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Our Front Porch Makeover

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Our porch makeover this year resulted in a cozy outdoor room with an Americana theme including red white and blue decor and lots of live flowers and plants.

The process included lots of new paint and a few fun DIY decor projects. We added Boston ferns, red geraniums and white petunias too.

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Let’s take a look at how it all came together.

Porch Makeover Before Picture. Complete makeover including new steps, painted rails and floor, painted swing, planters and wicker chair. Boston ferns, geraniums and more added

There were multiple DIY projects within the entire makeover. As with any good makeover, it was a lot of work and took a while but we enjoyed the process. He left the decor decisions to me and I left all the paint decisions to him.  One weekend we had most of our family here helping to paint the rails and banisters. We appreciate all of their sweat equity!

We pulled the wicker rocker out of our storage building along with the matching wicker table and gave them both a coat of white spray paint. The swing also received a much needed makeover and I shared all those details here.

Porch Makeover Before Picture. Complete makeover including new steps, painted rails and floor, painted swing, planters and wicker chair. Boston ferns, geraniums and more added

To really appreciate the after picture you have to see the before picture. Somehow our outdoor living spaces tend to fall into a state of just plain ugly over time. I did a mini makeover of the porch several years ago with minor changes which you can see here. Clearly that makeover had exceeded its expiration date!

 

My youngest daughter gifted me this beautiful American flag Mason jar set. She did the DIY herself and I think it turned out great. She also gave me that adorable American flag metal tray which fits perfect on our wicker table!  I made the Americana Mason jar lid coaster set recently. My hubby and I have been using them on our coffee date mornings.

DIY Stenciled Americana Drop Cloth Pillow Cover

You will want to grab the link for the awesome stencil I used to make my Americana Drop Cloth Pillow Cover. I also shared the paint colors. I am looking for an excuse to use that blue again!

American Flag porch table with white flower pot full of red geraniums and white petunias

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My hubby gave this cute flag table a makeover last summer. You can see that entire project here. We have been keeping the table inside until the porch makeover was complete. We both are loving having it right back in that spot between the swing and the house.

I found that old lantern at an estate sale a few years ago and gave it an easy makeover trying to preserve the character of the piece. It actually has a solar light in it.

Porch Makeover Before Picture. Complete makeover including new steps, painted rails and floor, painted swing, planters and wicker chair. Boston ferns, geraniums and more added

This blue speckled canner pot I found at a yard sale was perfect to use for a flower container on our Americana porch, don’t you think? It is filled with red geraniums and white petunias. The red geraniums are full of buds so flowers are coming soon!

There are two more flower containers on the porch which were painted, one red and the other white. I choose to only place three planters on the porch since the house is actually for sale and we don’t want to overcrowd the porch. The red one hiding behind the swing has a mother-in-law tongue plant in it which is probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 years old. I actually just repotted it.

DIY Americana Clay Pot Wreath tutorial

Our Americana Clay Pot Wreath which you can see here is probably one of my favorite new additions to the front porch decor! I love that I was able to add some succulents into the decor somewhere! The door was already red so it got a good cleaning and then we moved on!

Porch Makeover Before Picture. Complete makeover including new steps, painted rails and floor, painted swing, planters and wicker chair. Boston ferns, geraniums and more added

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One of the biggest aspects of this porch makeover was replacing the steps. After 17 years of being beat up by wind, rain and sun I think we can all agree new steps were needed! Another weekend project but it was the last one! 

Porch Makeover Before Picture. Complete makeover including new steps, painted rails and floor, painted swing, planters and wicker chair. Boston ferns, geraniums and more added

Porch Makeover Project list

  • Pressure wash the entire porch and banisters
  • Paint porch rails and banisters white
  • Paint porch floor gray
  • Replace wicker chairs with repainted wicker rocker and table 
  • Paint porch swing
  • Make Americana pillow cover
  • Make Americana wreath
  • Repaint flower containers
  • Add made over American flag table
  • Add Americana Mason jar lid coasters 
  • Add Boston ferns, red geraniums, white petunias
  • Create flower pot using thrifted blue speckled canner pot
  • Replace and paint steps

It was a lot of work with many little projects along with a few big projects but we love the outcome! We have been enjoying our standing coffee dates on the porch even more!

While we will miss this home after 17 of our 20 years together have been lived here but we are looking forward to the next chapter and new home project ideas!

Porch Makeover Before Picture. Complete makeover including new steps, painted rails and floor, painted swing, planters and wicker chair. Boston ferns, geraniums and more added

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  1. I love the upcycle of the canner. Since I’m a gardener and I can, to turn into a flower pot wouldn’t have crossed my mind. It looks great. Pinning this to my DIY board.

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