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