Aug 28, 2012

farmhouse front porch makeover

I guess it's better late than never!  

I have been so anxious to get this project completed- it's too bad it was finished in the final days of summer break!  
Hopefully we'll have some nice weather stretch into fall so we can continue to enjoy our cozy new space.


The update of our front porch began with cleaning and re-staining our deck.
Everything had to be pressure washed and clean prior to bringing the color back to life.  With all of our wet weather here in Oregon, it's an annual chore.  
And I do mean chore.

Here was the layout before pic of our porch, from the beginning of July, this year:


...and the before pic of the badly weathered front entrance:


Pressure washed and bare:


Stained and ready!


We used Behr's semi transparent stain in Cedar Naturaltone.  It got terrible online reviews, but we decided to use it thanks to gift cards Jon had gotten through work.
It saved us about $90 out of pocket!

Since re-staining is an annual job, as long as it looks good until next summer, I hope we can live with the outcome.


We also installed some outdoor curtains behind the porch swing.  We installed some screw hooks, and simply added an extra long curtain rod I found at a thrift shop for 99 cents.


The curtains are drop cloths from Home Depot.
We used the long, narrow ones. (not the typical 6 x 9)
  Some rope tie backs, and we have an instant outdoor room!

I had this little ladder that I used in my room at Aunt Bee's.


I used it to display linens, but eventually switched it out for something bigger. We decided to hang it with some short lengths of chain, and weave some outdoor bulbs through it for a unique chandelier.
(would that be considered a ladder-lier?)



I love it- so fun and unique!!

This chippy little stool now holds one of our planters, and I like that it gives the appearance of a little window box.

  
I also rearranged the furniture placement and the plants by the door.
Our front door takes quite a beating from the sun every summer, and it needed some TLC.


We sanded and restained the lower part of the door, and added a kick plate to hide the wear and tear.

Our door handle was also looking pretty worn, so I polished it up with some metal polish, and it looks so much better when friends and family come by.

The final element I plan to add to the porch will be a subway sign on the wall here:


I am making my own replica of this charming sign I saw on Pinterest,
via Barn Owl Primitive's Etsy shop.


So cute!

In a few weeks I'll add all of my fall decorations to the porch, but I'm so glad we finally got the makeover done!


Thanks for visiting, see you soon!
I think I will go enjoy a cup of coffee in my new outdoor room....

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21 comments:

  1. Your porch looks wonderful! Love the curtains especially.

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  2. Love what you did with the porch. Looks wonderful. Excited to see your subway art also. Love the saying. :)

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  3. Wow, your porch is so charming and cozy. I love the "ladder-lier" and your subway sign is going to be the perfect finishing touch. Hope you get lots of time to enjoy it before the winter sets in. Great job Denise!

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  4. LOVE it! so cozy! and i love the porch rules! :)

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  5. Oh how pretty. I love the curtains and the ladder lights. How fun and so clever. Great place to sit and enjoy. Hugs, Marty

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  6. your ladder lier is my absolute favorite. you did an awesome job out there. now....how to keep all the bugs and spiders out? it seems i am just brushing them off a chair every time i go outside to sit down. i would hate to think what would get in the curtains.

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  7. That looks so great Denise!! I need to come by and see it in person!

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  8. Your porch looks great! Love the ladder chandelier, so cute....I am about to redecorate my screened porch with my globe lights! Love the effect!

    Have a great week!

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  9. Your porch is beautiful! Thanks so much for the shout out for my sign!
    Wishing you lots of cozy afternoons and time to relax!
    xo ~ kristi

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  10. Your porch looks so clean and cozy. Very inviting!

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  11. Denise- Your porch turned out beautifully. Restaining is a lot of work but so worth it when you are done. It looks wonderful-cozy and inviting- xo Diana

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  12. Oh how lovely! I've been ignoring my porch all summer. I have been wanting to do curtains on mine too - drop cloths most likely. and can I steal your idea of the ladder with the lights? I love it! Pretty please???!!!

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  13. Great makeover. What a sunny place for the end of the summer, yet cozy enough (Quilts!) for the autumn. Great use of drop cloths by the way!

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  14. Love your makeover, what a charming outdoor space you've created! I especially love your ladder chandelier, how clever. :) --Fran

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  15. What a cozy space you have created. I love what you have done.

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  16. What a comfy spot! I'm hoping for a few more days of summer too!

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  17. What a wonderful porch! I could be so comfy here!

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  18. hi Denise - it looks so inviting. what a great makeover. so many lovely little elements
    Fiona xx

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  19. What a charming porch! love that ladder lights idea...way cool!!! Hope you share it at my party.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  20. Love it ! That ladder idea is awesome as well as the curtains!

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  21. oh my goodness! you did such an incredible job with this project. i love absolutely everything about it.

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