Front Porch Update Adds Curb Appeal
The old saying, “The early bird gets the worm” left me wondering, if whoever arrives first has the best chance of success; what about those who arrive last?
Besides the tour of my front porch, I am including links to some wonderful blogs that feature Summer Porches you won’t want to miss!
Let’s start with my front porch~
With all of the projects in our basement and all the work on our backyard and deck, I/we have neglected our front yard and more importantly our beautiful porch. We actually received a letter from our Homeowners Association reprimanding us for our lack of pine straw and attention to our front yard landscape, Really? So it had to be done and quickly!
Our shrubs were literally running wild! A couple of weeks ago I learned how to use the electric hedge trimmer (that I didn’t know we had) and I got a little carried away, which is so unlike me… But the result was fabulous! By removing two of the most eye-sore shrubs in our yard it revealed the most beautiful parts of our porch.
We have a large slate porch albeit dirty…
Four stately columns!
Overall we have a pretty awesome porch, it would be even better if you could see it! Our shrubs were so overgrown I was completely irritated and I dug up the ridiculously over grown shrub on the left side of the porch walkway, and had my husband remove the shrub on the right, if you’re following me on Instagram you may have seen the quick removal video.
Now that those obtrusive shrubs were gone I started shopping for pine straw. Frankly, I’m not a fan but it’s so common here, we just go with the flow. One lucky shopping trip yielded a fabulous find, black mulch on an “end of the season” sale for $2.88 instead of $3.99/bag. I loved the idea of black mulch to tie in with our black front door so that was the first addition to our update plus score 1 for Procrastinators! A simple cleaning to make it look presentable was in order. Washing the slate floors with soap and water, cleaning the window sills with rubbing alcohol and a scrub brush to remove the “bug carnage”, cleaning the light fixtures in and out.
Once that was done, this quick makeover was easy.
I painted the light fixtures high gloss black to match the columns (which were painted last summer) This cost about $4.00 for the can of spray paint I had to purchase.
Here are the light fixtures really dirty!!
Here they are beautiful and clean!
I found two small planters on sale point 2 for Procrastinators! I added two “Little Bonnie” dwarf shrubs so we have a couple of small plants to flank the doorway year round. A new door mat from Target that resembles some door mats I have seen online for 3 times the price I paid.
We had adobe colored ceramic planters for years, so I gave them a fresh coat of black paint and added these beautiful ferns I purchased from a friend’s fundraiser. I wanted these in the forefront of the porch, they are so stately!
What made the biggest impact on our curb appeal was painting the side lights and transom window surround white, instead of the beige that blended right in with the brick. (Door makeover still not complete)
This took about a day, after priming the existing with two coats of Zissner Oil Based Primer.
I then added a coat of exterior Glidden Satin Latex Paint in white, right off the shelf, no tinting or anything and it looks so amazing.
I am so happy I decided to highlight this beautiful feature of our porch.