I’m pretty tired of staring at the same old porch everyday; not only is it uninviting, but it’s also somewhat falling apart. We had a giant earthquake a few years back and there are unsightly cracks all through different parts of the concrete. The stucco on the pillars is falling apart, all in all it’s a little depressing. I’d like to demo the whole thing and hire a architect and construction company to make the modern porch of my dreams, with a Ipe deck and corten steel planters… But let’s get real. I don’t have $15,000 to blow at the moment. I’m trying to DIY this, while creating a space that actually makes me want to sit outside and enjoy the afternoon. My inexpensive solution? Resurface the concrete, touch up the stucco, get a bucket of paint, and get creative. Incase my resurfacing doesn’t look 100%, I figured I could cover some of my handiwork with a minimal / modern outdoor rug. The tree stump I am going to make myself with wood from my mother’s ranch and a small can of walnut tinted varnish. Follow this wonderful tutorial form The Art of Doing Stuff to make your own. If you are crunched for time West Elm has them ready to go. I went with a classic Adirondack chair because it’s in my budget, folds down, and is made of very durable materials. Throw in two black outdoor pillows for comfort, and a sleek metal planter, a pretty and hard to kill snake plant, voila! Deceivingly “good as new”.