Answers to frequently asked questions from On Sutton Place readers including my front door paint color & porch decor sources!
Do you have a question? Below are some of the most frequently asked questions I get from readers, especially people visiting for the first time. If you have a question not answered here, simply shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will respond as soon as I can.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Where did you get your front porch planters?
There are actually several sets of planters that have been featured on my porch. First, there were the Mayne Nantucket Tall Planters that are pictured above. These are the ones that get asked about the most. My family gave me these planters for my birthday in 2011, which was the first year of my blog. At some point I moved them to our back patio and replaced them first with galvanized washtubs, and then vintage olive buckets. Then came the Mayne Cape Cod Square Planters. (Pictured below.) A few years ago I filled them with ferns and loved the way they looked.
These square black planters were also moved to the back patio and replaced with the light-weight galvanized square planters that are pictured below. To see the tall and square black planters on our back patio, click HERE.
The last look (in the images below) that was featured on our front porch before we moved was this set of DIY painted planters that matched our front door. I planted ferns in the summer, and mums with tiny petunias in the fall. These planters stayed with the house, and the new owners love them!
Where did you get your olive buckets?
I got the set featured below on eBay. They are genuinely vintage and are almost matching in height, but they aren’t identical. Buying olive buckets is tricky. Some of the new ones look like they are vintage…in fact, it’s very hard to tell sometimes. A new, reproduction olive bucket is much less expensive than an authentic one. An authentic will cost anywhere between $35 and $80. I have seen them on Etsy for even more than that. From my research and years of shopping online, an estimated good price would be in the $50 range.
Do your front porch pillows get wet?
Yes, actually they do! Of course, it depends on the way the wind blows, but they usually get a little damp when it rains. I decided a long time ago that I was not going to let that stop me from using pillows and throws on my porch. I try to use washable fabrics, but there have been occasions when I have not. (Like this Christmas porch.) Even if the pillows get wet, they eventually dry out. I have never had anything get ruined from rain or snow. I have a covered porch that is open to the elements from the front…so my rockers do get some protection. That is definitely something to consider when making your decision.
My #1 most asked question: What is your front door paint color?
The color of my front door is Naval from Sherwin Williams. It is, in my opinion, the perfect navy blue. The door was red originally, so to cover that we used a coat of gray primer followed by two coats of Naval in a satin finish. We used the paint specifically made for outdoors. I really love how it looks up close, and also from the street. I highly recommend it!
Read more about my front door HERE.