One Room Challenge Linking Participant

One Room Challenge Linking Participant


If you’re new to Pursuing Vintage, welcome!  I usually blog about on-trend vintage decor, and I also have a SHOP stocked full of great pieces (check it out!).  But for the next few weeks I’ll be participating in some craziness that involves trying to makeover a space in six short weeks.

Admittedly, I kind of missed the boat with Calling it Home’s fabulous One Room Challenge “Week 1” link up.  By “missed the boat”, I mean, I kind of forgot that Week 1 was happening, and now kind of need to catch up.  Fast.

I really have no excuse.  This isn’t my first rodeo – you can see my two previous One Room Challenges here (ORC Fall 2014 and ORC Fall 2013).  However, this is my first Spring ORC, and I guess I’ll just say that I was sidetracked by the warming weather and onset of Easter.

So here we are at Week 2.  I’m going to squish my Week 1 & Week 2 together.  Buckle up, here we go!

Check out my three porches.  They all need a makeover.

The Screen Porch : Pursuing Vintage

The Back Porch : Pursuing Vintage : ORC

The Front Door : Pursuing Vintage : ORC

I’m most looking forward to the Side Porch Makeover because it will have the most decor.  And decor is pretty.  Decor is fun.

Screen Porch Makeover / Pursuing Vintage / ORC

I was reallllly wanting to do white cushions, but that porch gets filthy with pollen and dust and whatever blows in.  I figured I would drive myself crazy trying to keep white cushions clean.  I also want this to be a kid-friendly space.  The porch opens into my kitchen, and I envision letting my boys play out there while I cook dinner.  I thought a small kids table would allow them a place to eat and play.  The vintage rattan set is something I ran across while out thrifting one day – I immediately knew it would work wonderfully in this space.

Even though I missed posting Week 1, we did get work done!  My husband and I started some work on the screen porch.

Screen Porch / ORC / Pursuing Vintage

We cleared out the junk!  We ripped off the two odd doors (one opened in and the other opened out – they were very difficult to use and old and warped).  The plan is to install a single door (That’s it in the photo! Ready for action!) We will center it with the steps, so we’ll need to re-frame and screen the left-over spaces.  We also need to clean the floor and re-paint it.  I’d like to paint the cement foundation and the steps the same color as our house – just to make it all blend in.  Some plants around that area will help, too.

My plan for this next week is to at least:

-Complete the construction on the screen porch

-Complete the painting in the screen porch

-Acquire cushions & rug


Whadda you think?  Can I get this done in the next FIVE weeks?!  Crazy, right?  I’m going to try.  The goal is to get as much done as possible.  I’d love to start summer with the exterior of my home being in tip-top shape.  (Of course, if I put this much energy into the exterior – I’d better not let anyone see the mess that is sure to become the interior!)

Please be sure to check in on all the other One Room Challenge Linking Participants (as well as the Official One Room Challenge Participants).

Follow along with my progress on Instagram and Facebook!



18 replies
  1. karena
    karena says:

    Love your plan for the screened porch Kristin, it is going to be perfect for spring and summer relaxation!!
    The wicker pieces are just what I love to see on a porch like yours! The decor is so fun and the flowers/plants though I need to wait til May…in case of freeze!

    The Arts by Karena
    Artist Nathaniel Galka

  2. Anna @Annabode
    Anna @Annabode says:

    Holy smokes! I didn’t realize you had three separate porches — you have your work cut out for you. Good luck! If you need any help let me know 🙂 I love your design plan and can’t wait to see it all! I also love your idea to paint the porch ceiling!

  3. KMR
    KMR says:

    I love the idea of making your screen porch an extension of the kitchen for your little ones. It will be such a great use of the space and it will look great, too! But, wow, you have a lot of painting to do these next few weeks…crossing my fingers for some nice painting weather!

  4. Kerry Steele
    Kerry Steele says:

    I like the ideas!! A bit of advice on the pillows/cushions: Get the Sunbrella fabric from Ballard or wherever.
    I bought some that were “outdoor” fabric and they looked awful after just a month. My Sunbrella products all look brand new two years later. They are a few dollars more but you won’t have to pitch them at the end of a season.

  5. Barb
    Barb says:

    Cannot wait to see you work you magic, Kristen! I have been off of blog-land for a bit. Had to click back on for this fun time of year. So happy to see you participating. As always, I love your style!

  6. Vel
    Vel says:

    This is gonna be fabulous!!! Love that rattan set too! Honestly, I like rattan raw rather than painted. In my home country (Philippines) Rattan is everywhere, and it’s ‘sacrilegious’ to even consider painting them! LOL!

  7. Leslie
    Leslie says:

    What a fantastic vintage find! That set is so gorgeous! I’m working on a porch and patio too! It’s going to be fun to see what us “porch girls” are going to do!

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