Friday, June 14, 2013

Front Porch Makeover

My new life has brought me a new abode I call 'home'. And, in making it a home, there are small changes I need to make. You know that I really enjoy getting my craft on, especially on a budget and typically involving a trip to Goodwill.

My new home is a small home... and I LOVE that. Recently my friend, Liz, posted a link on my Facebook entitled, "12 Reasons Why You’ll Be Happier in a Smaller Home" because she has known me for years and knows my goal to live minimally. And what a great post it is... a reminder of why I am exactly where I am today.

In my small home, I want to make it comfortable without adding too much 'stuff'. We all know how much a dislike 'stuff'. But I do want my home to feel welcoming to my friends and family- so I started with my front porch:
It's just too dark. Between the dark red door (which was quite beat up), the black rusty mailbox, the lovely green gingham curtain, the brown doormat and the dirt all over the vinyl siding... it was just not a welcoming front door.
I knew I could use some elbow grease, a bit a bit of spray paint and a few items from the basement to spruce it up a bit. I ran to Goodwill and grabbed a chair & a doormat for a few dollars.

I had a few colors of spray paint on hand and used what I had to paint the chair and existing rusty mailbox:

I also painted to doormat that I had purchased from Goodwill so that I could brighten things up a bit:
After cleaning the siding with a bit of soap and water, I then also touched up the paint on the front door. I just had to get rid of the hideous curtain as well, so I made a new one out of vintage pillowcases I have purchased over the years from Goodwill.

It only took me a couple of hours and I was able to put my front porch together, along with some flowers from the local farm, and I find it so much brighter and more welcoming:
And, its true, flowers do feed the soul.


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