Front porch part 1: new paint and stain {Sprucing up the Outdoors for Spring series}

sprucing up the outdoors for spring button

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! Smile

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.

front porch button

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! Smile


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! Smile  And the fact that I don’t have to do this job for at least another 2 years Smile


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.

porch beforeafter

I would love to hear what projects you have been working on!  Have you planted any flowers this spring, painted outside, cleaned up something?



  1. Looks great!! Paint is a powerful thing! Can’ t wait to see how you decorate it!
    Renee @ Living, Laughing, & Loving recently posted..Reading Challenge… what are your kids hearing?My Profile

    • Christina says:

      thanks! 🙂 Yes, paint is amazing! Just wait till you see the mailbox – I missed our house today cause it looks so different ! LOL!

  2. Christina, do you ever sit down???? It looks amazing, friend! You always do such a great job!!
    Molly Swaffer recently posted..Some extra TLCMy Profile

    • Our shutters are now a gross faded green color. I don’t wont to replace them. Any (easy) tips for sprucing up faded shutters.

      • Christina says:

        spray paint!! seriously… not sure how easy they are to get too – can you lean out the window and unscrew the screws, reach them easy? If you can get to them – there should be just a few screws attaching them. Take them down – pressure wash – then spray paint. If they are plastic or wood – get spray paint specifically designed for that. a few coats, let them dry, then put them back up and they should look good as new 🙂

        Wait till I share my mailbox re-do next Wednesday – I am still amazed at what spray paint can do!! 🙂

    • Christina says:

      unfortunately, yes, probably too much. 🙂

      Not sure where my extra energy or motivation is coming from the last few weeks, but I am making use of it and going to bed VERY tired every night! 🙂 Having a week without babysitting probably helped too. Probably some of it is my own stubbornness to actually get done what I said I would and what I want to get done this month, some is the beautiful weather we are having and the knowledge that when June gets here I won’t want to be outside doing all of this, some is once I get started on projects it feeds my desire to do MORE! AND I love working on stuff outside – planting, cleaning, decorating, mowing the grass, clearing out trees, putting in new beds. I just love it all. 🙂 Sure would be nice if I loved cleaning my house as much.

      Oh, and since you are needing to take it a little easy these days, I figured I would use this time to try to catch up :b

  3. You’re so clever!!! I would have never thought to add paint to darken the stain. It looks so nice …. Love the contrast with the stain and white railing! You did great!!!!

    • Christina says:

      I probably saw the paint added to stain idea online. 🙂

      thanks for commenting on the contrast…I like that too 🙂

  4. Our neighbor has gorgeous flowers around her mailbox. Just simple garden wall blocks stacked in a circle two or maybe three layers high and ONE beautiful purple perennial that kinda spills over the sides. Love it. Hubs has been noticing it too and wants to do something to our mailbox. Gotta love neighborly inspiration. =)

    • Christina says:

      can’t wait to share my mailbox upgrade/makeover – amazing what some paint can do. 😉

      hope to work on the flowers this week 🙂

  5. Sorry just realized that I was back at the porch post and not the mailbox one….that being said I love what paint and stain can do to a porch/deck. It’s time to do ours again. Yup, it’s been two years. I was kinda putting it off until the pollen calmed down…at least that was the excuse that I was telling myself. =p
    Heather @ Thrifty Stories recently posted..Harris Teeter: Super Doubles 4/18-4/24/12My Profile

    • Christina says:

      I waited for that too. It is almost like we have had 2 pollen seasons. we had the aweful yellow dust – then I painted – now we have that pod type pollen every where and more yellow dust. Glad I got it down in between 🙂

      I like doing it often as it doesn’t take as long each time then. This year went super quick – a little over an hour for the railing and under and hour for the deck (not counting pressure washing beforehand) 🙂 And I broke that up and did it on 2 separate days too 🙂

  6. I love the transformation of your stuff, simple but elegant… Wow!
    Evelyn recently recovery servicesMy Profile

  7. But lets not forget about that these poker sets and components usually are not only for guys, there are actually
    zynga poker chips desired a good deal of women who love poker and so are typically additional qualified than
    their male zynga poker chips now relatives and good friends.
    s also rumors on the internet that a 1000 gigabyte USB flash drive will
    soon be available on the consumer market. These
    attacks are extremely expensive to launch and have often shown to have government involvement. recently posted..mot-de-passe-facebook.bittovore.comMy Profile

  8. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about sprucing up the outdoors for spring.
    Lottie recently posted..LottieMy Profile

  9. ‘ According to a post from the Rockstar Support
    page on Nov. The first networked game was called Mazewar, a game which involved networked players traveling through a maze and attempting
    to kill one another. Videogames are still a relatively new form of
    entertainment; the modern games industry has been around
    for less than 40 years.
    Marcos recently posted..MarcosMy Profile

  10. I was recommended this website by my cousin. I am not sure
    whether this post is written by him as nobody else
    know such detailed about my problem. You are amazing!
    purchase silver recently posted..purchase silverMy Profile

  11. I love what you guys tend to be up too. This type of clever work and reporting!
    Keep up the good works guys I’ve included
    you guys to my blogroll.
    Elida Atamian recently posted..Elida AtamianMy Profile

  12. Hi, What is the dark stain that you used on your front porch? Is is so rich looking and gorgeous!
    Thanks Liz

  13. Hurrah! Finally I got a website from where I can really obtain valuable data concerning
    my study and knowledge.
    Dinah recently posted..DinahMy Profile

  14. Aw, this was an exceptionally nice post. Spending some time and
    actual effort to produce a good article… but what can I say… I hesitate a lot and never seem to get anything done.
    handcrafted recently posted..handcraftedMy Profile

  15. I every time emailed this weblog post page to all my
    contacts, since if like to read it then my contacts will too.
    payday loans recently posted..payday loansMy Profile

  16. What’s up i am kavin, its my first occasion to commenting anyplace, when i
    read this paragraph i thought i could also create comment due to this brilliant
    Glen recently posted..GlenMy Profile

  17. It’s actually a ool and useful piece of info.

    I’m satisfied that youu just shared this helpful info
    with us. Please stay us informed like this. Thnks for sharing.
    Barney recently posted..BarneyMy Profile


  1. […] I applied a quick coat of stain/weather protectant sealant (the same stain and color I used on my front porch re-do that I posted last […]

  2. […] You will remember that I painted the rails white again […]

Speak Your Mind


CommentLuv badge

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.