Name: Angie
Location: Seattle

Welcome to Angie from Seattle, who wrote in to share her back porch budget makeover. Color-splashed and replete with storage and shelter, Angie's created a convivial gathering spot for guests. She even invited us over for a sangria, which we're more than happy to accept the next time we're in town. (Thanks, Angie!):

"Today Leslie invoked outdoor color just as I was trying to screw up my courage to send in a picture or two of my latest projects. This is a little covered sitting area outside the back door of our house. As you can see we are not afraid of color on our walls!...

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We just finished this bench setup last weekend, just in time for an end-of-year Brownie Girl Scout get-together--I was gratified to find that all the adults gravitated to our little covered sitting area while the kids played in the yard out back.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy )
The "before" pic shows what this same spot looked like in April 2006 when we moved into the house. We have come a long way!

There are a couple of Ikea hacks in here...a floor-sample cabinet plucked out of the "As Is" section (Expedit? Effektiv? I don't know) supports the bench, and some Wilma curtains camouflage the functional but extremely ugly awning...

Hope you like it!