The cloth porch was looking really super rough! The cheap fabric that I put on there a few years ago speed installed without any thought of how it would look because we thought it would only last a year and that it would just be a job we had to do over and over again. BUT… it lasted seven years!
The one wall that was not torn was seriously stained and grotty looking… and lets be frank here… because it was not ever installed right it simply looked like crap.
The other problem was that I had my 3 x great grandparents MASSIVE 12 person oak table in the porch so it was tough to move around. Thankfully my cousin Albert took it and will refinish it, so I was able to free up some space in there!
So H and I started building panels and stretching outdoor fabric on them, in much the same way that I stretch canvases for painting on. Build a square and start, stretching and stapling. All the old fabric had to be removed and many staples had to be pulled out. Then, one after another up each of these stretched sections went in. I went with a mix of plain and floral fabric because I used remnants that were on half price (of course) and I thought it would look interesting to have it divided anyway.
So from the outside you can see through it a little bit more but it also looks nicer and matches THO better, I think.
From the front, you can hardly see the porch now because it really blends into the background.
The new tiny table that I bought for $40 in a second hand store is certainly more size appropriate! The bench we build last year and the tiny chairs I took out of the dumpster. Anyway, it feels so much nicer in the porch for sure! The project has not yet been finished. When it is done I will post more about it, including the cost of the project.
What is not done yet:
The back wall. This will be done in the same fashion but have opaque fabric (because this side faces the out-house).
The roof. This leaks (not surprising since it is made of fabric and a tarp). I hope to finally cover it.
The cushions. For the corner bench. I hope to get these sewn up this week.
The door. The one I have has finished its life cycle and I have found all of the wooden doors are equally crappy in construction. I am wondering if anyone has one of the composite doors? I am thinking of replacing mine with one of these… but if I am going to use that much plastic stuff I want it to last. Looking for opinions here.