These are pictures of my front and back porches. The front porch runs the whole width of the house. I thought when we built the house I wanted a wrap around porch. I live in the south after all. In retrospect I am glad it isn't. As much as I love the porch I don't use it as much as I would like to and if it were bigger that would just mean more square footage to sweep. The back porch is screened in. Essential for porch sitting in NC. Anytime the temperature reaches 70 degrees we have mosquitoes that look like small birds! The floor of both porches is concrete. A little stain and some pin striping tape and it looks a lot like tile. Mitchell and I did the back porch first. He did the measuring and taping. (the hard part) Then we just rolled on the stain. I used a product specifically made for concrete. It's a stain not paint. I sponged on a lighter color to add some dimension and love the results. Kelli and I did the front porch and the lines are not nearly as straight but it looks good none the less. The stain seems to be holding up well to the weather. It has been at least 4 years since we did the work and it still looks great. You can click on the flickr thing in the left column to see these pictures with some notes or to see more stuff we've painted around the house. And yes those Christmas pillows are still on the front porch. I am thinking of buying a cheap plastic table cloth to make some summer pillows. You know the kind with the flannel backing you can get at walmart for less than $5.00. I make pillows to go on that porch every summer because the sun fades them so bad and they get really dirty. My thought is the table cloths come in decent looking prints and since they are plastic they won't fade and can be wiped off to clean. What do you think??