Spring Time on the Front Porch: Welcome Home

With  temperatures warming up (slightly) I find myself sneaking outside more frequently.    There are so many projects that I want to tackle outside: planting the veggie garden, flower bed clean-up, and a major landscaping project.

But it is still a bit chilly, and each day we are graced with the slightest sprinkle which often times turns into a bit of a downpour.

So I decided to begin with the front porch.  It’s covered, you see.

Pretty simple, yeah?  That’s the way I am liking things right now.  Simple and easy, and not to fussy.  And in keeping with the theme for 2012: “Frugality is Very Hip on Wilbur Road”; this little ensemble cost me… $2.49.  That was for the sugar snap peas planted in the pot.

My favorite part of this project are the vintage metal chairs.  We received them this fall, after Mr. Gibbs’ grandma passed.  He has really found memories of his grandparents, sitting in these chairs, sipping ice tea in the heat of summer shaded by their “car-port”.

I spent some time over the weekend pressure-washing the rusty spots and giving them both a fresh new coat of paint.

I also pressure-washed the porch itself.  It was so clean and pretty it made me want to cry.   But living in the woods with kiddos and animals… well the clean as a whistle porch does not last long.


They were both originally green and yellow, which is really awesome, because I just so happened to have both colors on hand.  Mr. Gibbs’ gave the thumbs up on the colors, which were both different shades of yellow and green.

I have always loved these old metal chairs, and I am happy that my sweet husband will have this reminder of his grandparents, everyday, to welcome him home.

Other odds and ends about the porch:

I planted some sugar snap peas which everyone here LOVES.  I will plant a whole bunch in the garden, but I thought it would be nice to have some growing by the front door.  Instant snack.   They will grow up the little green bamboo stake, creating some nice height in this area.   That will happen around… June.

The bunting on the front door is made from scrap-book paper.  Cheap, fast and destined for the compost bin.

The Welcome Home chalkboard is a little something I whipped up to use up the last bits of a can of chalkboard paint.

Do you like chalkboards?  Yeah, me too.  Have you checked out my enormous one?  I blogged about it here.

There you have it, friends.  Quick, colorful, simple and … cheap resourceful.

Until next time!

XO, Jay

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  1. Rachel says:

    I love your front porch!!! How pretty with all the natural wood! Loving the decor too. I am visiting from TCB… xoxo- Rachel


  2. LOVE the porch! The colors just pop against your beautiful house! Those chairs are just incredbile! Great job!

    Bonnie @ Uncommon
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    • Jay says:

      Thank you, Bonnie! I am really happy with how they turned out, and I think my husband is, too. I see them as a remembrance of his grandparents, welcoming him home.
      XO Jay

  3. Oh my, take a bow!

    You’ve put a “spring” in my step with your creative loveliness.

    Have a blessed day!

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