Our front porch had potential. We made a little progress but then stalled for months. But the final after of the porch makeover – and the ensuing summer porch makeover ideas – were well worth the wait!
One of the features I fell in love with when we first looked at our house was the long front porch. It was badly in need of aesthetic work, as you can see from the realtor photo below. But the bones were good. The potential for great curb appeal was there.
Before the Porch Makeover
You see our porch was a wee bit confused. There were both wrought iron and wooden trellises, a wrought iron railing and green wooden pillars. (The sage green wooden pillars had been touched up with a different shade of green paint to boot.) From the street one could see the brown bamboo shade on the door and the brown faux-wood blinds on the front windows – all smushed together with white trim and green doors. There was a whole lot going on…and none of it was pretty!
Initial Progress on the Porch Makeover
We ripped out the wrought iron railing and the shrub overgrowth several seasons ago. But that's where we stopped while we focused on the inside of the house.
It says progress up there, but in reality it still makes for a pretty bad before photo. I'm actually rather embarrassed at how long it stayed so ugly!
After the Porch Makeover
This spring and summer we set out to improve our little house's curb appeal, to turn something rather chaotic into something peaceful and beautiful. Oh how the after is so much more peaceful and beautiful…
Summer Porch Makeover Idea 1 – Paint
Out came the remaining wrought iron trellises. Gonzo went the faded, chipping and mismatched green paint. (It took me an entire day and three coats of white paint to cover all that green trim!) Hello crisp white painted trim and warm grey doors!
To really up the curb appeal and cozy factor I of course wanted to add some personal decor touches too – like wreaths and string lights. However since these things are likely to be changed out with the seasons (just like our interior decor), I didn't want to just hammer a nail in randomly somewhere or put staples all over the porch ceiling.
So we decided to use a few Command™ Outdoor Products specifically because they're designed to hold strongly outdoors. They are water resistant, UV resistant, and can handle temperature extremes from -29 degrees C to 39 degrees C (-20 degrees F to 125 degrees F)! And like all Command™ Products, they remove cleanly – with no holes, marks, stains or sticky residue – so you can use them over and over again, while avoiding damage!
Summer Porch Makeover Idea 2 – Wreath(s)
To hang my favorite door wreath we used the Command™ Large Clear Window Hook (which would also be great for seasonal welcome signs). I love that you can hardly even see the hook – leaving the wreath to be the star of the show!
I'll also use three additional window hooks in the winter to hang our three evergreen wreaths on the living room windows. I've nailed them up previously – but again that has made for a lot of holes in the window trim each year! Thankfully not any more!
Summer Porch Makeover Idea 3 – String Lights
For the gorgeous Edison string lights I picked up for summer, we used the Command™ Clear Light Clips – on the porch ceiling!
Just look how cozy and welcoming the porch is at twilight…
(At Christmas time I think we'll use the Command™ Clear Light Clips to hang lights around each window too, avoiding more nail holes but adding plenty of charm!)
We also chose the Command™ Large Graphite Designer Hook for hanging seasonal decorations and an outdoor thermometer. But alas I couldn't find a thermometer I like just yet, so the Graphite Designer Hooks will be here waiting for me to make a decision.
Here's the Before, Progress and After for you again…
I think our curb appeal has drastically improved, don't you? Could your porch use a little summer update too?
This post and our front porch makeover were sponsored by 3M. All the work and our opinions are our own. As always, we wouldn't use it or share it if we didn't like it!
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