Monday, April 9, 2012

Porch Makeover

Hope you had a fantastic Easter! We had wonderful weather and a  very relaxing day.

On Friday and Saturday I worked on transforming our Front Porch. It was in bad shape and desperately needed some help.

Your front porch or entry is the first place that great your guests and should look warm and welcoming...


 OK, Don't judge...
My front porch was definitely not very welcoming...The evergreen shrub in the large white planter  had seen better days. Looks like it hadn't been watered in months!
Have you ever been there?

The seating area wasn't any better; the bench cushion was faded, and the bronze paint was showing some wear. This is a photo of when the seating area looked good. It was too embarrassing to show you how it looked a few days ago.


Here's how the front door pretty much looked like for a couple of years. It was  definitely time for a little change!


Spray paint is the first thing I go to when something needs changing up.
Here are the first two victims items to undergo a  transformation  with  some help from a little spray paint.


Here's how the front door looks now:

 



The large white container is now filled with Impatiens, Creeping Jenny and Day lilies. I couldn't resist buying the yellow Gerbera Daisies. Two gray pots were found at a recent stop at HomeGoods.


A large fern sits in the tall ceramic pot which was painted black. Rustoleum's Fern Green gloss paint was used to cover a small terra cotta pot that was previously red.



Now, for the seating area...

The new floral  cushion was found at HomeGoods and the pillow is covered with some fabric that was purchased awhile back. I first painted the little table black, but then decided to paint it fern green and the bench black. So much better!









Much more welcoming, don't you think?

Pam













48 comments:

  1. It sure looks welcoming now Pam. I love the spots of color, and the fern is pretty too!

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  2. It looks really pretty! Our entry looks very similar to yours and I wasn't sure what was off with it-now I know, I need to add a couple smaller pots to round things off. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  3. Pam, your porch looks great all freshened up. I still need to work on mine. That bench is truly transformed. Love your door basket.

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  4. Love it! Everything looks great and makes me wanna go get my spray paint cans out too! lol.:)

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  5. Pam you porch looks fantastic and I LOVE the bench in black! Pretty plants too!

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  6. Your porch looks amazing. I love the new colors and the plants are all so pretty. I need to give ours a little spruce . Hugs, Marty

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  7. Your porch looks beautiful and I like the colors you used! Liz

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  8. Wow what an awesome transformation! Looks beautiful.

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  9. The paint did a wonderful job of refreshing the bench which looked great by the way. I love creeping jenny and have it all over the place, it comes back after winter for me. I spray painted four things too this weekend and you know I hardly ever paint. Must be contagious.

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  10. Love the transformation for Spring Pam! The shades of green mixed with orange + yellow are a real stand out against the touches of black accents (esp. the shutters and LOVE your black front door!!) xo

    Happy Easter and Spring!
    xo Lynda

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  11. Pam, it's wonderful! I love your front porch and guest will feel most welcomed! The larger container really looks great painted black contrasting against the pretty green fern. Happy Spring and thanks for the porch inspiration!

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  12. It looks beautiful Pam! I love the door basket and colors.

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  13. That is a cute front porch. I always love what a little spray paint can do. The flowers look so cheery. I now need to get to my front porch.

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  14. Quite inviting, indeed! I'm patiently awaiting for freezing temperatures to pass so we can get on with the annuals too.

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  15. Very pretty, Pam...it looks so welcoming with the flowers and ferns. The bench looks good in black and the lime green really pops. I love it all!

    XO,
    Jane

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  16. go spray paint and new plants. Looks great!

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  17. Paint is a girls best friend. Love the color combinations that you used. The little green table makes the whole porch pop with color.
    Sandy

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  18. Hey! Spray Paint is a DIY girl's best friend! Adore the green! The black looks marvelous - love the transformation! The colors are perfect! A very welcoming front porch indeed!
    Hope you have a great week,
    Kathy

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  19. So pretty and fresh. I love that you painted the little table green. An nice unexpected bright spot. Gerber daisies are my favorite!

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  20. Beautiful images. You have a lovely blog. I am visiting you via Tuesday Treasures. I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas.

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  21. I love it ......your porch screams welcome come on in. I really like the green accents.

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  22. Beautiful, love the fabric on the bench too.

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  23. I love your spruce up! Yes, I have been there w/the shrub in the pot that died. LOL! I cannot believe you used the same color of Rustoleum that I used for my project, you know the four can one I was telling you about. How cool is that? I've still got something else to finish up with that project but will be showing it soon. Your porch looks fantastic, great job!

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  24. Great job Pam, looks very inviting, like I could just walk right up to the door and knock. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Your porch looks really good. I love the fern green with your black wrought iron bench and door. Great color choices in the plants, too.
    Babs

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  26. Your front porch is beautiful! I am loving the green and all of the colors from the flowers!

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  27. Beautiful Spring porch...I am in love with your bench..gorgeous!

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  28. Love all the bright, happy colors! And I adore the green cushion!

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  29. Oh I just adore your front door decor!! I can't wait to do mine. I'm thinking of painting my door black.

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  30. It is SO amazing what fresh paint can do. Your porch looks lovely and I especially love the bench and fern green side table. Thanks for linking up to The Mother Lode party over at I Gotta Create!
    <3 Christina

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  31. Love the colors. It all came together beautifully. I am a new follower.

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  32. Everything looks so pretty and welcoming! I would love for you to share this post with my readers at my linky party via: http://ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com/2012/04/show-me-what-you-got-linky-party-9.html

    Mrs.Delightful
    www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  33. Very pretty! Everything looks so fresh and inviting!

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  34. Pam,
    Your porch looks so bright and cheery and welcoming!
    Mary Alice

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  35. Love your front porch, very welcoming.
    Just a little paint and a few accessories sure make all the difference.

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  36. Love the green and black! I have the same problem you did with the neglected plant. I'm always having to replace the porch plants. In fact, that's on my to do list right now. I just read a tip that recommended using saucers under your pots to help keep moisture in the pot. I don't know why I hadn't been doing that. I'm hoping that will be the change that keeps my plants alive...well that and I actually need to water them from time to time. ;)

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

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  37. Doesn't spring just renew everything? Your porch is so inviting. I have a bench close to the one of yours and I need now to paint it after seeing yours.

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    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Igottacreate/100573240032625?sk=wall
    Thanks so much for linking up <3

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  39. Featuring you tonight on Facebook!
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Igottacreate/100573240032625
    Thanks so much for linking up!

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  40. Yes, very welcoming. Im loving the green on that lil table. Please come visit me at PICKINandPAINTIN.blogspot.com and maybe you'll follow back??? THANKS. 8-)

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  41. Awesome makeover! Looks fantastic! I'm going to link it up to my FB page tonight!

    Thanks for linking it up!

    --Katie
    @ Creatively Living

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  42. Looks awesome Pam!! So warm and inviting.

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  43. I just saw this over at homestories and you just made my decision for "what am I going to do today?" ha! I was sitting here thinking about what project to do today and wouldn't ya know it.....your picture showed up of your front porch :) Mine will be getting a little spruce up today also! Thanks for the push :)

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  44. What an beautiful front porch you have! This is very inspiring. I really need to get out and do something with our front door area. Megan

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  45. Thank you for the inspiration! I have been trying to decide what to plant on my front stoop (I have large concrete planters). Just wanted to let you know that several years later, you're still giving out inspiration!

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