When I picked this house out last summer while Josh was in Afghanistan it was tough. I LOVED the floor plan, and the yard, and the neighborhood…and that was it. It is tough to find a house in Swansboro, for a reasonable price (not a gigillion dollars)- much less one that is in a waterfront neighborhood with a tiny little view of the water. BUT, the house had been vacant for 2 years and the little old lady that owned it really wanted to sell-so I got the deal of a lifetime.
So…I hated the exterior. I am still dealing with hateful feelings toward the exterior.
But I did a quick front porch makeover that let my brain relax for a few minutes – because ya’ll know I just can’t stop thinking about things when they are not PERFECT. This is the front porch before:
This is after my little makeover:
After (landscaping this fall):
The steps have to be reworked. They need to be widened and risers added. We talk about this on a daily basis. We hate them.
I primed the front porch with special primer from Sherwin Williams. It only took 1 coat of primer (awesome), and prevents wood juice…the technical term…from seeping through. Because of the awesome primer it also only took one coat of paint! I beefed up the skinny posts with $15.00 brackets from Lowes. I would still like to trim out the posts to make them bigger and more like columns. Something like this:
I stained the decking with Cabot Jarrah Brown from Lowes. The rocking chairs are also from Lowes. I had the pillows laying around and I wasn’t using them. I now understand the need for outdoor fabric…outdoors. I am working on a plan for next spring that involves outdoor fabric pillows. I am also going to paint the front door another color. I haven’t figured that out yet. I am thinking maybe a soft butter. I would swap out new pillows in coordinating fabric and spray paint (my fav) the planters on either side of the door maybe bronze or brown . And yes…I know the pencil holly is dead. I needed more sun. Poor pencil holly.
I am also thinking that I need to work on some little tables because there is nowhere to put drinks…and THAT is a problem…this is the south and we need sweet tea on the front porch. I would love to find some little thrift store tables that I can paint in a coordinating color.
Another before shot:
I swear Copper has to be in EVERY picture.
We need a new porch light too. This one is just not cutting it.
The back porch is next….is it also U-G-L-Y.Share on Facebook