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Thrifted Vintage Porch Decor

 Most of the items in this room of my house are thrifted vintage items or items that have been passed down to me and even the newer items l have a bit of a vintage vibe.

Come In We're Open ~ thrifted vintage porch decor

Summer Thrifted Vintage Porch Decor

Sofas to saws, pillows to plants, this porch has all the lovely, comfy layers of a good family room. 

I don't often share this part of my home but it is my favorite spot to just sit and ponder. 

When I first saw my home I was young and had opinions (a lot!) and this house was everything I didn't want in a house. I had a list of NOTs and this house fit them all to a T except for one small thing that ended up being the turning point for me.  

I remember the first time I laid eyes on it ~ a cedar sunroom on the back of the house.  The day I first saw it was a warm one and the windows and doors had all been closed up tight...when I walked in the warmth and aroma said "home".  

I knew then and there that this was the house for me.  It was such a little thing but it was "the" thing.  I've decorated my sunroom so many different ways since that first time but the prevailing style has always been vintage.  

TIPS FOR DECORATING A PORCH WITH THRIFTED VINTAGE ITEMS

  • Use items that still have a lot of life and usability left in them to decorate this outdoor space. Shop your own house first.
  • A dresser outdoors? Yes! If the porch is covered and the dresser is up against an interior wall. Use the dresser to stow items for entertaining such as plates, napkins, cups, and silverware. With everything right on hand, last minute entertaining is a breeze! You can also use the drawers to hold beverages such as water bottles or soda pop. 
  • Create a flow with color, texture, or a theme. This room has some items that were my father's and grandfather's including saws and an antique folding ruler.
  • Sunrooms and porches are usually close to flowerbeds so I also added terracotta pots, figurines, and plants including a succulent arrangement in a thrift store strainer.
  • If entertaining is high up on your list, include seating areas and areas to eat comfortably.
  • Just like the rest of your home, allow this area to reflect your personality with little touches that make you smile when you see them.
  • Lastly, cover the windows with something sheer enough to allow a warm summer breeze to fill the space but to also offer a bit of privacy if necessary.[/box]

Bowl of lemons on a summer table cupcakesandcrinoline.com

I don't think I've ever bought anything new furniture-wise for the sunroom.  To me, I wanted it to be like a Grandma's back porch, warm, cozy and a place to relax, read, laugh and share.  I used to have my parent's old kitchen table and chairs back here and we ate a lot of summer family meals around that table...I shared meals with my Mom, Dad, brother, and brother-in-law....all who are now gone...but the memories of those meals and times shared lingers.

String Lights in Sunroom - thrifted vintage porch decor with small table and chairs

The table, too, is gone and in its place is my parent's old card table...I have plans to spruce it up a bit this year but for now, it's covered with a vintage fabric tablecloth and mismatched wooden chairs. 

The beauty of creating a thrifted vintage space is that it's not necessary for everything to match. This is a comfortable space, not a stuffy formal room.

Plants and succulents in metal strainer on top of a waterfall dresser in a thrifted vintage porch.

There's a waterfall dresser in the one corner with its original handles that are tainted with a bit of rust from exposure to the moisture fluctuations. This is not only perfect for displaying some odds and ends but also serves to hold supplies for entertaining.

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There is a thrift store basket filled with terracotta pots and in front of it is my Dad's ruler. I shaped it into the letter M ~ the letter of my first name, my last name and my Daddy's middle name.....

Vintage colander with succulents and terracotta bird ~ Vintage Decor Summer Open House at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

There is also the vintage colander that I shared a post about a few years ago with some succulents...the succulent has had a few babies in the last few years and there is a terracotta bird to keep them company.  

Antique rusted saw

On the wall next to the dresser there is a painting that I thought was perfection when I was little...it hung above the buffet in my parent's dining room.  Next to it is a saw that is rusted as well....the saw that belonged to my Daddy and was used to build my parents' house.

Wooden Clothes Wringer cupcakesandcrinoline.com

There's an old washboard that was my Grandma's and an antique washtub wringer that was my Grandma's as well.

Wicker Sofa and coffee table cupcakesandcrinoline.com

The seating area consists of a wicker sofa that was my Father's. A few years after my Mother passed away my Father bought wicker furniture for the front porch of their home....it was one of the last things he purchased before he passed away....

Close up of price tag on the back of wicker furniture

the tags were still left on the sofa and I've never taken them off.

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There's a rattan couch that does not match with down filled cushions that are unbelievably comfortable ~ I covered the couch with a king-sized comforter and the pillows are covered with some vintage linens and a bandanna.  

The sofa was given to us by friends from church. A few years ago we needed a new sofa for our house desperately. I prayed for one and all of the sudden out of the blue (not so blue really) we had three sofas given to us without me ever saying a word to anyone that we needed a sofa.  

One of the sofas we have in our living room, one in our downstairs family room and this is the third one. I have since stopped praying for sofas.  πŸ˜‰ 

Large rooster clock, wooden washboardThe wall next to the sofas has the washboard, a large rooster clock and a vintage replica mirror. I love the way the mirror reflects the yard. Sun room windows and Dad's ladder

The wall of windows is my favorite part of the sunroom. I have the windows covered with the meshy curtains from Ikea. I have them hung with bamboo rods from the top ($2.00 a rod...not too bad!) and since they would puddle on the floor I have them tied in a loose knot to give them some structure.  

