Decorating ideas for a screened in porch|Tips on how to decorate your outdoor space when you are on a budget and how to decorate with what you already have.
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This might just be my favorite project of all times and without a doubt this room has become my favorite room in my house. It was a long road getting to love this room. Sadly, I used to hate this room. We never used it, I never sat out here with a glass of
lemonade wine, the room was dirty and all of the trim needed a fresh coat of paint.
We brought with us from our previous house our white wicker set that we had on our screened in porch there. I didn’t love the set then and I still wasn’t loving it here. The area rug that was originally out here was left by the previous owner and had random stains on it. For a year and a half it sat like this.
A few small changes, some pixie dust and a few easy DIY pillows (keep reading) and this room has been completely transformed. She now looks like this.
I think I even surprised myself with this transformation. AND I didn’t break the bank (hollah!). I think that is what I love the most about this room (besides the pretty pillows). I made what I had work and found budget friendly pieces to add to the room. It all just came together.
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I did purchase a few new things but nothing that made my husband complain…well, maybe a little. Last fall I found a great deal on the large gray wicker couch. I knew it wasn’t going to match the white wicker set we already owned but it was too good of a deal to pass up. I knew there was a way to make the two different sets of furniture become best of friends. I purchased my couch from Best Choice Products and had a great experience with this company. The same couch is also available on Amazon (here).
I paid a good deal less than what it is listed at right now. If you’re patient and/or a gambler, you can wait to see if the price goes down later on in the summer or fall. Online the cushions on the couch look white, however, they are more of a cream color. That was the one thing that threw me off when the couch arrived.
I also purchased new cushions for my white wicker set to replace the pink and blue ones we had on them. I purchased the gray and white cushions last fall from Pier One. Once again, I got a great deal. I will always shop for my outdoor decor in the fall. I was secretly hoping the gray in the new seat cushions would tie in the gray wicker couch with the white wicker set. It wasn’t working for me though.
I was faced with a another design challenge and this is when I started to stall. I knew some cute pillows might be able to save the day though…as they always do.
I was having the hardest time finding an area rug that I loved that wouldn’t clash with the gray striped cushions. These dang cushions were doing me in, can you tell? Just when I told myself I was going to sell the cushions and start fresh I ran right into this rug…at Aldi, you know, the grocery store. It was only $49 for a 6×9.
I knew I needed to warm up the space against all of the gray and white. Once I got the rug down in the sunroom I told the gray striped cushions they might have a second chance. Things were starting to click.
I did get all wild and crazy (and at the last minute) purchased a new coffee table for this room and I do love her with my whole heart. She’s a keeper for sure- she was budget friendly, she shipped quickly and she was so easy to put together. And I just love the X detail.
And what is a couch without 596 pillows on it, right??? Let’s talk about these bad boys shall we? You should know by now that I have a severe addiction to pillows. Since our room is covered and we can close the windows in here to prevent water from getting in when it rains (which we always forget to do) I wasn’t too worried about only purchasing outdoor pillows.
Some pillows I stole from inside my house because I knew they would just fit out here so well like these little lumbar pillows I’ve had for years. I think they were just meant to be out here. They even said so themselves.
I am also not shy about making pillow covers with whatever fabric I can find. I was really hoping I’d find an outdoor fabric tablecloth that I loved (and ideally also be fade resistant and waterproof) to make pillow covers with but I couldn’t. I instead found the Ralph Lauren navy paisley (not outdoor) tablecloth at TJ Maxx and sprayed it with this to waterproof it.
You can also use this to guard against water AND fading. I made a few different size pillow covers with the navy paisley tablecloth. I cut strips of fabric to each pillows measurements. For example, my 20×20 pillow I cut a 20×45 strip of fabric from the tablecloth. For the navy lumbar pillows I just cut a thinner strip of fabric depending on the dimensions of my pillows.
I made these pillow covers like I made my no sew pillow covers (and my table runner pillow cover). Like always, I used fabric glue to make each of these pillows. No crazy sewing machine required. The gray wicker couch came with 4 pillows so I just used one of those pillows to stuff into the pillow cover I made.
I also had some napkins left over from another project and made a napkin pillow to shove into my cute new basket.
That basket was originally going to be an end table. I had him upside down and was going to use him just like that as a table. He was a little shorter than I wanted him to be and I knew I was missing out on the opportunity to put one more pillow out here. So I flipped him back over and used him as his intended purpose…to hold pretty blankets and useless pillows.
My black thumb also thought it was a good idea to add REAL plants out here. Especially that fiddle leaf fig plant. I really hope I can keep him alive for at least a few months. Wish me luck.
I found an inexpensive plastic planter at Walmart and painted the top of it white to add a little fun to the otherwise boring planter. You can see how I turned trash cans into planters here. If you are also a proud owner of a black thumb you can see how I made a faux fiddle leaf plant here.
At least I know one won’t die…hopefully. I bet I can kill a faux plant though.
This little room just goes to show you that you do not need to buy all new fancy furniture or even furniture that matches. I pieced this room together over time and even when I thought nothing was working it all just came together. After a year and a half of hating this room it is finally how I want it. Someday I’ll sit out here and enjoy it..someday…
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Make sure to check out all of the other outdoor projects listed below!!
Get Out! Outdoor DIY Projects
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Funny DIY No Soliciting Sign | Leap of Faith Crafting
Easy Cinder Block Garden Planters | Our Crafty Mom
Bistro Set Makeover | Practical & Pretty
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