A Porch Remodel to Make You Want to Spend Time Outside
(Inside: This porch remodel was one of my favorite DIY projects. It makes hanging outside so much fun.)
About 4 1/2 years ago, we redid our porch. I wish I had before pictures, it was a sight: moldy roof, crooked base, paint peeling…gross
Here is what we did to make this place one of our favorite spaces to hang out:
1. Raised the sagging side of the porch with a car jack and added supports to make it even.:
2. Reframed the porch and tightened the screens.
3. Replaced the old moldy.
4. New outdoor carpet. (To keep the mosquitoes from coming in underneath.)
The weekend before my scheduled c-section, we still weren’t done with the porch.
Six days away from having my third baby, I wasn’t resting…nope – I was prepping the wood for painting by cleaning it. But then, my husband’s blessed family came in full force and helped us paint inside and outside of this porch in the sweltering heat. God bless them. But then, it was done – beautifully done.
Onward, and here’s what we did for furniture:
1. The table I bought from Craig’s list for $40. I put about 10 coats of black paint on it. I wanted it to be durable.
2. The rocker we got from my husband’s grandma. I painted that as well. (Then rocked her great-grandbaby in her chair which made me happy.)
3. The bench is from Target.
4. The rug we already had, from Target, as well.
4. I covered old pillows with new material.
5. The wicker chairs we scored at a garage sale. We already had the other two chairs.
6. The side tables, I got for free from a neighbor who put them at the end of his driveway for anyone to take. A lucky find for me. I painted the bottom part white and sanded and stained the tops.
Here are some pictures of our porch remodel. I spent hours and hours out there with my little boys. I loved that I could sit on the porch and watch them play outside.
Do you want to see more than our porch remodel? Here are more of our DIY home remodels…
DIY Kitchen Remodel (With Barn Wood Countertops!)
Our DIY Downstairs Bathroom Remodel
DIY Parent Bathroom Remodel
My Remodelaholic Guest Post – How to Create a Sliding Mirror Over a Bathroom Window
DIY Parent Bedroom Remodel
DIY Complete Home Remodel Photos
Screened-In Porch Remodel
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I love it! I love nature, so sitting outside and enjoying it, while screened in is awesome. You can even take a little nap out there, …that goes back to the "alone mama time" post, ha! I would love this patio every day! Beautiful!!!
Ack! I still remember painting that ceiling!!!! Love how it all turned out, though. 🙂
This is really the most beautiful screened-in porch I’ve ever seen. What a perfect way to enjoy nature. And it multitasks as an outside breakfast nook, reading room, and sun room. I like the way the roof looks, but I think I would have a professional check that out. There’s nothing like free labor though, especially when the in-laws are involved.
Lynn Williamson @ DAL Builders
I envy those with a porch like this. Re-using what you have and fixing up old pieces is a great way to save money. We had a similar enclosed porch on our old house that we finally decided to carpet. It looked fantastic and like new, but it was a pretty hard job.
Van Lucas @ JPC Custom Homes
I think that the porch is one of the most important parts of your home. There are so many beautiful things that you can do to your porch. There are great decorations as well that can accentuate the beauty of your porch. This is a great way to also raise the value of your home when you remodel your porch.
Maxwell Frey @ Design Build Duluth