a beachy kinda porch makeover

Transformation Thursday
Welcome to Transformation Thursday! It’s the one day of the week we all get together to celebrate getting stuff done. No matter if you’ve been coming around for months (or years), or this is your very first transformation rodeo – everyone is welcome to link up your projects at the bottom of this post.

Next week Transformation Thursday will be the 2nd anniversary of celebrating getting stuff done! Can you believe it’s been two whole years? Crazy! I’m so honored that this has grown into such a wonderful collection of creative, supportive bloggers who strut their stuff every week. Thank you for being a part of it! So bring your best next week – we’re gonna celebrate!

010 Almost 2 years ago the girls & I built this little porch for Mr. SCC. We did it on a shoestring budget of $200, and had a blast. We spend a huge chunk of time out here, hanging out, eating, reading, I even blog & work on Etsy stuff out here when the weather is right. Although we love the space, we never really liked the railing or color. With a $5 bunch of spindles & some $10 oops paint, it was definitely a “use what you have” project.

Beach Cottage Lighting After we went to Tybee Island back in March, I’ve been dreaming of picket fences. Our yard is waaaayyyyy to big to have that much picket-ness, but I had another idea in mind – our porch.Beach Cottage porch Two years later, my porch is prettier than ever! A total DIM (do it myself) project, Project Porch 2.0 was another Mr. SCC-free production.picket fence porch railings I cut, sanded, hung & painted every inch of the railings, one by one..
Simple gateI even hand built a gate for the porch – without a consult!aqua porch  I repainted the bench we built, just touching up the top with the same light aqua that I chose for the floors (Cool Sausalito by Dutch Boy). I didn’t touch the yummy chippy legs – I like ‘em as is. The sign is painted my beloved Hawaiian Sky (also by Dutch Boy) – it’s perfect for all those swimming clothes & towels that pile up during the warm weather. Red stripe pillow Red is a new twist for me, I’m usually all neutrals & aqua, but this fun fabric caught my eye and I just had to have it… love the pop of color it brings.Metal Bucket of Flip Flops Buckets under the bench help keep up with essentials like flip flops & water guns.
bucket of croquet balls More vintage buckets hold croquet & bocce balls – our favorite summer pasttime.croquet mallets Anyone fancy a game?
dining outsideEating al fresco is always a good idea. Mr. SCC and I start each and every day with coffee on the porch – rain or shine, hot or cold – it’s our “thing.”beach style painted table He cut down our old dining table and made it fit the porch – gotta love free stuff!
chippy table leg The old paint was a little chippy… but I didn’t care. I sprayed it down with my favorite spray paint (Krylon Pebble) and then flaked off the chips so it would look aged even though it was freshly painted. Notice it’s wet? That’s because every thing on this porch has to be wash & wear, baby! The light floors (painted with porch & floor paint for durability) have to be sprayed off every day… but I actually like doing it. Instant gratification – gotta love those kinda rewards.beach cottage style porch I reused our old dining room chairs – they just fit so perfectly – and you can’t beat free!budget cottage porch makeover All total, I spent $40 on wood, $28 on paint & $10 on fabric – still less than $100 and it looks like new in just a few days.
shabby chic porch Bring it on, summer!
signature new
Sooooooo……. whatcha got? I wanna see – and so does everybody else! Please put your PERMALINK into the linky – and link back here so everyone can find all the great ideas. Please, please, PLEASE – pretty please DO NOT LINK TO A SHOP!!! Be sure to visit your neighbors and have fun – it is a party after all.
Welllllllll…………. Let’er rip, tater chip!

About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. It looks amazing. I love all the details!

  2. OMG, the porch is awesome! wow, you are one crafty DIY lady! bravo 🙂

  3. WOW!! That looks awesome Miss Gina!! I love the croquet set!
    When we were working on the Mantel, DH asked if I had one…now I REALLY want one after seeing yours!
    Thanks for hosting!

  4. wow, it looks great Gina! You guys did a super job! just linked up, xo Debra

  5. What an inviting space! I love the pop of red with the turquoise. Very fun. The bucket of balls looks like part of the decor but I love the fact that it is functional for you, too!

  6. thats such a cool looking porch! 😀

  7. I love your porch, how proud you must be…every cup of coffee must taste sooo good out there…

  8. El lugar ha quedado bellísimo y con poco gasto felicitaciones!
    Te invito a mi blog

  9. Hello Gina!

    Linking up for the first time. Looking forward to perusing more of your posts and visiting others 🙂

    Kindly, Lorraine

  10. Love your porch redo. The new railing looks great and the colors are to die for!

  11. Love all the Beachy things! Thanks for always being the gracious hostess!

  12. I love the idea of the flip flop buckets and especially the yard games! I know we have bocce ball somewhere… It would be nice to have it handy on the porch for a random game!

  13. I LOVE that pop of red with the other crisp colors! Thanks for hosting!

  14. Coffee on the newly done porch…..enough said! I love it! It is fun you and Mr. SCC have something special you do together.


  15. I love your porch! you did a great job. Red is so pretty with aqua, love that you added it. You should be so prod of yourself to have done all of this yourself.

