I hope you all had a great weekend!  Mine was both relaxing and productive, but it always goes by too quickly.  Two days simply isn’t enough time for us DIY people to get stuff done!  Whoever decided that we should work 5 out of 7 days is crazy.  I’d be more okay with a 4 and 3 combo.  ;)

I did something this weekend I haven’t done in awhile~ Completed a little project that wasn’t on my to-do list.  And it wasn’t until I was at Lowe’s picking up supplies for my jewelry armoire project (which will be revealed later this week!) that I thought of this one.  It was totally on a wimb, which is somehow exciting and fulfilling all at the same time!

Anyway, it was a pretty nice weekend in Jax so I spent some time outside working on adding some greenery to our rebuilt front porch.  I already had a few potted plants on both sides of the front door, but they are small and sort of get swallowed up by the big porch.  Here’s the front of the house before:

Yes, the leaves are a never ending battle in our front yard.  I bought a pack of two basic screw-in hooks (sorry, I don’t know the technical name and I already threw the wrapper away) and two ferns.  I could have bought stainless ones, but they were triple the price and the nice man at Lowe’s gave me a little tip:  Hooks that are not stainless will rust with time, so he said to spray paint them and rust won’t take over for several years.  Bingo!  Isn’t it so refreshing when people are helpful and willing to go a little above and beyond?!  I already had tons of spray paint so I went home and threw on a coat of Rustoleum Satin Nickel spray paint to act as the rust shield.

After about 30 minutes, I flipped them over and sprayed the other side.  While they were drying, I drilled holes that are slightly smaller than the screws just to make it easier to screw the hooks in. 

Then when my hooks were dry I screwed them into the holes and hung my new ferns.  Easy as that!  Now the front porch is oh so fernalicious ;0)


 I like how the ferns soften up the straight lines our old rancher has. 

When I went back inside, I looked out and it’s got that homey feel now.  (aah, big sigh)

And here’s how much this one cost me:

  • Hanging hooks: $1.00
  • Spray Paint: already had
  • Ferns: $7.00 each
  • TOTAL: $15.00

What do you think? Do you like the new addition to the porch?  What were you guys up to this weekend?!




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14 responses to Fernalicious!

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  3. Lovely! Such a nice addition. I can’t wait for spring to add ferns to my porch. I love small additions like this that make a house more “homey” :)

  4. I love the look of hanging plants/ferns! Great job. I am all for working 3 days and having 4 off, lol!!

  5. Good idea! Isn’t it amazing how a little greenery can really “home” up a place?? Lucky you! It’s January!! Wayyyy too cold for anything to survive in my neck of the woods!

  6. Your new ferns look fabulous! Isn’t spray paint one of the eight wonders of the world!

  7. Jealous of your beautiful weather! The ferns look great! It’s funny how something as small as two ferns can change the whole look of your front porch!

  8. Love the ferns. They look great! And I’m super jealous of being able to work outside. We’re buried under a sheet of ice right now.