exterior & outdoor living

Painted Carport / Veranda Makeover

Our Carport Makeover - roomfortuesday.comI’ll start by saying, the carport was never a space I thought we would tackle. Our plan was always to replace it with a garage as soon as the budget allowed, but more important projects took precedence and we’ve been in saving mode, hoping to make it happen within the next year or so. In the meantime, while we’re living with the carport, I decided we should make the best of it and create a space we can enjoy this spring, summer, and fall. We spent the majority of last summer renovating our entire backyard, which has quickly become one of our favorite features of the house and property… it only made sense to address the carport since it’s all connected and part of our outdoor living space. Living in a small home, it’s important to make the most of every single square foot- even outside. Click through to see the before, after, and how we made it SO much better with a fresh coat of paint!

Here’s what the carport looked like a couple weeks ago. I’m pretty embarrassed to show this image, because the space turned into a renovation dumping ground and workspace over the course of the past year. Not having a garage has been a big inconvenience when it comes to construction and projects, but Emmett and I knew this was not the solution… do you spy the dog amongst the mess? Ha!

Our Carport Makeover - roomfortuesday.comWe organized everything, put items we weren’t using into storage, and tucked the tools away into the small shed. After tackling this project, it was apparent- a garage is now on the “must-have” list instead of the “wishlist”. Here’s what the carport looks like now…

Our Carport Makeover - roomfortuesday.comI feel like I can finally breathe again! If you’re wondering what exactly we updated and the reasoning behind my design decisions, I’ll try to share a little bit about each update and the impact it made on our new outdoor dining space.

Our Carport Makeover - roomfortuesday.comI tried to shoot the carport at different times during the day, but photos just don’t do it justice. Even though it was a “quick fix” (it’s truly amazing what paint will do), it has such a great vibe and ambiance. It reminds me of a quaint little European patio or hole in the wall outdoor dining scene. You can hear the wind wisping through the plants, the sheer curtains blowing in the wind, the woven pendant swaying back and forth, all while feeling a cozy rug under your bare feet. Add a little music, good food, and it is pure bliss! I honestly didn’t expect to enjoy this space so much. It’s giving our outdoor living space a run for its money- and it cost A LOT less. I feel like we have so many backyard hangout and entertaining options now.

Our Carport Makeover - roomfortuesday.comSpeaking of money- let’s talk about that… the carport is probably our lowest budget project to date and I feel like oddly- it’s one of the more impactful transformations. Would you agree? I think we can credit that to one single thing- PAINT. The only major thing we changed was the paint color. Isn’t that crazy?!

Our Carport Makeover - roomfortuesday.comI wanted to get moody with the paint color. Obviously black is about as bold as it gets, but I love its capability to hide and disguise… especially in an exterior setting. The carport wood and exterior is in rough shape and there are dents and holes scattered all over. We used Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black 6258 in a gloss finish from the Emerald® Exterior line. It did such a nice job of covering everything up and making it blend seamlessly. We also only needed / applied one coat, which saved us a TON of time. It’s a nice, true black that is super rich and adds a lot of depth to the siding. I also added some pops of lilac- the hanging pendant and the painted planting station / bar… you’ll see more about this (and that gorgeous color) in a couple months, so I won’t spend as much time chatting about that color (Sherwin-Williams Queen Anne Lilac SW 0021).

Our Carport Makeover - roomfortuesday.com

Our Carport Makeover - roomfortuesday.comIf you watched any behind-the-scenes on Instagram, you already know we purchased a paint sprayer for this project. I’m not sure why it took so long for us to get one, but it was a time saver- especially for painting this surface area. You can still catch a peek of the process saved on my Insta highlights.

Our Carport Makeover - roomfortuesday.comAnother impactful thing I added to the space was a beautiful outdoor area rug. The concrete pad under the carport was hand-poured back in the 60s (we think), and basically we’re assuming it was a DIY situation gone wrong- OR a contractor who had zero cement laying skills. Everything settled and there are pretty big cracks throughout. The easiest solution was to cover it with an outdoor, wet-rated rug. It feels great underfoot, disguises the unevenness, and is perfectly suitable to stay outside longterm.

This rug is also pet friendly… which is a must around here. You guys know how we feel about dogs. Ha! The boys have already made themselves at home on it. We’ve found out they prefer to lay on the rug as opposed to the grass. I think it’s nice and cool under the carport and they’re pretty lazy and love to lounge.

Our Carport Makeover - roomfortuesday.comAnytime we entertain or have backyard BBQs, our friends know we prefer they bring their pups as well. Let’s just say, our dogs enjoy get togethers just as much as we do, because our yard basically turns into a dog park and they get to run around with their pals.

