I’m finally starting to feel good about our outdoor spaces at our new house. I just finished my diy porch makeover on a literal shoe string budget.
I forgot to get a before picture of the whole porch but did get one of the chairs.
And after :
I would say our budget for this was about 30 dollars. 20 on spray paint and about 10 on flowers.
I bought 3 different types of spray paint to try out for this project:
HANDS DOWN BEST ONE was rustoleum x2 cover in flat. The chalk paint wasn’t bad but the coverage of the x2 flat white was the best and still had a super matte finish.
I wanted a matte finish because I thought it would lessen the plastic look of these. So far they are washing off fine with the hose but I am still going to put a matte protective coat on them soon. Just need to touch up a few places first and spray the bottoms.
To paint these I literally just gave them a good hose down and hit some dirtier spots with a sponge then got to spraying. The rustoleum x2 paint stuck really good to the plastic. I just went back and forth with slow steady strokes and let dry for probably about a half hr or so between coats. I probably ended up with about 3 or 4 coats. I did the same thing to my son’s set too. His is just your basic little tikes set I feel like everyone has!
And after :
I had this little terra cotta pot that I had primed to paint for an activity I was making for my son a while back but never finished and I just threw a small little hosta I had in it. There was a huge patch of hostas growing in an overgrown area of our yard which I used for a ton of landscaping projects.
The previous owner had left the chairs here so they were free. I find these plastic type of adirondack chairs are very accessible on a budget and you can find them at garage sales a lot. If your wanting to get this kind of look without the diy I’ll list some nice budget friendly ones here, here and here.
All of the planters are things I shopped my home for which you can read more about here.
I also gave our porch a good quick clean using this product called bon ami. It took off a lot of stains and made a big difference with not a lot of effort. It’s a light abrasive almost like an exfoliater for your skin but for cleaning instead. I use it allover our house and love it. Plus it’s all natural. You can see how dirty our porch was in this pic a little. Eventually I will power wash it or paint but this was great for now.
The grey table I already had inside. A lot of times you hear about bringing the outdoors in when designing a space but I think bringing the indoors out can do alot for a space too! Just make sure you give it a good protective coat if it’s going to be exposed to the elements. I also only paid about 5 dollars for the table. Our porch is covered so I wasn’t to concerned about it.
I feel so relieved now that this project is “done.” There’s alot that still needs to be done in this area but we are going to wait on it for now and I feel like with this mini makeover we can still enjoy the space!
What kind of outdoor projects are you working on? Tell me in the comments below
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