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Spring Sprucing on the Porch

Welcome to the 113th Metamorphosis Monday!

Greetings!  Hope your weekend was fabulous! I had plans to start working on the walls in the office, sanding and patching, sanding and more patching. But Mr. Max had other plans. I couldn’t get him to abandon his perch on the desk and I don’t think sanding while he’s in the room would be such a great idea. Tomorrow, I’ll try again and I may have to just lock him out of the room, which he isn’t going to like.

So I spent the day doing a little spring fluffing on the porch. It was time to say goodbye to the fall pillows on the swing.

Time to bring out the spring pillows. These are beginning to look a little faded after three summers on the porch but I sort of like their faded, “I’ve-been-loved-and-used-for-years” look.

The next thing that caught my eye was the fall basket on the door.

Yep, definitely time to do something different on the door. The hutch was spruced up a few weeks ago, HERE.

This was the fall look…

And here’s the spring look.

These are my daisies from last year. I may do something different this year, but they will do for now.

I never took the sheers down from last summer.

So they are up and ready for those much anticipated summer breezes.

I’ve been asked how the sheers are hung here on the porch. (Tablescape can be viewed HERE.)

It was super easy. I just purchased the sheers and wood rods from Walmart. I didn’t use metal because I was worried they might rust in the humidity. The rods just rest down into the brackets that came with the rods. I pre-drilled the holes into the wood before mounting the brackets for the curtains. That made installation of the brackets very easy.

Here’s how the porch looks without the sheers…just isn’t quite the same, is it? (Tablescape can be viewed, HERE.)

And here’s the porch with sheers. Much better, I think.

If you have a screened-in porch, a lanai or any kind or porch, consider hanging some sheers. The cost for all the sheers and rods for all 5 windows on the porch was right at $100. Three years later, they still look as nice as the day I bought them, so they have really held up well. I never have any problems with mildew or mold appearing on the sheers because they are polyester and dry within minutes after it rains. (Tablescape can be viewed HERE.)

I’ve only had to take them down to wash them once in three years and that was just because I figured they needed it after their 2nd year on the porch. They add so much to the enjoyment of the porch. It is wonderfully soothing to sit out here on the porch and watch them swaying in and out from either natural breezes or the breezes created by the fans overhead.

Are you starting to do a little spring sprucing around your home? I’m looking forward to viewing your Before and Afters for this Met Monday!

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Comments

  1. Kim @ Second Time Furniture says:

    Oh Susan…your porch is just dreamy! Thanks for having the party tonight! :)
    Kim

  2. ⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ says:

    Looks gorgeous Susan. Happy Spring.

  3. Brandon @ Southgate says:

    I feel certain you've answered this before, but what is the overall size of your screened porch? We're planning one right now and yours seems to be the perfect size for what we want to do with ours.

  4. Pam - diy Design Fanatic says:

    Susan, your porch looks wonderful all decorated for Spring!

  5. laxsupermom says:

    I like the faded look to your spring pillows. Oh how I envy your porch! It looks like such a nice place to enjoy your afternoon tea with a good book. Thanks for sharing and for hosting this party each week.

  6. lauren@WESTFURNITUREREVIVAL says:

    your room is absolutly stunning…

  7. Carolyn @ Adrift on the Lake says:

    Hands down, you have the most gorgeous porch I have ever seen. My porch just wishes it could be like yours! Seriously — it tells me so. :)

  8. Susan,
    your porch is so beautiful all through out the entire year! Thank you for sharing it with us and for hosting each week!
    Dee Dee

  9. Karen- The Graphics Fairy says:

    I love the sheers, they add such a romantic soft touch to your porch!! Thanks for hosting another lovely party!

  10. Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com says:

    HI Susan, not sure if my comment posted or not…hmmm….
    I love your porch posts…and have saved many ideas from you in the past. I made my husband come and look at your pictures to give him an idea of what I wanted. I just love your porch, and every time you post about it I love it…never tire of it. Thanks for the unending ideas.
    Blessings,
    Debbie

  11. The DIY Spot says:

    I just love your porch. It is so cozy and screams "welcome". Your swing looks so comfy too. As always, thanks so much for hosting.

  12. Hi Susan! Oh, you know how I love your porch! It looks wonderful and the sheers just make it so dreamy. It's still hard for me to realize this is a screened in porch and not windows. I don't know how in the world you keep it so pristine! :)
    Poor little Mr. Max! He loves his new sun bathing spot! He really is an adorable little guy.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  13. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    I just love your porch, Susan! It looks wonderful all decked out for Spring. I have used white cotton curtains on my screened gazebo and it really was a nice effect. If we are still here in the warmer months I may put them up again this year.