Our Carport Makeover - roomfortuesday.comBoth our home and our neighbor’s house is pushed to one side of the yard. Although we have a privacy fence (see more on installing that here), we still catch a glimpse of them through the window from time-to-time. I thought adding some sheer curtains would keep the carport feeling open, add ambiance, as well as make it feel a bit more private. The planted honeysuckle also helps with that.

Our Carport Makeover - roomfortuesday.comThe curtains probably won’t stay outside permanently, but they only take about 5 minutes to tie up and take down. They’ll be great for dinner parties or entertaining, but on the day-to-day when it’s just Emmett and I (and the pups), we’ll most likely leave them down. They are very pretty though, aren’t they?!

Our Carport Makeover - roomfortuesday.comI will admit- I had a happy accident in regards to the curtains. I went searching for black tension rods the morning of the shoot and realized a black tension rod is sort of hard to find in person (I’m sure there are plenty online). I finally found a good option at Target, but they’re technically “shower” rods, so it was much larger in diameter than I expected. I got home and realized the curtain pocket wouldn’t fit over the rod, but the curtains were super long anyway… so I ended up folding them over the rod and then tied them back with a ribbon. I actually think it’s more functional if I’ll be moving them in and out as we entertain. It also saved me an hour of sewing and hemming, so I’m going to roll with it! Again- the name of the game for this makeover was easy.

Our Carport Makeover - roomfortuesday.comIn addition to the paint and textiles, I also added a pendant light to the carport. It feels more formal and gives your eye something to wander to, other than the wood siding.

Our Carport Makeover - roomfortuesday.comEmmett swapped out the back porch light during the One Room Challenge and things are already feeling SO much better in the lighting department out here.

Our Carport Makeover - roomfortuesday.comLastly, I brought out our existing outdoor dining furniture. We purchased it last spring and it’s held up really nicely. I love that we have a table large enough to fit 6-8 people. Our dining area inside, or the breakfast nook as I’m calling it, only fits 4 people- so this is ideal for entertaining in the spring, summer, and fall months.

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Our Carport Makeover - roomfortuesday.comThe only piece of “furniture” I bought for the space was this planting station for $60. It comes raw and unfinished, so after I assembled it, I asked Emmett to spray it the same color as the pendant light. I like that it feels cohesive to the space and adds a fun pop of color.

Our Carport Makeover - roomfortuesday.comThe plan is to have this piece double as a planting station, as well as a bar or serving area when entertaining. For a small piece, it holds quite a bit.

Our Carport Makeover - roomfortuesday.comThe “planting station” is honestly already coming in really handy and I love the way it looks for an outdoor space! I’m really digging the lattice pattern on the back.

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Our Carport Makeover - roomfortuesday.comIf you’re interested in the sources, I’ll link everything below in a “Get The Look” roundup…

Our Carport Makeover - roomfortuesday.com

01: patterned outdoor pillow // 02: glass vase // 03: woven pendant light // 04: sherwin-williams tricorn black sw 6258 // 05: outdoor dining table // 06: wicker dining chair // 07: outdoor area rug // 08: outdoor seat cushion // 09: white textured planter // 10: brass entry set hardware // 11: black planter // 12: planting station // 13: candle sticks // 14: white planter // 15: sheer drapery panel // 16: bronze tension rod // 17: brass watering can // 18: sherwin-williams queen anne lilac sw 0021 // 19: outdoor sconce // 20: outdoor side table // 21: black outdoor pillow // 22: wood serving dish

Overall, this space feels so much more functional and looks a million times better. It’s doing exactly what we need it to- bridging the gap between two finished spaces (the laundry room and the backyard), and giving us a place to sit down, eat, and entertain.

Our Carport Makeover - roomfortuesday.comWe haven’t had a functioning dining area in almost 2 years! It feels extremely nice to not eat on the sofa for a change. I feel like our house is finally coming together.

Our Carport Makeover - roomfortuesday.comAs always, I’d love to hear your feedback and I’m happy to answer any questions in the comments below! Oh, and if you’re interested in the cornhole boards pictured above… find those here. That was a fun DIY we put together last summer. Are you guys digging the outdoor and exterior related posts? I really enjoy these types of projects.

*This post is sponsored by Sherwin-Williams. I am a brand ambassador and absolutely love their products! As always, all content, ideas, and words are my own. 

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  • Reply
    joy
    May 24, 2018 at 8:17 am

    I am OBSESSED with this makeover! It’s probably my favorite of yours to date. I wish I could live in this carport! I think the sheer curtains & honeysuckle really make it look breezy and polished.
    Did you have any security issues storing all the tools in the open carport? In my area, those would be gone in a hot second!

