So here goes - The before: Our front porch. The bench was made by my talented husband several years ago and it needed some company. Note: those aren't really stars on our column - it's our house number that I cleverly blocked out for privacy purposes. ;)
I searched for a little side table for the bench for a couple of weeks. This style table kept showing up in thrift shops and I started getting a vision for it. I found the perfect one last week at a Goodwill outlet shop for $5.
This is a little future flower holder. 99 cents. Again at the Salvation Army store. Yes, home to the wine rack, magazine stand, ladder...
This beauty was actually fluorescent orange before some black spray paint.
Here's the first glimpse at the finished area. Check out the table! I love it. White spray paint and decoupaged fabric on top (why yes, I am becoming a Mod Podge pro). The little future flower holder was painted red with silver stripes taped off (my five year old son was especially impressed with the stripes... I love positive feedback - even from a five year old ;)).
This glimpse shows the hanging flower holder in the background as well. The cushions for the bench were handmade by yours truly. I actually did purchase the great outdoor fabric from fabric.com - however - I used a $5 cushion found at a thrift shop to recover for the main cushion. It is not EXACTLY the right size... but I think it serves its purpose alright.
Final view. I think it is cheerful and homey looking. Our neighborhood is a builder's neighborhood where the houses are all VERY similar. I love it that ours now has a little more character and personalization. My husband has played a huge role in this too planting flowers and creating lovely landscaping. Oh - one last bargain to mention... the hanging flower baskets (sans flowers) were $4 a piece at Big Lots.
To see more cool "junk" made over beautifully - check out: Kaneesha's blog...she's having a junk party today!