  14. Your porch is just lovely!! I love the faded cushions!! I love how you covered the swing chains with fabric! I love your little spring hutch and all the beautiful dishes.

  15. Susan (My Place to Yours) says:

    Oh, I could enjoy some "porch sitting" on that porch! Thanks for sharing it again. Can't wait to see your Springtime blog header…

  16. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Brandon, it's 14 deep and 18 wide.

  17. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Thanks everyone for your sweet comments…sooo appreciated. Glad you don't tire of seeing my favorite spot to play. :)

  18. Kristine: Lakeshore Cottage Living says:

    Your sunroom is so wonderful. It is one of my favorite things about your house! Thank you for always posting the greatest advice and ideas with such a beautiful touch.

    Kristine

  19. Vivienne @ the V Spot says:

    OMGosh. How do you ever even want to go inside?! It is so beautiful!
    (I love big kitty sitting in the patch of sun in the window.)
    I linked up some before & afters and I have a button.
    Thanks for hosting the party.
    :)

  20. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Susan, it's in the works as we speak. I'm reading to say goodbye to the snow covered header. :)

  21. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Kathy, that sounds wonderful! I love gazebos!

  22. Kelly @ JAX does design says:

    I'm still waiting for spring to arrive here! The snow is melting, but there's apparently another 10cms coming by the end of tomorrow. Ugh!

    March is such a tease – it's spring…. no, it's winter… no, it's spring… no, it's winter. Make up your mind! ;-)

    Your porch looks beautiful. Especially love your swing and the green hutch :-)

  23. Susan, your porch looks absolutely great. I'd love to sit out there on a summer evening. Great job!

    By the way, thanks a lot for hosting this weekly party. It's a blast. Susan

  24. Confessions of a Plate Addict says:

    Hi Susan! Your porch is so pretty and looks so ready for spring! Hope our weather holds out this year and that traditional late frost never comes! Happy week!…hugs…Debbie

  25. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Debbie…me, too! I'm still not putting out any flowers though until after April 15th. I've learned the hard way on that one!

  26. Susan, I love your porch! I have been thinking about curtains on mine and I think you have just convinced me..had thought about mildew.. glad to know sheers are so easy, plus I love the billow factor. Love the basket on the door.. hmmm how are you keeping it on there? Lovely red table setting… let me know what time to be there.. hee, hee

  27. Holly @ Roller Coaster Life says:

    This is the coziest porch ever!!

  28. Loving the Spring accents! Can't wait until I have my own porch to play with. Will hopefully have one as comforting and beautiful as yours!

  29. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Beverly, since my home is 28-29 years old, some of the doors are still wood. That door is an original door so the mullions are wood. I just hammered a teeny nail into the mullion and hung it from that.
    They do make realllly strong magnets you can use for doors that are glass where you can't use a nail.

  30. Scribbler says:

    Yep, the porch is definitely more inviting with the sheers!

  31. Hi Girlie:
    Your porch is looking beautiful and so breezy. Don't you love how the dust just blows through sheers and they stay so clean? I have always used sheers, especially when I would find some with some lace insets.
    Are you enjoying your new career? I certainly am enjoying it!
    Hugs, Lisa

  32. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says:

    Love your porch, it is just wonderful. Hugs, Marty

  33. Hi, Susan,
    I always enjoy viewing your porch.
    The sheers definitely add the final touch. You sure thought out the layout of your porch really well. A place for everything.
    I'd sure love to see it in person one day.
    Donna

  34. You have the best screened porch and decorated so perfectly! I always love a visit on the porch!

    Your office looks like it is going to be perfect too, but I think your kitty might believe it to be his office.

    Mary
    From Virginia

  35. Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish says:

    I so love your porch! It would be an amazing space to just hang out on! Thanks for hosting!

  36. Your porch is gorgeous and I love the sheers. If you lock Max out of the office I think he may have some plans for a little spring fluffing on the porch himself.

  37. Dragonfly Treasure says:

    You have the most beautiful porch!
    *hugs*deb

  38. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Deb, LOL! I tried to lure him down to the porch today. He came down but as soon as I headed back upstairs, he came back up, too. He thinks he has to be wherever I am at all times. :)

  39. The White Farmhouse says:

    I don't think that I would ever leave that porch. who needs the rest of the house? Just beautiful!

