As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Front Porch Makeover

When we painted the front porch and the picket fences earlier this fall, I was inspired to spruce up the porch a little bit. I decided that a pair of black porch rockers would be just the thing(s) to replace the tired, aging, carpenter-bee-plagued bench that had been there for over twenty years, and the black Windsor chair that had been there since ~this~ day.

My vision was something like this...

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My bench is old. Not "old" as in "antique." "Old" as in Ron made it in the 80's after I saw a similar one in a Country Living Magazine. It had an inside home for a couple of years until we bought a piano and the best place for the piano was the wall where the bench was sitting. The bench was moved to the front porch where it has been ever since. 

"Old" wasn't the problem. I love old things that have character and charm. But worn out and holey (from the bees chewing their tunnels...does anybody know what I'm talking about?) and dull...those were the problems.  

Ron conceded that the broken black Windsor should go, but he suggested that he could fix up the old settle bench. I was skeptical. 

But...a little sanding, a little filling of holes, and four coats of polyurethane (take that, bees!)...and I am loving the bench once more! 

The Windsor chair did go...and I'm not ruling out the possibility of one of those black porch rockers...

Next week, I'll be sharing another house-y update that I am SUPER excited about! This one also falls under the category of "everything old is new again"!


  1. Kudos to Ron! I'm hoping your carpenter bees don't find their way to my house. We have a problem with them here, too.

  2. great makeover! Love that bench. Great job Ron!

  3. I love the porch decor, Cheryl! Looks great, I could sit there for hours. xo

  4. Very nice job Cheryl. I love that you were able to save your bench. Your porch looking very inviting! ♥

  5. Oh, carpenter bees... One drilled into the broom that Mom keeps on her porch! It went straight in and took a 90 degree turn to go up into the handle... It took her a few minutes to figure out why her broom was buzzing when she swept!

    The porch looks great! :-)

  6. I love the transformation! Three cheers for Ron in refurbishing the bench! And your decorative touches are perfect.

    We love our poly rockers on the front porch and poly gliders on the back porch. We use them a LOT. They are attractive and easy to keep clean. I highly recommend them! If you are interested, I'll e-mail you a link to an internet source.

  7. Your bench now looks brand new! Looks great on your porch.

  8. Your porch looks wonderful. That's a feature I long for. We're working on a little update on the front of our house, but it's going to take awhile since Tim just works on it when he can.

  9. Yup, that looks great! What a beautiful restoration.

  10. Looks so lovely, Cheryl, we have been updating our porch this week too, not quite finished yet!

  11. It does look great! But I really think you need one of those rockers.....


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