Front Porch Makeover on a Budget

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We recently made a few simple updates to our front porch and the results are blowin' my mind! Here is how the house looked about a year ago.
last summer we had the house painted, which was a huge, improvement. A whole year went by and last weekend Jesse and I cranked out a few more updates. First, my husband, Jesse, built boxes around our metal scroll work columns which was an affordable way to update the overall look (about $60 worth of plywood).
While Jesse was building the boxes, I used Rustoleum to paint our front door and screen door. Our dogs were very confused as to why I removed the windows!
We had this raggedy vintage glider on our back deck, so I decided to freshen it up and bring it to the font porch. I used the same can of Rustoleum I purchase for the front doors.
I also purchased new plant stands (they're really meant for candles) for either side of the door and hung two ferns using rope and a simple two knot method.
I'm loving our front porch, it's so nice to come home to! Of course I'm never quite "finished" so I'd like to add a couple more accessories like a fun sign for our house numbers. Aside from having the house painted, the rest of the updates cost about $200. Not too shabby!
For more photos and details, please visit the post on my blog. Thanks for reading, happy Hometalking!

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  • Rebecca
    on May 18, 2018

    Looks great! Do you have an article on how he made the columns?

    • Lifestyles Homes
      on Jul 1, 2019

      The article said it was (exterior grade) plywood.

      The photo shows 1x2’s and 1x8’s (maybe 10’s), Pine.

      They appear to be toe nailed into the soffit, as I don’t see any blocking.

      Theres the “skirt” trim top and bottom.

      I would put some long coated or galvanized screws through the middle and bottom, to and the hold them together. Fill in the screw heads & paint to match.

  • Sheri Farley
    on Jul 28, 2018

    i love the the rope plant hangers? Do you have instructions on how to make these?!! I have several house plants that need to be hung up when I bring them in for the winter.

  • Linda Cabler
    on Aug 26, 2018

    I just have a little ole bitty 5' stoop out front. What can I do to "fix it up?"

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  • VanessaR
    on Apr 20, 2019

    Looks awesome!

  • Judy
    on Feb 10, 2020

    I replaced wrought iron posts with posts made made with 10" X 10" lumber and it changed the look of my porch completely!

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