June 27, 2022

If there’s one factor we’ve discovered about residing right here, it’s that we do a ton of residing exterior. Between every at-home studying break the children are on the market working round, we make s’mores at our hearth pit each week or so, we sit on our entrance porch and watch the neighborhood canines go by, and we frequently eat or hang around on the second-floor deck (we even work on our laptops up there on particularly good days – which is the place I’m penning this put up proper now).

We will actually really feel the home working additional laborious for us due to the placement/local weather (good climate positively encourages us to be exterior rather a lot), but additionally as a result of having so many nice outside areas for us to get pleasure from (we had no thought how superior an upstairs deck could be, however boy can we respect having it!).

One other fairly lucky incidence is that numerous these outside areas simply wanted one or two easy updates to go from “issues we used to stroll by” to “a spot that will get used day by day.” Like this coated porch…








You final noticed it on this put up about our home’s exterior updates (there’s additionally this more moderen exterior put up) – and it sat just about unused for the final 8 months till we realized it was the proper spot to hold an enormous hanging tent that we bought for the children for the vacations.


Covered white porch on move-in day with kids sitting on stoop



Because it’s proper off of our bed room, our plan is to finally convert a few of that coated porch into an ensuite rest room – however since sharing a rest room with the children has been a lot much less of an enormous deal than we anticipated, we actually don’t have any urgency to begin a serious reno like that. We’d a lot reasonably work on including a pool & a bit of indifferent visitor studio first (we’ve utilized for the pool allow but it surely’s fairly gradual going). So creating a spot the place the children can lounge round, learn books, coloration, and simply have some chill time seems like an ideal “for now” use for that coated porch. Particularly since we’ve about 56 different bushes we will use to hold the tent after this coated porch is now not accessible 😉

However first… the wooden flooring had seen higher days. It had been painted the identical white coloration as the home by our contractor again in April (our greatest guess is that it bought some drips on it and since he thought we’d be turning it into a rest room quickly he simply mentioned “eh, paint the entire thing white for now”). However white decking isn’t the very best for hiding leaf stains & filth and all of the stuff that finally ends up in your ft or your flipflops, as you may see under:


White painted porch floor stained with leaf marks



Because of our stair runner venture, we had some inside/exterior porch & flooring paint already available. And we thought a medium grey tone could be simply the factor to freshen this space up totally free in a day. I don’t have images of our prep work, however all we did was blow all of the unfastened leaves & pine needles off the deck, after which we stress washed it to get it as clear as attainable and let it absolutely dry. As you may see on this photograph under, there was nonetheless a ton of discoloration and marking that didn’t raise off…


John edging porch floor with gray floor paint on paintbrush



… however fortunately the porch & flooring paint coated all of it proper up. As for the paint specifics, we selected this Porch & Flooring Enamel that was really useful by the professional on the paint retailer for our stair runner venture, and the colour is grey but it surely’s a pleasant heat one (Requisite Grey by Sherwin-Williams – you may also see the way it reads inside on our stairs right here).


Roller applying gray porch paint to stained white porch floor



Ta daaaaaa. So a lot better. It’s humorous how a lot darker it seems above than under, however in individual it positively seems considerably darker than when the decking was the identical white coloration as the home. We hope this Requisite Grey coloration holds up effectively, however the fantastic thing about this replace is that it simply took a day, so if this finally ends up staining and we need to go even darker with the colour down the road, we now know that it’s supremely straightforward to do. Actually, this complete replace took below 3 hours whole (between prep, paint, and hanging the tent).


Finished painted gray porch floor detail



That is the view from the aspect window within the kitchen. Our beloved inexperienced fence is the actual MVP of our outside upgrades. Extra on that, our new-ish firepit space, and a few landscaping that we added across the fence quickly! Word: for those who’re questioning in regards to the fence coloration, it’s Halcyon Inexperienced by Sherwin Williams, and you’ll hear extra in regards to the constructing of the fence right here.


Hanging cone shaped netted tent above painted porch floor



As for the tent, that is the one we bought, and it’s big! It’s 60″ broad and has a weight capability of 450lbs, so it’s primarily like a double hammock the place you may lay in any route (actually each children are laying in it within the photograph under). The great factor about this versus a double hammock is that it’s extra secure (can’t actually tip this very simply) – and also you don’t roll in direction of the center or something – every child can have a spot with out feeling like they’re drifting right into a crack within the center.

Two kids laying in hanging tent on covered porch

Our youngsters use it to hang around and browse, coloration, do exercise books, simply play some imaginary recreation that entails it as their “automotive” or “home.” They’ve even tried to play board video games inside and to “have a daytime sleepover” (have I discussed they actually like being on this hanging tent?). It’s a pleasant counterpart to their webbed tree swing (which is for wild & loopy swinging within the aspect yard – you may see that on this put up). I’ve additionally laid on this hanging tent within the night after s’mores. It’s good.

As for the way we hung it, we used one among these straps (the opposite one which comes within the set is what we used to hold the webbed tree swing). All of it feels good and safe – and was tremendous straightforward to hold (the tree swing that we hung over a department this manner was simply as easy).


Close up of nylon strap wrapped over porch beach with tent hooked to d rings



The hanging tent itself is a kind of thick semi-translucent material (it’s a lot stronger than a sheer curtain and even mesh). You are feeling cocooned inside, but it surely’s not like a darkish gap. They’ll simply learn and see issues effectively inside, but additionally really feel prefer it’s their very own little world.


Detail of netted side of hanging porch tent



Oh and it has a cup holder, which you’ll see within the image under. That was John’s favourite half when he climbed in (he and I took it for a spin to ensure it wouldn’t come crashing down, and he was downright wowed by the cup holder).


Two kids laying in hanging tent on covered porch with green painted fence in background



In order that’s the straightforward however very practical little improve this previously unused coated porch obtained over the vacations.


Exterior of white house at night with hanging tent swing on covered side porch





And sure our Christmas tree remains to be up. Are you able to inform we like an ambient glow by the variety of string lights that we’ve exterior year-round?

Oh and I simply discovered this earlier than photograph taken from nearly the very same angle from final February after we first laid eyes on this home. Isn’t it loopy what a lot of paint (and ditching that outdated rickety staircase) can do?!






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