|I found out the weeds between the pavers LIKE salt. I poured salt between the squares and the weeds have thrived! The ceiling fan was white and rusted, so I just painted it black. It worked perfectly well; there was no reason to replace it.|
We had a mild spring and June this year. It gave me the opportunity and motivation to get outdoors and spruce up some areas which had been neglected. My back tells me I overdid it a bit, but that's another story. In addition to front flowerbeds and the front porch, I finally tackled the back porch. I ended up finishing it in time to host a birthday gathering for friends, which served as a nice reward for my efforts.
Since August, we've had a long, flat cardboard box propped up against first, a wall in our garage, and then, a column on our back porch. Last summer, I got great deal on an outdoor glass table that seats six at the Home Depot summer clearance sale. It was only $40! We also got two "rockers." The pair of those were $25. For both! I love metal furniture because it can eventually be painted when it needs refreshing. I couldn't figure out where to put things, since we also have an area formed by square pavers off our back porch. It is uncovered, so I hated to put the table out there.
|Outdoor coffee table I hope to refurbish for indoor use with a wood top. Maybe?|
Eventually, I realized we didn't need to keep the outdoor coffee table I purchased at a garage sale (actually at this house before closing). The dining table could go in its place and the chairs could be used with my mama's church pew and the loveseat/bench I also purchased at the same garage sale as the coffee table. Space and placement dilemma solved! I still want to paint the ceiling light blue and I have black metal candle holders to hang on either side of the painting above the church pew.
|Candle holders: $1 each at King Dollar! Outdoor ushions on church pew: part of 4-piece set at garage sale|
It's been such a wonderful place to eat and relax. We've eaten most or our meals out there, under the ceiling fan. At night, the lights and candles make it a special place to enjoy cooler temperatures and the escape from the sun's overbearing presence. Porch living is the best and I am so thankful that after years of rentals with no porches, our first home being plagued by mosquitoes, and waiting for special deals on sale and at garage sales, that I am now able to enjoy life out back, as I used to do as a child. It's been worth the wait!
|The church pew is made of cypress. Mama bought it when an old church in Louisiana was torn down. The pew is hand-made and you can almost feel the "Amens" and "Hallelujahs."|
|I painted the door teal during spring break. I love my bright teal door!|
|We've had these grape-cluster decorative lights for years, but never had a place to use them.|
|My little St. Francis corner|
|This was a bright, shiny brass fixture from the church garage sale. I painted it black, to use with candles.|
|Mama's tea cart makes a pretty bar area.|
|Centerpiece of the porch: Mama's painting of geraniums. They were her favorite flower. Her intention was to paint a black rectangle on the church pew back and paint the horizontal version of this image on it to match.|