Decorating The Front Porch

I gave you a little peak of this a week ago. Maybe two. Time is flying by, is it not?

This is what it was. I had put this together years ago with the help of my hubby. It was two shutter that I cut down to make this little shelf for my porch. Then My sister had given me the sign and I nailed it right on the front. It's been sitting in my garage since we moved. So I dragged it out to my very narrow porch. I don't have much room to work with and this was pretty darn skinny. But I was not digging the veggie sign anymore. So, I sanded it down a tad. Painted it with some creamy white paint. Wait, what? I took no pictures of my during? Yikes, sorry. If I had an extra set of hands that would be helpful. I start getting into it and then don't think about a camera. Sometimes my son will even remind me. He was sitting right there and said nothing. Blame him.

I also dragged this out of my garage but wanted to lighted it up. I tried some white and letting some of the black show through. Not bad but not light enough. Needed more of a coastal feel to it. So, I took out some blues and mixed up a color. Put more white on the frame and the blue on the metal. Painted, wiped off, painted, sanded some.

This was working better for me and where it was going. I was a little unsure at first, I will admit.

Now, what else can I dig out of the garage. Why these dirty and cracked old things. They needed a good cleaning, some glue and a little nail for the latch. I was going to paint them but it was going to be too difficult since the glass did not come out. So, I just distressed them even more. Then rubbed a little walnut stain on them.

Also, found this. Tired of the dark green so it got a paint job and a little embellishment. Are you still with me? Get another cup of coffee. There are more pictures.

Okay, okay.  Here it is all together on my very narrow front porch. I hung the iron scrolly thing with some brick clips. No drilling into the brick. It's very heavy and two clips are holding it up. I had this large piece of driftwood that a friend dragged out of the water for me. Love friends like that.

Changed the vegetable to Beach, which looks much better don't you think? I printed the letters out and rubbed the back with a pencil then traced it on to the wood. Sanded it down to look weathered and dry brushed some of the blue on to the white. Easy peasy.

My birdhouses got a little shelled up. The small one got a little pale green paint first.

I just love the cut out of the star and the moon. Sometimes I wish I had not cut them up since I am now looking for a tall shutter for my bedroom. But I will come across some again. No biggie.

Threw some shells in the bottom of the lantern too. One can never have enough shells. I have one more thing to add to it as soon as I get more plants. These are looking a little sad.

This little beauty. It got a makeover too. The birdies are no more. It has a little bit of some coastal flair now. I will show you another day as I may have lost some of you  already. Besides, I have no picture yet.

Update:  Here is my little redo of the box above and  then added to the shelf.

I will be linking with 
Southern Hospitality Today's Thrifty Treasures
Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday
Coastal Charm Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays


  1. That is just so rustic and awesome looking!! I would have never thought to put all those things together, so very clever!
    Visiting from justsewsassy.com

  2. Hi Anita,
    I absolutely love the makeover on your porch!
    The beach sign and all of the seashells are great. The big piece of driftwood is perfect out there.

  3. Very cute! I love the laterns sooo much!

  4. Anita, I love the ironworks!! Very unique and cool!

    Art by Karena

  5. Hi Anita. That is just toooo cute! I love the green lantern.
    Thanks for commenting on my rusty old locker. Sometimes I ship items via courier for international or interstate buyers though most of my stuff is sold locally so is either collected in person or delivered by me.

  6. Anita, I love the little vignette on your porch! Those green lanterns are wonderful. Nice job with everything.

  7. You have been busy Anita. I love your porch makeover! It looks fantastic and the letters from Vegetables to Beach is perfect! Love it all. xx

  8. You didn't lose me, I think all those makeovers are fantastic! I am particularly fond of greeny blue colours dry brushed with white...I was surprised when you said you dry brushed the blue over the white, I would have thought you had dry brushed the white over the blue. Whichever way, it looks great!
    xx Karen

  9. lol the time of my post makes me laugh every time I see one that is in the middle of your night...in New Zealand it is 8.11pm Monday night :)

  10. Hi Anita,
    Wow! Your makeover is terrific! I love your sign redo, and the lanterns are gorgeous! Hard to believe these are things you pulled out of your garage! I adore shells, too, and I really love how you added them to the sweet little birdhouses, and inside the lanterns. I know what you mean about taking "during" pictures! Now that I am a blogger, I have gotten better about taking before shots, but I could use another set of hands for the "durings"! My neighbors must think I am nuts for all the strange things I haul outside and take pictures of :)

  11. Now that is DARLING! The lanterns, the shelf, all of it! The paint colors are really pretty, and the way you put it all together just makes it work.

  12. It all turned out so cute. You are so creative, those are wonderful makeovers and you just shopped your house for it all. I love the iron scrolly thing and I really love the repainted beach sign. It's just perfect. You can't have too many photos either.
    ♥ maureen

  13. I love it!!!! Everything turned out real nice!

  14. Anita, that is a cute little spot on your porch. I love how you redid the beach sign & added all those cute elements. Great job!

  15. This looks great, I love the blue in the center of the iron grate. Very nice :) Everything looks wonderful together!

  16. Wow! Everything turned out fantastic! I love the shelf, new beach sign, the two lanterns, the birdhouses, just everything!
    Very beachy!!!

  17. Thank you for your nice comment on my post. I think I just might leave those wheels on the pepsi crate. I love your porch makeover, too. It turned out great. I am a new follower! :)

  18. I adore all your makeovers--I will back to see what you do next!
    I agree, one can never have too many shells!

  19. I am in awe of your talents. I love this stuff so much, but I don't have an inkling of a talent for it. Your porch looks exceptional.

  20. I love the beachy feel and all the shells. You did a great job. The scrolly thing lightened up is awesome!

  21. Love the shell accents on the birdhouses. The whole vignette looks great!

  22. That looks great! What a nice welcoming front porch.

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  24. Love love love the iron scrolly thing!!! Everything else too, but that was my favorite!! Love it!

    I have spent the last two days working on my porch too, and you reminded me I better get out the camera! LOL

    God bless!

  25. Beautiful! Question: What are brick clips?! Sounds like something I could use on my porch!

  26. Thanks everyone for all the great compliments!

    Trudi, I didn't know how to get a hold of you to answer your question. I hope you see this. I have more info on the brick clips on an updated post titled Brick Clips and a Little Redo.

  27. wonderful!
    I had no idea what brick clips were! brickclip.com to the rescue.
    I have so many ideas now!

  28. Anita,

    It's a wonderful spot! I love everything you did! And am impressed that you can hang on brick!!! We have brick here too!!!


  29. I was searching for ideas for my almost useless long and narrow back porch and came across your blog- love your ideas!! Thanks for sharing... hopefully I can figure something out soon.~ Pia (www.crookcreations.blogspot.com)


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