We've been doing a little sprucing up around here, starting with the front porch. We replaced the rails and steps and then had them stained in a beautiful shade of green (Woodland by Sherwin Williams). Is it gray? Is it green? I think I see some blue. Add a pop of red for the trim (Wine Country--also SW paint) and the green really stands out.
And now it's beginning to feel like my own little oasis in a city. Today I was on the hunt for more things to brighten this spot, but came back from Pier 1 Imports with only coffee mugs. Six of them! How did that happen? I'll tell you how that happened--I broke a mug this week and was missing it terribly. I thought, hmm, that lime green one is pretty, but it should have some friends. That's how you go shopping for a welcome mat and come home with coffee mugs.
After allowing the stain to cure for a full 48 hours, I finally got my porch back. While lugging the furnishings back where they belong, I noticed the post and mailbox were looking rather drab, so they got a fresh coat of paint, too.
I couldn't resist a photo of Stoney as a bird perch.
While I was painting the post, my neighbor came outside and mentioned that maybe they would paint their porch, too. This is the neighbor who points out every little thing she sees wrong with my house, but can't see past her own peeling paint. I won't hold my breath waiting to see their porch done as I don't think they've done a lick of work on that house in the 30 years they've been the owners. You can see the side of their house just over Stoney's shoulder and now I'm wondering, what should I put up there to close it all in and make it more private while simultaneously improving the view. Metal art? A decorative flag? Plants? A trellis?
What would you put there?