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      Sarah
      May 24, 2018 at 9:34 am

      Wow!! Thanks so much, Joy. So happy to hear you really liked this one. Our neighborhood is super safe- kids are always biking around by themselves and it’s a very family-friendly location. It’s an ongoing joke that we could just “borrow” our neighbors tools because it seems like every other house in our neighborhood has a table saw or tile saw sitting in the front yard- or a dumpster. I’d say 60% of the homes here are being renovated. It’s crazy (and amazing)! We do have locks on our fence though… so the backyard is always closed up and secure. We haven’t had any tools walk away yet. It’s nice that the privacy fence is so tall, people can’t see what is actually under the carport. xox

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    Sally
    May 24, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Deeply impressive – a really lovely transformation 👏🏻

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      Sarah
      May 24, 2018 at 9:34 am

      Thank you so much, Sally! xox

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    Alex
    May 24, 2018 at 9:14 am

    This. Looks. SOOO GOOD! I love it all, but the pendant looks great, and the honeysuckle with the sheers might be my fave. We have a small eating area inside too, so this is a good push for me to fix up our outdoor dining area!

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      Sarah
      May 24, 2018 at 9:35 am

      Thanks, Alex!! We’re definitely eating outside most of the time now. Even though it’s in the “backyard” I feel like it makes our small home feel more spacious. xo

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    Jamie
    May 24, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Oh man Sarah I LOVE this! I am such a fan of moody paint, and black is the king of moody paint! It looks amazing. I’m also obsessed with that IKEA pendant, we had two of them in our last house and ALWAYS got compliments on them – and they’re such a steal. Awesome job!

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      Sarah
      May 24, 2018 at 2:11 pm

      Thank you so much, Jamie! I’ve always wanted one of those IKEA pendants and I finally made it happen- it really is a great light fixture. Thanks for checking out the makeover! xo

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    LRC
    May 24, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    This is a fantastic update. It’s totally different and yet was mostly paint. I have two questions: 1. I don’t understand where this carport is in relation to the rest of the yard and house. Anyway to show us that? 2. I’ve never seen honeysuckle in a pot. Did you buy it like that from a garden center or something or did you plant it yourself? I live in the South where it grows wild everywhere, but i’ve never seen it as an actual planting. I love the concept!

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      Sarah
      May 24, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      Thank you! To answer your questions, 1. the carport is connected to the laundry room- that backdoor goes into the carport and then into the backyard. The carport is fenced inside the backyard… so it’s actually not functional for a car. I’ll do a video tour soon! 2. I bought the potted honeysuckle from Lowes… I know it’s invasive and spreads (especially in the midwest and south), so I decided potting it was the way to go. I might end up planting it this fall. xox

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    Felicia
    May 24, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Wow it looks amazing! I love the contrast! The black paint with the light accents look so good! I’m sure it will be fun hosting dinner in this beautiful space

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      Sarah
      May 24, 2018 at 3:12 pm

      Thank you so much! A few of my girlfriends came over last night and we had wine and a charcuterie board out there… it was SO fun. Hope you have an amazing long weekend! xo

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    Natasha Habermann
    May 24, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Can’t get over this makeover!!! The curtains against the black are definitely my favorite part! So much inspiration here! BRAVO!!

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      Sarah
      May 24, 2018 at 7:34 pm

      Thanks so much, Natasha! The carport looked so sad and has bothered me since we moved in, so I’m excited to finally have a functional space! xox

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    Peggi
    May 24, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    A carport inaccessible by car… aren’t “other people’s” home choices funny sometimes? But that dining space makes it look like a genius idea! The potted honeysuckle & curtains, the pendant…really, you just added a private swanky bistro to your house. Spectacular. (Also, do I spy Domaine de Canton on the potting bench? Yum.) You guys are indefatigable!

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      Sarah
      May 24, 2018 at 7:35 pm

      It really is funny! It’s also so low that neither of our 4WD trucks fit under it (we live in Utah). Thank you so much for the compliments- that really means so much! Good eye, that’s exactly what it is :) xox

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    Jen Faur
    May 24, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    I love this so, so much!

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      Sarah
      May 24, 2018 at 7:36 pm

      Thank you, Jen!! xo

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    Christiane
    May 25, 2018 at 6:10 am

    Again, you are so talented. I love the lilac touch of color. I’m curious where you find your sources for things like 1) pillow and 5) table? I’ve never heard of those websites or even seen an ad. Beautiful transformation! I hope someday that our cement slab back patio can become a covered patio. And when it does, you can be sure I’ll reference this post!

