One Room Challenge: The Porch Project, Week 5

Happy ORC day everyone!



Well, let’s just say I’ve got my work cut out for me this week! I think I work better under pressure though so hopefully it’ll all work out.

We did get a few things accomplished but there is still so much to do. My favorite thing this week was painting the ceiling! I love how it turned out and and after several tries I found the perfect ‘haint blue’. It’s Atmospheric by Sherwin Williams so if you ever need a porch ceiling paint this is the one!

One Room Challenge: The Porch Project, Week 5
One Room Challenge: The Porch Project, Week 5

I love the way it turned out and it changes the feel of the porch completely. Now I feel like I have a large southern front porch now!


We got the light up as well and I LOVE it! It looks a little weird all alone right now but I promise it’s going to come together. Also, for some reason it looks darker in these pictures, a little more red, but it’s actually more of a natural bamboo color.

One Room Challenge: The Porch Project, Week 5


One Room Challenge: The Porch Project, Week 5

Insert a big drumroll here….the rails are GONE!! I’m still getting used to it but it’s crazy how much it opens up the porch.

My whole family thinks I’m crazy for putting two tables up here and not just a couple of rocking chairs and cafe table but I have a vision people! You just have to trust me!

One Room Challenge: The Porch Project, Week 5

We also moved the big pots to the bottom of the steps to see if I like them there but I’m still not sure. I do think they will look really nice with some pretty ferns in them though!


Here is the first tiny bit of greenery and I can’ wait to add more this week!

One Room Challenge: The Porch Project, Week 5

So what do you think? There is so much more to do, I haven’t even addressed the curtains yet, but I’m hopeful! I think the curtains will help soften everything with the rails being gone.

Here is the updated punch list:

1. Build Tables and benches, paint chairs

2. Pressure wash and ceiling and trim (this might not happen)

3. Make curtains and rods

4. Stain/paint concrete (not sure about this yet)

5. Hang pendant and string lights

6. Remove porch rails 

7. Remove bushes in front and replace with new landscaping 

7. Accessorize and style

8. Buy and hang fans

The biggest change to the punch list and budget this week is the addition of fans. I was trying to get away without them but I think they are necessity for the space to become what I envisioned it to be. I’ve found a few options but I’m still trying to nail it down. There maybe a little DIY involved but you’ll have to wait and see.

You’ll see I’m over budget now and I’m hoping to compensate for that a little but it’s definitely going to be tight! I’m the kind of person who will buy now and worry about it later so my itsums board has definitely helped keep me on tract. You can create your own board for your next project here.

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You can catch up on all of the progress from the participants and the linkups here!

Needless to say I’ll be working like a mad woman this week so stayed tuned!. You can also follow along on our Charleston trip on Instagram here!




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  1. Loving your color choice! Based on your recommendation alone, I’m going for it for our new porch ceiling!! Eek! Hope it looks as great as yours. (Mineral Deposit siding. Extra White trim. BM Wedgewood Gray door–too much you think?!?)

  2. Summer wow!!!! The rails gone totally changes the whole look, and I still can’t believe you built and stained those two tables like it was no biggie! You are amazing! Your new light is fun too by the way.

  3. Oh, its really coming along. I like it without the railings. And of course I love your new porch ceiling. It’s amazing what a little “haint” can do!!! We will be enjoying our porches soon!!

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