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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  • Sheri Farley
    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
    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?"

  • Jan Petersen
    Jan Petersen
    on Jun 23, 2020

    Do you have a picture of the boxes on posts and the rails still in tact?

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  • 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!

  • Cherry Clifford
    Cherry Clifford
    on Aug 19, 2020

    How wide are the columns you replaced? I have similar iron columns but they are about 12 inches wide. My contractor thinks they will look too massive if we try to cover them.

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