Screened-in Back Porch Makeover {+ a new swing bed!}

It’s been a long time since I’ve shared a good before and after decorating post with y’all, so get excited, because today’s post is gonna be awesome!

Our house came with a hot tub on the back porch that was used approximately 2.5 times in the 3.5 years we have lived here. I thought we would enjoy it more since our Master bedroom opens right onto the screened-in porch, but I was totally wrong.  It sat in the corner, covered in a thick layer of dust, taking up too much space on my porch.


We decided to sell the hot tub to my sister last fall, so the porch sat empty all winter long, looking forlorn and shabby. It was pretty pitiful.

And then one day I was browsing Facebook Marketplace when I stumbled across a guy who makes swing beds here locally in Birmingham. His swinging day beds looked nice and his prices looked reasonable, so I messaged him to say that I wanted one.

And within just a few weeks, it arrived on my porch, fully installed and ready to go. Next came the painters to give everything a fresh coat of pretty paint. Then I made a few trips to TJ Maxx and Costco for some decor and now I have a whole new outdoor living space right out my bedroom door.

Screened in back porch off master bedroom creates an outdoor room.

And here is what it looks like today! Ahhhh pure bliss. Swinging Day Bed on a screened in back porch with blue and white accents

I found these Lifetime brand Adirondack chairs at Costco for just $129 each (WHAAAAA??), so we snagged two of them for the porch. They are made out of recycled plastic so they won’t rot. Plus they are SUPER comfy and SUPER cheap.

White Lifetime Adirondack chair from Costco

I’m still searching for some kind of ottoman to prop our feet up on in this corner. Any suggestions?

White adirondack chairs with blue and aqua rug

It’s a great place to sit and relax with a cuppa.

Follow your Dreams mug

I brought in some shade loving plants to brighten things up a bit. The fiddle leaf fig has been an indoor plant his entire life, so I will not leave him out here for very long. Once the Alabama summer heat hits he will wither and die, so back into the air conditioning he will go… He’s about 8 years old and 8 feet tall, so I’ve invested too much time into him to let him die now.

Fiddle Leaf Fig tree

That hosta was one that I divided off last year with plans to plant it in a shady spot in my yard. It’s happy in that pot so I’m gonna leave it alone.

Hosta and ferns with aqua blue watering can from Big Lots

Shop the Porch

BLUE AND WHITE BACK PORCH DECOR

Want to recreate my porch at your house? Here are my afflinks for some of the products I used on my back porch.

Now, I’m gonna admit that I nearly returned this rug to the store the day after I bought it.  The more I stared at it, the more it looked like a vinyl swimming pool liner.  But, my husband liked it (and I was too lazy to return it) so I decided to keep it for now.

Since our backyard is more of a private woodland retreat by the lake and not a beach house with a cabana boy, I worried that the white/blue color scheme wouldn’t work. But I was wrong. I love it now! Plus, we compromised by agreeing to change out the decor in the fall and winter so it’s not so inground-swimming-poolish out there for the colder months. I can’t wait to decorate it for Christmas. 🙂

Screened in porch decor with white adirondack chairs and green/ aqua/ blue rug

I chose Sherwin Williams 6208 Pewter Green for the porch paint color.

Porch Painted with Sherwin Williams 6208 Pewter Green

I considered matching the floor color to the outside porch, which is kind of a muddy brown color. If you remember we refinished the outside deck with Rustoleum Deck Restore last year, and it’s still holding up great! It looks as good as it did the day we painted it, and I don’t regret that decision one bit.

But I’m so glad that I chose a pretty green color instead. It is a versatile color that will work with lots of different color schemes, so I’m extremely happy with it. Here are the two colors where they meet in the doorway. They coordinate really well together.

Contrasting porch paint colors from brown to green

But the swinging bed is by far the star of the show…

White beadboard porch swing bed with blue decor accents

The kids LOVE it out here now. We have spent more hours on this porch in the past month than we have spent in the past three years since this swing came along. As I type this post I’m sitting in the swing, rocking back and forth and listening to the sound of rain pouring from the eaves. It’s like heaven.

Blue mandala pillow from TJMaxx on a white bed swing

There are still a few things left on my to-do list out here, but I was too excited to have it finished to wait for everything to be done before I shared it with you. I plan to hang some string lights around the inside for nighttime ambiance. I need a new ceiling fan but I’m striking out on finding the right one so far. I’m also considering bringing in a coffee table to fill up the middle space.

But for now, I love it…. even if it does look like an old-school swimming pool liner.

Chocolate lab laying down on a blue and aqua rug

It’s kid-tested and Woodrow approved.

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  1. Looks great Beth! Saw those chairs and almost purchased a few myself. Swing bed is what dreams are made of.

  2. Blue is the most relaxing color! I love it all!

  3. Michelle Roberts says:

    Your screened porch is beautiful. I’m loving your new bed swing. It looks so serene and comfy. I would spend many hours lounging and napping here. I love your rug too. I don’t think it looks like a pool liner at all. ❤️❤️

  4. Wow ! it looks awesome, I think it has rained in NC since February. My mother has been sick and I have enjoyed reading while sitting at the hospital. I am hoping it doesn’t stop raining here till the pollen is washed away. I can understand why you are using this space now

  5. Oooooh la la….. I love it and want one for my deck. Fabulous makeover Beth!!!!

  6. If we didn’t have a table on our porch, I’d definitely put a swing bed on ours! Your entire porch looks awesome!

    • Thanks so much Jane! I have loved having this porch made over for Springtime. Hopefully with the ceiling fan we can use it a little bit longer into Summer but the heat is already getting unbearable.

  7. Another beautiful project, Beth! Love it! Many good days lie ahead on that porch. Great job!!

  8. I love it! I’m moving in 😎 I’ve been wanting a swing bed for several years……..going to look into it more. Thanks for posting.

    • Hey Gina! I absolutely love my porch but unfortunately I’ve had some readers tell me that the guy who built my swing cannot be trusted to deliver a product after taking their money, so I have removed his info from my post here. Just a heads up in case you were still looking.

  9. Joy Shanor says:

    I love everything about this porch!!!

  10. Lisa Kreft says:

    This looks so lovely!! And I love the colors you chose. You’re making me Jelly (jealous)!!! Lol!

  11. I love your porch!! The swing is awesome Beth and I never would have thought of a pool liner. That’s a beautiful rug!!

  12. It is so beautiful, I love the blue colors especially that rug!

  13. I absolutely love the carpet, and the bed. Blue is my favourite, so it really appeals to me. Great work.

  14. You are making it super hard for me to decide where I’m going to live when I run away from home. Right now it’s a toss up between your porch and G’s reading nook. 🙂

  15. No way, this looks amazing! I love the way it turned out!

  16. LOVE the rug – it’s a keeper!

  17. Love your porch and love the blue! Also love that you will change colors with the season. I do that on my sunporch. I also have a screened porch that I am in the planning stages for furnishing. I love the color you painted your porch. Would you mind sharing the color (the studs, not the floor)?

    • Hey Judy, so sorry I never got back to you on this. The studs are just pure white. I don’t even know the exact color name because my painter bought it.

      I look forward to decorating it for the seasons, too! 🙂

  18. The pillows on the bed though. I need them! Where did you find them?

  19. I love your porch. That swing /bed is where it’s at.
    The rug is a tie. So beautiful. Not a plastic pool at all.

  20. Mary Boger says:

    Beautiful!!! What a lovely, serene space. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!

  21. Jennifer Goss says:

    Do NOT do business with Gallery Forest Designs that made the swing. We spoke with Richard several months ago after seeing his work here and the recommendation on this blog. We placed and order for (and prepayed for) a swing. He said it would be ready in three weeks. There was absolutely no communication or follow up from him after that. After basically threatening to take him to court, he texted and told us to pick up the swing today. My husband drove two hours to Birmingham to pick up the swing, and when he got to the address given to pick it up, it was a vacant home. We talked to the neighbors who had no idea where Richard had disappeared to. So after hours of frustration and aggravation trying to get in touch with Richard, and a four hour round trip drive, we are out $650 plus gas money unless our credit card company will take off the charge. I have never dealt with a more unprofessional business. He totally ripped us off.

    • Oh NO, Jennifer! I am absolutely horrified to hear this news. I recently had another email from another reader who said almost word for word what you said here. I deeply regret recommending him on my blog after what has happened to you and her.

      I honestly had a really good experience with his services. I had no reason to believe he would not provide my readers with the same experience but unfortunately, I was wrong. I’m so sorry for the bad recommendation. I have been blogging for many years and never encountered anything like this.

      I don’t know if it will help, but I have forwarded your blog comment to him and asked that he reach out to you to rectify things ASAP.

      What an awful situation for you. I’m so sorry you have to deal with this. I hope it works out.

      Sincerely,
      Beth Bryan

  22. How big is your porch?

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