If I could spend a million sunny days sitting outside on a screened-in porch, drinking coffee and reading or writing blog posts, I would be a happy lady. The front porch is absolutely my favorite part of this house. As soon as it went above 45 degrees, I started coming out here nearly every morning to enjoy the fresh air. Now that it is actually warm enough to sit with no jacket on for the better part of a day (I work in the afternoons and evenings), I want this space to be comfortable and relaxing.
Unfortunately that was not happening with the dingy, dirty, moldy carpet that was all up in this space.
At this point I can kind of guess how my landlord is going to react to things I do around this house. To put it simply, he won't care. So I didn't specifically ask if I could remove the carpet that was on the porch, but it is a good thing I did, because it was all kinds of nasty.
It's funny, because the family who owned this house prior to my landlord was headed by a woman who was previously a Catholic nun and who ended up leaving the convent to get married. I say the family was "headed by" her because if you took one look around the house, you would agree. This lady was so organized it borders on OCD. Every single pipe in the basement has a descriptive tag hanging off of it; every circuit is meticulously labeled; the garage is full of tools and the mower has handwritten instructions attached; all of the fixtures are original and in excellent condition. I say it borders on OCD but really, I admire this lady.
So it's a wonder she didn't get rid of that disgusting rug sooner. My roommate and I both have attempted vacuuming the beast, only to stop prematurely because the vacuum was puffing out dirt like a semi truck's exhaust pipe. Yikes.
The rug was so brittle that it was very easy to take out. I'd say the trickiest part was trying to limit the amount of dust clouding up around me and getting into my eyes. There were a few surprises buried underneath.
My original plan was to pull the rug through the house and out the front door, but ew. I did not want all that grossness indoors, so I took the screens out of the archways of the porch and threw the rug onto the driveway. Oh, and I did this all on the day before trash day so all I had to do was drag it to the curb.
Underneath the rug was a nice red-tinted concrete, in excellent condition. All I had to do was sweep up the dirt and push it out onto the grass below, then scrub the concrete as clean as I could. Really, it's an outdoor space so I'm not going to get every flake of dirt out. But it was nice to sweep up some of that 50-year-old dust.
While the porch dried off, I also put that screen insert into the door that leads into my family room. That was such an awesome fix. It is really nice to leave that open during the day and have the breeze come in the house.
Right now my porch does not have any "real" furniture--just a couple of plastic folding chairs and an old end table. But there is a promise of hand-me-down wicker chairs in the future, so I'm holding out until then to finish up this rehab. What I did need, though, was a new area rug!
I wanted something that was outdoor-approved and hopefully easy to clean, so when I found a 100% recycled plastic 5x7 woven rug for $12.99, I was all like YES PLEASE. Here she be:
She's surprisingly soft on the bare feet, and Petunia seems to approve! I absolutely love the pattern, and for such a cheap price, I am thinking about going back and picking one up for my kitchen.
So there you have it: My $13 porch rehab. Throw in a couple potted plants I already owned and we've got a nice cheery place to sit and ponder. It's amazing that all it took to really make this space feel homey was a little bit of cleaning action and a new rug. I can't wait to see how those wicker chairs will look! And the endtable has a lot of rehab potential too... Hmmmmmm.... Ideas, anyone?
P.S. My tulips are blooming!