Monday, July 25, 2016

Updating the Screened Porch at the Summer Cottage

I recently updated the fabrics on our screened porch at the summer cottage. They were beginning to get a little worn looking after 7 summers.

porch furniture with new fabric

When we were planning to build our little summer cottage one of the things at the top of our “must have” list was a screened porch. Because our lot is pie shaped our house is only 30 feet wide and 40 feet deep. We insisted on a screened porch all across the back on the lake side. Actually we have double screened porches. I had originally drawn the porch to be 15 feet wide by 30 feet long but the builder talked me into 12 feet wide. His reasoning was that 15 is an odd size for lumber and it would cost less and be less labor if I went with 12 feet wide. 12 feet wide is sufficient but 15 would have been even better!

screened porch

We spend a lot of time out here and eat most of our meals here too. We love the view of the water.

lake view

If you have followed and read this blog then you may already know that I don’t change things very often. When I find something that I like I buy it and I usually keep it for a long time. If you compare the new fabric to the old fabric you will notice that they are almost identical. I searched and searched for a fabric that I love but kept coming back to the old stuff. The new fabric is not identical but it is very close.porch furniture with old fabric

The photo above shows the old fabric. When I found that fabric it was the end of a bolt and there wasn’t enough so I had to use a solid color for the backs and bottoms of the cushions. This time I was able to get enough fabric for everything. While the old ones were not torn or worn out the color was a little faded and dingy looking with a little mildew on it. These cushions stay outside 6 months of the year and are stored inside 6 months of the year. It is outdoor fabric. For the new cushions I did take time to put in invisible zippers so that they can be washed if needed. The old cushions did not have zippers. I found the fabric online at  They had a great selection and I was able to order samples for $1.75 each before making my selection.  I was very pleased with my purchase although shipping took longer than I expected, more than 2 weeks.The name of the fabric that I chose is called Snow Leopard by P Kaufmann. (If you missed my dining room update using PKaufmann fabric for wallcovering you can see it here.)

porch furniture with new fabric 3

The new fabric had to coordinate with the blue paint on the house without clashing and I think this one does that pretty well.

screened porch seating 1

In the photo above you can also see the old curtains that I used. There were very inexpensive sheers from Ikea, maybe $5.99 per pair! I don’t see those on the Ikea website any more. Those were hung with rings on tiny nails. For the upgrade I went with the cotton Lenda curtains from Ikea. They were $19.99 per pair when I purchased them. Now they are a little more.

Ikea Lenda curtain panels

So far the curtains have held up very well. They are not outdoor fabric and I did not add waterproofing or any weather protection.

brackets for curtain rods on porch

I used the Betydlig brackets and the Hugad rods from Ikea.

curtain rods for porch

All of my Ikea purchases were made last summer so I don’t now if they are still available. If they are not, I’m sure that Ikea has an affordable alternative.

porch furniture with new fabric 2

I also made new cushion covers for the dining chairs. I didn’t realize how much the cushions show up due to the tabletop being glass.

new cushions for dining chairs

updated porch 2

updated porch cross view

updated porch dining area 2

updated porch dining area

updated porch

I plan to do another post with a fresh tablescape and another more instructional post on putting the porch together step by step.

I hope that you are enjoying this hot summer as much as I am!

I will be doing a follow up post on creating an outdoor room step by step. I hope you will come back to read it too.

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Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Pat, your screened porch is the perfect oasis for a hot day! Love the fabric that you chose for your cushions. It really is a great match with the paint color. I would never want to go inside!

Stacey said...

This is so beautiful!! I love how big your space is. The fabric you chose is absolutely perfect because it has the blue you might expect near the water but it's fun. :)

Unknown said...

Such a lovely spot! Love your choice of fabric. My screened porch is done in green, but I really like the softness of your blue. Great job!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I love that fabric by P. Kauffman!....the color/pattern is so perfect for your cottage screened did a fabulous job which resulted in a most beautiful porch!!!...such a wonderful place to be on a beautiful day!

Wild Oak Designs said...

Love it!
It is beautiful!! Love the fabric!

Decor To Adore said...

What a fabulous porch Pat! I adore the new (old) fabric you selected. It is timeless!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

I have porch envy!!! I have always wanted a screened in pirch but it is not to be. And with a view of a lake!!! What a dream! Love that fabric too.

Laura said...

How beautiful!
Your porches and your cottage are so pretty!
Thank you for joining us at Thoughts of Home.
We are so glad you are here!

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Hi Pat, your porch looks fabulous with your new cushion fabric! I'll have to agree with some of the other comments. That shade of blue looks so calm and serene! I have never decorated with blue but I am leaning more and more in that direction. But I am like you, I don't change things very often!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

This is such a beautiful space. I love the material used. It all looks so peaceful and your view is spectacular.


Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

What a beautiful home! Is this your year round home or a vacation place? I am new to your blog visiting from TOHOT!

I read your profile and agree with your view that our homes are a mission field!

Jenn @ Loveland Lodge said...

Beautiful! I love a screened porch and yours looks so inviting. A great place for a glass of iced tea!

Nikki said...

I do love that blue leopard print! And all the updates you have done. I was especially interested because I am in the process of updating my own deck and am always looking for good ideas.
:) gwingal