Monday, October 6, 2008

Front Porch Re-Do

The Porch Needed A Face Lift

It started with some rot on the molding around the front door. It lead to repainting the railing, painting some windows, adding some flowers, painting the garage door, adding some urns, replacing the front lanterns, painting the front door and cleaning the windows.

A little rot opened up a large can of worms. One thing just lead to another.

It was a lot of work, but it looks a lot better than it did weeks ago.

Take a look:

After fixing all the rot around the door (if you want to see how I did it or before photos click here: ), I gave the front door a new coat of paint. Black with a border of cinnamon. I installed some new hardware since the old stuff was worn and not very secure.

So what was thrifty about the door? I made the stained glass myself (oh, that saved me plenty), and I happen to have the black paint in the basement, so there wasn't much of a cost. The hardware however, was not cheap but I justified that thinking we need the security, right?

I installed these lanterns. I found two of them on sale at Lowe's. No electrician needed, I did the wiring myself. I do only basic electrical work. The plant hangers beneath were sprayed with black Rustoleum. They use to be a light shade of green.
So now that the front door and trim had a new coat of white paint, I had to do something with the large atrium window above. I hired this job out ($190.00 for priming and painting inside and out). I don't do heights, so it had to be done. Chalk it up to homeownership.
The railing was scraped down with a wire brush, primed with rustoleum primer and sprayed with high gloss black. Looks like new.

One thing just lead to the other. Now that the door looked great, the trim was painted and the railing looked like new......the little tin roof about the front window needed paint. I brushed this from the windows above and finished with a ladder. Not really high, so I could handle it.
These urns I purchased at Lowes. They were on sale for $45.00 each. They are very well made and are pretty large. Best to wait until the end of the season to buy things like this. They are so much cheaper. These urns were $89.00 each during the peak of summer.
These stones I actually had hanging around the yard doing nothing so I used them to build an additional place for flowers right next to the front porch.

Here are some photos of plants in the front containers. The reason I'm showing you this is that some of them are not real. The ferns I added are from Walmart and you can't kill them. You really can't tell that they are fake and add to the fullness of the arrangement. I am not a fan of plastic or fake flowers outside, but I think you can use them together to really fill up garden containers. I find that the greenery works but stay away from plastic flowers. They just look "plastic".

I installed the scalloped garden edging (I also had that hanging around) into the front garden bed. Below another shot of the edging. I dug that all in...what a pain!

The mums I purchased at Aldi's for $2.99 each. What a deal!
New doorbell-$12.00.

Last but not least, the $1.00 clearance- garden gnome....priceless.

Well, it was a ton of work, but satisfying in the end. The front of the house now looks so much better. A coat of paint can do wonders.
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  1. Martha's got nuthin' on you, girl. I am so impressed! It all looks terrific!


  2. It is super hard to read your blog with that dark color background and black lettering. so if you could change one or the other it would be super!! thanks!

  3. Ok, well I fixed that problem for you and you should be able to better read the posts and it should load quicker. Let me know if you have any further problems.

    Thanks for letting me know.

  4. Amazing job! Your porch looks wonderful. I'm so impressed. :)

  5. Christy, what a lot of work & now how great your front entry looks. I really have got to work on mine! It's amazing what a few little things like that can do to make a welcoming entrance.

    great job!

  6. Love your blog, and what you do.

  7. Just wanted to say GREAT JOB on all your work. I need to give my porch a facelift and I think i just got the inspiration to do it.

    Again GREAT JOB.

  8. HI! I know this is an old post but I love your redo and was wondering where the wall planter was from? I would love to put a couple of those on my house. Thanks for the great ideas!

  9. I bought those wall planters at Michael's Craft store a few years ago on clearance. They usually have an aisle devoted to these types of things in the spring and put them on clearance at the beginning of the summer. Joanne's craft and fabric store has these sorts of items in the spring as well.

    Good luck!