Bug Proofing A Screened Porch

Bug Proofing A Screened Porch

Here we go, week 2 of the One Room Challenge! This week we are sealing up and Bug Proofing A Screened Porch.

So we are in One Room Challenge: Week 2 for those of you following along on the Spring 2017 One Room Challenge hosted by Linda@Calling It Home and House Beautiful. This week we will be focusing on Bug Proofing A Screened Porch to keep all the creepy crawlers out of our Southern Style Sleeping Porch.


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I am know for alway talking about my “7 P’s” which is, ” Prior Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance.” (I must call out my friend Karen, that taught me this valuable information at an early age!) Welcome to the “prior proper planning phase”  of this project. So one of the main projects we decided to tackle this week was to seal up the screen porch a little bit better, so no creepy crawlers get in. I am sure many of you know, when a screen porch meet up to the siding on your house a little bitty gap is left which can allow bugs to get in. Now that we are making this a sleeping porch, I have no desire to deal with any kind of bugs getting inside. So we decide to add weather stripping, commonly used on doors and windows, to the seal the  gap.
Once installed we caulked the remaining opening to insure that no bugs we be able to get through this gap. I don’t know about you, but I feel much better about sleeping in an area that is all sealed up. I know it will not keep all the bugs out, since it is an outdoor space… but it will keep most of the bugs out.Now being this close to the water and the wood line we do not have to worry as much about nightly creepy crawlies sneaking into out sleeping porch. We will also use monthly and quarterly pest control as well to keep the bugs away, but this step will help to keep a few more bugs out rather than in.
Tune in next week when we remove this furniture and build our Pallet Bed then start to painting! Lots. great things will be happening so be sure to sign up for our monthly newsletter to stay in formed. Sign up for our: Designer Notes!


  1. Day Landseadel

    Sounds good so far! Though, I must say, having seen some of your creations, the result should be nothing short of stupendous! Looking forward to the next weeks article!

  2. What a great space to choose – I bet you will love having this over the summer!

  3. Yeah we are making a lot of headway into Week 3. Lot of stuff starting to come together!!!! Getting excited now!!!

  4. Yes I am really looking forward to being able to read out there, while listening to crickets and tree frogs

  5. Amy @ Her Faith

    Hi, I am truly impressed, since I have never seen nice quality blog than yours. Keep up the good work!

  6. Thank you, we are working hard on the ORC since it is our first time to participate.

  7. Oh what I would give for a sleeping porch. Maybe when the kids are grown…lol! I love the colors you chose. Can’t wait to see the finished project!

  8. Thank you we are working hard right now to get it finished, we appreciate your support and following our process.

  9. Lucka

    Thanky Thanky for all this good inofomatirn!

  10. Kaeden

    Yeah…. that’s what I’m talking about….. bab-iyn-ce work!

  11. Taran

    Well done to think of something like that!!!

  12. Diva? Oh Yeah

    Thanks for sharing . Always good to find a real expert.

  13. I am so glad you found the codes useful, I actually found them on a great site about pallet safety, (link in blog). It seemed like something people should know about prior to making all these Pinterest style projects.

  14. Southern Sassyfrass

    This is great information on the pallets I had no idea that they were coded for safety. I guess with the current pallet craze, people found out it could cause problems. Great work by the way, I will continue to read on about your challenge.

  15. Mary Katherine

    Now, I want a sleeping porch. I do miss the summer nights in GA, need to get down there to visit the family soon. Here in NYC we have car horns instead of crickets. Keep up the good work, you superstar!

  16. Kathleen Betancourt

    I am not sure how I missed the One Room Challenge this year. Do they feature it in the House Beautiful Magazine? I seem to remember a issue with this theme last year. I can certainly stay yours would be one to feature, such a unique idea to do a Southern Style Sleeping Porch. Great blog adding you to my bookmarks 🙂

  17. Laurna Welch

    I never knew pallets had codes. Such great information since it seems to be a hot trend to re use them right now. It is nice you want to keep people safe. Can’t wait to see how it turn out.

  18. How did I miss this Decorating Challenge? Can anyone do it or are you selected? This is a great idea to do a sleeping porch.

  19. There are 20 feature designer that are pre selected for this event, to be featured by House Beautiful Magazine. Then it is opened up to guest participants, which we had approx. 250 this year. It is a great platform to get your design work out there 🙂

  20. Joella Z

    The pallet information is excellent I did not know about the different kinds and potential hazards. It makes me wonder about all the projects you see on pinterest in kids rooms, and nurseries.

  21. Viola Nelson

    Thank You for sharing such a informative post. The pallet information alone is pure gold.

  22. Knotty Wood

    The project looks great, we like that you showed the planning and process. Nice job on the pallet information too. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Trisha McIntyre

    I just wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed your One Room Challenge, and the links to other designers as well. This is a one stop shop site. Thanks!


    I love a good pallet project and it is so helpful that you linked the pallet codes here. I am pretty sure most people do not even think about this.

  25. radishesfromthegarden

    I love this space and it is coming together nicely. I can’t wait to read the reveal but I am only on Week 2 out 6. I will get there soon.

  26. Think Pink

    I found you on Stumbleupon, but I am not sure why I am only getting week 2. Apparently it has gone viral. I will link over from your post to the see the other weeks since I want to see the finished product.

  27. Mother Nature

    Great pallet discussion on Stumbleupon, love your site. The sleeping porch looks enchanting. Nice job 🙂

  28. Moi Moi

    How did you find out about his challenge? I love the article great job so far!

  29. Calling it Home and House Beautiful are the host and they invited designer and advertise in the magazines as well. Next one will be this fall.

  30. Happy Gardener

    Interesting read, I never knew that information about the pallets. Good to know.

  31. Zola Carter

    I love a good pallet project, there are so many out there these days. Who knew we as society would take old musty pallets and create so many fun rustic things with them!

  32. I just found the ORC challenge on Calling it Home and I have been checking out the participants. I am total swooning over your sleeping porch. I live in Mississippi and I totally love this idea for sleeping out on the water. I will be implementing the idea very soon 🙂

  33. the woodsmen

    great information on the pallet codes, most people do not know about these. also really like the plan for a pallet day bed.

  34. Iron Nash

    Thanks for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research about patios and porches when this popped up on Stumbleupon. I am very glad to see such fantastic info being shared freely out there, the blueprints are great!!!

  35. Pippa’s Parade

    Hi my friend! I wish to say that this post is awesome, nice written and include almost all important info. I’d like to see more posts like this.

  36. Lola Peterson

    Great read, I love the ORC challenge. I am just getting around to viewing all the participants and your sleeping porch is a show stopper. Great job!

  37. Amy @ Her Faith

    I do agree with all of the ideas you have presented in your porch post. They are very informative and will certainly work. Still, the posts are very short for newbies. Could you please extend them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.

  38. Debbie Does DIY

    I like all the information for your sleeping porch and the pallet crafts. Pallet diy furniture and crafts are so big right now. Great article and beautiful blog page as well.

  39. Tessa Rosenburg

    Great article, I love the plan for your sleeping porch. I will continue to read the series on the blog! Great post.

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  48. Our Little Fox Hole

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  61. Brittney Bibb

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  62. Urban Farmgirl

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