Ammerö Bench

I couldn’t track down the bench I had seen at Target, so I picked up two of IKEA’s Ammerö seats to try out on the front porch.

Ammerö Bench

What do you think? I think it will look great once it’s all styled up. I’ll probably pick up another pair to use at the other far end.

56 Responses to “Ammerö Bench”

  1. Ludmila {} April 21, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    Great choice! And on the floor – is that a rug? I love how you combined the cushions with the flooring!

    • Making it Lovely April 21, 2010 at 11:21 am #

      That’s the ‘rug’ I painted last year directly onto the porch floor!

      • mcw April 21, 2010 at 5:06 pm #

        Hi there! Any tips or recommendations for painting a “rug” directly onto the floor? I’m wanting to do it on my porch, but am a little concerned/nervous about how it will turn out. Any advice you can share would be awesome!

      • Becky April 21, 2010 at 10:52 pm #
        is where Lovely painted her porch. I love it! I was wondering how you feel about painting a concrete porch though.

  2. Lisa April 21, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    Nicole, how do the chairs sit? Are the cushions comfortable? I’m in love with the look. [love your blog]

    • Making it Lovely April 21, 2010 at 11:26 am #

      They’re a little low and firm, but very comfortable. Brandon likes these more than the other bench; I don’t have a preference.

  3. Jessica April 21, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    love this choice! I think it suits the porch very well (and compliments the gnome perfectly)

  4. Elizabeth April 21, 2010 at 11:24 am #

    Love how it looks. Perfect height too!

  5. Sylvia April 21, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    Love the look/colours. Do you have any problems keeping the outdoor furniture tidy and clean? The rain/dust/wind makes the (dark gray) chair on my front porch brown and dusty so quickly, I’d hate to see what it does with a white one!

    • Making it Lovely April 21, 2010 at 11:27 am #

      Yes, everything on our front porch gets dirty very quickly. The cushion covers come off though and can be machine washed.

      • Sylvia April 21, 2010 at 11:42 am #

        Makes sense: mine are too big and fat to fit in the washing machine (along with the rug in the front entry that the cat has an… affection for. Sigh)

  6. Tory April 21, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    Looks great! They are definite keepers.

  7. elena April 21, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    it´s really nice, I love the lime green, and I´m absolutely on love with your “rug”

  8. Julie M. April 21, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    I think it looks great. And have you revealed pictures of your white roof yet? I’ve been waiting for those!

    • Making it Lovely April 21, 2010 at 11:45 am #

      Oh, there’s nothing to see! The roof is done, but we only did the flat part so it’s not visible (hence no photos).

  9. Jenny April 21, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    Love it! They look so good on your porch!

  10. Danielle April 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

    Where did you move the cute table and chair set? The new seats are very adorable!

  11. Amy April 21, 2010 at 12:03 pm #

    They look good! May I ask where the patterned pillow is from?

  12. Jess April 21, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    The chairs are very nice! How is the “rug” holding up? Has the paint gotten scratched or worn down at all with use?

    • Making it Lovely April 21, 2010 at 12:19 pm #

      There are a couple of small chips, but overall it’s in great shape! It’s dirty though – I need to hose down the floor.

  13. yvonne April 21, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

    I LIKE!!!! is it comfortable though? I really like the look of it.

  14. Gini April 21, 2010 at 12:22 pm #


  15. Melissa April 21, 2010 at 12:31 pm #

    I think they look great actually and may have turned out better than the Target one with your porch. The “rug” still looks amazing. I remember reading about it during the Ace challenge or whatever it was.

  16. Rachel @ La Bella Bungalow April 21, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

    I love them! You’re making me want to make another trip to IKEA!

  17. Elena @ the white picket fence April 21, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

    Lovely! I got similar set from Target.. Need to make some yummy pillows to style it up too!.

  18. Melissa April 21, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    I love the porch decor! The horizontal green pillow is uber cool.

    I can’t help but be a little jealous of your large front porch. Ours is 4 square feet. Blegh.

  19. LuLu April 21, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    I actually prefer the Ikea model. The Target one looks just a tad too formal.

  20. erica April 21, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

    They look fantastic! I also love the ‘rug’ what a great idea to add some permanent color and pattern!

  21. Amy April 21, 2010 at 2:31 pm #

    Oh I love these chairs! I was thinking of getting the small, black, stackable Ammero chairs for a little seating area on our porch. And you took down the green divider! It was so cute! I guess it would just get in the way now with a bench there though.

