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U will easily see why I'm calling you guys on . My pathetic excuse of a front porch. It brings me down every time i have to look at. Didn't really want to paint door though, as we are all experiencing $$$ issues.I'm begging for some ideas to add some you know, umph !!! Not totally un handy but was hoping to not have to sell a kidney to perk up. Nothing can be done bout the 2 car spaces thoughicon

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  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on May 11, 2022

    I am not clear what you are wanting to do. Replace the staircase or just decorate it. The space is too small to do a lot of decorating. The steps and deck area could be stained or paint- if it is unsafe then you need to replace it all. It shouldn't take much money to do either of these projects. Here is info to replace steps


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ogx23KgSs5E


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXJyKaMNAaU

  • Deb K Deb K on May 11, 2022

    Hi Tammy, I think you could do a few thongs to clean this up and improve the look. Hope this helps you out, you can clean this up in no time with a coat of paint! Look for mistints at your home store to get a good paint at a reduced price,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqf5O7hGX1c

  • You could paint or stain the porch. To save $$ check with your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Then you could add some potted plants/flowers on the steps on the non-railing side. You can often find pots at yard sales. This will bring some color and interest to your porch without having to spend a lot!

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 11, 2022

    Soften the look by Using White Exterior Fence Paint on it, and add window boxes in contrast color to windows either side.

  • William William on May 11, 2022

    You do need a railing on the right side. Install some risers under the stair treads. Would make it look more chunky and permanent. Stain the top deck and stair treads. Paint the railings and installed risers white.

  • Maura White Maura White on May 11, 2022

    Maybe you can rent a pressure washer so you can clear a layer of gunk off of the wood and brighten it up. then cover all the wood with a sealer. I'd also get rid of the dog and the short plant. A taller plant would look so much better on the left!

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on May 11, 2022

    You could buy the pre-cut stair base that the steps and risers would be attached to. Visit your local habitat for humanity for supplies, they are cheap there.

    You need a railing on the right hand side, remove the dog and plant.

    Color needs to be added, have you considered a wreath or potted plants to the sides of the porch landing, on the ground? Window boxes would dress it up too.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on May 12, 2022

    Hi Tammy, why not celebrate the lovely rustiness of your small porch. Two tall conifers in concrete pots on either side of the porch will add much-needed greenery. You can also make a welcome sign on a weathered piece of wood and either hang it above the door or prop it up vertically on one side. Here's a few more rustic ideas that could work while you save up the $$$$ for a big makeover - https://homebnc.com/best-rustic-farmhouse-porch-decor-ideas/

  • Homeroad Homeroad on May 12, 2022

    I think you could definitely make this work with pots of flowers around the right side. I would use tall plants layering them around the front. You can also put some small pots on the ends of the steps. I would also put a decorative rug with a mat at the entry.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on May 12, 2022

    Add a couple of large pots in bright colors with some flowers. An entrance rug that "pops" would be good. Check "At Home", they have indoor / outdoor rugs on sale for a good price this week.

  • Liz Liz on May 12, 2022

    Hanging wreath on the door. Use potted plants to form a triangle from the bottom of steps back to the wall on each side, Have taller plants toward the wall and smaller near the bottom step. Use plant hangers mounted on railing side and hang ferns or something you like. Paint the steps and. Rails with porch paint. I believe the width added by the triangular plant arrangement would draw the eye back and make the porch appear wider.👍️

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on May 13, 2022

    Power wash the steps they will look much better if you don’t have a power washer get a nozzle at Home Depot for your hose it does just as good then stain the steps with a penatrating stain so you coukd see the wood grain. That will make them look nice and protect them.

  • Betsy Betsy on May 13, 2022

    Hi Tammy: Keep your kidney :) What you may be able to do is to hie yourself down to the home improvement or local paint store and look for some exterior paint that's mis-tinted. That's paint that someone just didn't like how the colour turned out. So picky! You can get this pretty cheaply. See if they have something in a colour you like and then wander over to the garden area and look for the dead and dying plants. You can pick them up for a song (not actually, they'll throw you out!) and resuscitate them and put them on the sides of the steps with no rail. Heck, you may even be able to pick up some shrubs cheaply. Or, you can ask for the paint and/or flowers/shrubs on Freecycle.com or Trashnothing.org. These places are all over. Finally, you can check with your local Habitat for Humanity Store https://www.habitat.org/restores and see if they have any paint or stain for your porch/steps. Scroll down where it says "Find your local Habitat Restore". They have stuff cheaply, too. Don't paint your door, it's wonderful. And, I see that plant you have on the porch and the planter hiding by the house. Combine those two and put them out front on the porch where there isn't a rail and, put that dog next to the planter. You can even paint him, too :) And, I see you already have a couple empty planters, use those for your flowers, or get some bigger planters and some fake flowers from the Dollar (and a quarter) Tree. Use bright coloured flowers, reds, yellows, purples, make it pop! You can even paint your steps different colours! :) I'd paint the sides of the porch and the front one colour and maybe a different colour, lighter or darker, for the steps. And, I don't know if you've thought about this, but you can paint the cement that's under your siding, to make the whole thing look less choppy. I did that on my house and was very pleased with the look. It's amazing how it changed the look. You should be able to get something to match your siding at the mis-tint section, or some of the other sites I mentioned.


    Good luck and show us what you did.


  • Janice Janice on May 18, 2022

    You can do a lot with these functional steps. Clean them either with a scrub brush and soapy water or a high pressure wash. Let dry thoroughly. You can get one gallon of paint and make the area look totally different. Personally, I'd paint the rails white and stain the steps. If you have neighbors with mature landscaping, they may have plants that grow well in your area and might be happy to split them with you.

    I agree with William about finishing the right side of the handrail (for safety's sake).

    Colorful pots with flowering plants could add to the look, but for a more permanent fix you might find some flowering shrubs. You might also consider painting the steps in a very bright color that you love. Anything you do to look intentional will be an improvement. Good luck! You might also just ask friends/neighbors if they have paint they'd like to get rid of. I have a lot, but don't ever advertise it for sale and it's just sitting in my laundry room out of the AZ heat. I'm picturing white hand rails and a bright clear yellow for the stairs and landing!

  • Annie Annie 2 days ago

    Adding a tall flower pot on the right hand side with some tall plants in the pot would make this area look better. I would add a handrail also on the right side and maybe paint the steps and railing?