Here's a little peak: (Stick with me, lots of pictures, but totally worth it.)
Now here's the very sad, and dirty before:
You can see that I did try to add a little last year with the faux hydrangea arrangement, but that's as far as I got.
I got started this time by removing everything from the porch. Then I grabbed the hose and a sprayer filled with a diluted solution of Clorox and Dawn. The porch and all the furniture got sprayed and scrubbed. Those cushions got scrubbed with Dawn too and then placed back into the chairs with the reverse side showing. ( They have faded- maybe I'll get another year or two out of them this way).
Nice and clean now:
Next I added some planters with flowers by the door. I have failed miserably here with most of what I have planted in the ground, so I decided I'd try out container gardening.
I also spruced up some old planters with paint and placed one in the corner and one on the side table.
I love how everything came together. Here are some before and after looks for you:
I'm lovin' it! Now if I can just keep the darn neighborhood cats away!
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