  22. Lea April 21, 2010 at 2:55 pm #

    I’m sold on the chairs since you say they’re also comfortable.

  23. Mrslimestone April 21, 2010 at 2:59 pm #

    Just perfect. The pops of green are great.

    I can still hardly believe you managed to finish that floor while you were preggers. You are a rock star!

  24. bridget April 21, 2010 at 3:49 pm #

    that looks awesome.

  25. Licia April 21, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    I really like the new look for your porch. The painted rug is such a cool touch and the decorative cushions complement it well. I can’t wait to see the finished project.

  26. Alexis April 21, 2010 at 6:49 pm #

    What about your hanging planters?? I have been looking for some just like it!

  27. Gail April 21, 2010 at 7:50 pm #

    I like it! I was all for the Target bench, but if you jazz these up – it will be phenomenal! Suits your porch amazingly! Post the final pictures when you are done!

  28. Pam April 21, 2010 at 9:27 pm #

    Can I come over and sit maybe share a chat and coffee!? Long story short…cute..very cute!

  29. Anna April 21, 2010 at 9:57 pm #

    I can see you re-covering those chair cushions with a more durable and pretty fabric (I bet Eleanor would love to rub her little pumpkin covered fingers on them!) But really nice choice of chairs all the same. X

  30. Alana April 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm #

    Looks much more “curl up with a good magazine” friendly. I picked up some white cushions from Ikea recently and was pondering a dye job. If the white gets grungy too quickly, I wonder if those would take dye.

    Perhaps a nice shade of pink? :)

  31. Heather April 21, 2010 at 10:58 pm #

    Love them! Can’t wait to see how you add your creative touch.

  32. Jessica April 21, 2010 at 11:33 pm #

    I am in love with the green planters hanging- where are they from?

  33. Shannon April 22, 2010 at 2:07 am #

    They are just perfectlike everthing you choose. Loving the green cushions….linking the outdoors in. Can’t wait to see the finished product!!!

  34. Emily A. Clark April 22, 2010 at 6:05 am #

    Love this idea. The two seats may end up being a more versatile choice anyway. Good thinking!

  35. Susan @ Jubilee Furniture April 22, 2010 at 7:21 am #

    Having faithfully voted for your front porch during last year’s contest, I’m a little taken aback that you’ve already redone it. I understand you gave the furniture to your mom – which is super nice – but why did you change it out so soon? Through my daily voting, I guess I got attached to your old porch and feel like the furniture was given away one day while I was at work – without me knowing it. You know what I mean? Not that I don’t like this new look…

    • Making it Lovely April 22, 2010 at 8:49 am #

      I didn’t mean to make anyone feel hoodwinked. My mom isn’t working right now (she’s gone back to school to become a teacher). She really loves working on her garden and backyard, but she doesn’t have much of a budget to do so this year. I thought giving her the furniture would be a nice way to share the opportunities I’ve been given (the BHG contest) with her.

      • Susan @ Jubilee Furniture April 22, 2010 at 10:18 am #

        Certainly understand and very kind of you.

        It’s funny how perfect strangers get to question you about decisions which have nothing to do with them. Sorry.

  36. Catherine @ waking up with you April 22, 2010 at 7:33 am #

    After your last post, I was keener on the Target furniture more than these benches but they really look fantastic- much better than they do on the Ikea website.

  37. Beck's Chic Life April 22, 2010 at 8:12 am #

    The bench looks awesome. Where did you get those awesome hanging pots for the ferns? They look great.

  38. Amanda April 22, 2010 at 8:55 am #

    I think it looks great! Fresh & crisp. Another two wouldn’t hurt either ;)!

  39. Lisa @ moxie pear April 22, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    IKEA is so my go to place for everything! Love the benches.

  40. Sealicious April 22, 2010 at 11:07 am #

    They look great, and you can have a more flexible arrangement if you need it!

  41. Fiona April 22, 2010 at 4:00 pm #

    you haven’t styled it yet??? Holy moly, it looks fabulous right now.

  42. anne April 23, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    Looks great!! Love the hanging ferns too.


  1. Making it Lovely | Transforming the so-so. » Blog Archive » Substituting for the Soleil Chair - June 22, 2010

    […] got as far as putting new benches on each end of the porch before stalling out and moving on to other projects. Summer is short though, and I want to finish […]

Leave a Reply:

Gravatar Image