It is time for another update on our back porch makeover! I hope you aren’t getting tired of this little space we spend so much time in, but I am so excited with the outcome and want to share how we DIY’d our way through it all. I started the updates with the porch reveal and then I got more in depth with the farmhouse lighting we added. Today, is all about the project that took the porch over the top. The reclaimed wood wall we did for free!
I can’t tell you how much I love the reclaimed wood wall. Every time I see it, I get happy. It gave the porch texture, character and pizzazz.
The best part…… it was FREE!
Okay, I need to grab my composure and settle down so I can get this post done in a timely fashion and show you how easy this reclaimed wood wall was to install.
This is where the porch started.
We added the back porch to our home about five years ago. We don’t have a television in our living room so the porch gave us a space upstairs (we have a family room downstairs) to hang out in and watch TV. Matt lives in this porch. The kids love the porch. It has just become the family hang-out spot. Even though we spend so much time in it, I have not been inspired to do much to it for some time.
That all changed this past summer.
As I look at the before pictures, the porch looks dark. It is the brightest room in our home, but the gray carpet, dark furniture and siding color made all the natural light not so bright.
This past summer, it all changed. Inspiration hit me like a ton of bricks when my aunt was replacing her fencing around her pool. She asked us if we wanted the old fence and we couldn’t say “YES” fast enough.
She thought we were crazy, but I knew under the dirt and grime, that fence was weathered-wood gold. You all know how
cheap frugal I am so when free, weathered wood comes knocking, I welcome it with open arms.
We brought the fence home in the sections they were taken off in. We power washed the heck out of it and laid it out to dry for a few days in the hot, summer sun.
I was so excited to get the wood on the wall that I noticed I didn’t take a ton of pictures of the process. Oops. It was so easy to install and the pictures I took for the farmhouse lighting shows exactly how we did it.
Matt added small boards (that we had in the garage) on the edge of the walls and down the middle of the wall so he could screw the fencing into that wood and not have to drill a bunch of screws into the siding itself.
He cut the fencing to fit and screwed it into place. That’s it. The longest part of this project was waiting for the fence to fully dry after we power washed it. When a project goes this smoothly, we always think we are doing something wrong, but we had the entire wall done in one afternoon (minus the lighting).
Once all the reclaimed wood wall was up, I was like a kid in a candy store. I could not wait to see how things would look against the weathered wood. We added Bungalow Double Coat Hooks from Hickory Hardware to the right side of the back door. They look incredible against the wood. I added my Thrifted Mason Jar Caddy to the hooks for some pictures and it has lived there ever since. It’s too pretty to take down.
We used to have an old ladder with wire baskets in this little corner. I took the ladder down because it was too much, but I couldn’t get rid of the baskets. They are a life-saver for corralling mittens, scarves, flip-flops and hats. If I can get the kids to put all of that stuff in the baskets and not on the floor, it is a design necessity.
(Not to mention the old metal looks great against the wood. Just sayin’.)
I painted the back door black which was a little nerve-racking for me. I really thought it would look good, but it took me some time to pull the trigger. I am so glad I pulled the trigger. I couldn’t be happier with the color.
Isn’t it amazing what a free reclaimed wood wall can do to a space?
This is the view we have now as we veg out and watch our favorite games and TV shows. What a dramatic difference, huh?! When Matt and the kids continually say they love all the changes, I couldn’t be happier. I do all these crazy projects and come up with different decorating ideas for them….. for us. There really is a method to my madness. I want our home to be comfortable, cozy and fit our needs. It’s coming right along.
What do you think of the porch? Do you have a reclaimed wood wall in your home? If not, what area do you think your home could benefit from one?