Front Porch Appeal Newsletter
Enjoying the Warmth of the Season
Issue #92 June 2018
Those lazy days are hereHere in middle TN, our grandchildren have been on summer vacation for almost two weeks already. And we know many students in other parts of the country are in school till mid-June.
But no matter what, the temperatures have warmed up and our porches are being dusted off to enjoy the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.
DIY Hand Railings for Your Porch Steps
DIY Stair HandrailsOur stair railing ideas have been a very popular feature on our site lately. Mary and I believe that installing a stair handrail is one of the most significant safety measures you can provide for family members and friends. Did you know that this can be a DIY project? Yes, indeed!
It only takes one step (or mis-step) to fall no matter the number of porch stairs. It is just as easy to injure yourself falling down one or two steps as it is four, five, or six.
These DIY easy-to-install handrails are perfect for one to five steps and they sure beat the cost of custom wrought iron handrails.
We encourage you to learn more about your step handrail options.
Butterfly Houses Aren't Just for Butterflies
Two butterfly houses: one for the porch and one for the gardenWe had fun making these two butterfly houses. The one on our porch table is a summer decoration and the one on the right we really hope to get butterflies!
See how easy and inexpensive it is to make. We not only show you how to make them but also how to paint them to enhance the look of your porch or garden.
Speaking of Butterflies...
We turned simple butterfly drawings into wall art for our porchThe butterfly houses inspired us to carry the theme to our summer wall art - AND to our porch pillows. Take a look at how the butterfly art evolved. We share many pictures.
We even painted butterflies on our pillow covers
Watermelon Lovers Welcome the Season
Any watermelon lovers in your house?Our grandchildren love watermelon. We usually cut it up in serving-sized pieces and remove the rind. Ever hear of watermelon rind pickles?
A few watermelon tidbits...
From Around Our House
A Different Perspective
Succulents in our blue bird bathEver look at something from a different vantage point? When we looked down upon our decorative bird bath with these lovely succulents, we were surprised at the beauty.
A Place to Relax
A favorite spot on our porchDo you have a favorite spot to relax on your porch?
Our porch swing is usually swaying with the gentle breezes on the side of our porch. If you have a porch swing, you know how wonderful it is. Please enjoy this helpful information we wrote about porch swings for you.
A Much-Loved Wreath
This colorful old-fashioned peony wreath interjects charm onto our back porchA sweet gift from Mother's Day, we have been enjoying this beautiful peony wreath on our back porch. How about you? Do you have a gift you display on your porch? We have several.
Our Free Tutorial on Squaring Your Porch Foundation or DeckWe created a 14-page guide to help you get your deck or porch foundation square.
One of the most important factors to building a quality foundation (or deck) is to be sure it is square to your home.
A square foundation makes the rest of the building process so much easier. Get it here.
Sample Pages and Link to Our Tutorial
Get our free tutorial here
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Lastly, may you enjoy these beautiful days. Can you picture yourself sitting here on this most comfortable porch?
We hope it lifts your spirits and gives your heart a smile.
We truly appreciate you subscribing to our newsletter and we'll see you next time, friend.
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Happy porch sitting from your friends,
Mary and Dave
Life is short. Enjoy your porch.
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