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Porch And Patio Furniture Inspiration

Porch and Patio Furniture Inspiration


Summer is here, so that means sipping tea on the front porch, picnics and dining al fresco! I have been gathering some ideas for new outdoor furniture for our patio refresh, extra front porch seating and maybe a picnic table for the side yard. While browsing Pinterest I found some beautiful outdoor furniture inspiration to share with you. *This post contains affiliate and/or sponsored links.

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Our front porch is semi-enclosed and is almost like an outdoor room. Currently we are using some 1920’s metal garden chairs, and they work very well on our porch. My husband and I have discussed the possibility of moving them to the back porch if we end up building a deck off our garage, and using an outdoor sectional on the porch so we have more room for family and friends to hang out. For now though I am perfectly content with unique these chairs, especially with our recent Vintage  (French) Cottage and Garden Style Summer Porch refresh.





Outdoor sectional farmhouse style porch furniture

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I love the idea of installing a patio over a small patch of grass in our side yard.During the winter, cold temperatures and frosts  tend to make the grass look dull and lifeless, and in the summer the intense heat and sunshine can make the grass wither and turn brown. Since it is such a small area I think a patio would be perfect with the benefit of not having to mow the side yard anymore! Of course I would want to landscape a bit around the patio with beautiful plants and flowers but I wouldn’t even have to worry too much about watering if we have our sprinkler connected to an app.


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 Concrete patio contractors can transform a patch of grass or flower bed into an outdoor space both you and the family can enjoy. Of course you can always DIY, just be sure you haven’t given yourself too much work with all of your summer gardening and chores. You can’t relax on your patio if you are stressed out!


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I especially love natural looking outdoor wicker. This gorgeous sectional and the whole space is dreamy! With the right patio heater entertaining and relaxing outdoors could extend well into fall. Check out Best Patio Heater 2018 – Top Ten Reviews And Buyer Guide to find the best heater for your outdoor space.


Metal Patio Sets

Wrought iron chairs with upholstered cushions at an outdoor seating area. I love the curly back!


I really adore vintage wrought iron and metal garden furniture. In addition to the three antique chairs on the front porch, we also have an old set similar to the one pictured above which we use around back on the patio. Every spring I have to touch up some spots with Rustoleum paint, but then it looks great!


I just finished painting our table with four chairs and it looks so good! You would never know that our set is from the 1960’s other than the classic  styling. I see that I missed a little  spot on the front of the chair shown here, but that will be a quick fix. I lucked into too smaller similar vintage metal chairs for the small back deck, and I will be painting those  this week. I am going to share a before and after post on the blog this week so be watching for that post.



The furniture may look bad when you see it at a thrift store, online, or garage sale, but thats not an issue with paint! . . . refurbishing wrought iron furniture

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I love the classic look of black, but also I like the idea of painting the furniture bright colors too! This would be perfect for dining around a pool.


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Metal garden furniture tends to be the best if you like to change decor, since it is classic and can be well suited to all kinds of gardens and outdoor decor styles. If you are specifically looking for metal designs, check out 



A multipurpose patio reveal with dining and lounging areas. Room to grow, eat and visit. Lush greenery and photos showing the different design arrangements.



Classic Wood Picnic Table

Of course a traditional wood picnic table is classic and charming! I have so many happy memories of spring and summer picnics on the old red picnic table at my Grandparent’s house. Wooden picnic tables can be expensive if purchased new, but they are relatively common at yard sales and flea markets.





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Used picnic tables that have sat out for years in the weather might look a bit rough, but with a little TLC they can be absolutely beautiful. If proper wood sealant is used then a picnic table will last for years. I am crazy about the idea of painting an old picnic table to give it new life!


Love the idea of a painted surface on a picnic table that is beautiful and functional

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Small Patio Furniture

If you have only a small patio or garden space, there are still so many cute options, from rustic- modern dinette sets to classic bistro style tables and chairs.


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Perfect for an afternoon tea on your porch, pull out this Metal Patio Folding Bistro Set from Captiva Design for your next outdoor relaxation session. The two chairs and table easily fold up for quick storage, or you can keep them outside, thanks to the weather-resistant properties that make them perfect for outdoor use.

