Tuesday, May 17, 2016

My Garden Visits -- Front Porch Reveal

I couldn't wait to bring a little Spring to my front porch.
The new additions this year are these two white rockers from my Ethan "Alley" Collection.


They didn't always look like this.
I actually found them sitting in the alley waiting for the garbage pickup. 
They were structurally sound but . . .


the finish was in pretty sad shape.


It took a lot of scraping and sanding.


And a lot of painting. 
I've seen these chairs in lots of different colors but I prefer a crisp white. 
At least I didn't have to worry about getting white paint on the dog. 


One down, one to go.


All done!
I had the sewing machine stand stashed behind my shed
and the outdoor rug rolled up under the daybed.
Last year's pillows came from Pottery Barn. 


Finally, I painted the tray and lantern white to match the chairs. 
The little photo bomber approves. 


At the other end of the porch is a little vignette featuring a salesman's bed sample I painted white
with some rubber boots and a galvanized bucket of blooms.


These are the most comfortable chairs ever.
The porch faces east, a perfect place to have a hot cup of coffee, feel the sun's warmth,

56 comments:

  1. Love your porch, I used to have one like it many years ago. And it looks like a nice street also.

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    1. Thanks so much. I grew up sitting on the front porch and still do today. Hope you visit again.

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  2. Pat, it utterly amazes me the perfectly good things people will put on the curb for trash! Thank goodness there are people like you and me to rescue them. They look great, and so does your porch. I love it - Ethan Alley - that's a new one for me, and I've been around the block a time or two, lol. Love your view, and I agree with the eastern morning view - perfect to watch the world wake up. My favorite time of day.
    Rita

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    1. Thanks Rita. I have to "curb" my alley shopping or neighbors will start calling me a hoarder!

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  3. I'd love to sit with you on your porch! Looks very inviting.
    :) gwingal

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  4. What a great find! Nothing a little bit of work didn't fix. I can't believe someone threw them away! Your porch is just gorgeous and I'm jealous. I'd love to sit and watch the world wake up.

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    1. Thanks Cecillia. That's a good thing about living in the city...alley finds! You're welcome on my porch anytime.

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  5. Nice job! I love Ethan Alley...smart. :)

    You made everything look pretty and so inviting. Pinning.

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    1. Thank you Stacey. Wish you could join me on the porch with a cup of coffee!

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  6. What a pretty porch!! Your photo bomber is a cutie!!
    ~Cindy

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    1. Hey! Somebody noticed my little photo bomber. Thanks for visiting Cynthia.

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  7. Isn't it lovely to have a porch?!

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    1. It is. And I'd love to have a pond too! Lucky you.

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  8. What a lovely porch. Love the rockers you did a fantastic job! The little bench is cute too. Thanks for sharing your porch! I posted about my balcony garden yesterday.
    Today I joined Wordless Wednesday. Come over and visit me!

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    1. Thank you Grantham. Wish you could stop by my porch for a visit.

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  9. Such a sweet and pretty porch to sit upon and enjoy the many blessings of life!
    We love having you join us at TOHOT!
    Jemma

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  10. Your porch is Lovely! What a great save on your Ethan Alley chairs! LOL. You've brought them back to glory and your pretty pillows really make them sing!

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  11. I have porch envy. We moved 15 years ago to our current home, and I've missed not having a porch all these years. I love your salvaged rockers!

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    1. Thanks so much Deanna. I'd really miss not having a porch; I'm out there in my rocker every morning. Wish you could join me.

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  12. Nice job on saving the rocking chairs! Your porch is charming. Love your vignettes.

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  13. What a beautiful retreat and place to "watch the world go by"! Well done!

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  14. I love your beautiful chairs and with the cushions, what a transformation with some new paint. I love the name you gave them - very cute!

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    1. Thanks Kelly. The only problem with these rockers is my little dog can't jump up into them. I had to get her a special porch pillow.

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  15. My front porch needs a total clean-up and re-do. I am impressed with what you have done. Thanks for the inspiration.I need to get to work on mine.

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  16. I can't believe someone would throw out those rockers, but I'm glad you were there to rescue them! Your hard work paid off because they look amazing now!

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  17. Those chairs were certainly a lot of work, but the result is wonderful. I like the pillow print, and the seats in solid red. Lovely.

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  18. The rockers look great now - how fun to sit on the porch and watch the world go by.

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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  19. Thanks so much for visiting. My mother used to love to sit on the front porch and people watch. Guess that's where I get it.

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  20. Oh it's beautiful Pat! A lot of work, but you restored them into gorgeous pieces of furniture. Fabulous place to watch the sun rise! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thanks Jann. Come sit on my porch with me anytime!

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  21. I love this, it looks gorgeous. Thanks for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

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  22. So pretty!!! I love the pops of colour against your beautifully restored rocking chairs! ;)

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. I love anything red. Can't seem to help myself.

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  23. I love your porch! You did a wonderful job with the rocking chairs! I am going now to read more of your blog!

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  24. I love your porch! You did a wonderful job with the rocking chairs! I am going now to read more of your blog!

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  25. Pat, I love your porch! What a sweet place to sip one's morning coffee and watch the goings on in the neighbourhood. You did a fabulous job on the chairs. Thank you for sharing with us.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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    1. Thank you Sandi. Wouldn't it be nice if we could sit on the porch together with a cup of coffee and chat?

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  26. Great makeover. The chairs looks lovely all painted white. Such a lovely spot to enjoy Mother nature. Thanks for sharing your fantastic transformation at DI&DI.

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  27. What a wonderful transformation you did to those rockers. your porch is lovely.. I just know...it is really HARD , to get any work done at your house.[I would want to stay on the porch.lol\

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  28. I love your front porch!! I'm a huge fan of front porch sitting & yours couldn't be more beautiful. I'd love it if you would come share it at my party tonight. http://shoestringelagance.blogspot.com/?m=1
    I hope to see you there! :)
    Theresa @ Shoestring Elegance

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