Welcome to the 369th Metamorphosis Monday!
Right now the porch looks like this, minus the green leafy backdrop.
But sometimes it looks like this, only not this dark. My photography skills weren’t the greatest when that photo was taken.
Summer of 2014, I took down the sheers when I had the porch freshened up with a new coat of paint. After the painting was done, I decided to leave them off for a bit. I like the porch both ways, with and without sheers. When the sheers are up, they soften all the hard lines and edges of the porch. But when they are down, the porch feels more open.
A few days ago I received an email from a Margaret who wrote:
I love your porch – and your blog!!!!
I’ve searched to see if there are close-ups of your screens and curtain rods. I wanted to have more information on the attachment of the screens and screen frames as well as more detail on the curtain rods, their attachment and composition. I wondered if your curtains can be “closed” or are just detail for the porch. I was hoping you might add more detail about these two details of your porch. And, if you do add more detail, could you let me know – maybe with a link so I don’t miss the update?
I get a lot of questions about the sheers, questions about how they hold up in rain and if they ever mold when they get wet. The answer is yes, they do get wet if it’s a fierce, blowing type rain, but once the rain stops, they dry within minutes. Since they are made of some kind of nylon/polyester fabric, they have never once had a speck of mold appear on them. I guess mold doesn’t like, or can’t eat, synthetic fabrics.
It was really an experiment when I hung them. One day, shortly after the porch was added, I was standing on the porch looking around and it felt like something was missing. I kept trying to figure out what it was and suddenly the idea of curtains popped into my head. I’d never seen sheers hung on a porch before but I thought they would give that “curtain” feel without blocking out the breezes.
I purchased the rods and sheers at Wal-Mart and the total cost was around $100 for everything. I immediately loved the look and how they made the porch feel as if it was floating on a cloud. I don’t close the sheers, they were just added to soften the look of the porch and for the ambiance they create. (Tablescape can be viewed here: Vintage Copeland Spode Tower In Springtime Tablescape)
On beautiful days when the breezes are flowing across the porch, the sheers can make photographing a tablescape a challenge. (Tablescape can be viewed here: Easy Centerpiece for a Spring Table Setting)
I made a Key Lime Pie one winter and brought it out onto the porch where the lighting was better to take pictures. The wind picked up and I thought the sheers were going to end up IN the pie there for a while! lol (Recipe for the Key Lime Pie can be viewed here: Key Lime Pie)
I love the movement and carefree feel they add to the porch as they billow out in the breezes. They soften the porch in a way nothing else can.
But back to Margaret’s question about how the sheers are hung.
These are all the rods I use when I have the curtains up. Since I don’t currently have the sheers hanging, the rods have been stashed away in a corner of my laundry room.
The rods are painted metal and they were exactly what I had in mind for hanging the sheers. I wanted a white rod that was simple (not ornate) so it would blend right into the porch. If you look closely, you’ll notice the exposed areas have darkened over the years. The ends of the rods where the sheers hang, are still very white.
They haven’t rusted at all, but if I decide to rehang the sheers this summer, I think I’ll give them a new coat of white paint using an outdoor/exterior paint like Rust-Oleum. That way they’ll just disappear again into the white of the porch.
Here’s how the sheers are hung: they came with a simple hanging mechanism and the sheers are so light, I only needed to use a single screw to hold the rods in place.
Another question I get asked often about the porch is if it’s constructed of wood or vinyl or some man-made product. It’s all wood. It’s built with pressured treated pine, so attaching the rods with screws was very easy.
In answer to Margaret’s other question, the screens are attached with screws and the screws go into a narrow molding that’s part of the design/construction of the window openings.
The screens are not arched, just the wood panels in front and behind the windows are arched. That’s the best way to get the arched look, but still be able to easily remove a screen to have it re-screened, if it should ever need to be repaired.
I think I may leave the sheers down again this summer.
I’m still enjoying the open look of the porch, at least for now.
Thinking about adding a porch to your home? Check out this post first: 9 Great Features For a Screened Porch.
Looking forward to all the wonderful Before and Afters for this Metamorphosis Monday!
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