In the corner is my Daddy's ladder....back in the house where it belongs. 

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Sunroom after hours with string lights cupcakesandcrinoline.com

This year I added strings lights in the sunroom and I love them....they add the perfect amount of light for nighttime gabbing with my husband and sons.

Collage of thrifted vintage porch decor

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  5. Shirley@Housepitality Designs says:

    What a wonderful room filled with treasured memories. I love that you have decorated it with so many beautiful vintage finds and kept some things just the way they were for sentimental reasons. A truly great room to relax and recharge. Great to party with you today on this amazing bHome tour!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Shirley! I know there are so many more beautiful rooms out there but something about this style and this room keeps me anchored. It's so wonderful to be on this first bHome tour with you! *hugs*

  6. Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique says:

    Oh Mary Beth, what a glorious sunroom full of beautiful family memories. It must be so lovely to sit their in your daddy's chair, under the fairy lights, reminiscing about the summers past. I certainly enjoyed this stop on the bHome Summer House Tour.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Kerryanne! I think I'm stuck in a time warp but just between you and I, I like it! *hugs*

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  9. laura@top this top that says:

    the power of prayer...and sofas. i mentioned this on another post but I just love how you incorporate things that have special meaning to you in your life. Happy summer and enjoy your sunroom.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Definitely the power or prayer! Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Laura. *hugs*

  10. Cynthia @ A Button Tufted Life... says:

    There is nothing better than a treasure filled sunroom! Mary Beth I love all the personal touches you have incorporated into this charming and relaxing space. I can only imagine that whenever you sit here you find another memory pop into your head. That concept of surrounding yourself with items that trigger fond memories appeals to me so very much.
    xoxo
    C

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Cynthia! I'm a memory gal~ good or bad it's me. πŸ™‚ xoxo

  11. What a nice space to just chill.

  12. Diane | An Extraordinary Day says:

    I love all the warm memories you've filled your sunroom with Mary Beth. You're as sentimental as me. πŸ˜‰ You've created a lovely space for your family. I hope all the dreams you dream there all come true. [hugs]

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so very much, dear friend! I appreciate your support and blessings. *hugs*

  13. Yvonne @ StoneGable says:

    I love your sunroom! It's fun and filled with treasures that bring back sweet memories! I would love to spend time there! Don't you love having a place that is so charming and unique and magical! Thank you so much for sharing this very special and darling room. My heart is so full!!!!What a blessing to visit you today!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Yvonne! I would love to have you over...we could share stories and just spend time enjoying each other's company. Thanks for always being such a blessing (your comments make my day). hugs, mb

  14. It definitely has that warm welcoming vintage feel. I love that it's collected! Looks like the perfect spot to hangout with family & friends!! Love the lights πŸ™‚

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Susan! πŸ™‚

  15. Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful memories and sentiments that went into creating this gorgeous room Mary Beth! It's so cozy and inviting and I love how you used color in your fabrics and art to decorate! Wish I could come over for an ice tea to visit you and spend some time admiring it all in person! Pinning! Happy Summer my friend! xo Heather

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Heather. I would love if you could come over and we could spend time just visiting. Sometimes virtual is just too big. xoxo

  16. debbiedoos says:

    Oh how I adore your Bohemian sun room. Funny, I have the exact same painting/print that used to hang in our kitchen above a buffet rack. I still love it and have it in the boys bathroom now.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Debbie! I love the colors in that print...so warm and inviting. I thought of you when I shared the big Rooster clock...it screams YOU! xoxo

  17. Great tour..love your home..great feeling
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  18. Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me says:

    I love all the memories you filled your sunroom with, such a treasure. Thank you for the tour!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Amy!

  19. Such a charming space. It's so cozy and sweet. xo

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Lucy! xo

  20. Kelly@MySoulfulHome says:

    What a wonderful special room Mary Beth and even better all the memories you have created in there. Love that you didn't take the tags off!
    xx

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Kelly! Somehow when I see those tags it doesn't seem so long ago that I last spent time with my Dad. xoxo

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  22. Mary Beth that is just such a fantastic space! So warm and cozy and filled with treasures. Love it all!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Vanessa! xoxo

  23. Stephanie Rose says:

    A lovely quirky space! Of course I love gardens and quirky so you had me at colander planter!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Stephanie!

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  30. Jamie | anderson + grant says:

    You created such a special room! Love your dad's ruler being made into an M.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Jamie! πŸ™‚ It's not elegant but it's comfortable and that's more my style. xo

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  39. Michael Wurm Jr says:

    This is such a great room full of beautiful memories! Just fab.

    So happy to be on this tour with you.

    xo Michael

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Michael!

      I'm so happy to be on this tour with you as well.

      xo, mb

  40. TwoPlusCute says:

    It is vintage and cosy and personal. So many memories and feelings.
    It has character and that, I came to realize, is the most important element.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much for your very sweet comment! πŸ™‚

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