One of the rituals that tells me spring is here is the opening of my front porch. As soon as we start getting warmer days, I clean it out, open the windows for some fresh air and Mr Q and I start spending evenings out there.
There used to be a matching wicker chair for Mr. Q, but you know I have given up matching furniture. Plus, he wanted the Adirondack because it’s really quite comfortable. I have a pair of them, the other one is outside. Ken, a.k.a. handyman extraordinaire, made them. Just to explain how skilled he is, he just took an old Adirondack chair and used it to make a template for building more chairs. He then made quite a few of these, I did sell several at my occasional sales.
Nearly everything else on the front porch is a garage sale find. One of my favorite finds is the glass globe on the ceiling light.
When we moved into our house there weren’t very many original light fixtures left (my house was built in 1904). The one on the front porch was fab though. It had that vintage schoolhouse look. But it got broken in an unfortunate mishap with an extension cord, don’t ask me how, I wasn’t there. Anyway, a while back I found this globe at a garage sale. I think I paid $12 for it. I knew it was a gamble because it might have ended up not fitting the fixture, but it worked like a charm.
The light is just outside the door into the house.
The cabinet on the end came from a garage sale. This was one of my earliest furniture rehab projects, from back in the day when I painted pretty much everything white. I recently repainted the inside aqua. It used to be pink. This summer I plan to change it up with something different in the ovals panels on the sides. I decoupaged them with map paper, but it has faded badly. Not sure what I will do instead.
I have some of my aqua pottery and chintzware inside, plus some lovely vintage aqua glasses. To be honest, I ultimately wouldn’t mind switching this entire cabinet up for something else. When I come across just the right thing, I think I’ll know it.
Just next to the door is this oak washstand which was a craigslist find. I’d like to repaint this with Miss Mustard Seed sometime this summer. We’ll see if I get around to it.
The New Orleans watercolor hanging above it has always been a favorite of mine.
This set of small TV trays was another garage sale find. I can’t even remember what color they were originally, but I painted them black and numbered them. I originally planned to put them in my Carriage House Sale, but they are so darn useful for holding glasses or wine, or cups of coffee.
My process was to just paint the entire floor white, then draw the lines for the squares using a yard stick, a square and a pencil. You can see I ran a chalk line down the center to help keep them straight. Then I just painted in the black squares by hand. I have a pretty steady hand. It would have driven me nuts to tape all of those squares. I know I broke some rules by not centering the squares from one side wall to the other, but oh well, sometimes I’m a rule breaker.
I am really fond of this floor, although sometimes I wish I had gone for a more subtle combination of grey and white. I might try that on another floor somewhere … who knows.
And I almost missed sharing one of my favorite things on the porch! The quote above the front windows.
A good reminder for those lazy summer evenings spent drinking wine and reading a good book.