Hanging Out on the Summer Porch ~ A Painted Icebox Story

This old icebox was passed on to us years ago and it's played many roles in our home...
*tv cabinet
*end table
*bedside table
*and most recently it hung out on our back deck for the summer.

But I switched the big bench from the front porch to the back deck and so this icebox and folding chairs ended up here on the front porch.  The big bench is heavy and so it's a stay put kinda guy and these lightweight chairs are easily moved wherever the shade is.  I like having the option of moving my chair to a better spot if I want to!    

But this poor old icebox really has seen better days, don't you think?  The weather from last summer really did a number on the finish.  And although this piece is cute ~ it's clearly a "fake" icebox and so it's not going to win any restoration awards for me.  So I figured I'd have some fun with it and paint it a happy color to liven up the front porch area.

Ace Hardware had their big Grand Opening Celebration last weekend and I got this sample quart of paint for free there.

I was going to go with a cheerful yellow (by popular vote on facebook) but the hubby voted 'NO' on yellow and well, his vote made all the difference since he also has to live with it.  Sorry to all of you yellow voters out there!!!  Quite honestly I was surprised that he picked this color out of the three choices I showed him.  

I thought for sure he'd choose the green or yellow first.

I sanded the old finish off with a sanding sponge before giving it a new coat of paint.  I didn't use a separate primer just two coats of Clark + Kensington Paint + Primer In One in 'Stepping Out'.  :)

Very nice paint with great coverage, btw.

We love our little front porch with our Family Established Porch Sign

And the gorgeous hanging basket we purchased from the High School Baseball Fundraiser.  Best idea for a fundraiser EVER in my opinion.  I love my hanging flower baskets!!!

Just a few details to make this space feel really welcoming and CHEERFUL.
  • Icebox Drink Table in a fresh new color
  • Some fun floral pillows
  • A sweet Dahlia in a vase (fake)
  • Some ferns on tree stump end tables (soon to be painted stumps, I think!)
  • A soft apple green rug

It didn't take Sadie long to realize there was a nice soft rug here.

I think she approves of the new porch makeover...

...especially the soft place to lounge.

Sadie says it's perfect for chilling on a lazy summer day.

Oh, what color do you think I should paint those stumps?  White or gold or some combination of both?  I can't promise you Scott won't trump the popular vote but I would still love to hear what you think!

Thanks for stopping by today to see what we've been up to.
Enjoy the Summer sunshine and stop to smell the flowers from time to time  :)

I know I will!


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  1. This porch is so cute and inviting, Sherry! I would have chosen yellow too, hands down, since it's my favorite color, but I think "Stepping Out" was totally the right choice for this piece. It matches your hanging flowers perfectly, and I love that it ties the space together. I love it!

  2. Sherry,
    Now...this is one CUTE transformation!!! Looks awesome on your porch.


  3. I'm loving your lovely colorful porch! How fun is that purple icebox! I know your family is going to have some wonderful evenings on that porch this summer!

  4. Sherry, I love it. Absolutely love it!! Free too? So glad you didn't do yellow! I so need some color on my porch...sharing on FB this am!

  5. I love, love, love it! So cute! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  6. Your porch is so very pretty and I love that color. Looks so happy and inviting!

  7. I love, love, LOVE the colour of your icebox! Your husband has good taste :-) The cushions on your chairs go perfectly with the icebox colour, and the hanging basket is really pretty. And your family sign is a genius idea!

    I'd leave the stumps natural and just paint the tops gold to tie in with the hardware on the icebox.

    I'm sure you and Sadie will enjoy lots of summer hours out on your pretty porch :-)

  8. Sherry... I love ... everything! The pop of colour on the ice box, the fresh floral pillows... perfect for summer and that sign is fantastic! Sharing on FB today.

  9. I love the color paint on the ice box! As soon as I saw the first picture I noticed how nicely it goes with your pillows! It also looks great with the hanging basket! I think that the stumps would be fun in a stripe of white and pale green to match your rug. You could even paint an additional thin stripe in the ice box color to tie them all together! Whatever the end result, I'm looking forward to seeing it! Hugs, Leena

  10. Just found you through I should be mopping the floor and love what you did to your porch! The color is perfect and the pillows are adorable!

  11. This is fabulous!! I love how this color just pops and brings everything else together! Love, love, love it. Pinning.
    xoxo {paint the stumps yellow - hahaha}

  12. I love the pink, Sherry! Super fun and summery!

  13. Whoa, I would have been iffy on the purple color too. But, you did a great job tying it all together. Lovely and a combo that is not run of the mill. Love it.

  14. Your porch is darling, and the pop color is really striking with the flowers!

  15. Sherry, I just love this SO much and the color is totally fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend and hope we see your smiling face every week! :) Pinning to our board and will be sharing on my FB page today. Have the best weekend!

  16. You already know I LOVE this! Ditto what Cindy said - thanks for linking up, girl!! xoxo

  17. Love your front porch and just included it in my summer porch roundup :)


    ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures