Heater For Screened Porch

Picture of Heater For Screened Porch

Welcome to our old shed turned screened porch reveal!  I know I say this a lot, but since we came up with this idea back in the fall, it’s really been the project we’re most excited about here at The Buffalo Bungalow.  We knew it would be an amazing transformation and were so excited to partner with Lowe’s Home Improvement on this fun project.  I won’t rehash all of the befores and progress shots because this post is already going to be super long and photo heavy, but if you missed where we started, make sure you check that out here.

 And you can see progress posts here and here.   Okay, now onto this amazing transformation.  Our real goal with this project was to repurpose this old, unsightly shed AND create a nice three-seasons spot for us.  Living here in South Carolina, mosquitoes make it impossible to go out in the summer, so a screened spot is a huge benefit!  There is so much to share about this project, so today, you’re mainly going to see all of the lovely photos.

 I’ll break down all the details (both interior and exterior) as well as the budget next week.  Let’s start with the exterior, shall we? Our first plan was to paint the exterior to match our house, but we both have a love affair with old, weathered barns.  As we started on the project, we realized, that was really our inspiration for this and wanted the weathered exterior to stay.  Add a barn light and some landscaping and this place sure spruced up nice.

All of the plants came from Lowe’s.  I spent way too many hours in their garden section.  Y’all, it’s the best I’ve found in our area.  There was so much variety and I had a blast picking them out!  We went with this Screen Tight Creekside Natural Wood Hinged Screen Door and painted it in Fresh Idea from the HGTV Sherwin Williams line for Lowe’s.  We’ve used this Portfolio Ellicott 13.

12-in Galvanized Dark Sky Outdoor Wall Light for many projects and love it. Let’s venture inside, shall we?   Welcome to my little boho haven! We painted all of the interior planked walls Origami White from the HGTV Sherwin Williams line.  Our original plan was to paint the ceiling as well, but at the last minute decided to leave it natural and now I am so glad we did!  I love the contrast it provides.

I was going for a calming, but colorful and personality-filled lounge area. To make this spot really comfortable in the summer, we potted citronella to deter mosquitoes (needed even with the screens – they’re bad, y’all).  We also ran electricity out to this building and installed an overhead fan on this old pulley that we’ve had stored.  It cools this spot right down. We used this allen + roth Valdosta 20-in Oil Rubbed Bronze Downrod Mount Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan .

  While the weather is fairly mild here most of the year, we’ll bring a space heater out (thank you, electricity) for colder months and we’ll be able to use this space nearly year-round!  Cozying up here with blankets and hot chocolate when it’s cold might be my favorite use of this space yet. I wanted this to feel like a real outdoor “room,” complete with furniture, accessories, and plants.

This vintage bamboo couch is the perfect spot to lounge.  You’ll find me out here with my cup of coffee every morning. Plants were the first thing on my inspiration board for this space.  To me, plants make EVERY space, but a screened porch has to feel like a little green house. While we wanted this to mainly be a lounge spot, we did want a dining option.  Sure, we can eat on the couch and coffee table, but with a baby in a highchair, a table really functions best for us.

I used this old farm table I had and two metal chairs to create this little dining nook. The lantern hanging over it with candles makes this spot feel special, almost like it has it’s own little chandelier. I have a feeling most of our days will be spent out here until winter.  Oh who am I kidding?  We’ll bundle up, turn on a heater, and venture out then too. Thanks for taking our tour today, y’all!  Make sure to check back next week for follow-up posts!  Here’s what you can look forward to: Exterior Post – how we installed the screens and all exterior details Interior Details – how I chose items and complete source list Project Budget Breakdown – where we splurged, where we saved And make sure you check out all of this week’s BSHT Summer tours!  You can start at the beginning and click all the way through here.

A huge thanks to Lowe’s Home Improvement for sponsoring this amazing project.  All ideas, products chosen, and opinions were 100% my own.

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