Outdoor Front Porch Storage Solution

Each month I’m taking on a common organization challenge and tackling it with a thrift store item. I love when great organization solutions end up being affordable. It’s always a win-win.  All it takes is a little patience, DIYing and a great thrift store find! This month we’re tackling all outdoor storage with:


I know the saying goes “You don’t need more storage, you need less stuff”, but there’s times I truly believe that I NEED more storage. For example, our outdoor storage is next to nothing. Literally, we have none. It’s mostly because we don’t have a garage. Yep, you read that correctly NO GARAGE. Being in a townhouse downtown Seattle, garage parking is a luxury. Yes, parking is nice, but what I really want is all the storage possibilities that come with a garage. A couple things that I’m storing inside our home that I would prefer to be outside are some of Reagan’s (our puppy) outdoor toys and car & bike cleaning supplies. My personal preference is if the item is USED outside I’d prefer that it’s STORED outside. Too much dirt and grime get brought inside, which means lots more cleaning of the home! I spent months looking online for the perfectly sized storage bench for right outside our front door. While I love that we have an outlet right next to our front door (hanging Christmas lights is a breeze), it threw a wrench in my plan for extra storage. Since it’s an outdoor outlet, it has a large case that extends several inches off the wall. I didn’t have much depth to work with in the first place, but this made it even harder. So instead I decided that I needed to start looking in to two smaller storage options to work ‘around’ the outlet. Well, these aren’t even supposed to be storage! They’re box plant holders and PERFECT for the DIY I had in store! Today I’m going to give you a sneak peak at our newest outdoor storage solution and kick off a new series over the next couple weeks FULL of creative storage options for any outdoor space. Swing on over next week for a step by step tutorial on exactly how we made these seated front porch storage solutions!      

  Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge As a lover of affordable solutions of ANY kind, I’ve paired up with 19 extremely talented bloggers to bring you a monthly Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge. Each month we will create something amazing from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc.

Meet the Bloggers

Amanda | The Kolb Corner    Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles    Kim | Made in a Day    Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Erlene | My Pinterventures    Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek    Pili | Sweet Things Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim    Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Marie | DIY Adulation    Chelsea | The Johnsons Plus Dog    Jes | My DIY Envy    Jennifer | Smart Fun DIY   Lindsay | Crazy Organized    Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods   Michelle | Our Crafty Mom    Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay    Ali | Home Crafts by Ali    Sue | A Purdy Little House   Sara | Twelve on Main    Claire | Pillar Box Blue       Kim | Farmhouse Made       Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled    Sherry | Savvy Apron    Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod    Lora | Craftivity Designs    Megan | C’mon Get Crafty    Denise | My Thrifty House    Toni | Small Home Soul    Deborah | Salvage Sister and Mister

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Take a look at all these bloggers’ amazing thrift store projects:



  1. February 23, 2017 / 3:10 am

    What a clever and handy idea. I could do with something like this for my back garden.

  2. February 23, 2017 / 7:03 am

    Clever solution!! I like the blue on the cushions with the color of the siding.

  3. February 23, 2017 / 9:16 am

    These turned out great and I love the cushions. I need some outdoor storage that will make things easily accessible but keep them tucked out of sight, like garden tools I don’t want to dig out of the bucket in the garage. Those outdoor receptacles are a necessity but are so often in the way, flanking it with the new storage benches was so smart!

  4. February 23, 2017 / 9:20 am

    What a great idea to add lids to those planters, and I love the cushions. Super smart to flank the outdoor outlet with the benches, it really hides it well. I need some outdoor storage like this to keep my garden tools handy without having to dig them out of the garage every time.

  5. February 23, 2017 / 11:48 am

    Such a good idea to use planters as storage! I’m with you. If it’s used outside, it should be stored outside.

  6. February 23, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    That’s a great idea!!

  7. February 23, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    Extra storage is always welcome, and even more if it it this pretty!

  8. February 24, 2017 / 8:24 am

    I agree 100% on the storage situation, and I too am in need of outdoor storage in a big way. Love how you created yours!

  9. February 24, 2017 / 12:18 pm

    I wouldn’t mind a couple of these for my deck. A combo of storage and seating is always a good thing!

  10. February 24, 2017 / 5:37 pm

    Oh my gosh! I’ve been looking for storage solutions for my porch. This is perfect.

  11. February 25, 2017 / 7:30 am

    Your front door looks so cool and modern Lindsay! Great Idea for storage. I can’t wait to see the rest of the tutorial. Great idea adding hinges to make tops.

  12. February 25, 2017 / 8:27 am

    These cubes are adorable, and what a great idea to add them as outdoor storage. Love them.

  13. Chelc | Inside the Fox Den
    February 25, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    Nope, I’m pretty sure the saying is “You need more storage so you can have more stuff”. 😉 I love how this turned out! And I love how the cushions contrast with the stain of the wood. Awesome job!

  14. February 27, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    This is such a great project! Nothing like extra storage outside and I love the color!

  15. February 27, 2017 / 2:59 pm

    I am so with you on outdoor stuff staying outdoors! Keep the dirt outside! Anything that can double as storage is super important in a small space, and these porch seats are so perfect for it! Can’t wait to see the full tutorial.

  16. March 5, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    Excellent idea for outdoor storage.. It looks great and is practical.

  17. March 6, 2017 / 6:27 am

    Great idea and you pulled it off beautifully!

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