Seeing as we are definitely in peak porch season right now, this simple, stylish porch makeover could not have come at a better time. Rachael took it upon herself to fix up this neglected area of her rented home, and in the end, her landlords were so pleased with the results that they plan to reimburse her for all the amazing work she’s done. Great work, Rachael! — Kate
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Read more about Rachael’s porch makeover after the jump!
Time: 6 weeks
Basic Steps: This porch was mostly used for storage before I moved in. I put a chair and table out there, but it never really felt right. It had such great potential with 15′ ceilings and a great view that I kept thinking that with a few minor updates, it could be really cool. I’m just renting, but I knew there were things I could do.
Originally, I was just planning on painting the walls, but as I got more and more curious, I ripped up the flooring. I stripped the linoleum and a few layers of paint to refinish the wood floors. Next I sanded the walls and white-washed the wood, brick and particle board (pink, faux gold marble, white and grey were the original colors). I sewed all of the curtains and pillows and framed all of the artwork. I gutted an old chandelier and rigged it on an up-and-down pulley to light and extinguish the candles that now fill the bulb casings. I wanted it feel more like an extension of my apartment than a separate porch.
I would definitely say to people that you shouldn’t feel restricted or unmotivated to complete home projects as a renter. There are so many things you can do to spruce up whatever space you’re in. As far as specific advice, I would say be prepared to use a lot of chemicals and get really messy when stripping wood floors. That being said, I don’t know that there are many things as rewarding as finished wood floors. I would also tell them they’re going to need a lot of paint when painting brick by hand, so consider spraying. Rent is expensive in the city, and we have to make the most out of the space we have. Refinishing the porch has added a whole other room onto my apartment. — Rachael