That Extra Room You Forgot You Had



This encouraging and inspiring makeover post is sponsored by AE Outdoor, proud supporter of our gathering place at The Barn.

When we bought this property a year and a half ago, I fell in love with the potential of the barn. The main thing we were looking for as we shopped for a house/land was some type of  water, 10ish acres and at least one building on the property along with a house. Not only did we find a property with a tractor barn, it had a covered porch area all along the side. This was a HUGE bonus!


And a HUGE eyesore for the past 18 months.


As we worked on renovating the inside of the barn, the porch was a holding area for all the furniture.


We used it for live music (if only we had more wires).


And last year for the Hope*ologie event I put some plastic chairs on the porch. #lastminutescramble

My thoughts behind attacking a to do list 12 acres long: start inside and slowly work my way out. Kind of like a radar circle from the buildings we are focusing–mainly, the house and barn.

barn porch

So our barn porch sat like this all winter. I knew we had a great little spot –I’m so glad we already had a concrete floor and a roof, but I was overwhelmed with where to start to make this porch a place to comfortably hang out.

barn porch decorated

Well, it finally came together. We’ve got an outdoor room that fits right in with the rustic feel of the inside of the barn…

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the barn

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the barn

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barn at night

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