Party Porch

Here’s what we’ve been up to lately:  we’re calling it party porch:

Mel made the name plaque on the wall, and we collaborated on hanging the lanterns.  Mel made the pillows.  The bench was a project that took us a few days to complete.  Mel liked the $250 Pottery Barn version, but she was pretty sure we could build the same thing for a lot less.  She found some plans for it at Knock-Off Wood and we got to work.  Mel and I worked together on this project, but she’s really the brains of these finish-carpentry jobs.  She’s the family staining and varnishing expert. Here’s what we came up with:

5 comments to Party Porch

  • I'm sure everyone is most impressed with the cinderblock shelves that are in the corner holding up the (empty) flower pots. They used to be holding up a piece of wood we called a bench. I'm keeping my eyes out in all the alleys for some sort of used shelf that will fit the bill for a better flower shelf, but they'll work for now.

  • Love the bench! I totally love the cinderblock shelves. :p

  • Kat

    I also love the cinderblocks. The party porch looks awesome. I'm glad you show off Melanie's handy work too. It's all so impressive.

  • Thank you for posting about this! Inspired after reading this post last month, I decided that the bench was exactly what *I* was wanting for my foyer, so we used the guide from Knock-Off Wood as well, to create one. Although yours looks lovelier; there are no staining and varnishing experts in our family.


  • @my name is Amanda – I think yours looks fantastic in white. Great job!