Considering that our high temperature today is slated to be 91 degrees (HOLY COW!) I’d say that Spring has sprung here in Florida! Which means there’s lots going on at our house these days!
One of our big projects to complete in the Spring is the painting of the house. Blech.
At first we started out saying that we could do it ourselves, no problem! The more we thought about it, the more we thought it would be better to hire someone else to do it instead. (You know how that goes, right?!) So we’re in the process of shopping for quotes, and hoping to get it taken care of within the next few weeks! The main color will be some form of tan, with white trim, and black fixtures and door. Pretty cut and dry.
In the midst of that project, we’re working on freshening up the landscaping around the front of the house, and in the back yard getting the raised garden beds completed and the seedlings transferred, adding more pineapples to the pineapple bed, adding more herbs to the patio, and hey, we’re thinking about a pool, too! (We must be nuts!)
Because, before the weather starts to get cool again in the fall, we will be having our front porch screened in! Another project! Our BACK porch is already screened in and used daily at our house – we have a table and chairs out there, as well as our grill and several plants…and CoCo the black kitty and Taffy the white doggie LOVE to spend time out there! It’s a great extension of the living room – you can pretty much bet that if the weather is nice outside, I’ll have the doors open to the back porch. I love the fresh air! So, it only makes sense to screen in the front porch, too!
But since it will be a few more months before we screen in the front porch, I figured it needed a bit of a refresher for Spring.
I started with this main piece for the front porch:
This came from Kirkland’s for almost 40% off right before Christmas – don’t you love it?! (Don’t mind the dirty tile, that’s LONG overdue for a good pressure-washing!) I had originally been looking for a black wrought iron table and chair set to go here, but when I saw this, and ON SALE, I couldn’t pass it up. And it ROCKS! Love that!
I had these **insert sarcasm here** LOVELY terra-cotta-colored planters that I had used a long time ago for another project, and I was keeping them in the backyard for herbs, but then I realized I could update them for the front porch SO easily!
Just a couple of coats and they looked brand new, and so pretty!
Once those were finished, I tossed some soil in and planted some pretty impatiens – I love the white ones! Plus, they match the wreath on the front door.
I picked up a few more pots and filled them with some brightly-colored flowers…
…and there ya have it!
Nothing fancy, just a little fling of spring!
Now you can see how badly the actual landscaping in the front needs to be done! YUCK! I’ll get right on that, I promise.
How do YOU update the outside of your home for Spring?
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