Sunday, May 6, 2012

Front Porch Gatherings

I'm finally ready to reveal my front porch!  This vintage glider was the hold up but I'll tell you more about that in a sec....
Our porch is 10 feet wide so there is plenty of room.  In previous years, I had rocking chairs lined up like little soldiers down the front.  This year I decided to do something about it.
To the right of the front door, I arranged a seating area using some pieces of my white wicker set.  The wicker had previously been on the screened porch.  I had every intention of painting my wicker but after much research I decided not to.   Plus there was just a part of me that really liked the white wicker with the style of our house.  I anchored the seating areas with large outdoor rugs.
The two tables on this end are thrifty finds.  I painted the bases white but left the top stained.  This table holds a vintage fan to use on those really hot days!
This is my "sideboard."  I used this sewing machine table for serving snack or beverages during get togethers like I did at Easter.  I recently picked up this birdhouse at a yard sale.  I think it needs a little color, don't you?
Now, down to the other end.  See that glider?  My husband bought it from an elderly lady on the back roads of Ruth, Mississippi. It had been sitting in her yard for years! This is what it looked like...
at Easter!  You see, I've had this for about 4 years!!  My husband FINALLY welded the seat after much begging!  The seat had a lot of holes in it. I draped a quilt over it on Easter to hide it's ugliness.  But this is what it looks like now....
The green turned out a little darker that what I wanted but, hey, I'm satisfied!  It's still not perfect but that's alright, it has character!  I've been wanting one for so many years but couldn't find one and online you could pay as much as a $1000 for a three seater.  So, I'm satisfied with my $35 gift from my husband.  Oh, and I need to thank Hunter for sanding and painting it for me.  The two end tables are actually wooden tv trays that someone gave me about 10 years ago.  They have been on my porch every since.
To complete the seating on this end, I used a piece of the wicker and a rocking chair.  Now I have plenty of seating!
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  1. Your glider looks like the great grandmother to my glider! At least she was before her fabulous makeover! Love the paint and that you kept it two tone! It fits in well with all your other amazing vintage finds on your fabulous porch! Love that sewing table base!

  2. Love your porch!!! Everything looks perfect, inviting and comfortable. The glider looks wonderful, my Mother used to have have one like it, I have no ideal what happened to it. Thanks for sharing and enjoy that porch.

  3. Your front porch is just lovely, looks like a great place to sit with a glass of iced tea! I love your glider!! Have been wanting one for my front porch. You did a great job! It is very inviting!

  4. Tammy I love your front cozy porch. Thanks or sharing with the newbie party. That bench is pretty neat too!~

  5. Nothing short of fabulous; it's beautiful!

  6. Hi Tammy: I just found you from the Newbies. I'm there too. I signed up to be your follower and would love for you to come visit me at the Cottage. That porch glider is wonderful. You certainly did a good job of fixing her up. Your porch and home look so pretty. I'm looking forward to seeing more of you..Happy Monday..Judy

  7. Hi, Tammy!!
    What an unique piece, this glider!!!
    I have never seen anything like that!
    Beautiful porch!!!

  8. OMGoodnes, your front porch looks amazing and I love that glider! It's funny, I've been eyeing a glider that has been sitting on a front porch of an old home for years now. I keep telling my husband every time we go pass it that I want to ask if they would sell it to looks just like your before. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your front porch make-over!

  9. That glider is just awesome on your front porch! I love how you've created sitting areas on your porch, and that sewing machine base makes a great table. Everything looks so warm and welcoming!

  10. Your glider is gorgeous. Love your choice of color for it. The whole porch just looks fantastic. I want to pull up a chair and have a cold glass of lemonade!

  11. Tammy,

    I could pull up a seat right now! Your porch so inviting. I'm glad you finally got your glider makeover.

    I'm visiting from DebbieDoos linky party. I would love if you stopped by my blog.

    Thanks for sharing,

  12. Oh I love your front porch too! Come by and grab my starfish featured button (it's located under my header) for your blog...yes your back porch has been featured at NTT.


  13. What a fabulously inviting front porch! What time should I arrive for cocktails?

    And that glider is an amazing find and I adore how you (and a shout out to your husband too) refinished it!



  14. A fabulous back porch. I have a glider just like that - aren't they the best! I've sent mine off to be powder-coated, so it should like brand new. Can't wait to see it.

  15. I love the glider! My great aunt & uncle had one just like that on their front porch.

  16. Your husband deserves a huge gold star for the glider mokeover. What a beauty she turned out to be. I'm coming over to sit on your very inviting porch.

