I had an idea while shopping at El Lotto Grande (as Alex at Living the Small Life calls it) or Big Lots. A box like this one was selling at a deep discount:
Whenever I am thrift shopping, I always look through the linens for vintage sheets which can be re-invented in all sorts of amazing ways....like curtains, tablecloths, and can be easily made in a simple skirt. With the price of new fabric so high, I try to keep some on hand.
I raided my sheet stash and grabbed some spray paint I had from another project..
This is so much tidier than a bunch of stuff on the floor. The box also makes for a comfortable extra seat.
I save the flowers Bruce brings from time to time and use them all around the house. Seems like a sad waste to just throw them away. My front porch is one of my favorite things about this old house, but it is hard to get a good shot at the front door because of the shade it provides.
I've been saving the vintage sheet I used for the top for about 6 years. With a can of spray paint and a staple gun, I am mighty.