|Close up of rocker|
You see, I have been in love with the porch on Between Naps on the Porch for some time. It is a gorgeous porch filled with lamps and ferns and lots of comfy furniture. I was limited on what I could do because our porch although covered is open at both ends and becomes a wind tunnel during storms. The wind can be quite fierce back here and I am amazed at the damage the wind can do. One time, the wind took one of our Adirondack rockers and threw it off of the porch. I emerged after the storm that night only to find that it was missing. I looked and looked for it, knowing that no one had been there to steal it. The next morning, I found it broken to bits about 20 feet from the porch.
So I can't have too much out here because of the wind, the rain, and Mr. Mouse, who loves to chew on my fabric, blogged about here. Now that I have made all of my excuses and toned down your expectations significantly, I will show you what I have done.
Here are the BEFORE pictures
Yes I bought black rocking chairs. It was an end of season sale at Garden Ridge, so there weren't many choices on color, and I needed to fill a 600 square foot porch. I figured I could always paint them later, and now I have.
|Daybed with Black and White Outdoor Fabric|
Below are the after photos. I'll post again, when I make some more changes. I made pillows and a new daybed cover out of linen and vintage feedsacks. If you want to see more about the daybed project click here, and here to see how I made the pillows. The rockers were painted with white exterior house paint and then covered a glaze I made from Paris Gray Annie Sloan Chalk paint (glaze made by thinning the paint with water). I think the glaze ended up being too drippy, so I don't recommend using the paint that way, or be sure not to thin it too much. To even out the color I will dry brush some more gray paint on it, when I have time, and of course that will give me an excuse to take more pictures.
|The "new" gray rockers on the back porch|
This Ikea table is on my "hit list" to be painted with Annie Sloan paint.
Mosquito netting really used to keep flying pests at bay
Notice the column shown below? That is actually from our city house. We had the old wood columns replaced years ago, and I kept one of those columns. Glad I saved it. I think it needs a big Boston fern on top.
|Close up of Daybed|
|Rocker with Faux Feedsack pillows from Round Top|
Antique Pine Farm table at other end of porch
|Taking in the breeze|
The ottoman below is from Aidan Gray. The boots shown are my everyday ranch boots. I have some dress Lucchese boots that I wanted for this photo, but in the end I decided the scuffed up boots would fit in just fine with my Texas French theme.
|Aidan Gray French Burlap Ottoman|
More to come later.