Before: Neglected PorchColleen and Leif Ueland live a colorful, creative and eclectic life. He’s a writer/photographer and she is a choreographer/dancer. In their spare time, they enjoy painting and renovating their awesome 1905 home. They also just recently bought the house next door as an investment and are in the process of fixing that up too. With all that work, they haven’t had much time to decorate their screen porch. In the warm weather, the couple loves to use the porch. They wish the room was more stylish and more functional. They want a place for reading, entertaining, exercising and napping.
After: Mexico Meets ScandinaviaWith the help of host Joan Steffend, carpenter Jeff Meyer, and less than $500, designer Melissa Pizarro combines Mexican and Scandinavian influences to turn this porch into a colorful and relaxing oasis. The makeover starts by pickling the wooden floor with white stain for a subtle white-wash effect.
Pickling stain $25
Dining AreaNew cushions make the hard-surfaced chairs and bench more inviting. An old table base is also painted white and a new tabletop is made by pouring concrete into a melamine frame. After the frame is carefully removed, a coat of furniture wax is applied to the concrete slab to give it a nice sheen and help protect if from stains.
Table and chairs $58
spray paint and concrete materials: Menards
cushions, napkins, napkin rings, pitcher and glasses: Ikea
Snuggle BenchA combination nap and reading bench is crafted from a $10 thrift-store footboard, some pine lumber, molding and lots of white paint. The addition of some cushions and pillows make it a very comfy place to snuggle up with a good book. The homeowners’s old side table is also painted white to accompany the bench.
Snuggle bench $122
Framed MirrorFor a little privacy, spring-tension rods are used to hang white curtains on the lower half of the windows. Next to the bench, an old wicker table base is flipped upside down, lined with plastic and repurposed into a planter. A glass cutter is used to cut mirror tiles into small, irregular squares. The tiny squares are epoxied onto the frame of a plain mirror giving it a new mosaic border.
Planter $38, window panels $27 and mirror $16
glass cutter, spring rods, drapery hangers, mirror tiles and big mirror: Menards
Bottle Cap ChandelierThe piece is painted white then bottle caps are strung on wire and hung from the chandelier’s arms. When the candles are lit, the shiny bottle caps reflect light around the room. For a little design continuity, a floor lamp by the snuggle bench is also given the same folksy treatment.
Chandelier $4 and floor lamp $12
Back DoorDesigner Melissa Pizarro paints a floral motif on the already-brightly-colored back door. A discarded carpet remnant is cut down to make a fancy doormat runner. Another one of the homeowners’s old tables is brought back to life with white paint then a mirror is laid on top creating a handy buffet and wine-rack holder. Finally, a collection of mismatched, flea-market plates add a pop of color to the plain shingled wall.
Buffet table $25 and plates $11