Pursuing Vintage : Back Porch : Blue Door

One Room Challenge Linking Participant

It’s here!  Week 6 of Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge!  Reveal Day!

I chose to makeover my side screen porch, my back porch, and front porch.  The side screen porch was the biggest job, but all three spaces needed a facelift.  You can see the original plan here.

For the most part, we accomplished what we wanted to.  Here are a few of the before photos with the punch list.

The Front Door : Pursuing Vintage : ORC : Punch List

The Screen Porch : Pursuing Vintage : ORC : Punch List

The Back Porch : Pursuing Vintage : ORC : Punch List

Let’s take a look at the front of the house first.

Pursuing Vintage : Front Porch Makeover

My husband took the lead here.  He took salvaged wood pieces and built the flower boxes.  He also took a second-hand light, painted it black, and created the board to mount it on.

Pursuing Vintage : Front Door Light

I painted the front door “Sophisticated” red using Modern Masters Front Door Paint.  (Tune in next week for a detailed write up about painting my doors!).

Pursuing Vintage : Red Front Door Brass Knocker

Pursuing Vintage : Salvaged Wood Flower Boxes

Pursuing Vintage : Red Front Door : Brass Details

Now for our back porch, which we use much more than our front porch!  It’s actually the door everyone comes to when they visit.

Pursuing Vintage : Back Porch Makeover Red White Blue

We added some potted ferns and a new doormat.

Pursuing Vintage : Back Porch : Blue Door

I painted the back door this beautiful “Peaceful” blue using Modern Masters Front Door Paint.

Pursuing Vintage : Blue Back Door

We also spray painted our old doorknocker, and turned it into a more glamorous gold pineapple.

Pursuing Vintage : Gold Pineapple Door Knocker

We repainted our vintage mailbox with a fresh coat of black paint.

Pursuing Vintage : Vintage Mailbox

Pursuing Vintage : Patriotic Back Porch Makeover

We repainted our Adirondack chairs and made them a candy apple red.  We added flag art that our kids painted, and a stars and stripes pillow on the rocker to pull it together.

Pursuing Vintage : Patriotic Back Porch

We found these cool antique brass tags at an antique store and attached one to each chair.

Pursuing Vintage : Red Chair with Vintage Tag

Our screen porch was the largest job.  We had a contractor re-frame, screen, and replace the door.  We painted the floor, and added our decor.  We are LOVING this space and the boys enjoy eating their breakfast outside.

Pursuing Vintage : Screen Porch Interior

Pursuing Vintage : Screen Porch Makeover

I found the vintage rattan furniture and purchased new cushions and a rug.  The little table – you’re not going to believe this – was only THREE DOLLARS at our preschool resale fundraiser.  I figured that I couldn’t go wrong for $3, and I can replace it anytime and not feel guilty about it.  But it’s actually the perfect size for the kids to sit at and it doesn’t take up too much room in this small space.

Pursuing Vintage : Screen Porch Makeover with Vintage Accessories

It totally bugs me that the contractor said we had to wait several months before we could paint the wood framing because the wood had to dry out.  (?)  I’m just going with it – and we’ll go through and repaint all the white trim next year.

Pursuing Vintage : Rattan Chair

Pursuing Vintage : Rattan Loveseat

To style the table, I shopped my own Pursuing Vintage Shop inventory.  I picked up some brass candle holders and a blue and white small jardiniere.

Pursuing Vintage : Styled Table on Screen Porch

We added a “K J” planter (our initials).  The planters were used at our outdoor wedding (7 years ago in September!).

Pursuing Vintage : Jade Plant

And, of course, I’ll be drinking many glasses of wine in my new porch – and this bottle bears our family name, so it’s the perfect first bottle to enjoy on the porch!

Pursuing Vintage : Details of Screen Porch


I am so happy with all of the work we did, and the impact all these little updates had on the exterior of our home.  We gained a living space, increased curb appeal, and cleaned up some areas of neglect.  We have a few things we’d still like to accomplish this summer, such as painting the porch ceilings and hanging the shutters (they’re painted and ready to go!).  But there are several months of warm weather ahead of us, and this six week challenge has got me on a roll!

I can’t believe I’ve now completed my third One Room Challenge!  (You can see my Mudroom Makeover and Powder Room Makeover here).

If you haven’t already, take a look at all the other amazing makeovers from the ORC Official Participants and the ORC Linking Participants.

A HUGE Thank You to Linda at Calling it Home for hosting yet another fun and productive ORC!  Linda, I have you to thank for helping motivate me to get (now THREE!) spaces completed!

Check back next week for more details about how I painted my front door and back porch door (even the inside of one!  I’ll show you the photo next week!) and shutters for the entire house.


21 replies
  1. KMR
    KMR says:

    Everything looks SO GOOD, Kristen! I can’t believe how much you got done. I bet you are ready to retire your paint brushes for a while. Your screen porch furniture looks beautiful and fits really well in the space–I was wondering how you would make it all fit and I think you found a great lay out. Great job!

  2. Dad
    Dad says:

    I don’t know how you found time do it all! It looks great. I really like the dark blue for the back door and the little brass tags on the chairs. I hope you have a great summer to enjoy it all!

  3. Barb
    Barb says:

    Just lovely. You will spend so much joy with your friends and family on that beautiful screened in porch. Such a welcoming home you have created! xo Barb

  4. Karena
    Karena says:

    Kristen, Your changes have made a huge impact!
    I love everything you have done with each outdoor porch area!!
    Great job!!

    The Arts by Karena
    Bunnies by Hunt Slonem!

  5. Linda @ Calling it Home
    Linda @ Calling it Home says:

    Kristen, thank you for jumping in. I love your home, it looks so happy. I agree, the changes really do add pretty curb appeal to an already charming home. The pops of red are the perfect color.Great job, and enjoy that wine on the porch.

  6. Laura Ingalls Gunn
    Laura Ingalls Gunn says:

    What an amazing transformation! A true job well done. I adore the color palette you selected. It feels fresh and fun. The six weeks went by so fast. I completed our entry, living and dining areas in a new to us 30 year old house. So, cheers to us! Have a wonderful week.

  7. Vel
    Vel says:

    Ok, first of all I just want to let you know that this is the 3rd time I’m visiting – the first time was last week, somehow my comment wasnt published, the second time was yesterday, and the Link up on Linda’s party wasn’t working, you probably have to change your link up or check again today – says your page/link wasn’t available ??, And of course today, I am just so happy with both your front and back porch, so much punch and personality Kristen, truly spaces to boast and be proud of!!! I’m sure you guys will have lots of fun and happy memories here! Great job!

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