ORC - Porch Makeover - Pursuing Vintage - Rug & Cushions

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Thanks for stopping by and checking in on my progress!  This is Week 3 of Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge.  You can catch up on my big plan of attack from last week, but the short version is that I’m giving all three of my porches a makeover.  The biggest project is the screen porch, which requires some construction along with adding decor.  The smaller projects are smaller in scale, but involve painting and adding in some details.

Here is a “before” photo:

The Screen Porch : Pursuing Vintage

Last week we cleaned it out and removed the doors.

Screen Porch / ORC / Pursuing Vintage

So what did I get done this week?  Some construction, baby!

New Door on Porch / ORC / Pursuing Vintage

I have to admit this one, teensy, tiny thing.  We had a contractor do the framing and door installation.  Shhhhhh.  My husband and I recognized, that due to time constraints and the scope of what needed to be done, it was better to just hire someone to do that job.

We painted the floor a nice gray. We also painted the concrete base of the porch (to the left and right of the stairs) to match the house color.  (Do you think we should paint the concrete steps the same color?  Or leave them “raw”?  I’m debating…)

I ordered the cushions and rug that will go with my rattan loveseat and chairs.  Target has a really big selection of outdoor pillows, cushions, and rugs, and all at great prices.


Screen Porch Makeover Cushions & Rug / Pursuing Vintage / ORC
I just love paisley, and thought the calming colors were pretty and classic.  I chose a dark and neutral rug to help hide dirt!
Next week we’ll be tackling some painting.  The back porch door needs to be painted blue.  My husband will start working on painting the shutters (pray for some nice weather!).
The rug and pillows should arrive, so then I’ll get to start turning that side porch into a nice space with some added decor elements.
There are a few others working on outdoor space as link-up participants in the ORC, be sure to check them out, along with all the other fun ORC projects!

12 replies
  1. Jim
    Jim says:

    Porch looks great! I don’t know how you get all this done with the boys your busy schedule. I’m looking forward to seeing how the rest of the makeover goes.

  2. Karena
    Karena says:

    Kristen I love, love your choices, the soft gray and the paisley cushions are just right with the rug.
    I would probably paint the stairs as well, just me though!

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  3. Leslie
    Leslie says:

    Looking good! I think we picked out the same rug! I would paint the stairs even though it might be a pain to upkeep. Maybe you could put some type of tread on them? Do you live near an Ikea? They have these really cool wooden patio/deck cover squares. That might look really great too!

  4. Adrienne
    Adrienne says:

    Looks amazing!! I love porch makeovers cause it so improves the curb appeal and neighbors and homeowners both win! love what you have done and don’t feel bad about getting a contractor.. he did a great job

    and I would, without a doubt, 100%, paint the stairs to match!!!

  5. Pia
    Pia says:

    About your question about the stairs. I would buy some pressure treated wood and build wider steps to cover the whole length of the front area and to hide the concrete steps. I love the possiblity to sit on the stairs and also to have some flowers on the steps and that could fit if you widen the stairs. Perhaps hard to fit in to this challange. Good luck!

  6. emily
    emily says:

    looks fantastic! I think the steps look fine as is, but I think I would paint them to make them disappear, so all you saw was that gorgeous new door.

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