I have had it with the insane Texas heat this summer… It’s been brutal and I am so ready for cooler fall days so we can actually go outside for longer than five minutes without getting heat stroke.
In my eagerness for fall, I decided to revamp my front porch for cooler days that should be arriving soon. Instead of throwing away money buying new planters and porch accessories like I do every year, I challenged myself to revamp my porch under $50.00 and use pieces that I already had.
When I started my porch revamp last week, this is how pitiful my porch looked:
Pretty sad, huh? The porch really needed some TLC.
The first thing I did was to find a rug that would be my inspiration color palette. I ran to Lowe’s and found this gorgeous indigo and brown stripped rug for $24.00:
The rug set the tone for my decision on paint colors for the rest of the project and I headed straight to my old trusty porch bench. The bench was one of the best investments I have ever made.
I bought it at Hobby Lobby about six years ago for $150.00 and I add a fresh new coat of paint every year and it always ends up looking like new:
Every year, I just wash down the bench with hot soap and water, lightly sand and paint using a satin Rust-oleum spray paint. I don’t even prime it and always turns out great. This year I wanted to match the dark brown color in the rug and I ended up using the color espresso. I already had all of the pillows in my storage closet (yes, I have a pillow fetish) and the monogrammed pillow was a previous project that I posted last year here.
The next thing I did was to go behind my house to my old planter cemetery. This is the hidden place where I lay to rest all of my old outdoor planters, patio pieces and decorative odds and ends for outside. It’s not pretty I tell ya!
I really put stuff back there hoping my husband will get the message and take these things to the dump, but thank goodness he apparently doesn’t notice, leaving me with the ultimate revamp challenge.
Up until now, it never occurred to me to try and revamp old and tired fiberglass planters. The thought of spray painting a planter sounds like it would look like a yucky spray painted planter, right? Some things should just not be spray painted, at least that’s what I thought.
I found an old matching pair of fiberglass planters back in my planter cemetery:
These planters must be at least 6-8 years old. I cleaned them up good with soap and water and then spray primed them with Rust-oleum primer and let them dry a good two hours. After the primer dried, I used my new favorite spray paint color, Valspar Indigo (#65029) in satin (I didn’t want them shiny looking like a glossy spray paint). I sprayed them with two coats of paint (I allowed them to dry in between layers). I was thrilled with the results and this color is so pretty:
Not bad for spray paint!
I did the same thing to this hideous planter that I have had for more than 15 years! It looked like my dog chewed on it as well. It was in really bad shape, I honestly wasn’t sure if I could transform it:
Because this planter was so worn and the top layer of the fiberglass was wearing off, I sprayed it with three coats of primer and let it dry for two hours. I then sprayed it twice with Rust-oleum Almond(#7758) in a satin and I was pretty amazed at how great it looked when I was finished, like new. The worn out areas of the planter turned out to really look fantastic with the new coat of paint, giving the planter an aged look:
The last transformation that I did was this fabulous old cast iron tall candlestick that I bought about 15 years ago at a junk yard for $10.00. I have never found a spot for it and it also just sat back in the planter cemetery. I decided to go ahead and paint it too. Not sure if I’ll ever need candle light on the porch but why not right?
Here is what it looked like before I painted it:
I found that Rust-oleum makes an amazing old metal spray primer, so I sprayed two coats of the primer and let it dry. I then sprayed two coats of the Valspar Indigo satin and after it dried, I lightly sanded it with fine steel wool to dull up the shine even more. I added a candle and a glass hurricane and it turned out better than I could imagine:
Also hiding out back was this gorgeous, aged-out pedestal. I couldn’t tell you when and where I got it. Not sure why I got it but I thought it might make a great little table on the porch:
Everything else you see on the porch were also pieces that I had that were not being used.
The last thing I did was go to Lowe’s for plants. I didn’t set out to buy tall palms but it just so happened that they had just marked them down 75%! I bought three of them for $4.50 each! This brings my porch total up to $37.50 and adding my couple cans of $5.00 spray paint probably brought me right at my porch revamp goal of $50.00. Yay! I did it! I rarely do anything under $50.00! Ha!
I’m so glad that I challenged myself to do this revamp for little money. I need to do this more often. Normally I don’t hesitate and just buy new, but this year I am trying to do everything I can to reduce my clutter and get creative and upcycle what I already have that is not being used. Yes, it takes a little bit more time and creativity but it is so worth it in the end!
Now I’m ready for fall on the front porch and I hope it gets here sooner than later!
I hope you all have a wonderful week and thank you as always for your sweet comments, emails and notes! I so appreciate your feedback!
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