Before and After Porch Makeover

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This porch makeover was budget friendly and added so much curb appeal to our home. We'll break down the steps we took, which can be accomplished by any skill level of DIYer.

You can read a complete breakdown on this project on our blog HERE.


Our front porch was not a place you'd want to hang out. The ceiling was in rough shape, paint was chipping and there wasn't really anywhere to sit. With a little sweat equity, we were able to turn this area around in just one weekend.

Remove Vinyl Soffit

We debated whether or not to remove the soffit, but when we discovered gorgeous wood panels behind it the decision was pretty easy. The soffit was connected by staples, and a hammer and pry bar got all of it off within an hour (and none of the wood was damaged).

Paint Ceiling

Once the soffit was off, we had the tough choice of what color we wanted to paint over the gross salmon color. We considered a classic southern blue porch ceiling, but ultimately wanted to go with something a little bolder.

We used a paint scrapper (after testing if the existing paint had lead, which it didn't) to remove flakey areas and used a sander to smooth rough patches. Then we applied two coats of dark black paint.

The cracks proved time consuming to  paint because I needed to do them all with a brush then roll over the whole thing for two coats, but it was totally worth it because the difference is amazing.

Hang Porch Swing

A big reason for removing the soffit was because we knew we wanted to hang a porch swing and needed easier access to find the ceiling joists.

We finally found the ceiling joists by just drilling a whole bunch of pilot holes until we felt the stud (which you’ll be able to tell because there will be resistance on the drill the whole way in). We used this  porch swing hanging kit from Amazon that was really easy and even came with a drilling template.


We added a couple ferns, pillows to the porch swing and a rocking chair to fully deck out our look.

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  • William William on Aug 23, 2021

    A little paint and accessories and you have a fresh place to relax. One of the reasons porch ceilings in the south are painted blue is they ward off mosquitoes. I saw this on a PBS program.

  • Janice Janice on Aug 23, 2021

    Your redo made the porch very inviting. So glad you shared your project with us. Great job!