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.

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  • Ludmila {CreamyLife.com}
    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.

  • 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.

  • Jessica
    April 21, 2010 at 11:22 am

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

    • Making it Lovely
      April 21, 2010 at 11:25 am

      It’s all about complimenting the gnome! ;)

  • Elizabeth
    April 21, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Love how it looks. Perfect height too!

  • 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)

  • Tory
    April 21, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Looks great! They are definite keepers.

  • 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”

  • 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).

  • Jenny
    April 21, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Love it! They look so good on your porch!

  • Danielle
    April 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm

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

    • Making it Lovely
      April 21, 2010 at 12:01 pm

      My mom is working on her yard and I gave them to her.

  • Amy
    April 21, 2010 at 12:03 pm

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

  • 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.

  • yvonne
    April 21, 2010 at 12:18 pm

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

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  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!.

  • 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.

  • LuLu
    April 21, 2010 at 1:40 pm

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Lea
    April 21, 2010 at 2:55 pm

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

  • 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!

  • bridget
    April 21, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    that looks awesome.

  • 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.

  • Alexis
    April 21, 2010 at 6:49 pm

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

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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? :)

  • Heather
    April 21, 2010 at 10:58 pm

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

  • Jessica
    April 21, 2010 at 11:33 pm

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

  • 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!!!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Amanda
    April 22, 2010 at 8:55 am

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

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

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

  • Sealicious
    April 22, 2010 at 11:07 am

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

  • Fiona
    April 22, 2010 at 4:00 pm

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

  • anne
    April 23, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Looks great!! Love the hanging ferns too.

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