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Facelift: Front Porch

Spring has sprung and my yard is looking mighty fine thanks to my green-thumbed husband.  Flowers are coming up, breezes regularly frequent my front porch, and the sun is shining well into the evening.  Spending more time outside is just such a mood boost, and I found myself eager and bouncy when I decided to do a couple of simple updates to our front porch.  A few thoughts on front porches:

1. Don’t ignore me. 

Your front porch is just like your face, so put your home’s “best first impression” on your list of updates for this summer!  Your guests will come on in for summer cookouts and they’ll leave the same way, with the porch light shining.  The porch is the first and last thing they see.  And, at our house, we stand there waving until the cars disappear from sight.  That’s the Southern goodbye my Mama is famous for, and I intend to carry on the tradition.

2. Get inspired!

Start with your front door.  Could you use new hardware?  Or how about a new paint color?  There are some very serious opinions out there about the color you present.  See more here!  Be STILL my heart over black front doors.  My traditionalist roots are ablaze.  Crisp white homes with black front doors make me go weak in the knees… see… oh.so.glossy.  I find it sassy and bold.  And I like sassy and bold.  A lot.

 

 

3. Do your research.

I like to strike a balance between Craig and favorite retailers sometimes (sorry Craig).  Ballard Designs has some front porch treasures that make me throw my head back.  I need this…

 

and one of these…

 

*While some things are just plain dumb to leave behind when they’re a steal, it is imperative that you remember to love it.  If it is cheap and you only like it a little, or you are trying to expand your comfort zone to make it work, it probably will not.  Disclaimer:  this rule has a very important exception clause that takes precedence, occurring only when you surprise yourself by proving just.how.good you are in rehabbing/restoring/repainting/reclaiming.  Feeling iffy suddenly turns to glee.  Go you!  You make your own rules. 

4. Bring on the green(ery).

Nothing is prettier than freshly potted flowers or plants.  Try not to clutter though.  I do believe in good energy surrounding the entrance to your home.  Carry that concept on into your home as well by using the same type of plant or different flowering plants in the same color family.  Going Green extends beyond your recycling bin.  Plants in your home are just plain good for your health.  This is pretty interesting!  There I go again… back to the porch…

Here is my little baby house!  Oh you’re just a baby with some much growing to do!  Much love and care and you’ll be a big, grown-up house!

Here is the front porch I’m working with here.  (I got my black front door!)

 

Note:  Never use chemical stripper on a metal front door.  It.is.diasterous.  And it is a project that will absorb your whole weekend.  And don’t spray paint it.  This one actually needs to be rolled for a smooth, even finish.

Now we’re talking. Quick paint job= new wicker rocker.

 

God bless America!  And black front doors.

 

Behr Paint + Primer: 1 pint $15

Black shutters, Go Craig-ing!: $15 for the set

Small urns, ivy plants, three cans of spray paint and yellow beauties: $60 at Home Depot

Hanging Basket, Southeastern Salvage: $8

Wicker Rocker: with love, from my Mama

Are there any other porches out there getting a face lift this year?

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2 Comments on “Facelift: Front Porch”

  1. Jaclyn Gordon July 13, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    I love your house! I have a Cape Cod style house. It has a dark taupe colored siding, white trim, and blue shutters. They’re a good blue – not too dark/navy, but not too light either. My front door is white. It’s a wooden door with the half moon shaped window at the top (pretty common). On my large, covered front porch, I have two large black rocking chairs with a black small table in the middle. On each side of the front door are black wrought iron light fixtures. Also on the porch is our grill, also black. At the bottom of the stairs going up to the porch are two black planters, similar to yours. I want to do something different with my front door to make it “pop.” I really don’t want blue… I want glossy black! And to add some nickel finished house numbers to the front door to dress it up a bit (all our door knobs, hinges, lights, etc throughout the house are nickel) My only concern is, how is the black door going to look on a house with blue shutters?

    • Erin July 13, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

      Hi Jaclyn, I think with the amount of black you have – especially in close proximity to the front door, a glossy black door would be wonderful! You can always play back to the blue shutters with something like a beautiful glazed blue ceramic planter like one of these: http://www.flickr.com/photos/riz_reyes/2361846759/in/photostream/

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