Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tiny Chic Porch!

My tiny kitchen back porch is now Chic!
On a shoestring budget, if you can dream it, you can do it!
 I used an outdoor white paint to Shabby up my tiny back porch.
Then I rubbed some sealant and stain over the whole thing.
 I was able to add a climbing rose to the left side...a miracle because my whole backyard is rock.
We built a raised flower bed and garden on one side, using logs and fill dirt from Lowe's.
 HOT hubby helped build the lattice awning using some salvage pieces we had in the garage!
 The posts and Victorian detail added a romantic country flair!
I found plant hangers Cadwell's flea market and painted them white.
I couldn't resist sneaking in some pink detail on the door and posts!
The picture on the left was our before...
The budget is small but my passion for pretty is big!
I can't wait to share more of my garden cottage chic projects with you as they bloom!
This tiny transformation has inspired me to work on all of my takes patience but I am dreaming and planting slowly.
 I will be sharing this with 
Have a lovely and blessed weekend!


  1. Hi Olivia, I love your porch it's adorable.... and your flowers are just beautiful. Love the victorian post and the artiq. pieces too, just the right touch!!!
    hugs~~ Daphne

  2. I absolutely love it!!! So pretty and feminine!! Your husband must be like mine... very secure in his manhood, lol!! Mine loves the white fluff almost as much as I do (and he's built like a football player, hehe). I'm sure he could live without some of the pink, but he doesn't complain one bit :))
    Thanks so much for sharing your pretty porch with us!! Keep up the good work!!

  3. Hi Olivia,
    Your porch is so pretty. The pink touches are gorgeous and how lovely to have some roses round the door.

  4. Hi Olivia,
    What a beautiful transformation. I just love the architectural details that you added. I can just imagine how pretty it will be when the flowers cover the trellis.



  5. Your back porch looks so charming now. The flowers & architectural trim are perfect.

  6. Olivia,
    O sweetie!! I just love it!! So cute and pretty and so you!!
    I wish Joe was handy but he makes up for it in other ways!!
    I am in love with your sweet little porch!! Great job!


  7. What a fun project, turned a stoop into a romantic porch. You did good. Richard from My Old Historic House

  8. Olivia what a beautiful job!!! I love the lattice work and the touches of pink
    Thanks for sharing!!
    I have been thinking about you and wondered how you were :)
    Suzann ~xoxo~

  9. Oh my goodness! You've outdone yourself, Olivia! That is just the sweetest little back porch area I think I've ever seen! What a transformation! I am inspired! I wish you lived closer so we could exchange plant starts! Wouldn't that be fun? It's a great way to add to your garden without spending a penny! I think I'm going to go work in my garden now! Thanks for the inspiration, my dear! Have a wonderful weekend! I hope you get to go do some treasure hunting!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,

  10. Darlin' you have inspired me !!! I love it and plan to do something similar to my side porch. I have wanted to cover it but never thought of lattice, even thou I did that kitty entry with it ...I have some left over so thank you (())

  11. Oh Olivia! I absolutely love it. I've been sprucing up my little porch too. I bought a new doormat, and when I opened the door to go out this morning, a load of snails were on my new mat. There were snail trails running right across the "WELCOME" lettering. Not quite the look I was aiming for :O) SueXXX

  12. Olivia, you shabbied up your little porch so beautifully! You amaze me , how you take what you have and use it to its very best! I so admire your creativity, and your hubby is a hottie "wink"

  13. What a darling & romantic porch, Olivia. And that pink is wonderful ... so creative.
    Have a beautiful PS weekend.
    TTFN ~

  14. Oh Olivia, that is beyond cute!! You did a fabulous job, it sure does not look like you worked on a shoe string.....Hey, do you hire that cutie out!!!LOL?


  15. What a sweet looking porch! Your hubby did good, love it!!


  16. It looks like an entirely different back porch now Olivia! So lovely, you have inspired me to fix up my back door. My problem is my 2 dogs that scratch at the back door when they want in! Marcia

  17. Your passion for pretty is indeed big. You turned the porch into a magazine picture!

  18. Very cute! It is so fun to change the yard around and add the shabby chic inspiration to it! I love what you and hot hubby ;) did to the porch, and the pink detail did not go unnoticed. Love it!


  19. So Beautiful & Welcoming!!
    Come on over to my blog as I am having a Southern Belle Giveaway!!

  20. Great job. You really can make pretty on a dime!



  21. Your new doorway is shining with charm. I love it!


  22. Dear Olivia, what a beautiful back porch you & Hubby have created. Love the touch of pink on the door, too. I love anything Victorian-inspired and you really hit the nail on the head with this! Are those dianthus? My grandmother loved those little flowers!!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  23. It looks just beautiful! What a great inspiration for us all. Happy Pink Saturday!

  24. Oh that is just too precious! I love it. So plan a time you and I can look at the Cottage and put our heads together to continue to add to its cuteness. Did you see my lilac colored door! I love it! Love you too Missy, and I'm here if you need me! Huge hugs!

  25. Your little porch is luscious Olivia! Love it. Hopefully I'll finish decorating my porch this week and share some pics too.
    Blessings & Hugs,

  26. Love that darling little porch! Isn't it grand to have hubby's that can make our dreams come true, even on a budget? I am right there with you! The retirement check that was once so comfortable, isn't anymore and I have to have pretty, too! Love the pink details on the door!
    Have a happy week!

  27. what a sweet porch, loving the gingerbread details

  28. I LOVE it!! I need some budget inspiration too!!

  29. wonderful and romantic porch!

  30. Olivia...your porch is nice to have your hubby do such a sweet thing for you...
    Love the gingerbread and white paint ..

    Karena from "A Loblolly Life"....

  31. This is adorable! What a clever idea! Big hugs to your hubby for helping you with it!


Hello Friend! Thank you so much for stopping by! I love to hear your thoughts! Hugs, Olivia

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