Give a sparse porch a summer makeover with a mix of wicker furniture, modern accents, and affordable decorating tricks.
For easy living, make sure every seat has a table within reach. Two inexpensive side tables form an easy-to-reconfigure coffee table.
Wicker furniture is a summer staple. Find affordable pieces at a flea market or garage sale. Spray paint the pieces bright white for a fresh look.
White vinyl roller shades were painted to resemble awnings. To re-create this look, tape off stripes on the plain window shade. Next, press tape edges to seal. Apply latex paint with a foam roller, remove tape immediately, and let dry.
Wooden benches lined up under the window have the tidy look of built-ins, but they're completely movable. They also morph between seating, storage, and display space. Slide a table up to the benches to create a banquette eating area or line them with pillows for window-seat-style perches for guests. Pullout baskets multiply the storage capacity of the benches. Use them as a filing system to organize summer reading or entertaining supplies.
Set up a beverage center for impromptu get-togethers. Start with a simple table and outfit it with baskets, trays, and pots to hold bottles, glasses, and napkins.