  40. Susan, my post is about me going through a metamorphosis today! I hope that's ok. I really felt transformed on my day out alone as I slowly find pieces of me I've left behind to raise my kids. I also am glad you showed your sheers – I have a screened porch and want to try it. Part of my shopping spree today I bought a cotton throw rug for that porch so I can't wait for the weather to warm up more and I can get the porch back together. Have a great week!

  41. The Old Block House says:

    Your porch is very beautiful. I've considered sheers on our back deck, which is on the second story and railed in. You've persuaded me it's the thing to do!

  42. Chandeen @ Designed by Chance says:

    Your porch is amazing. I dream of having such a wonderful porch one day. I love all the wicker and white.

  43. Very nice, Susan. I just love your porch!..Christine

  44. Kelsie From Our Country Home says:

    Your porch is so dreamy…No wonder you like to nap out there…Love the sheers.

    Blessings Kelsie

  45. I agree the curtains added a nice soft relaxed affect to the area. I love that tablescape with the red transferware…that was when I first found your blog and fell in love! Spring is still coming in this neck of the woods! (Still have snow melting) It will come on quickly when April is here! I've been straightening some closets indoors and dreaming about my outside plans for my garden area.

  46. The sheers make the whole room! I love it!

  47. Mary Ellen says:

    Your porch is one of my favorites – I am still looking for enough sheers for my enclosed porch- I so would love it to look like this-

    In every wonderful transformation there has to be the before- my link up is the nasty before the transformation post. Hopefully the beautiful one is coming!

    Thank you for letting me link up!

  48. Vintagesouthernlife says:

    Your porch is a dream! Thanks for hosting.

  49. mary kathryn @ mathews family happenings says:

    LOVE your porch! Just beautiful! Thanks so much for hosting this party- I've added my Pottery Barn knock-off moss initial. #161

  50. Such a great porch!

  51. I love your porch! I have seen it a number of times and it still takes my breath away. The photo of the curtain blowing takes me away – better than a bath in Calgon. I featured your post on my blog – http://firstadream.blogspot.com/2011/03/inspired-by-spring-decorating.html

  52. Susan, I never tire of looking at your welcoming screened porch. I have serious "porch envy" especially in the summer when our west facing deck is blazing.
    Glad you got the blog disappearance problem sorted out.
    Have a great week.

  53. Primitive Seasons says:

    I live in Maryland and I do have a nice screened porch. However, we get terrible periods in the spring and late summer where everything is covered in pollen. Do you have that problem and how does it affect the curtains. I would love to try this.

    Mary
    http://www.primitiveseasons.blogspot.com

  54. Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads says:

    Hi Susan, I just linked up for your party for the first time. I'm a newbie and I'm just now joining parties. I put up a recipe. I wasn't sure if that was acceptable, but I saw that other people had put up some recipes. I'm glad that you posted about your sheers on your porch. Just last night my husband and I were just discussing putting up something to block the sun on our front porch. I researched outdoor shades, but I just didn't like the look. Your sheers look perfect but I was thinking I could use those fabric shower curtains that repel water. I'm on a roll now!
    Jane
    http://cottageatthecrossroads.com

  55. My goal for this week is to set out my Spring/Easter pretties. I am so anxious to begin planting, but I always wait until April 15.

  56. Vicki @ Curly Willow says:

    I only have one question… When can I move in? I just need the porch, from time to time, I promise I won't go any further (fingers crossed behind my back). PLEASE!

  57. Gypsy Heart says:

    Love, love your porch! I think the sheers moving with the breeze is so "beach" like ~ that would make me very happy. This is such an amazing area to sit and relax.

  58. This is such an amazingly beautiful space! The sheers are perfect. I love how you've decorated out there.
    CAS

  59. LouLou@thelifeofloulou.blogspot.com says:

    Hey Susan. The porch looks great as always! I don't know if you had a chance to look last week, but I did a porch redo myself. If you have a minute would you go look? We have a sunporch that runs almost the entire length of the house on the front(We live in an original cottage in Fairhope, AL). Anyway, I have been trying to figure out something to do on the windows… Was thinking gingham valances, because I think it needs some color. I would love it if you would look, and see what you think.

    thelifeofloulou.blogspot.com
    It's a couple of posts down. :)

  60. Gah ~ I'm so jealous of your porch! I love it! Btw, thanks for hosting! XOXO

  61. Amy @MaisonDecor says:

    The sheers do make the porch! They create a romantic inviting mood~

  62. Susan, your porch is beautiful. I's so glad you mentioned how quickly the sheers dry after getting wet. I want to put sheers up on my porch but was afraid after a rain I'd end up with stained curtains. Sure didn't want to be running up a ladder every week to wash them. I'm think though that the drop cloth look might look better with my porch design and coloring. I don't know, I'll have to decide. Thanks as always for the lovely photo's. You are such an inspiration.