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This outdoor Bistro Folding Table with matching chairs are sassy and compact and available in three vibrant colors.



A good compromise in a small garden or patio area is to use either stackable or foldable furniture. This way, you can have open space or a dining area as needed.

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Say bon voyage to your old patio furniture, and say bonjour to relaxing afternoons with the French Cafe 3-Piece Wicker Patio Folding Bistro Set from Threshold™. This patio bistro set features two chairs and a round table in a stylish traditional look that's sure to elevate any patio. Each unit is made from strong steel and woven wicker for a seat that's reliable and easy on the eyes. The chairs and table of this metal patio set are foldable so you can safely store them away w...

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blue and white French bistro chairs on the porch

My friend Angelina of Petite Haus just shared her new French Bistro Chairs and they look gorgeous on her patio!



DIY Outdoor Furniture

Even with small budget, you can still have some gorgeous garden furniture. If you are particularly creative and have a few pallets lying around, you could even build your own garden furniture.

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10 FREE Picnic Table Plans -Use these free picnic table plans and create a beautiful table for your backyard, patio, or any other place around your home where you need seating.



Working on this post definitely has gotten me excited for picnic weather! It also got me thinking about upcoming  summer junkin’ days when I will be keeping my eyes out for vintage picnic junk!

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Porch and Patio Furniture Inspiration




For more ideas on designing outdoor entertaining areas, check out Inspiring Ideas For Creating Beautiful Outdoor  Entertaining Areas:

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Which style of outdoor furniture is your favorite? Let’s talk outdoor decor!

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  • Reply Debra@CommonGround

    LOVE the outdoor tables! that grain sack picnic table is so fun. When I was little my dad made one for out family, but the seats were so low we kids could hardly reach our plates!

    April 14, 2018 at 11:24 pm
  • Reply Angelina

    Great inspiration! I’ll be featuring you tomorrow as part of Thursday Favorite Things!

    April 25, 2018 at 1:13 pm
  • Reply Pam

    Thanks for all the beautiful inspiration. I am in the process of furnishing and decorating my new outdoor space.

    April 30, 2018 at 10:08 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      You are welcome Pam! I am hoping to start on our porch in a few weeks. Right now it is high pollen time and there is no point in doing anything out there until the green dust clouds stop settling on the porch each morning. We usually have to wait until the end of May or the first of June before it’s safe to start fixing up the porch without having to clean off all the pollen. At least I have time to plan ahead!
      Thanks for visiting today!

      May 11, 2018 at 12:03 am
  • Reply Sarah

    I enjoyed your post. This is full of fantastic inspiration. Thank you!

    May 2, 2018 at 7:53 pm
  • Reply Sandra L Garth

    I love each of these and hopefully, I can convince the Mr that it’s time to reinvest in outdoor furniture. Thanks for joining us again at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend.

    May 4, 2018 at 5:58 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thanks so much for hosting Sandra! I hope you find some furniture you love!

      May 4, 2018 at 8:48 pm
  • Reply Kari @ Me and My Captain

    So pretty and inspirational Amber. I have been re-organizing my outdoor spaces and it is such fun.

    June 13, 2019 at 9:42 am
  • Reply Beverly

    Congrats, you are being featured on Thursday Favorite Things.

    June 19, 2019 at 9:49 pm
  • Reply Barbara Chapman

    Oh! This post is sooo timely… I love your patio set painted again, Amber!!!
    We had one I purchased at a garage sale in CA for $25 then because of having to sell that last house, we didn’t have room in our storage for the round table and those three chairs. So I was forced to sell it… But I am looking for another round table set to replace the patio set we did bring with the goodies from storage. Hubby and I are hoping to find some goodies at end of summer sales!

    Enjoy your freshly painted set ~ it is still beautiful after all these years,
    Barb 🙂

    p.s. Thank you for sharing at SYS #213 last week. Featuring because your yard is always beautiful! <3

    June 26, 2019 at 7:21 pm
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