Seems like yesterday I was wearing my fuzzy slippers, hunkered down in front of the fire ready for another winter storm. Many chilly mornings I found myself counting down the days until the official start of spring and a warmer. A time that I could get outside and give my sad, drab porch a refresh.
According to the calendar spring, 2020 began on March 19. Now if I’ve learnt one thing throughout my 30 plus years in Canada, is that spring here doesn’t generally start until after the May long weekend. In past years it’s even been known to snow in the last weeks of May. That little fact isn’t going to deter me, I need to get my spring on!
So with spring finally here, its time to start planning the revamp of our front porch. I’m a firm believer that the entrance sets the tone for your entire home. It is the first impression people get so why not give it a little extra love. I have a feeling that being able to make my own décor items with Chalk Couture my porch is going to have some extra pizzazz this year!
I have to admit it wasn’t long ago that my door was still decorated with our Christmas wreath. We also had a very wilted planter which looked very sorry for itself beside the door. Sadly it took us way too long to store away the snow shovels and Christmas lights too! Needless to say our porch needed some TYC was an understatement.
Check out my Pinterest board “Home – Porch” for some great ideas for refreshing your own porch.
Here are my seven steps for your front porch refresh:
1) Clean, clean, clean!
Rubber gloves at the ready! Time to start scrubbing and power washing to make the porch rails, windows, floor and ceiling sparkle. I’m always amazed by the grime that builds up over the winter, aren’t you? You would actually think that with all the rain and snow it would actually wash the dirt away! Not act as some kind of weird grime glue!
If you are lucky enough to get a warm sunny day for this project open up windows and doors. This way you can clean around the hinges, ledges and inside the glass too. As mum always said, if you are going to do, do it right the first time! You are going to need a good grease cutting cleaner to clear away four-plus months of grime. However, remember to rinse things down well as replacing dirt with streaks is defeating the
Tip: don’t wash your windows on a sunny day. Cleaning your windows on a cloudy day will allow you to see the dirt and grime without the glare from the sun and get a deeper, streak-free shine.
2) Give your door a fresh coat of paint
We’ve been in our home for eight years now. This hardly seems possible. I still remember lining up at the builder’s office, just to make an appointment to look at floor plans. Sadly, our front door is looking tired and showing major signs of wear and tear. Dog scratches, dings from hockey bags and chips from keys that have missed the lock! It’s definitely time for a completely new coat of paint.
Hopefully you will be lucky enough to get away with a few paint touch-ups. However if not why not choose a new fun colour that really shows of your personality.
3) House Number
Like most of our neighbours, we still have the standard builders house number above our garage door. It’s served us well but I feel its time for something new. I also have to admit I’ve been dying to make my own house number! There are seriously hundreds of different door number styles to suit every home style from modern, classic, country to whimsical. Here are a few fun images to help you decide on your new house number.
4) Add a wreath
I love hanging wreaths on my door. Wreaths can so easily be changed to suit the season or particular holiday or celebration.
Currently I’m using an over the door wreath hanger. Does anyone else get frustrated that their wreath is never centred? I find mine moves from side to side every time I open and closed the door. To try to solve this, I just ordered a suction hook that I found on Amazon. Hopefully it will work better and keep my wreath in place. I’ll have to let you know how it works. Large 3M command hooks are an option for wreaths too.
After having this particle board monogram “S” in my craft supplies for a couple of years I decided to give it a coat of white paint, distress and add a few bunches (purchased on a buy one get one free sale) tulips. Super simple to make and is definitely spring porch worthy! If you are trying to decide which style of wreath would suit your door check out my Pinterest board wreaths
Doormats are a fun, inexpensive way to add a bit of personality to your porch. Mats can be purchased from local hardware, craft and grocery stores as well as online. As with house numbers, there are countless ready-made styles and sizes of mats available. If you are feeling really creative you can always make your own.
I’m also seriously in love with the trend of layering doormats like the one above from Lantern Lane Designs. There are way too many choices and options – yes the struggle is real!
After buying a plain mat at IKEA a year ago I finally got around to customizing it. And if I do say so myself it looks awesome, I love it! Believe me, if you knew my family you would agree with the message too! I’m already thinking of new fun designs for the fall and Christmas so I can change it up for the different seasons.
If your porch is like mine it’s pretty small. For a small porch a love seat or a couple of chairs is all that will fit comfortably. If you are lucky enough to have a larger porch or my dream, a wrap around porch you can have a lot of fun. A couple of separate seating areas, different styles of seating and even porch swings. When selecting your furniture pay close attention to scale. An oversized chair that you imagine yourself curled up in reading a good book may seem appealing, but if it’s the only thing you can fit on the porch probably not the best idea! For smaller spaces, there are a lot of great multi-purpose cubes and benches that can be used for seating, tables and storage.
We found these great chairs by Hampton Bay at Home Depot last year for under $50 each. Perfect for small spaces and added bonus not only are the cushions removable but the chairs stack too which make storage over the winter months a breeze.
Pillows, lanterns, candles, mats, planters, signs – oh my! This is where the fun really starts. You can add a little whimsy, fun and personality to your porch. Before heading out to the local Home Sense or Winners why not look around your home and see what you already have. Planters can easily be spray painted, and new covers added to last years cushions, Why not use some indoor artwork outdoors? The vase and faux flowers beside my door – yup that use to sit on the landing of my stairs.
This year I customized my own throw pillows using Chalk Couture permanent inks and transfers. Check out this video on my Facebook page to see how easy it is to customize your own cushion covers at home. If you are looking for cushion covers? I ordered these ones from Amazon. They are a great quality and lots of colour choices.
I also made my own porch sign – yes with Chalk Couture! I thought the “Bee humble and kind sign” along side the turquoise lantern was the perfect final touch.
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Our porch is open for business!
It’s still a work in progress, our door still needs to be painted and a few more details but so far I’m pretty happy with how it looks.
If you want to refresh your porch, as with any project don’t feel like you have to do everything at once. Don’t let not having your space perfect prevent you from starting to enjoy it. Remember, unless you tell people nobody knows what you haven’t done yet, they just get to enjoy and admire and enjoy what you have done.
So, next time you are sitting on your porch just enjoy the moment, relax and have an extra cold one (or two) for me!