Monday, June 3, 2013

Southern Style Porch

I'm SO excited to have our front porch finished and checked off of our to-do list! I love, love, love the way it turned out! I don't really have any before pictures...but just picture a big empty porch! Our porch runs the full width of the house, with the front door in the middle. On one side of the porch, we put our freshly painted rocking chairs. On the other side, we decided to hang a porch swing!
My grandparents (Dad's side) had a swing on the back porch of their mountain cabin. I have great memories of swinging on the swing with them while chatting and watching the squirrels in the back yard and gazing at the mountains in the distance. When I saw our new house, I knew I wanted to put a swing on the porch, just like my grandparents used to have.
The swing is from Porchswings.com. We were going to order one from Lowe's or Home Depot (they both have a white swing for around $100), but they had a 300lb weight capacity...for a two-seater swing. I don't know about you, but that is completely unrealistic that a husband and wife's combined weight would only be 300lbs! Maybe they intended for an adult and child to sit on the swing? I don't know, but it just wasn't going to work for us.
I did some searching online and the only swings I could find were around $450-$600 for a larger weight capacity. Um, no. We didn't budget for that much moolah and we're way too cheap to pay that much anyway. After a little more searching, I found this swing that could hold our entire family's weight, plus some. It was listed at $159 with free shipping, but they had a special promotion going when I ordered, so I got it for $129 shipped! Score! It's a very well made, quality swing! Very happy with it!

My hubby and his dad hung it up while his parents were in town visiting. Way to make 'em work while on vacation right? Haha :) The instructions just say to drill a pilot hole into the rafters and then screw in the hardware to the ceiling. Of course, I wanted the swing hung diagonally, so it was a bit more difficult for them. Sorry guys! I'll get hubby on here to write a tutorial on how they hung it if anyone needs the info!

Here's our finished porch! The cushions are from Pier 1, I made the wreath, the flowers and pots are from Home Depot, and the rug is from Target. We've been enjoying the porch so much, especially now that the flowers are blooming out front. So pretty!



16 comments:

  1. Looks beautiful...very inviting!

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  2. wow, so so pretty! i long for a nice wide front porch one day!!! and that color green is one of my faves!
    Pinning now and sharing on FB in the coming week. :)
    Thanks for much for linking up to support Habitat. Good luck and hope to see you back next week!

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  3. so very inviting! i love that you hung it a little bit caddy cornered ... never would have thought to do that, but i love it!

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    1. Thanks! My grandparents swing was caddy cornered, too, and I loved it! I totally copied them. ;)

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  4. Your porch is beautiful! It's very inviting, and that porch swing...totally swooning right now. I hopped over from I Heart Organizing.

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  5. Beautifully done.. looks so comfy, and what color is your front door? So pretty!
    Stopping by from the I Heart Organizing link up.


    -Tina (www.clutteredcorkboard.com)

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    1. Thank you! The door is definitely in the coral family...not too red, not too orange. I wish I had the exact color for you, but the doors were already painted coral when we bought the house and they didn't leave any touch up paint for reference. :(

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  6. Wondering the same... what color is your door? I'm painting my front door this weekend!

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    1. The door is definitely in the coral family...not too red, not too orange. I wish I had the exact color for you, but the doors were already painted coral when we bought the house and they didn't leave any touch up paint for reference. :( Hope you find something similar that you love!

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  7. Hi there - I also clicked over from iheartorganizing. Would you please let me know when the hubby writes the tutorial on how they hung it? This is something I really, really want in our back patio and not sure how much to reinforce from the top. Thanks so much, your porch is exactly what I've been dreaming about for years!

    Thanks, Kristin 24moons@gmail.com

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    1. Sure! I'm writing it up for you now! :)

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  8. I am in love with your porch! The colors are beautiful, especially the green with your orange door!!!

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  9. Okay, I am drooling over your porch! I love it, Samantha! And that swing= perfection! Excited to find your blog and follow along with you now :)
    Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

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