doing a porch overhaul right now too..but it certainly won't be anywhere as nice as yours!

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  21. Gorgeous...I love the color combo!!

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  22. I dig the aqua and red! The porch looks very inviting.

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  23. UMMMMM GORGEOUS! So that is totally styled like a fancy funky new restaurant in our city which I absolutely LOVE!

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  24. Let me be the 27th person to say: completely. gorgeous.

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  25. LOVE! I'm with you, turquoise and red is a color combo that can't be beat. And dang that was a lot of work! Way to go. :)

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  26. What an awesome space to have!

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  27. This looks so awesome! Totally a different room. And the ceiling paint color - perfect! You are seriously awesome. Everything you touch is amazing.

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  28. So wonderful -- I've been so bad about posting on my blog, but you have grown so much while I've been lazy. Congratulations :) PS - I still have the chair project on my list of To-Dos. I'll either do it, or I'm going to sell them on craigslist. HAHAH!

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  29. Love it - just like the rest of your house!

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  30. Its so pretty! I love your outdoor space :)

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  31. Looks great - personally I'd be happy with either space but your after is definitely an improvement. And the color on your ceiling is fantastic- definitely worth all the trips up and down the stairs.

    That, and earning a second post-dinner cupcake (that is how most people gauge their exercise, right? Calories burned = cupcakes earned)

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  32. Truthfully, I didn't think it looked all that bad before. But then when you compare it to the after, it's quite a difference. :) So fresh and clean and bright! What a great space.

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  33. I love the color combo (clearly, I designed my blog and my daughter's room with it!) -- the room looks really great. Love that you two work on projects together. I'm a loner in that dept at our house!

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  34. I love it. I feel like you should have some tea parties or Anthropologie photo shoots in there (these were compliments).

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  35. SO perfect you and your hubby make a great team! Much like the aqua and red! Fun fact that I've heard here in the south apparently tons of people paint their porch ceilings in a pale blue or aqua and it helps keep bugs away... why I HAVE NO CLUE, but who cares if it works and looks fabulous it's a win/win. As always awesome job girl!

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Thanks so much for reading....your comments mean a lot to me!
Sara