Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Creating a shabby chic porch.

My husband finished my new swinging bed this weekend and together in the pouring rain, we lugged it around the back of the house, through the gate (literally crashing through the gate) and in through the small porch door. I didn't need to distress it after that trip - it was so scrapped up and banged that it already looked shabby chic. Maybe just shabby. No worries. I took my magic paintbrush and fixed all the boo-boo's and we hung it. Correction, Dave hung it. Unfortunately, I was in the house and came out when it was done only to report that it was hung too high. (well seriously, I had to jump to get on it!) So an hour later, it was re-hung and finished again. My porch is long and fairly narrow and has always been an awkward porch to decorate. Initially, we just went to Lowe's and bought some brown patio furniture. You know I couldn't live with that very long! So, it's not there yet, but much closer. I'm planning on hanging painter's drop cloth's and tying them back for curtains. I painted the floors brown last summer with garage epoxy paint and while it has held up well, it may need a lighter shade to go with it's new light furnishings.


24 comments:

MaggieB said...

This is ABSOLUTELY wonderful! A 'swinging' bed! What a wonderful surprise for anyone venturing to the back of your home! FIVE stars!

Debbie said...

OMgosh I am in aww of this right now, it is gorgeous, you have done a marvelous job!

Sandy@Life Began In A Garden said...

This is fantastic! Have you spent a night on it yet?

kim said...

Oh, I love your porch and that hanging bed is too cute. Love your bench and pillows, too.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Ooh, My husband has wanted one of these for the longest time! No place to put one yet. I love yours and it looks perfect in the space with that cute bench.

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

The swinging bed is adorable! What a lovely spot to relax. I so wish our porch had the space.

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

It looks beautiful!

Renee said...

I love it, I wish I had a porch to put a bed on, is the bench and old church pew?

Sue Richardson said...

Yes, the bench is an old church pew bought for $20 at a garage sale. It was painted green chippy and I refinsihed it. I sanded it and stain and the wood looked elegant.Then later, I decided to re-paint it white and distress it!! Poor thing..

Sue Richardson said...

I'm new to McLinky - I don't think that I linked back to The Shabby Chic Cottage correctly. If anyone has any instructions for me - I welcome them! Thanks, Sue

Bonnie said...

Wow! I am speechless! The whole idea of a "swinging bed" and taking naps out there is awesome. Being from Missouri, of course the first thing I am thinking is the pollen is CRAZY here and all over my porch. I would hate to see something that pretty get dirty! Of course, that is what a washing machine is for I suppose!!!! I LOVE it. Great job!! I am a new follower that found you on the Shabby Chic Cottage!

One Cheap B*tch said...

I. Want. Your. Porch!!!!! This is amazing - I have never, ever seen anything quite like this! I seriously want to live there! =) Happy new follower (coming over from the Shabby Chic Cottage).

Jeanine

angie said...

OMG! I so want that! DH will really think I'm off my rocker now.

Revamped French Maison said...

You know, I've been looking through so many magazines and photos of outdoor rooms and this is the first one I've seen that a "real" person has created!

I love it!!!!

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Boy I love this! I love ideas for the porch that are shabby! Wow...you really did a great job. Everything is perfect I think!!! Blessings,
Debbie

Laura said...

Wow. This is beatufiul. I'd love a porch like that tonight!

I'm hosting a blog party on Saturday and I'd love it if you linked up! http://www.iamalongfortheride.blogspot.com

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love your blog and I am now a follower. I am a newbie and would love some followers or would be honored if you would just take a peek at my new blog filled with DIY, tip, tricks, and secrets!
thepolkadotcloset.blogspot.com/ Thank You so much Carol

luvtodecorate said...

That is stunning! I love that!

julie said...

wow! i love the hanging bed! i would love one! thanks for sharing!

The Painted Home said...

get outta here!!!!this is AMAZING! I didn't realize it was a swing til I read more. Great job!

Sandy said...

Who would have thought to make a 'swinging bed'... nice place to snuggle in the night!
So cool!
Sandy

http://thewondersofdoing.blogspot.com/

Stephanie Cameron said...

I am kind of confused? Is a swinging bed a thing? That is cool, I guess. I don't think people in Utah have beds on their porch...and not swinging. A cool idea that I'm coming around to. Despite that I've never heard of such a thing...your porch is simply beautiful!

The Godly Gaudy Girl said...

It looks like blissful fun! What an awesome idea!

Amber said...

Your new space is just lovely! I would ADORE an afternoon spent reading on that comfy bed...outdoors! Enjoying a beautiful spring afternoon. It is cozy and inviting and just perfect.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow
Create your own slideshow - Powered by Smilebox
Make your own picture slideshow


I changed my font at scrappinblogs.blogspot.com

Beachy Bedroom

Beachy Bedroom

Shabby Chic Living Room

Shabby Chic Living Room
Powered by Blogger.

Shabby Chic Dining Room

Shabby Chic Dining Room