How to Refresh Your Porch for Summer

Screened In Back Porch for southern living, screened back porch, southern porch, porch, porch decor

Hello and welcome to the Summer Outdoor Spaces Blog Hop hosted by AnnMarie & Anne from Simply2Moms! If you are visiting from The Frugal Homemaker, or if you just happened to stop by, I’m so glad you’re here. 

They say that “life is better on the porch”, and I couldn’t agree more. Here in the south, we spend alot of time outside year round. So it’s always nice to swap things up a bit and freshen up our outdoor spaces for the different seasons.

Seating area featuring a wicker love seat from Home Depot, home depot wicker furniture, home depot loveseat, wicker furniture, porch decor

A few years ago, we screened in our back porch space which made it even more usable for the warmer months. Here in the south, mosquitoes and gnats are horrible, so now we can enjoy being outside even more.

Seating area of porch with comfortable straight chairs from Ollie's, porch decor, sitting area, porch chairs

I enjoy having coffee out here in the mornings. It’s also a great spot to relax and wind down in the evenings. I even added fairy lights along one side for a soft glow at night.

DIY wall decor using salvaged pallet wood and turpentine boxes, diy wall decor, diy pallet project, diy, salvaged wood

Several years ago, Mister and I made this DIY Pallet Project. We used salvaged pallet wood and turpentine boxes from a yard sale to create it. I blogged all the details here. I think this piece is the perfect accent on the wall flanked by two thrifted metal screen panels that I hung to hold battery operated candles.

Faux and real flowers to bring in nature, faux flowers, fresh flowers, natural decor, porch decor

I love to use pops of greenery in all of my decor, inside and outside. I often use a mix of faux and real florals since I’m still working on my green thumb 🙂 I saw this beautiful pottery piece at Home Goods recently, and just had to have it. I think I need to get a real thyme plant for it!

Back door entrance to house, back porch, porch entrance, southern living

Our back porch is right off of the kitchen, but having a mini fridge outside sure makes grabbing a cool drink convenient. The fridge and grill are located on the end of the porch next to the door for easy access to the kitchen when we are cooking.

Weber Grill for outdoor cooking, weber grill, grilling on the porch
Mister’s early birthday present
Wicker Love Seat from Home Depot, wicker furniture, wicker love seat, porch decor

I love having an outdoor rug to anchor the main sitting area. It helps tie everything together and define the cooking space from the seating areas on the porch. This particular rug is from Walmart a couple of years ago. A couple of pillows and a throw make the space extra cozy.

Screen Porch for outdoor entertaining, screened porch, porch decor, outdoor living, southern living

To refresh this space for the summer months, I only had to purchase a few things.

  • After cleaning the entire porch, I painted the floors with a porch & patio floor paint from Home Depot. I chose the color “Skyline Steel”.
  • Wicker love seat purchased at Home Depot
  • Two straight chairs came from Ollie’s.
  • Pottery was from Home Goods.
  • Plants: purchased the aloe plant, miniature rose, and rosemary
  • I worked with Westinghouse for our new porch ceiling fan. I love the sleek, simple design and think it’s perfect for this space.
Summer Back Porch Refresh, Screen Porch for outdoor entertaining, screened porch, porch decor, outdoor living, southern living

So what do you think? Do you also enjoy having a space outdoors to relax or entertain? Whether it’s an enclosed porch, patio, open porch, or deck, I highly recommend making use of outdoor spaces to expand your square footage.

Now time to finish our plans for the back patio that will join this space. My goal is to create a back yard that is the perfect “staycation” spot for us. After all, we are all spending alot more time at home, aren’t we?

The Summer Outdoor Spaces Blog Hop continues with The Cuter Tudor. You can find links to all the inspiring outdoor spaces below!

Stacy’s Savings | Hammers n Hugs | The Modern Juggle | The Frugal Homemaker | At Home in the Wild Wood

The Old Barn Company | White Arrows Home | A Brick Home | Vintage Home Designs | The Magnolia Mamas

Lyndale Drive | Dabbling and Decorating | My Little White Barn | The Hand Crafted Haven | Farmhouseish

The Curated Farmhouse | The Ponds Farmhouse | Lana Stenner | Bricks ‘n Blooms | Shiplap and Shells

Simply2Moms | Cuter Tuder | Rain and Pine | Itty Bitty Farmhouse | The Tattered Pew

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  1. My soul, you have the cleanest porch I’ve ever seen! How do you keep it like that? Ours is filthy by the end of the day. Love what you’ve done. I could spend plenty of time out there!

    1. Oh thank you, sweetie! It was so much fun! Looking forward to sitting down and going through everyone’s blog posts.

    1. The pallet project was so much fun to do! Thanks for letting me be a part of this blog hop. It was so much fun!

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