I shared my front porch with you earlier this week. Now it is time to show you my side porch….
I *almost* didn’t share this project with you. I couldn’t decide if it was going to be repurposed chic or kind of trashy. Ha! But I ended up in LOVE with it when the whole porch came together and it functions perfectly.
I spray painted an old filing cabinet that I got for $10 and turned it into shoe storage!!!
We do not have a back entrance into our house and we do not have a mudroom. The side entrance and front entrance are it. So because of that, we had a muddy, messy, side porch. And there were always a huge pile of dirty play shoes. Our side porch was anything but attractive. It was embarrassing. I had built a shoe bench for our office and it works great for our regular shoes, church shoes, and school shoes. But I didn’t want out yard work shoes and play shoes in the house. Not only were they an eye sore, but they would get wet in the rain.
I needed something to keep them dry and to hide them. I looked online for 3 years for something like a metal locker, metal bookcase, or something. I couldn’t find something that would fit my tiny porch and that wasn’t super expensive. I didn’t want to pay $200+ dollars for something that would hold our dirty shoes!
It has been a life saver! It works really well.
I wanted to add a planter to the top but I was worried about it getting knocked off or blown off (we get really strong wind storms here!). So I drilled a hole through the planter and through the top of the filing cabinet. I used a nut, washer, and bolt to attach the planter to the filing cabinet. It isn’t going anywhere! And in the winter I can fill it with pine cones :)
CONFESSION: I am not a wreath person. But I wanted more greenery and the door needed a little something. I had greenery left over from the topiary trees I made for my office so glued and wired them on a cheap wreath form from Walmart and hung it with the same fabric that I used for the curtains in my kitchen.
Speaking of curb appeal…… I planted giant sunflowers next to my garage. I normally plant the big yellow ones that get as large as a dinner plate but this year I planted a mix called “Autumn Beauty”. I am really happy with how they look!
I love that my side porch is finally clean and pretty with no shoes in sight :)