  63. Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures says:

    I keep trying to comment and it won't let me…….

    Let's try again……

    Your porch looks beautiful!!
    So inviting and I want to know when I can come over!!

  64. Summer breeze — what a perfect name for your lovely porch. The image of the curtains filled with sun and air is wonderful!

  65. Sue (Someone's Mom) says:

    *sigh* What I wouldn't do for your porch…so pretty!

  66. Farmer's Wyfe says:

    LOVE your porch!!! I'm getting mine enclosed and hope it looks half as nice as yours! AMAZING!!!

  67. Becolorful says:

    Again, thank you for hosting such a great party. Your porch never fails to inspire me and I have numerous pictures of it in a someday folder on my computer. :)
    Pam @ BeColorful

  68. hilary @ sweet as june ~ home of the upcycle furniture co. ~ says:

    sheers all the way!!!! beautiful!

  69. I love your porch, just beautiful. Although I have often wondered how you keep things from blowing over. The breezes here in Missouri would blow over a lamp and candlesticks or anything of heighth sitting on a table for that matter. Also, everything stays so clean and white, how do you not have a film of dust on everything like anything I have outdoors does? Just wondering….:)

  70. Susan, you know how much I love your porch. It is dressed so beautifully for Spring.
    We came back from a warm vacation hoping that Spring had sprung here, not so, it is dull and damp so my Spring plans for outside are on hold.
    BTW, I just love Mr. Max, he is so cute!!
    Meg

  71. Stitchfork says:

    Looks so fresh and ready for breezes of spring!
    Cathy

  72. Girl it is just heaven to come over and get to 'visit' your porch! Just makes me sigh and feel all peaceful and happy inside…love those sheers…have a great week sweetie…Picket

  73. Susan I always love seeing a post of your porch it's one of my favorites!! Love the green cushions and all the spring touches you added. So so pretty, Martina

  74. At The Picket Fence says:

    Hi Susan! Your porch sure does make me long for those warmer days. Gorgeous! Thanks so much for hosting another fabulous party! :-)
    Vanessa

  75. You have now been added to my favorites that I go to everyday. Love the pictures of your porch and decorating.

  76. Anonymous says:

    I just love your porch and decorating ideas. Your office is coming along great too. I look forward to checking your blog everyday. Jane

  77. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Jane, thanks so much! So glad you are here reading!

  78. Laura Wilkerson says:

    I love your porch…it's so romantic and peacful looking…..You would definately have a hard time getting me off the swing but would always know where to find me ;)
    Happy Monday!

  79. Happy Cottage Quilter says:

    Susan, I am curious to know what kind of hutch you have on your porch that is not affected by the weather. We live in Florida and our porch would be too humid for wood furniture to survive. Right now it is covered with yellow pollen :-( I always love to see your porch all decorated. It gives me a lot of inspiration. One day I am going to do a tablescape on my porch, as I just love your fresh designs.

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

  80. To be able to use your lovely outdoor porch all year round is all but a fantasy to me. I'm so envious of you Susan. We had snow flurries again yesterday. (Sigh)
    -Brenda-

  81. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Hi Jocelyn,
    Here's a post about the hutch. It's painted with exterior grade paint:
    http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/2009/01/welcome-to-second-metamorphosis-monday.html

    Yes, come join us for TT…that would be great! :)

  82. Anonymous says:

    HI,Love your porch.my husband keeps telling me this is a glass in porch ,can you please tell him it is a screen in porch.i want one like it and he is a carpenter.thanks for sharing .linda still linda.jonesstill@yahoo.com

  83. Anu@My Dream Canvas says:

    This is lovely. Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas!

  84. Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust says:

    Your tablescapes and photos are some of the best on the blogosphere! Those gauzy white curtains are so beautiful blowing in the wind. Another great post.

    Warmly, Michelle

  85. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Michelle, thanks for those kind words…appreciate them so much!

  86. All That Glitters says:

    I'm just in love with your home!! Gorgeous!!

  87. Marcus Wellington says:

    I just can't wait either. I am so excited for Sunshine and Family time outdoors- with camping, beach, tubing, and fishing, and all the other great things that go along with it. So excited. My little one already wants me to pull out the slip in slide. :) I want to start planting spring flowers and sprucing up the front porch and the back patio.

    http://www.delld610.com/

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