After 37 years of marriage something strange happens. You and your spouse start thinking alike. Wait. Scratch that. You often start thinking exactly the same thing at the very same time.
Such was the case with the front porch of our Charleston style home. Built in 2004, we purchased it from the original owner last June and pretty much focused on getting the interior up to snuff: new light fixtures, some new furniture pieces, window shades, upgraded plumbing, yada, yada, yada.
But now that spring is staring to transition to summer, we’ve been focusing on the outside and backyard.
Last week while taking a break from pruning and watering the rear garden, we took a rare timeout and sat on the steps of our front porch.
Not 10 seconds after planting my keester onto the brick step, Gracie looks at me and says, “This porch is filthy. We really have to clean it up.”
As she completed her thought I became annoyed. Not because she suggested it, but because I was thinking the very same thing at the very same moment. The exterior was gross.
So, this weekend, after scrubbing the front down with bleach and water, we went shopping to gussy up the space – both locally and online.
Our total spend was $840. From left to left, here’s what we purchased:
Pair of white wicker chairs from Garden Ridge: $198
Matching footstool from Garden Ridge: $69
Black and white contemporary cushions from Garden Ridge: $149
Round wire accent table: $49 from Home Goods
Grapevine and floral wreath: $39 for materials, handmade at home
Tall wire plant stand: $79 from Kirkland’s
Black cement planter: Vintage, been in the family for years
Outdoor carpet: $199 from Home Decorators Collection
Variegated geraniums (two planters): $39 from Lowe’s Garden Center
Boxwood: $19 from Lowe’s Garden Center
Tonight, now that the work is done, I plan on sitting out there and enjoying a glass of wine without thinking about another outdoor project… if it kills me. I hope.