Our New Home–Back Porch

Drinks on covered porch

I guess this is “porch week” at 11 Magnolia Lane.  Amy showed you her screened porch on Wednesday, and I’m showing you our back porch today.

Many of you know that we moved from Nashville, TN, to Savannah, GA this summer.  In fact, our household goods were delivered exactly sixteen days ago.  I have to say that I’m impressed with all that we’ve accomplished in that time, although there’s certainly more to do.

I started out with a small covered porch and a concrete patio.  Figuring that the bugs are pretty thick here in the lowcountry (they are!), I decided to use the same Ikea Lill panels that I used on my Nashville screened porch (see that HERE) to DIY a screened porch.

Here’s what I started out with:

Covered porch--beforeAnd after I added four packages of Lill panels (that’s eight panels total, they come in packs of 2 for $5), here’s what I wound up with:
Back porch Savannah

 

I used a staple gun to put them up.  The ones in our Nashville house were up for over a year and never got dirty or moldy.  Hopefully the same will be true down here.

Lill panels on covered porch

 

I love the way they hang in “pleats” at the top; it’s a very airy look.  I used two panels on each side and four on the front.  Then, I used 3M command hooks on the pillars and tied the panels back with a bit of jute twine.  They haven’t come loose, and we’ve had several big storms since I hung them up.

Command hooks as panel tie-backs

The panels on the sides are tied with twine and just hang loose.

Sheer panels on covered porch

 

When we eat dinner on the porch, I just untie the panels and let them hang loose, and we are in our very own “screened” porch!

I added the grapevine lights around the top for fun.  I got them at World Market and hung them up with the tiny clear 3M hooks (I swear this isn’t an ad for Command hooks–I just love them!).

Outdoor grapevine lights on porchHere’s a picture of the hooks I’m talking about:

3M Command Hooks

Buy them here:

Here are a few more pictures: Happy hour sign

Ikea Lill panels on covered porch

Blankets and pillows on porch

 

Candleabra on covered porch

 

I have one last thing to do back here.  I need to hang my old iron planter on the side of the house and put some flowers in it.  I found it at a yard sale when we lived in Virginia Beach.  Isn’t it pretty?

Antique planter at 11 Magnolia Lane I’ll show you my front porch next!

Thanks for stopping by.

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  1. Tina Woods says:

    Beautiful! You constantly amaze me! I think I need those curtains for the covered area of my patio.

    • I think you do, too, Tina. If they won’t ship them to you in Nashville, maybe we could meet up one day at the Ikea in Atlanta? That would be fun (and dangerous!).

  2. Your porch is gorgeous and love the panels!

  3. How would you hang the curtains if you cannot make any holes? We’re not allowed to attach anything here at Langley.

    • Megan, just between you and me, I’m not allowed to attach anything, either, but I know how to spackle and paint when the time comes! You could use tension rods, or the 3M Command poster hangers (they’re velcro). Good luck!

  4. Love your front porch!! I have been trying to find nice curtains for my front porch (had some up for a few yrs, but they finally got moldy :( )and I really like these you have chosen. Where did you get them for that price? I
    saw some online at Ikea,they are $4.99 a pair. Let’s just say I’m super cheap…lol.

    • Hi, Aurora–you are right–if you read the post you’ll see right at the top I link to the Ikea Lill panels ($4.99 a pair) that I used on this porch as well as our last one. I highly recommend them for outdoor use!

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