THE FERAL TURTLE

THE FERAL TURTLE

Monday, June 17, 2013

Porch Makeover

This was my porch...


It was okay, but I felt with all the visible coats and shoes scattered about, it was junky and cluttered.

This is my porch during...
Sorry for some of the poor quality pics; phone camera
My sister and I decided to spend two days at each others house and be their helper.  For her turn at my house, we built two of these tall cabinets.  I was grateful for the team work as these succers were heavy!  She did most of the painting on the insides too.....not my favorite thing to do!  

I bought these two corbels from the Re-Store a few years ago.  They were marked $5.00 each but the day that I was there, all of the moldings were 50% off!!   The hoarder in me knew I would need them.  Thanks hoarder in me!!


Same thing for unit two.

You get a better sense of the added sides in this pic.  Both units are in!

I repurposed the old shelf, thus all the wood filler.

Installation of cornice moldings and corbels.

Building of the bench.  No worries of this baby collapsing :)



Ran out of plywood for the bench top, but I was able to scrounge some exterior ply from our building leftovers. Thus the two different finishes of the top.  I biscuit joined a two inch strip of solid oak to the front edge and intended to sew a cushion for the top to cover the plywood.  After it was all stained, I decided I liked it the way it was.  Front legs are being assembled in the picture.

Bench top is removed for staining and  a coat of white paint was applied to everything else.



The finishing touches; installing the trim!


The now pictures!
These were another hoarding deal.   I paid under $3.00 for these monster hooks many years ago and used them in my old closet.  As I have been working on a new closet, I  was able to re-purpose them to the porch!  And yes....Candy does fix EVERYTHING!!!!!



Yes!  I even built the doors.  They were probably the easiest thing about the whole project.  Sorry no pics.   I was under the gun to complete this project as hubby was on his way home and I needed it to be" A DONE" surprise.

I used beadboard wallpaper above the bench.  I will still have to paint this.  I am hoping it will hold up to the abuse of the front entrance.  I bought it at Lowes, and I am not sure of the quality as it tore pretty easily during installation.



By the way, if you are wondering where all the coats went, I installed three hooks in each unit.  Now we can cram all of our outerwear in there!  

I am so happy for this new build.  Hubby was excited to see it too and I must send a big bouquet of  THANKS to my sister, who helped me build both of the side units!
Cheers.

Linking up With

Pursuit of Functional Home

11 comments:

  1. Wow, WOW! You make it look so easy! I LOVE the corbels, the beadboard, the stained seat, the bench, well I love it all! Can't wait to see what are you going to build over at your sister's place!

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  2. Oh you did an amazing job, I'm so jealous mine looks a lot worse than your before picture. How clever are you making your own doors. I also have used that faux beadboard wall paper it's the BEST!!! fantastic job!!

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  3. Amazing! You visited my blog at PJs Treasures so I popped over to check yours out! Love it! : )

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  4. A big WOW! as always am a fan of your work Karen. I am so impress with you ladies for being so handy. Again, I just wish we are neighbours. Haha. Terrific job to you and your sister.

    I would like to thank you for joining the Pin It Monday Hop Pinterest Party.

    Judy
    Pursuit Of Functional Home

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  5. Looks great! You are very talented! (Visiting from Pin it Monday Hop.)

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  6. That is a crazy difference, shows what you can do if you put your mind to it! Awesome :-)

    Great to be co-hosting the Aloha Blog Hop with you this week!

    xo

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  7. That's a wonderful mud room. Great job!

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  8. That is beautiful! When you get some spare time, I want my mudroom to look just like yours...I have the before version with coats hanging all over the place. Not the look I am going for! You did an AMAZING job!
    Linda
    mysewwhatblog.blogspot.com

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  9. You did a great job, what a nice surprise for when your husband got home. It looks great and I love the doors to hide the clutter. Sharon

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  10. Ummm....I wanna be your sister. And I want candy. And I want an awesome entryway like this!! You are one rockin DIY girl and I think you and your sister make a great team! (Finally catchin up a little...can ya tell?!!)

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Cheers to great words!