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      Sarah
      May 25, 2018 at 8:50 am

      Thanks so much, Christiane! Your cement slab in the back would make a perfect covered patio! I reverse search a lot of items by product name / number and find lots of decor & homegood sites as a result. Ha! I spend way too much time looking at stuff like that. lol! xo

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    Traci
    May 25, 2018 at 6:11 am

    You are really amazing! Very gifted.
    I love everything!

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      Sarah
      May 25, 2018 at 8:51 am

      Thank you so much, Traci! xox

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    Jacqui
    May 25, 2018 at 6:11 am

    This is so lovely!! The moody black with the wicker gives me all the feels!

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      Sarah
      May 25, 2018 at 8:52 am

      I’m all about wicker! Thanks, Jacqui! xo

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    Isabel
    May 25, 2018 at 7:44 am

    Absolutely love how you made a carport so chic! Never thought those two words would go together but you made it happen. The soft lilac is perfect! Now I want to get some honeysuckle in our yard too. Love the scent!

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      Sarah
      May 25, 2018 at 8:52 am

      I never thought those two words would go together either. HAHA!! I had friends over a couple nights ago and they were loving the scent of the honeysuckle. It really is nice. xo

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    Megan
    May 25, 2018 at 7:46 am

    This is absolutely beautiful! That lilac color is so perfect with everything.

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      Sarah
      May 25, 2018 at 8:53 am

      Thank you so much, Megan! It was fun to add the tiniest bit of color. xox

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    Sarah
    May 25, 2018 at 8:13 am

    The carport turned out so great… such an impact for a small budget! I’ve been wanting a paint sprayer for so long but have been hesitant to buy one because of the mixed reviews. Can you share any tips on how you used the Flexio to get such great results? Did you thin the paint? Strain the paint? Anything else you’d recommend? Thank you!

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      Sarah
      May 25, 2018 at 8:54 am

      The paint was what did it! Such a big difference. So far, we really like the Flexio, but we’ve only had it for a month (maybe less). We use quality paint from Sherwin-Williams that is self leveling and it helps everything go on nice and smooth. You can add a leveler or thin it out a bit to make it even better. We also paint holding the sprayer further away and make multiple passes. Just take your time! Hope this helps! xox

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    Lacey
    May 25, 2018 at 8:23 am

    I love every detail, it’s all just so good! Great job!

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      Sarah
      May 25, 2018 at 8:55 am

      Thank you so much, Lacey :) xo

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    Terri
    May 25, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Bravo Sarah… this space is my favorite! Love that you could just transform the carport like that with paint and the right accessories. Its so good. Love that you potted Honeysuckle…it smells amazing, what a great idea! Does it stay cool in there over the summer??? What a perfect makeover! xoxo

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      Sarah
      May 29, 2018 at 8:28 am

      Thank you so much, Terri! It’s actually pretty hot here during the summertime, but we live in Utah- so we don’t really get humidity. It’s pretty tolerable! xo

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    Colleen
    May 26, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Oh gosh what an amazing transformation. Just LOVE it! You have such fabulous skills and taste. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful space…..

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      Sarah
      May 29, 2018 at 8:49 am

      Thank you so much, Colleen! xox

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    Lori
    May 28, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    This is absolutely beautiful ! You’ve done a wonderful job of changing a boring carport into a gorgeou space. How creative !

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      Sarah
      May 29, 2018 at 8:58 am

      Thank you, Lori! xo

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    Holly
    May 29, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    So gorgeous my dear! I love the photos of your dogs with their friend…they all match your decor so perfect!

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      Sarah
      May 30, 2018 at 9:38 am

      Thank you, Holly!! xox

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    Dwana
    May 30, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    I can’t begin to tell you how much I love this! There is something about black that I am in love with and it works so perfectly here! I love everything about this transformation, but the greenery and breezy curtains with all that black is just so fabulous. Bravo!

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      Sarah
      May 30, 2018 at 1:16 pm

      Thank you so much, Dwana! I’m really enjoying spending time out here. I’ve been bringing my laptop to this space and starting my work morning outside since finishing it. Thanks for checking it out and for the sweet comment! xo

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    Becca Cantrell
    June 7, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    So gorgeous! Where do you store everything during the winter? Do you have to worry about things staying nice during summer storms?

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      Sarah
      June 7, 2018 at 2:23 pm

      We keep everything in our shed, outdoor storage container, or in storage. In regards to furniture & decor, I leave everything out all spring through fall and I never worry about it getting wet or dusty… it’s made to be wet-rated and stay outside. It’s also really easy to clean since it’s so durable- usually a quick rinse with the hose is all it needs. Hope this helps! xo

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