Eric and I started our home thanks to the generosity of so many people who have given and continue to give us "hand-me downs." Restoring each piece of furniture has been an investment of time, but has taught us to be good stewards of our finances and to truly appreciate what we have. We are so proud that the only piece of new furniture in our home is the couch, and that was thanks to the kindness of Eric's parents.
Our front porch is no exception. The wicker chairs were a blessed gift from my parents who had painted them white while using them in their own home. To better suit our style, Eric painted them black. First we had to use a steel brush to get all the white paint off. Then, we had to spray them down with water. Once they dried, Eric primed them and painted them black using his dad's paint sprayer.
The topiaries were also given to us from my parents who were no longer using them. I used my birthday money from Eric's mom and dad to buy all the paint supplies and the red pillows you see here.
The next project is one of my favorite. My dad found this plant stand in a dumpster about ten years ago, and since he had never used it, he sent it to me. It didn't have a top and was missing one of it's wheels. Plus, it was green!