Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Back Porch

Before we got our blast of arctic air, I took advantage of the nice weather in Central Texas on Monday to do a photo shoot on our back porch.  I hope to make the porch look inviting so we've moved some really neat stuff out there.

First of all, we added an old oak cabinet and a maple hutch.  The cabinet is a good place to store gardening supplies and adding the hutch gives me display space.

This bucket is a recent acquisition from my father-in-law.  It's really sturdy and really heavy. 

I'm using it to store my hand gardening tools.

This minnow bucket is also from my Father-in-law.  It's also in great shape and still has it's sticker and lettering.  It love it's little galvanized cuteness.

I've had this table since I was a kid.  I don't have room for it inside but I don't want to get rid of it just yet.

I suspect it was made in the 1920s or 30s and still had it's original paint, a medium green, when I got it.

Can you see the green peeking through the chips?  It's seen some use since I painted it white so it's gotten wonderfully shabby.  I think the porch is the perfect place for it now.

Last is this old garden chair I bought at the Mile High Flea Market in Denver.  I bought it at least 13 years ago for only six dollars. 

It matches the green on the bucket.

We also have a bench and two wicker chairs for seating on the porch.

I'd like to paint the chairs and maybe even the bench.  I've been thinking of black or dark brown.  I want them to look better together and provide some contrast to the white siding on the house and the grey concrete. 

Big Dog kept getting in my way when I was taking pictures so I put him on down-stay in front of the bench.  Didn't he pose nicely for me?

Right after the photo shoot I had to snatch up the pillows and chair cushions so he wouldn't chew them up. 

Besides bringing warmer weather, spring will allow me to bring lots of potted plants out.  I hope to use the porch for entertaining and will have lots of room for serving snacks and beverages.

Thanks for visiting my porch today.  Please come back!


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  1. Your porch is lovely. Our patio and porch are buried under over 2 feet of snow, but when Spring finally shows up, I will enjoy finding a little bucket to store my garden tools. Great idea and pretty pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I really love the way you have put together your porch - looks really inviting and as if you had lived there for a while, a great place for a Sunday brunch or a glass of lemonade on a summer evening. Thanks for following my blog. - Mandy