Let’s talk porches. Specifically how to perk them up without starting from scratch or spending a fortune. Later on in this post, I will share my top 10 ways to perk up your porch but first, let’s start at the beginning. I’m sort of obsessed with porch decor. In my dreams, when I see my farmhouse, it has a lovely, wide front porch that runs the entire width of the house. There are white rockers, flowering plants, tables, lights and good conversation. Since all that is just a dream, and my real front porch is quite small, I do my best to make it live large. It has all the things my dream porch has…just on a smaller scale.
It doesn’t matter if your porch is big or small, wide or narrow, in good shape or bad. There are ways to make it welcoming and warm. Even if it’s a tiny stoop. Even if you don’t have much money. The very first thing to be done is a good clean-up. For some of us, it’s a bit early to do that yet. My porch currently has snow on it so any sort of clean-up will have to wait…but that’s the first thing. Sweep and wash everything. I start with my blower and then follow up with my hose. I have a little nozzle that makes a very sharp stream so I can easily clean the cement floor, brick, and shutters. I also hose down my rockers, table, and planters.
About the actual porch. My porch floor and steps are cement. They aren’t in great shape and the porch has a crack that drives me nuts. However, a new porch isn’t going to happen so I make the most of what I have. I’m actually thinking about adding an outdoor rug this year. Another great way to spruce up a porch floor is with outdoor floor paint. Make sure to buy the paint that’s specifically for this purpose. It usually comes in gray or white. I’ve used it on my daughter’s porch and also on the floor in our screened-in back porch. It’s not a permanent fix, but if your porch is in bad shape, it can improve things immensely.
Now that things are clean, the fun begins. The one thing everyone has, no matter what, is a door. So make the most of it!
- Paint it a contrasting color so it pops from the street.
- Replace or spray paint old hardware.
- Add a wreath.
By doing just these three things you can transform any front door in a day or less…and for under $50.
My next tip is to add a fresh doormat. There’s room on even the tiniest stoop and a doormat is budget-friendly. I switch out my doormats seasonally and now have a nice collection of doormats to choose from. I store them on a shelf in my garage. I know it sounds crazy to collect doormats…who does that? However, I think it’s such a fun way to add personality and charm to your front door.
Now that the door area is under control, I’d like to send you over to my eBay blog to see my list of 10 things you need on your front porch, size permitting of course.
With each new season, I have a process I use to refresh my front porch and door area. If you’re interested, you can read about it HERE.
10 Ways to Perk Up Your Porch
Sources for some items found on our porch can be found in The OSP Market.
I hope this gets you thinking about spring and in the mood to perk up your outdoor areas. Our front porch is where I start, followed by our back porch and deck. Those two don’t usually happen until May so stay tuned for those updates. Thank you for stopping by and spending a bit of your time with me…and special thanks if you clicked over to eBay. I am so grateful.