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A Screened in Porch Makeover

June 3, 2022

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This post is sponsored by Lowe’s.

Every once in awhile, we go on a field trip to one of our team members’ homes and do a one-day room refresh. Yesterday, we picked out all our favorite outdoor living pieces from Lowe’s and bypassed our yard in the middle of renovating and headed over to Brooke and Tristan’s new home! They’re lucky enough to have a screened in porch, or as the locals call it here, a Carolina room! All they had in there before were a couple of beach chairs and a little ikea ottoman, until we had our way with it.



I kid you not, this is the same space! And it only took us a few hours to pull off!

Paint it Black

Wicker Sofa | Corner Piece | Throw | Fire Pit | Outdoor Curtains | Curtain Rod

After giving it a good power washing, we whipped out our rollers and brushes and painted the ceiling Black Magic using Sherwin Williams Weathershield paint in Satin. It’s the perfect black with some brown undertones. Contrary to what you might think, the black ceiling actually makes the space look bigger. It’s almost as if the ceiling dissolves into the night sky and opens it up. Not to mention that the sexy black looks lovely in contrast to the warm wood tones.

Ceiling Fan Update

Swapping out the ceiling fan for this sleek, black, more modern fan made such a difference. I love how you can see the wood grain on the blades, and doesn’t a fan in an outdoor space feel so like a necessity?

Hanging Curtains High and Wide

Bistro Set | Blue & White Planters | Floor Lamp | Terracotta Planter | Outdoor Curtains

We decided to keep the existing wood shades, but we wanted to soften the look with some gauzy curtains. I love that these velcro onto the rod, so install was a breeze and they make the whole room feel romantic. Plus, they double as even more privacy! The black curtain rod looks so discreet against the black paint.

More is More



Would you believe me if I told you this whole space is 11-1/2 ft by 11-1/2 ft? We fit SO much in here and it really maximizes the space. I asked them what they dreamed of using this space for and they both mentioned they would love to hang out here and just relax but then Tristan chimed in, that he’d love to eat breakfast here, too. Say no more! We created different zones with the corner sectional maximizing seating so they can stretch out or invite a bunch of friends over. And a potting station. And a little dining nook. Bringing in more actually breathes some interest and life into the space, plus it’s all functional! The cute little bistro set is perfect for enjoying a little meal at and I know they’ve been doing exactly that ever since.

You know a space I have my hand in, wouldn’t be complete without a lamp! The brass lamp not only adds the perfect evening ambiance, but it makes this space feel more like an extension of the house. The Knuth’s are going to be able to get at least 9 months of use out of this space so it really is an extension of their home!

I almost forgot to mention, we swapped out their dingy door for this beautiful window-pane door and it’s the perfect upgrade.

Bring in the Greenery!

The bar cart/plant stand is further evidence that more is more. Brooke really wanted some greenery to liven things up and I couldn’t think of a cuter way to do that than with a cute wicker cart! And lucky for us, Lowe’s was a one-stop-shop to fulfill all of our furnishing AND plant needs!

The coffee table/fire pit is one of my favorite things in here. It’s hooked up to a hidden propane tank and although they won’t be needing the heat for a while, having some warmth in here for chillier nights will really extend the use they get from this space!

Bar Cart | Blue & White Planters | Concrete Planter Watering Can | Leather Basket

Putting this together for Brooke and Tristan was such a fun way to spend an afternoon and I think I can confidently say, they love it ;).

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Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Black Magic in Satin

Wicker Sofa
Corner Sectional Piece
Throw Blanket
Fire Pit
Outdoor Curtains
Curtain Rod
Ceiling Fan
Bar Cart
Blue & White Planters
Concrete Planter with Olive Martini
Watering Can
Leather Basket
Bistro Set
Floor Lamp
Terracotta Planter with a Limelight tree
Copper Thermometer

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What do you think?

  1. Diane says:

    I absolutely love this screened in porch makeover. We are currently finishing a similar make over of our own in the Lakes Region of NH. We especially would appreciate any info on the shades. I believe the owner already had these and they were not part of the redo, but any info would be greatly appreciated. Everything we’ve looked at so far, shade over screen, makes a dizzying moire pattern. Thank you in advance!

  2. Ashley says:

    Love this transformation! Has totally inspired me. We have almost the exact same screened in porch on our 1994 home and have been in a holding pattern as to what to do with it. Thought we needed to hire a contractor to transform, but now I would love to just do something exactly like this. Thank you for your inspiration! (of course the couch is out of stock at Lowe’s, ugh! )
    Wonder where I would find the wood roll down shades? Love the whole look.

  3. Patricia says:

    Love your quick re-dos, especially since you have such mammoth projects at your home. We get our decorating fix and ideas how to problem solve our spaces.
    Personally, I’d have a smaller seating area in exchange for a bigger table. Eating outside is a challenge in parts of the country that have mosquitos.

  4. Julie says:

    Hello – I’m sure they are going to LOVE this space! Could you share where you hid the propane tank?

  5. Heather says:

    This is beautiful!
    I’m thinking of getting a fire pit – did the propane tank hide in the bottom of this one? You mentioned it was hidden, but I’m curious where! :)

  6. Emily says:

    Where is the propane tank hidden?

  7. Karen says:

    It looks lovely. I wonder if it would have been possible to rotate the sofa so the backyard could be enjoyed? I love watching the bird feeders, keeping an eye on kids playing, and enjoying the garden blossoms and evening fireflies.

  8. Michelle says:

    I love it!!! I’m designing my house here in SC and of course a screen porch is a MUST! I’d love to know the budget for this space. I bet they will love this for a long time to come!

  9. Julie says:

    Good morning! What a lovely space! I’m sure they will LIVE in that space :) Could you share where you hid the propane tank for the firepit?

  10. Katie says:

    Love it! Can you tell us how much this cost, approx, if you were to pay for it?

  11. Leslie says:

    It looks great! Painting the ceiling black is a wonderful touch. One question: why have the sectional face the exterior of the house instead of facing the yard?

  12. Sher says:

    Why would you face a couch in a sun room looking towards the back of the house? Very odd. Most people want to view their garden

  13. Allyson Howard says:

    I *love* *love* *love* how this space turned out and I really hope you and the team can continue to do these “field trips”! The black ceiling is everything!

  14. RC says:

    This looks great. I love the bar cart with the plants.

    Is it safe to have a fire pit under a roofed space this low?

    • Check the guidelines on the fire pit you purchase. This propane one required 30% screening minimum, which this room has a lot more!

      • Shaunna says:

        I don’t understand what you’re saying screens and burning propane in a fire table have to do with each other.

        Can you please explain? I’m so confused.

      • A wood burning fire pit coffee table wouldn’t be safe, but gas powered is fine.

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