Thursday, September 24, 2009

Quick Change: Front Porch Swing

Nothing epitomizes the good life like a front porch – a place to relax and connect with the neighborhood. For us it is an extension of our home – another room, really.

In college, we rented a house on an ivy-covered hill and watched the world go by (and shared a good number of beers, too)!

When we were house-hunting, we put a front porch high up on our list of must-haves. Almost exactly two years ago, we became the owners of a house on an ivy-covered hill with a front porch. Coincidence? Probably not!

And if you have a porch, you have to have a porch swing! Ours used to be a run-of-the-mill wood porch swing, and it had seen better days.

But after three cans of spray paint and length of shiny new chain, (just $35 worth of materials) it looks better than ever!

I even sewed together three dining chair cushions that were lying around the house to make the cushion. (Free!) The cushions were a thoughtful Christmas gift from Ben a few years back, but we didn’t use them anymore. I knew I kept them (and him) around for something!

We ordered new outdoor lighting earlier this week. You can look forward to another front porch update when they arrive...


Rita Finn said...

The porch swing has been on my to-do list all summer. I'm inspired ... perhaps we'll spiff up our own porch swing tomorrow!

Betsy said...

Someday when we buy a house, I'm paying for you to come out here and help me decorate. I LOVE your front porch - it's one of those simple pleasures in life that makes such a difference.