Sunday, June 19, 2011

The downstairs porch, part one

We have made many improvements/updates to our downstairs porch. We have a recently glassed-in upstairs porch that we have focused on the past couple of years are thought we needed to give the area underneath some love.....on a budget.

One of the first improvements was our outdoor rug. Poor thing is well loved, but very faded. At $60.00 a pop, we could not afford to buy new. So after some pressure washing, painting, and a quick protective spray, we have a new and bright outdoor rug.

Here she is in the beginning of the process.

I first had the idea to apply Citron colored acrylic paint over the faded maroon circles. I applied with a sponge brush.

This proved a tedious process,where I found myself asking my husband how much that outdoor rug cost?~?!!!! After several breaks,I had the brainstorm to add some turquoise around the edges...

My sweet children even helped during this process. Granted they did not last long, but I enjoyed their help and conversation while they were there! And Madison came up with the idea to paint the middle of the flowers orange. Which, by the way, looked awesome!

So, instead of paying $60.00 for a new rug, I spend $5.00 on paint, I already had the protective spray, and got to spend MUCHO quality time with the kiddos........PRICELESS! A new, fresh,summer look=LOVE~!

Note: I am having trouble linking up to Debbie's Block Party, if you click the icon above, it will take you there.....go take a look:)!

Domestically Speaking

Tip Junkie handmade projects

DIY under $5Pink Hippo Party

More patio updates to come;)!


  1. LOVE this idea. It turned out so cute,and to see the kids helping is even cuter. Thanks for sharing. Please add the party button. thanks.

  2. That is so cute and even cuter are your kiddies! And the patience you had, amazing!

  3. I love the colors you used!! I've been looking for a cheap jute rug so I can paint on a cute pattern like yours! Love it!

  4. i have the SAME rug that faded from target last year.
    I would love to know how the paint you used holds up!

  5. What a wonderful idea and pretty result! And I love that the kids spent some time helping you!

    I'm your newest follower; found you via Kim.

  6. love the rug and it looks like you had lots of helpers too :) way more fun that way, right?! Just saw you on DIY under $5, great project!

  7. How cute!! You did an awesome job! I would love for you to link up tomorrow to "It's a Party"!

  8. This looks amazing.. and I just LOVE that it was a family project! YOur color choices look great! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share this week!

  9. Good idea to update with paint! Love the color choice, really fresh. Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

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  12. This is really great! Imagine, you can have different rugs out of only one piece! Such a nice and fun activity to do! Even your kids enjoyed painting it. Great. :)
    Kraig Baade