autumn porch

Hello! How was your weekend?  I hope you enjoyed some fun fall activities!
I finally got my rear in gear to decorate for the season.  My mom and I made our way to Al's Garden Center last week, and I purchased some fall goodies to decorate the front porch.

There are a few thrifted items thrown in for a unique look, but I think if you are inspired, you could probably find similar items yourself.
Here's what you see from the front door:

This owl was purchased from Goodwill for $6.99.  It's the kind you see on houses to scare away birds.  After a light cleaning, I taped off the eyes and nose, and then spray painted with my favorite- Rustoleum's white primer.  

After a couple coats, he was ready for a little sparkle.  I spot sprayed a little aerosol glue in some key spots, and then sprinkled a clear glitter over the glue. 

I like little touches of sparkle in any decor, and with Halloween, it adds a bit of a magical touch. 

Corn stalks and hay bales are always something I have on my porch in the fall.  The welcome sign you see here was also a Goodwill find- $3.99.  It must be some kind of skillet or something? 
Here's the before:

The dark metal and simplicity was just perfect for a little sign. 
Normally when I transfer a graphic or font to something like this I just use a pencil.  But with this dark of a background I like to use white graphite paper. 

It's just like regular graphite transfer, but it's easier to see on a black background.  You can get it at art supply stores anywhere.

 Some white craft paint was all it took to complete.

Next, the twig chairs and porch swing got a seasonal makeover- I added some fall pillows to them by making slipcovers for our regular pillows I have out during the summer.  

They are made from men's flannel shirts!

This project was one I wanted to do last year, and never got to.  These were very simple to make, and if you are interested in the tutorial, I may do one for tomorrow's post.  
You could do these for any holiday.  
I'm thinking some red plaid ones would be great for Christmas!  With the buttons, you have a built in envelope enclosure to slip the pillows in and out of.

I got these three shirts from Goodwill also- any thrift store will have them on the cheap.

The front steps to the door also got a few seasonal items- some gourds and pumpkins...

...and I used a large galvanized tub on it's side to highlight the flowers and pumpkin.

This time of year is the beginning of the rainy season, so everything has to be ok with being wet while it's out here.  
I'm looking forward to some afternoons on the porch with a hot apple cider in hand!
I hope this inspires you with some ideas for your own porch!
Have a great week!!

Don't forget to enter my giveaway for a Cutting Edge Stencil-  a $50 credit!  Entries are still open until this Friday!


  1. The whole porch turned out lovely! The pillow and the owl projects are brilliant. Very inspiring...


  2. Adoring your porch! it's so perfect and festive...can carry you from Halloween to Thanksgiving! Hope to see you link up the the Outdoor Fall Decor at Fishtail Cottage this thursday!?! xoxo tracie

  3. Your porch is the epitome of Fall. <3

  4. Oh Denise!!!

    Your porch is perfect for the season!!! Very, very inspiring!!! And the flannel shirt pillows are sooo cute!!! :)


  5. Everything looks wonderful! Love all your Fall touches! Very creative!

  6. Your porch looks great, love the owl transformation it looks amazing and the sign made from the old skillet is fantastic.

  7. What a beautiful front entry! Love the swing and all of the fabulous Fall colors!

  8. the process of painting the owl...made me laugh...those blue tapes eyes!! LOL! thanks you for that ...he turned out awesome!!

  9. Hi! Nice to meet you. Your recycled sirt idea is great! I've been looking for something to cover my swing porch. That's brilliant!Have a great week(tomorrow off to Goodwill on my lunch!) sunny

  10. This looks simply wonderful. I love the white owl and the tray. Different and eye-catching. andrea@townandprairie

  11. It`s really gorgeous, Denise. I`m in love with the plaid pillows and I would love to see your tutorial on how to make them. I used to be able to put corn stalks by my front door as you have done, the the squirrels knocked them down to steal the corn!

  12. Hi Denise! I hope you are doing well! Your fall decor is amazing and so welcoming. Great job as usual!

  13. You are so creative. The owl was great and the change from beginning to end was a nice surprise - and then I saw you shirts -> to -> pillows. What a great idea, especially using the button area for getting the cushions in/out.
    - Joy

  14. Those pillows are awesome. What a wonderful idea. Your fall porch is just beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Bobbie

  15. I bet all the other houses on the street are jealous! Looks wonderfully put together.

  16. I love your porch! It really looks great with all of the fall touches. I love the flannel shirt pillows and love that Welcome tray. You did a beautiful job!


  17. Love everything Denise! Thanks so much for linking up, it's so pretty!

  18. Denise,
    Your porch is absolutely stunning. Definitely the essence of Fall. The pillows are darling and I love the hay bails and Mr. Owl, great idea! Thanks for sharing! XO ~Liz

  19. Adorable!!!

  20. What a pretty porch! All your touches look straight out of a magazine. I love your furniture out there too - so cool! You are so good at styling. Wish you could come do my front steps for me!

  21. I LOVE the white owl! And the porch looks great! I am inspired to get out there and get my porch decorated for the season.



  22. So sorry to be so late in getting to visit but I'm glad you chose to be a part of Seasonal Sundays this past week and hope you'll join me again this week.

    - The Tablescaper

  23. Love your porch Denise! The owl is so cute and I love the hay table. :) It looks like something out of a magazine and I hope you get to enjoy lots of nights with hot apple cider, that sounds perfect.

  24. This turned out so great! Thanks for linking up with us at Show & Share! Can't wait to see what you link up this week!


  25. Love this Denise!! What a charming porch - the bucket with the flowers and pumpkin is just darling and those pillows are so cute!! Thanks for linking up! :)


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