Our Back Porch Makeover
This post has been a long time coming! Brandon and I have been working on our back porch makeover pretty much since the start of summer. Finally, we’re ready to reveal the space, just in time for a party that we’re hosting this weekend. Before we jump into all the photos and everything that we did to transform the porch, I think it’s so important to share the “before” pictures so that you can really see the change (plus, who doesn’t love a good before/after photo session?).
An embarrassingly old and dirty rug really made this space feel dingy. I knew that would be an easy fix (plus removing the carpet square), but we wanted more than just a rug swap for this. Our railing and stairs were naked, unpainted wood and Brandon really pressed for a neutral paint color instead of a deep brown “stain”. We also felt like the brick wall needed something and I was begging for an herb garden to add a unique touch to the porch. All in all, the rug/flooring, paint, and wall were are three areas of concern and the focus for our back porch makeover.
We are so pleased with the end result! After a lot of paint, a little work with the herbs, and some great Home Goods finds, both Brandon and I feel like the porch is a lot more livable and desirable for a glass of iced tea or even a meal outside. We broke down our major projects below and gave a few tips if you’re looking to replicate the process.
Our Fresh Paint Job
B: I’m weirdly against red-ish brown stains that are commonly seen on decking. For some reason, they’ve just never felt right to me and I much more prefer a lighter neutral color, especially for outdoor spaces. Katherine and I painted the stairs, railing, and even the concrete floor of our back porch. The end result completely transformed the space and made it feel more finished.
If you’re looking to do this in your own backyard, make sure that you get the correct paint. We used a Behr outdoor paint specifically meant for wood and then another kind specifically meant for concrete. Our color was “Mushroom Bisque” if you’re interested and we found it to be a perfect neutral for our home.
K: Although we don’t permanently leave the bar cart outside, it’s a fun addition for parties or even afternoons with just the two of us. I showed you guys our bar cart here first and then ten creative ways to style it here. I love having an iced tea cart as an option, especially because Brandon and I go through two pitchers on the weekend!
Our DIY Herb Garden
K: I had this vision in my head of a vertical herb garden. Something that could be mounted on the wall and utilized for cooking. Brandon informed me that our best bet would be metal hangers of some sort so that we could ensure a sturdy structure for the pots to be held and to prevent wood rot. I found these awesome wall planter hooks from Crate & Barrel. We simply mounted them to even cuts of painted wood and drilled the wood straight into the brick.
Currently, I have oregano, mint, rosemary, cilantro, lemon balm, basil, sage, and thyme. I’ve already loved having these accessible for our meals. Herb roasted veggies and chicken are a favorite of ours and somehow, it just tastes better with fresh herbs!
K: Aside from the new rugs found at Home Goods, I also knew that a potted plant would add some pizzaz. Since we had all of the greenery with the herbs, we opted for a splash of color with some bougainvillea. Hot pink was the perfect choice and in our San Antonio heat, these plants are extremely easy to maintain, even through part of fall. I’m excited to see how it grows and what other plants we opt to add in the future. The beauty of this space is that it can constantly change and we can make tweaks with plants during each season.