It’s officially summer here in Georgia and it’s perfect timing for a thrifty summer porch update. I committed to a challenge to spend $15 or less and transform some items with a summer theme. I hit up my favorite roadside junk store that’s just around the corner – Come see what I found and what I made!
My goal with this challenge was to add a few things to my plant shelf on the back patio as well as adding some planters to the front porch. We have a fairly small front porch but there’s room for a swing (favorite thing ever!), two chairs and a small table.
What I Bought for $12!
- A rusty old part from a wood stove $5
- Antique watering can $5
- Rusty enamel ware pot $2
I also had two old crates that came from my husband’s aunt’s basement that I knew could serve as planter stands and they were free! The best kind of decor!
I hung the rusty stove part on the side of my newly refinished plant shelf – if you want to see some scary before pics, check out the plant shelf makeover (click here)
For the watering can I shopped my yard. I have a pitiful planter from last year that is in my get rid of pile. So I used dirt from that in addition to some random Portulaca that was growing there. Make sure to drill a few holes in the bottom if you are using something like this for a planter. I used a small drill bit and made 4 or 5 little holes in the bottom. It goes quite nice with the other watering can planter I made recently.
For the enamel ware pot, I filled it with some zinnias that were too close to the grass and were going to get cut down anyway. I haven’t had much luck with potted zinnias before but this is a thrifty challenge and I wasn’t buying any plants.
I used the crates as plant stands and added my new rusty enamelware pot of zinnias to one by the front door. The other one I put in between the chairs and it holds my DIY farmhouse planter I made last year. I had an outdoor pillow I scored from Target last year on clearance so I added it to the swing. It looked nice, but I thought it could use a little something extra. So I shopped my house. I had some clay pots that I quickly dry brushed with some white paint I had on hand, filled them with dirt and rocks and added some faux lavender stems I had lying around. Add in some rusty railroad spikes that came free with a trunk I bought weeks ago and done!
The chair and swing cushions were free from a neighbor last year and I love them! The chairs were purchased years ago from At Home and they are holding up beautifully. You can see them here.
And that’s my summer porch – Not too shabby for $12! But, I do need some suggestions for hanging baskets that love full sun all afternoon – So far, everything I’ve tried just withers and dies. So please tell me your favorites!
And check out the other “Thrift Games” challenge ideas by clicking here!
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