Sunday, May 23, 2010

My total front porch makeover

Okay y'all I am really super excited about this! Front porches are one of my most favorite things in the world and I finally have mine done!  In January of 2009 we decided that we would do a little add-on to our home, a little face-lift you could say...  One of the things I really really wanted was a front porch.  At that time we currently had a little 5' by 7' stoop that I would not call a porch.  It was simply a place for visitors to stand while waiting for me to answer the door.

Here is the before picture.  I wish I had more to show you how non-front porch it actually was, but honestly, this one pic shows it...


Sorry about the Christmas decor, but it was the only before picture I have! Can you see the "porch" If you look really hard... you can see a little stoop in front of the front door.

Before I show you all of the after pics, I want to show a little face-lift I did on my front porch swing.  This just shows how a little paint can make a big difference.  It started off natural wood like this:



I tried to paint it with spray paint...



But I seriously underestimated how much it would take.  So it got thrown in the back of E's truck and taken to my parents house where our power spray gun was....



And this is the new swing:



Anyway..back to the main point... something had to be done about the non-front porch...  We had a 17' by 7' concrete slab poured all along part of the front, added shutters, a porch swing, patio furniture, plants and flowers, columns along the front, and painted the front door.  Here are the after pics:






We were going to do rock columns all the way up, but I thought it would look better to add another element in, so we make a column on the top of the rock and painted it 'Homestead Resort" by Valpsar


 Click here to see the transformation of these Craigslist chairs





I found this "table" at a junk store for $6 I think.  It is very very heavy because it is very thick wood.  It was actually supposed to be a planter box, but it didn't have holes in the bottom for water flow and honestly, I didn't really want to mess with it, so I just sprayed it white and flipped it over and made into a table.


 I made these shutters and it was super easy and like $5! I had leftover fence post which I cut down and made one shorter than the other.  I'm not sure the lengths, I just cut until it looked good... and then cut a piece to fit across the width and bolted it together.  These are also painted"Homestead Resort" by Valspar, the same color as the pillars.


 New light fixture





Newly painted front door...


That's all! I hope you enjoyed looking through these pics as much as I enjoy my porch.  I have lots more transformation to show you from our add-on so stay tuned!


I am sharing this with Between Naps on the Porch Met Monday, The DIY Showoff, Domestically Speaking's Power of Paint Party, and Jessica's A Few of My Favorite Things Party and Anything Related at All Thingz Related
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41 comments:

  1. What a peaceful looking porch! Great job and great photographs!

    Have a great Sunday!

    Nancy

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  2. Awesome makeover, your porch looks great now! I love how you did the columns

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  3. OMG! I want one of those "Welcome Y'all" signs...where did you find it?!

    Also- love the idea of take a planter box and transforming it into a table! Very good idea :)

    Have a good day, sweet friend :)

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  4. Oh I love your porch. It is just fabulous. What a wonderful addition to the house. It totally changes the apperance and it really elevates the house to another level. Love your swing and furniture too. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

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  5. Saw you on A Girl With Pearls... love your blog, I'll be following!

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  6. I'm a new follower! Found you over from Jen's blog. Love your blog. Very cute.

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  7. Oh Andrea! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!! SO jealous of your beeeYEWtiful new porch. Wish I could stop by for some chat and iced tea :-) You did a great job picking out colors/style etc. It really fits well w/ the house. My fav.? I think the Mr. and Mrs. pillows and the new light fixtures. Perfect finishing touches! Hope you're enjoying your Sunday afternoon.

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  8. What a great job. Love the craftsman look of your pillars.

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  9. This is great! I've been trying to talk the Mr. into giving me a front porch sittin' area...I'm showing home yours! Love the swing too!

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  10. Andrea, I love your porch!! Lucky girl, I would be so happy to have a porch like that, under cover & out of the rain. I'm trying not to whine & make the best of what I have. You did a great job cozying up that space!

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  11. I love it! I love the personal touches! I am sure that your guests just want to sit and chat a while before going in! Enjoy!

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  12. I love your porch & the columns! I love all the details you added to make it a wonderful place to sit & relax!
    Thanks for the comment on my porch! Hope you have a great week!

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  13. Your new porch is beautiful! Great job! :o)

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  14. What a fabulous DIY transformation~well done!

    I hope you have stopped by to enter my giveaway.

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  15. I think I'll live vicariously through you! A front porch is on my dream list! I love your transformaion...you did an awesome job! Looks like a great place to relax, sip some tea and read a good book :)
    Wendy

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  16. Nice project. I would love it if you would link this up in Modern Craftswoman Monday. Very well done. Rory

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  17. Oh Awesome! Did the roof already extend over the dirt? and you just added the columns or did you do the roof too? It looks amazing!!! What is your opinion on outdoor curtains? I'm debating on one on my porch...

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  18. Looks awesome! I bet you love sitting out there! The table is really cute and what a steal on those Craigslist chairs!

    PS I am passing along an award to you. Play along if you want but no worries if it isn't your thing.

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  19. Tagged you in my blog again! :]] Have a great day!

    http://savannahsteelmagnolia.blogspot.com

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  20. I love what you did!!! my hubby and I are trying to do some remodeling/updating on our place, and I think that this is a fantastic idea!!

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  21. Oh my! It's beautiful! So glad you shared at Anything Related!
    {Rebekah}

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  22. Oh my goodness….what a transformation! I have porch envy right about now. Don’t be afraid if you see me kicking back on your porch sipping tea one day. ;o)

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  23. This is just beautiful. You did such a good job. I will be back for more forsure:)

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  24. Thanks for sharing your wonderful porch with us and thanks for helping make this the most successful Modern Craftswoman Monday so far! Rory

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  25. Great job!! Love it!! What a great place to spend you afternoons!!! Check out my giveaway here...

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  26. I adore the Welcome Y'all sign!! Soooooo cute. Beautiful job all around!

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  27. LOVE your new porch!! now if could just talk my husband into that, i'm dying for a front porch and just have a little stoop too. =(

    anyways great job!

    brandi@blakadomesticgoddess.blogspot.com

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  28. What a gorgeous porch!! I wish I had such an amazing porch. I love your improvements - all ready for summer!

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  29. What a great porch, I love the columns. Was the roof over it already there or did you have to build (or rebuild) the roof?

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  30. Now that is a nice porch for sippin' sweet tea!

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  31. Wow! I am impressed! I saw your blog through Better After. I love the rock columns, and I also love that they didn't go all the way up. Your front porch is beautiful!! It looks so calm and peaceful!

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  32. Visiting from Better After...you did a great job! The porch looks amazing!!

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