This summer I've made some progress on my screened-in porch. It's been so slow that I almost didn't notice it. About this time last year I decided to create a sitting area on my porch. I did that on a shoestring, and I was happy with the result. But things were still very much unfinished. The bench looked like it had seen better days (which was true), and I wanted a coffee table or ottoman or something for the seating area. My budget for further work on the porch? $25. I knew I didn't need to spend more than that.
So I painted the bench black using some paint I already had on hand. Then I made some new pillows using $7.99/yard fabric I found at my local discount fabric store. So far, so good, and I'd only spent $8.
Then I made an ottoman from a styrofoam cooler, using foam and fabric I had on hand. I did spend $13 to purchase molding corner rosettes that I fashioned into feet for the ottoman. You can read about that project here.
Now my sitting area is looking pretty good, and I've spent only $21. That's progress, and I'm grateful to Amanda for reminding me that progress is worth celebrating!