DIY Porch Makeover: Before & After


With spring on its way in, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about the outdoor spaces around your home. “Outdoor living space” has become something of a buzzword lately, but for good reason. Porches and patios are becoming much more than just extra spaces; they are now truly being integrated as outdoor rooms that are an extension of the home. If you’d like to turn your porch or patio into a stylish outdoor living space, you can! It’s easy to do-it-yourself with just a few simple fabric DIY projects.

Fabrics can really warm up a space and make it feel cozier. To demonstrate how easy it is to turn a bland porch into an inviting outdoor room, the Sailrite Team completely made over a porch using DIY projects that you can do at home.

Over the next month on the blog, we’ll feature five projects in detail with how-to videos to show you how to re-create this stylish look in your own home.

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What do you think of our porch transformation? Which projects are you excited to try? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments!

  1. Leslie Owen said:

    Loved the video, Sailrite!! Course I love all your wonderful fabrics, notions and instructional vids and brochures. I could not do all I do without your expertise and suggestions.

    When I started watching the video, the thing I was eyeing was the rug….course, I learned that was the inspiration for the porch but I remember there was a time when folks made canvas rugs or throws for the floor. I think it was with paint and some sort of shellac or sealer to preserve the design on the fabric. Do you know of these rugs and how they are made? It would seem one could somehow project the design and stencil it on or some way make it a non artist project? It would seem like Sunbrella might be a good cloth to do this on but maybe not.

    As you are the craftiest group I know, I figured you may have some thoughts on this sort of project.

    Love your stuff! With your supplies and help I have made a stack pack for our main, staysail cover, dodger, bimini, cockpit covers and am not trying to make a new Lifesling cover. Any instructions for the Livesling cover?

    Thanks and Keep all that good work. It is so hard to find such reliable companies today and you are the shining example of wonderful customer service. Thank you, thank you, thank you!


    Leslie G. Owen 172 Ridge Road Phoenixville, PA 19460

    s/v Tango, Cabo Rico 34 Lankford Bay Marina Chester River, MD

    • Nikki said:

      Thanks for your comment, Leslie.

      We did a tutorial on making a smaller rug on the blog before here: I think you could use a similar method to make a area rug by painting canvas with acrylic paint and then sealing it. You could use painters tape for stripes or a wall stencil for a design. Let us know how it turns out if you attempt it!

      As for the life sling cover, we have that project on our to-do list. We don’t have a tutorial yet but we hope to have a full tutorial on that for you before too long!

  2. Lisa said:

    Would love a tutorial about how to make roll up storm shades with clear “windows” for a screened in porch. Illustrating different types of hardware for installing them would be great! My porch has wood headers and concrete floors with framed screened spaces. Could be a timely adaptation for screens for porches in areas where Zika is predicted too.
    I bought my Sailrite machine just for redoing my home outdoor spaces.
    Love the videos! Keep them coming!

    • Nikki said:

      Hi Lisa, That’s a great idea! I’ll talk to our project team and see if we can’t get something like what you’ve described on our list. If you need advice in the meantime, please feel free to give us a call and we’ll help as much as we can.

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