Welcome back to our last week of the summer series, Room by Room hosted by Amy at My Life From Home.
Each week we will take you on a tour of a room in each of our different homes and share our tips on how we decorate, suggestion on how to add unique style, while also keeping it livable.
We hope you will be able to apply some of the tips and inspiration to your own spaces.
Our group includes bloggers with different home decor styles, so there is something for everyone
You will find all the links for each of the different rooms as you scroll to the bottom.
The theme for this final week is Summer Room by Room series is Outdoor Spaces.
So let’s take a look.
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Not long ago I shared with you all my back porch area. If you missed it and want to see more click HERE.
We have really been enjoying the porch area, relaxing with friends, reading, enjoying a cold lemonade, and early morning coffee.
But one problem has surfaced that I didn’t really anticipate……that is the afternoon heat and sun.
Boy oh boy, does it get hot. From 3:00 p.m. to about 6:00 p.m. it was too hot to enjoy.
So I begin searching for a solution.
Awnings are too expensive, and installation would be a nightmare with our porch being on the second level.
Then I thought I found a shade that would work where you install brackets etc.
I actually ordered it but when it arrived I didn’t even open it because the brackets were too bulky and looked like a pain to install. So back it went to Amazon.
I just knew there had to be a better way.
After a few weeks of brainstorming, I came up with what I think is a perfect solution.
It’s easy to install, easy to clean and provides excellent shade.
It is my DIY Grommet Drop Cloth Porch Shade
Here is what you will need:
Drop Cloth – size depends on your porch. I used a 9′ x 6′
Decide on the size you need. This may not be an issue for you if you have a smaller space but with my porch, it is long and narrow (19′ x 7′.5) so I wanted to center the shade to provide the shade for the sitting area. I used a 9′ x 6′ in the center of the porch.
Drop cloths come in several different sizes and quality. Click HERE to get the low down on drop cloths.
I needed the 9′ x 6′ size. I didn’t need to cut or sew the drop cloth. It was hemmed on all sides and perfect as is.
Install your grommets onto the drop cloth. I am hanging my shade by the 9′ edge so I installed along that edge.
The grommets are easy to install but you need to take a little time with the spacing and measuring that out.
I will be posting how to install grommets in a different post, so be looking for that in a few weeks.
Install your hooks into your porch frame. I started with the center middle hook and measure out for each grommet until all were installed.
Hang the drop cloth shade and enjoy your porch all day long.
Wasn’t that easy? It took me about 2 – 3 hours including a couple of breaks. Ha!
This shade works perfect and is easy to take down and machine wash when needed. I haven’t had to clean it yet.
With the drop cloth, you can machine dry or just hang and let air dry right on the porch.
When the cooler months come and it isn’t needed, I will take down, pop in the washer, dry and store away until next summer. Isn’t this a great solution.
Now its time to check out the links. Here you go……………….