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 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.  THANKS to my sister, who helped me build both of the side units!

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Pursuit of Functional Home


  1. Wow that looks awesome!!!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!!

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

  5. 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.

    Pursuit Of Functional Home

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

  7. 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!


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

  9. 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!

  10. 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

  11. 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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