Thank you so much for all your great comments on my mailbox dilemma post yesterday! So many great suggestions! I am eager to get started on it and even took a trip to a discount grower’s outlet yesterday and got some beautiful plants. So maybe my project will be done in the next week or two. And of course I will share it here with you!
So here is the next project in our series on “Sprucing up the outdoors for Spring.” You can catch catch up on our past projects, “Cleaning out and beautifying the flower beds” and “Planting color-filled flower pots” by clicking on those titles.
The past two weeks though I have been taking a break from the dirt and flower beds and working on my front porch. This post will be part one of two as this is the sprucing up part of it and I will show you the decorating part of it in part two. I worked out there this week invoking every bit of my Southern roots on my front porch and I can’t wait to show you!
So here was my front porch the first week of April. Not too bad you think, right?
Let’s get a little closer. Pollen, dead leaves, aging wood, etc. Oh, and a door that needs to be repainted – that might have to be in part three!
Oh, and this is just gorgeous right?? We had this outside pole replaced at the end of the summer last year because it had rotted at the bottom. It was pre-primed, but I never got around to painting it (or filling in the new nail holes, spackling the gaps…)
I had repainted the white rails and re-stained the deck part of the porch two years ago. BUT that was when we had bushes that were overtaking the porch and I wasn’t able to get to the front of the porch at all to stain the decking boards or to paint the white rails. So I decided to just re-do it all and I should be good for at least another 2 years.
I did the rails first and it honestly didn’t take long at all – maybe 2 hours?
Then the next day I stained the decking boards. I just re-used the same stain I had used before but I did darken it a little with some black and brown paint to take away some of the “reddish brown” and make it just a more “dark brown.”
Here is the deck freshly stained and the rails freshly painted white! You can see in the corner too that the railing looks much better than before.
Nothing like freshly painted white rails and dark stained deck and that water beads up on when it rains! And the fact that I don’t have to do this job for at least another 2 years
I know it is hard to see but it really did make a difference on the deck. I love that the water beads up on it now. That is when you know the wood has a good seal. And I think it is a little less “reddish” now too especially once it dried fully.
You can definitely tell a difference with the rails! Amazing what a little white paint can do! By the way, I just used leftover paint from past years on the rails – off the shelf, Behr outdoor white paint.
I would love to hear what projects you have been working on! Have you planted any flowers this spring, painted outside, cleaned up something?