  16. Gina,
    I expect an evening game of croquet with you and all the girls!
    If my cottage is anything like the porch (only enclosed) I will feel like a princess!
    Can’t wait to see it in person!
    Thank you for the linky party!
    I have been absent from them (not just yours 😉 for about 6 months…they are so much fun, though! I love all the creative ideas!
    HUGS and blessings to you as you make your home!

  17. That porch is so cute…… you should be proud. I love all the white paint . Aqua and red are my favorite too.

  18. Love that you made do with so many things that you already have. It makes me take a second look at what’s around me and what I can re-purpose!

  19. Very cute! I love the bench and I love the picket-fence around the porch – totally brill.

    I LOVE eating outside. It isn’t quite nice enough to do that here yet…but soon.

  20. Ah-mazing!! 🙂

  21. oh my gosh, that is an amazing transformation! it looks so welcoming and relaxing, and i love you and the mr’s morning routine. i wish we could do that, but sadly, that only happens on the weekends.

  22. I LOVE everything you do with your home – it’s all so coordinated and beautiful without feeling stuffy.

  23. That pop of red with the aqua is so pretty and beachy! I love it, thanks for the party! oxoxoxo

  24. what a sweet porch! I’d have my breakfast there too, you can believe it. Love the pegs for towels and the oh-so-pretty aqua bench beneath it. And happy (early) 2nd anniversary! Thank you for hosting such a nice link party, bloggers are a very supportive group of creative thinkers! ~diane at home sweet homemade

  25. Hey girl, that RED looks great! And it IS red by the way (that’s a little inside joke). 🙂
    Looks like you’ve put a lot of hard work into this project and it turned out fantastic. I can’t wait to see what you’re working on in the rest of the house…….and I will in just a few short weeks! woohoo. 🙂

  26. Beautiful! I would love to have a porch like that!

  27. What a lot of work went into your beautiful space. I love the pops of red!

  28. I just love your porch! Our porch has a big barn star as well.

  29. Hello Gina,
    Happy to be here once again. I love your little porch and would love sitting there with my morning coffee.

    It looks like a very ‘calm’place.

    Thank so much for hosting

    janet xox

  30. Love those buckets, nice job! thanks for hosting this link party every week.

  31. Your porch is so wonderful!!

    Thank you for hosting!

  32. The porch is beautiful. I love the railing and the red is a perfect touch. Thanks for hosting again this week.

  33. Almost two years and over five thousand followers! You go girl! Congratulations!!! The bench and entire porch look incredible and remind me of something I would see at the beaches in Charleston, SC! Love it all! Thanks for hosting! Christie at Three Pixie Lane

  34. It’s so adorable & beachy! I love it!

    Thank you very much for hosting – hope you’re having a good week.

  35. Love Project Porch 2.0, it turned out wonderfully and totally looks like something you’d find at a cute beach cottage. Love everything about it!



  36. love what you did with the porch and the sign hanger thingy you made!
    cheryl x

  37. Wow two years of Transformation Thursday that are a lot of crafty projects linked up!
    I love your porch, and congrats on DIM-ing it yourself. With such a handy husband and so much else to do for you it must be tempting to leave all the major (and minor) makeovers to him. But I really love your picket fence!!
    Happy summer to you.

  38. Awesome transformation of the porch Gina…..
    I love to see the clicks of your porch area really beautiful and adorable captures….
    I love to spend my time with serenity and relax in my porch area after load of work….
    Good share……!!!!

  39. Adorable darling!!! I love the porch!

  40. Love your beachy porch!

  41. The red and white pillows really makes it POP as they say. looks good

  42. Beautiful porch! Thank you so much for hostessing.

  43. Very inviting porch 🙂

  44. OMG loving your new porch, it’s so pretty!!!

  45. I’m so in love with your bench and the buckets filled with sandals and games. Awesome.

    Jeanna @ dramaqueenseams.blogspot.com

  46. i like the old buckets. perfect storage!


  47. GREAT linky party… planning to add it to my LINKS page. Thanks for hosting… newly following, come visit me! Orangies Attic

  48. Wow I am amazed That is beautiful. And thank you for letting me join in to your linky party again this week. Can you please do me a favor it would mean the world to me if you would go to this link. Like her photography page and then like my photo I am the fifth entry Whitney. Thank you so much


    Thanks again

    A mommy’s life…with a touch of YELLOW

  49. I love the pop of red in there. Every inch of that space is perfectly decorated. Very inviting and functional. Love it!

  50. Oh, my word, Gina! I am just speechless. Well, not really, b/c I am rarely without speech. But I LOVE this!!! Looks like you could step out your front door and right onto Tybee Island to sip tea. 🙂 Great work!! Going to feature this tomorrow!

  51. Gina!!!!! You should be so darned proud of yourself, girl! Your porch looks sooo sweet and beachy! Love that red with the aqua. I’ve got a little of that going on in Heaven’s Walk, too. ♥ You did an amazing job and the transformation is just exquisite! 🙂

    xoxo laurie

  52. Wow, you totally rock. Can’t believe the stuff you do by yourself!!! I neeeed to get more handy cuz I’m always begging and pleading for my hubby to help me out or put my ideas in to action and he’s usually less than thrilled… LOVE EVERY BIT OF YOUR PORCH!!!!

  53. Ooooh Gina ~ it’s just wonderful!
    You’re an awesome DIMer! 🙂

  54. This is so super duper cute!!! Love that you did it all by yourself! And I LOVE the pop of red!

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