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Our Back Porch Refresh

A budget-friendly back porch refresh with decorating ideas to make it feel like a backyard oasis.

This post is sponsored by Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart

The back porch got a face lift!

This week, we decided that the old porch furniture we’d hauled with us all the way from the old house was finally ready to retire. There was no saving it with wood conditioner and a pressure washer anymore.

So we sprung for some new outdoor furniture from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart. And I’m totally in LOVE!

Seating

Last spring, I pinned this 5 piece conversation set and told myself it was “the one”, but it was constantly selling out. So as soon as it hit the shelves this year, I was there.

It was totally worth the year-long wait. I cannot believe how inexpensive it was because the quality is right up there with some higher-end sets I’ve seen.

These two chairs swivel and they are so comfy.

The sofa and chairs even come with covers, so we can keep the pollen at bay when it gets really bad this time of year.

Robert and I had the original idea to turn this daybed into an outdoor bed swing, but it was a total fail. (We discovered our porch doesn’t have any access to the rafters and we’d have to use a saw to cut out our wood beadboard.) So we nixed the idea and just kept it as a regular non-swinging daybed.

Still love it!

I can’t wait to sprawl out on it to read a good book in the breeze this summer.

These faux marble end tables are so perfect to keep handy for drinks in easy reach.

And we already had this outdoor coffee table and outdoor rug to brighten up the space.

I got a couple of outdoor poufs as extra seating for the kids to roll around on too. They love these things.

I added a bunch of outdoor pillows for extra comfort like these teal pillows.

And I added a bunch of potted plants all over to make it feel like an extension of the garden.

I finally retired our dusty, spider webby old lanterns for these white battery operated ones. And of course string lights because my philosophy is every outdoor space needs a strand of string lights for extra magic.

I lit a couple of citronella candles to keep the bugs away too.

And now this cute back porch is ready for sunny, breezy days and warm, peaceful nights!

This back porch is without a doubt my favorite place in our entire house, and it finally got the furniture it deserved.

If you want to know about any of the sources from Better Homes & Gardens we used, you can find them here:

Let’s hope spring is here to stay! Because we are here for it!

If you want more outdoor decorating ideas, you can see more of them here:

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63 Comments

  1. You did a great job!! Looks so comfortable and inviting. Where did you buy the palm tree? And what size is it? Also, how big is your outdoor porch?

    Thanks!!!

  2. I love your back porch retreat! The swivel chairs look amazing and the whole atmosphere is so fresh, comfortable and cozy.

    I would love to know where you found your hobnail planters.

    Thanks for producing such a beautiful blog 🙂

  3. Totally 💯 amazing. It reminds me of sitting on the porch drinking ice tea or lemonade on a hot summer day, with my sisters and mom, when I was a young girl. Thank you for your beauty and for bringing back sweet memories for me

    1. So sweet, Ivory! I have memories like that growing up with my mom swinging on my family’s porch swing too. 🙂

  4. My mom had been looking for an outdoor furniture set for their outdoor covered pool area and we literally dropped everything and went to Walmart when I saw your post and saw how beautiful it is. My dad is putting it together right now and it’s gorgeous! Now I want my own set too!! Perfect timing for you to share this, thank you 🙂

    1. That’s awesome!!! I’m so glad it helped! The swivel chairs especially are soooo comfy. Hope you love them!

  5. Please excuse me if you have already shared where you purchased your patio set. I would love to know where it is from.
    Thank you!

  6. Very inviting! Looking at the pics just inspired me to add to our porch furniture. Love the poufs…where did you find them?

  7. Where did you get the white dot planters from? So cute! I love the entire space, you have inspired me to do a little refresh on my patio!

  8. It turned out beautiful! I love that 5 piece conversation set. Do you have a source for the white hob nail flower pots on the coffee table? They’re so pretty. Thank you!

  9. This exact set I pinned last March. I was all set to buy it but they were out of stock! I finally saw it on another persons blog and they finally had it back in stock in February. But at that point we couldn’t afford to buy it because of being on furlough for Covid. I was so bummed. I absolutely love that set! So I went back to work finally last week but ofocurse it’s out of stock again!
    So I bought a similar set with a little bit darker wicker color. I can’t wait to get it!
    I love the way your porch came out! Looks like somewhere you would want to sip lemonade and hang out with your friends on a summers night! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Yay! I’m so glad you found one though! And I’m so sorry you went through such a rough time. Cheers to happy, warm, sunny days!

  10. It’s absolutely beautiful! Super inviting & welcoming. What a fabulous porch area y’all have!!! Thanks for sharing & inspiring.

    1. Thanks, Denise! Here’s the link to the daybed: https://rstyle.me/+g2mbAkSIPur_jo-XPoMuHQ I suggest applying a couple of coats of marine grade poly to seal out any moisture for the weather. We used a regular twin mattress, this one to be exact: https://rstyle.me/+quSfkCnh_KxZW8xh-eqZmA And this waterproof encasement to help it stand up to the outdoors: https://rstyle.me/+6hdRQFZv-vj5yqLjgGzENw And this burlap cover for looks: https://rstyle.me/+bn3a3kRgofNGJHFIC8TumA It all came to about $500 but it was still cheaper than most outdoor daybeds I’ve seen and it is way more comfortable than any other I’ve tried.

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