Front porch makeover (decorated for summer in red, white, and blue)

Can’t wait to show you my summer front porch!  I just love red, white, and blue and using it to decorate outdoors for summer just seems so fitting! 

Front porch makeover (decorated for summer in red, white, and blue)

But first let’s stop back a bit and look at how we got to that pretty decorated porch.  It required lots of painting, staining, and cleaning!

The white rails weren’t too bad but I knew a fresh paint job would definitely make them better.  I think it had been 2 years since I painted them. 

Front porch makeover (decorated for summer in red, white, and blue

And after painting my door, I didn’t want the framing with it’s chips and dings to detract from it. 

Front porch makeover (decorated for summer in red, white, and blue

Sometimes you think a white railing is pretty good… until you start painting on the fresh bright white paint.  Then you really see how much difference it makes. 

Front porch makeover (decorated for summer in red, white, and blue

Then it was time to address the deck boards.  They hadn’t been stained in 2 years either and with the new black shutters and door I was really wanting to make them a bit darker. 

Front porch makeover (decorated for summer in red, white, and blue

So I used my stain I have used from day 1 on this deck and mixed in some of my black paint I used on the doors and shutters.  Stain lasts forever – this stain is probably 8-9 years old and I haven’t used 1/2 a gallon of it. 

Front porch makeover (decorated for summer in red, white, and blue

So the rails were much better and the deck was darker and nicely stained.  (Sorry I should have rinsed it before I took these pictures but we have been having daily rain so it wouldn’t have stayed clean for long.)

Front porch makeover (decorated for summer in red, white, and blue

Then I addressed the bench.  This is it’s 3rd summer on my porch and the sun had really started destroying the finish on the exposed areas – the top rail and the front seat board.

Front porch makeover (decorated for summer in red, white, and blue

Nothing a quick coat of dark walnut stain couldn’t fix.  I do wish I would have taken time to sand more and/or apply a wood conditioner so I would have gotten a more even coverage, but I can always do that next summer. 

Front porch makeover (decorated for summer in red, white, and blue

And don’t forget the door (and shutters) got a paint job too and went from this…

Front porch makeover (decorated for summer in red, white, and blue

to this!

Front porch makeover (decorated for summer in red, white, and blue

So here’s the whole porch!  Only thing new is the red garden stool which I saw on Young House Love’s show home they just completed and was super surprised when I saw the price at Lowe’s – so I had one shipped to me too!   

Front porch makeover (decorated for summer in red, white, and blue

Everything else is just fresh paint and stain and it makes a world of difference.   The pillows are covers I made previously with the addition of a 50¢ thrift store flag pillow I found a few weeks ago.

Front porch makeover (decorated for summer in red, white, and blue)

I didn’t take a before picture from this angle of the porch but here is one from 2 years ago summer with the burgundy shutters and door.

Front porch makeover (decorated for summer in red, white, and blue)

And here it is today.

Front porch makeover (decorated for summer in red, white, and blue)

I LOVE it! Smile  My front porch isn’t big and since the door is at the very end it doesn’t allow for a really pretty sitting area or swing but I think I have made the space I have work as best as possible. 

Do you decorate your porch?  Have a sitting area?  Been doing some painting this summer?  I would love to see pictures of your porch – link them in the comments or share on facebook.

Comments

  1. Sherri Smith says:

    It looks great! I love red, white & blue for summer too 🙂 I am getting ready to make a basket for my front door with those colors. No, no painting for me. We painted our front door about 8 months ago so it is good to go!! Thanks for sharing your lovely porch.

    Happy Thursday..
    ~Sherri

  2. Beautiful! Great job! I do decorate my front porch, however……. It is a sad little thing because it is concrete that is falling away from my house and cracked. Sadly, it is way down in the list of priorities, so I decorate it to distract from how dog gone ugly it really us! : ) It’s putting lipstick on a pig!

  3. Shirley Lange says:

    You have inspired me. We have a small front porch that I have never really done anything with. It’s a concrete floor and I have two wrought iron chairs , one each on each sides of the front door. They are a deep green as is the door and I have a nice welcome mat. In years past I have had a wreath on the door but not of late. I realize, after seeing what you have done, that it could be a nice looking first impression with a bit of attention. Thanks, Christina! Your porch looks fantastic.

  4. Your front porch looks very pretty, love the pillows. It is amazing what a coat of paint can do isn’t it???

    Cynthia
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