  17. Thanks to everyone for all the lovely comments! I really appreciate it!

  18. I just love, love this porch. The glider is the perfect touch and came out great. They just don't make things like they used to. This is so much more welcoming than a bunch of perfectly matched all weather wicker furniture! Great job and I would be out here with my feet up, a good book and a cool drink every day!

    Robin Flies South

  19. What a beautiful porch! and I'm lovin that Glider!

  20. Tammy you did a beautiful job on your porch and I luv your Glider! You're going to spend many beautiful summer days relaxing on your porch.

  21. I am in love! I could glide all day! :) xxo

  22. What a wonderful porch you have- so lucky!

    I would so love a porch!

    You did everything so frugally, too!

    WELL DONE!!!

  23. Your porch is wonderful! Love all your special touches, especially that transformed glider.
    Mary Alice

  24. What a beautiful porch and glider makeover! I can hardly believe it is the same one as the before picture. Just lovely and I bet you very much enjoy your time sitting out there.

  25. I love a decorated porch! Yours is very special!

  26. What a cozy and inviting porch you've created.
    Your old/new green glider looks great. What a transformation!

  27. I am so jealous of where you live and your amazing porch. We lived in Georgia for 3 years while my husband was in school. I would love to go back and buy a house like yours.


  28. Beautiful glider and your porch is so charming. I'm your newest follower!

  29. Your porch and refurbished glider are awesome. I would love a front porch like yours and you've made it so inviting.

  30. Your porch is absolute perfection! I love how you have made cozy seating areas and the glider...I've got to give it a WOW!!!! (and I hardly ever use 4 exclamations)


  31. Your porch is georgous! I would love one so wide. The glider make over - wow!!! The whole is so inviting, I can see you sitting on the porch and neighbors coming over for a nice chat an some sweet tea!

  32. I Adore the Glider!!! I love your whole porch! I wish we had that but since we don't I'll just drool all over yours!
    XO Cindy ps. the green will fade to the perfect color don't you think?

  33. I love porches and gatherings so I had to stop over from Common Ground's link party to see what you had here. Oh, to have such a wonderful porch, and you've made it even more appealing with your design. Thanks for taking me on little evening vacation to your house. I enjoyed it. I hope you'll stop and see me over at Quirky Vistas!

  34. Love your blog...and your porch, and porch decor! Now following, come visit me sometime :)

  35. What a beautiful job on that glider. I think I'd like to sit on your porch for a good long time.

  36. There is just NOTHING like a BIG front porch that extends on both sides of the front door. Yours is wonderful, and your furnishings are perfect!! I'm following you now; I invite you to visit me back! ~Zuni

  37. Oh you're front porch looks so wonderful and've decorated it beautifully too :) I'm following along and it would be great if you dropped my blog too if you have a moment.
    Cas x

  38. It all looks BEAUTIFUL! Very inspiring!

  39. What a neat porch and glider. I would love to sit there and relax with a good book and some iced tea :) Have a Happy Mothers Day!

  40. Your porch looks beautiful! I love the white wicker and all the wonderful details you have out there. And the glider....PERFECT! You did a great job at redoing it. I have been looking for one to redo myself for years. Well done!

  41. #1 you have a lovely home and the front porch is what most of us dream of
    #2 that glider reminds me of my Mother, she had one out by her rock garden for years. I would sit in it and watch the fish swimming in the pond for hours.
    #3 I am so happy I found your sweet blog
    #4 I am your newest follower :-)

  42. Hello Tammy, your front porch is simply amazing! I love your furniture arrangements and the accessories - the vintage fan would be high on my husband's 'likes'. I will be featuring your post tonight in my Home and Garden Thursday post - I appreciate you sharing,

  43. Love the glider. I have one that I had stripped. Now I need to get some holes fixed before I get it powder coated. It has been sitting in my garage for a year since it has been stripped. Wish I could find someone to fix it for me.

  44. This is Melissa @ I am your next door neighbor at the thrifty decor chick outdoor party! Your glider caught my eye! Love it!

  45. Love your porch! What a beautiful place to sit down and relax! Very pretty!

  46. Your porch is lovley , I love the glider and would love to have one my parents had one when
    we were young so glad you have one !!!

  47. Oh.. Love your porch.. I have a large front porch & will steal some of your ideas:-)
    currently I have a swing from my mom (1970's) two chairs.., Benches my hubby made for me .
    a small table & chairs by the door..
    being in Iowa in feb.. & living on a hill : Loess Hills of Iowa (
    where the WIND blows .. I'm not able to put all the pretties I would want too .. LOL

    Great Blog..

  48. I have a glider that is identical to yours and this has inspired me to give it a make over. Love your designs.


Thank you so much for all your lovely comments! I try to return the favor and visit each one of you! ~Blessings, Tammy~