It’s here! Week 6 of Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge! Reveal Day!
I chose to makeover my side screen porch, my back porch, and front porch. The side screen porch was the biggest job, but all three spaces needed a facelift. You can see the original plan here.
For the most part, we accomplished what we wanted to. Here are a few of the before photos with the punch list.
Let’s take a look at the front of the house first.
My husband took the lead here. He took salvaged wood pieces and built the flower boxes. He also took a second-hand light, painted it black, and created the board to mount it on.
I painted the front door “Sophisticated” red using Modern Masters Front Door Paint. (Tune in next week for a detailed write up about painting my doors!).
Now for our back porch, which we use much more than our front porch! It’s actually the door everyone comes to when they visit.
We added some potted ferns and a new doormat.
I painted the back door this beautiful “Peaceful” blue using Modern Masters Front Door Paint.
We also spray painted our old doorknocker, and turned it into a more glamorous gold pineapple.
We repainted our vintage mailbox with a fresh coat of black paint.
We repainted our Adirondack chairs and made them a candy apple red. We added flag art that our kids painted, and a stars and stripes pillow on the rocker to pull it together.
We found these cool antique brass tags at an antique store and attached one to each chair.
Our screen porch was the largest job. We had a contractor re-frame, screen, and replace the door. We painted the floor, and added our decor. We are LOVING this space and the boys enjoy eating their breakfast outside.
I found the vintage rattan furniture and purchased new cushions and a rug. The little table – you’re not going to believe this – was only THREE DOLLARS at our preschool resale fundraiser. I figured that I couldn’t go wrong for $3, and I can replace it anytime and not feel guilty about it. But it’s actually the perfect size for the kids to sit at and it doesn’t take up too much room in this small space.
It totally bugs me that the contractor said we had to wait several months before we could paint the wood framing because the wood had to dry out. (?) I’m just going with it – and we’ll go through and repaint all the white trim next year.
To style the table, I shopped my own Pursuing Vintage Shop inventory. I picked up some brass candle holders and a blue and white small jardiniere.
We added a “K J” planter (our initials). The planters were used at our outdoor wedding (7 years ago in September!).
And, of course, I’ll be drinking many glasses of wine in my new porch – and this bottle bears our family name, so it’s the perfect first bottle to enjoy on the porch!
I am so happy with all of the work we did, and the impact all these little updates had on the exterior of our home. We gained a living space, increased curb appeal, and cleaned up some areas of neglect. We have a few things we’d still like to accomplish this summer, such as painting the porch ceilings and hanging the shutters (they’re painted and ready to go!). But there are several months of warm weather ahead of us, and this six week challenge has got me on a roll!
A HUGE Thank You to Linda at Calling it Home for hosting yet another fun and productive ORC! Linda, I have you to thank for helping motivate me to get (now THREE!) spaces completed!
Check back next week for more details about how I painted my front door and back porch door (even the inside of one! I’ll show you the photo next week!) and shutters for the entire house.