It’s the first Wednesday of the month, and you know what that means: Time to start another $100 Room Challenge! For those of you that may be new to this blog, let me give a quick overview of the $100 Room Challenge. Basically, I give myself 1 month to transform a space with a budget of $100. Every Wednesday, I update you on the things I’ve completed (and share tutorials for any DIY projects I’ve worked on). For a more in depth description of the challenge, and to see all the spaces I’ve previously completed, you can click HERE.
Now that summer has arrived, I thought we’d head outdoors for this “room” challenge, and take on the front porch. So, here’s where I’m starting:
I always share my list of goals because it helps keep me focused on what I need to be working on, so here it is:
1.) Repaint the Front Door
Over the winter, all the paint on our door started to peel off in huge chunks. (Super attractive.) The problem is: painting in sub-zero temperatures isn’t a great idea, so we decided to wait until warmer weather arrived. Now that I can count on temperatures to remain above 60 (hopefully), I want to tackle this project.
Here’s my dream front door, from On Sutton Place. That blue…
We’ll see how well I can replicate it… as in, I should probably get some cute yellow, polka dot, rain boots! (Maybe not in the budget 🙂 ) I do, however, want to make a cute wreath (I’m think magnolia or boxwood), because right now, I’ve got a fairly cute metal basket with some awful looking fake flowers… you can see them further along in the post…
2.) Update Seating Area
Remember, I don’t stage for “before pictures”, I just point and shoot. So, the table is not normally about to fall off the edge. I blame my children. Anyway, we obviously have a couple chairs and a side table, but again, the paint is chipping off the chairs. (Seems to be a theme.) I want to repaint those and add some outdoor pillows to add a pop of color. Question for you: If I can actually convince my husband that we need a blue front door, what color would you paint the chairs/table?
3.) Welcome Mat
Do you see what’s missing here? (Besides a coat of paint on the front door?) A welcome mat. Everyone needs a welcome mat, right? I feel like it’ll cozy up the space, and actually make people feel like they are being welcomed into our home. I’ve seen a couple DIY welcome mats, and they may be just what I need to stay on budget.
4.) Clean Up
This porch needs some major cob-web and dirt removal, so I’ll be gettin’ out my broom and hose, and make it pretty. I feel like I should save that for the end though because how long does a porch remain cobweb free? Like 34 seconds?
… And, seriously, it’s June. Enough with the Christmas lights. (Truth: Those have been up for 18 months. We never took them down last summer.) It’s truly time for them to be taken down.
5.) Other Miscellaneous Items?
I feel like this porch is about as boring as they come, so I’d love to add some elements to create a more homey feel… lanterns… ??? What else? Any ideas? Remember, my budget is only $100, so it can’t be anything crazy expensive.
I think that’s about it. I’m so excited to get to work outside and enjoy the warmth and sunshine this month!
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