Porch Reveal

Warmer weather means that many of our indoor house projects are being put on hold and we’re re-directing our attention to all of the projects that will allow us to enjoy the great outdoors. 

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been doing some brainstorming on how to perk up the front porch. Before I go any further, I think it’s worth pointing out, that like almost all areas of our house, this porch has come a long way!

Here is the way it looked when we first saw the house. (Sorry for the not-so-pretty-iPhone pictures)

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Materials, equipment, and cement everywhere. Even though it was hard to imagine enjoying this porch, I loved the stack stone that the contractors chose for the facade on the front of the house and so I knew that some time down the road, it was going to be a great backdrop to this space. 

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In addition to the porch, the front garden needed a face lift too. Although the previous owners had rose bushes lining the front garden, they were completely overgrown and were taken out and put in our backyard where we could try to prune and start them over again. In their place, the contractor’s wife had planted tulip and daffodil bulbs which were a great surprise when they starting sprouting up in the spring. Unfortunetly, lately all of those flowers have started to die back for the season which has left me with a pretty sad looking garden. That is until I stocked up on annuals last weekend - which I will show you soon! 

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Anyhow, like I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Jay and I bought a couch, two chairs and a coffee table for our front porch from Ikea. 

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It was a major pain in the butt to put together and yes, it’s made out of plastic…but it looks great, feels great, and it was affordable! We were pretty happy with the way the porch was shaping up with the exception of the floor. The contractor had applied a starkly hot pink water proofing material and never got to painting over it before the temps took a turn for the worse back in December. 

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It really wasn’t working with my color scheme so I looked into a durable paint and - hey - whatya know - they actually make porch paint! I picked up a gallon of Behr low-lustre Porch and Patio Floor Paint in Pyramid. I crossed my fingers and hoped to God that my horrible paint color picking luck had come to an end and Hallajuliah…it had!

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{Major sigh of relief!}

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Doesn’t it looks awesome?! I think it does, if I must say so myself! Pyramid proved to be a great color choice and blends well the paint color of the siding as well as the stack stone. Two coats later the patio felt complete! 

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As a side note - I opted to paint the concrete stairs leading to the porch. They are starting to crumble on the sides and the paint makes it less noticable and actually filled some of the shallow cracks. 

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I waited 12 (very short ie.-not advisable) hours before I hauled all of the porch furniture outside (by myself since Jay was out of town for business) and parked myself on the couch until it was too cold to stay any longer. If you’re ever thinking of doing this yourself, I would hope you have a little more self restraint than I did. I noticed that the paint felt a little tacky under my feet but in the excitement of the moment, I convinced myself that it was OK. Turns out, it was OK, and didn’t cause any noticeable dings…but this sort of impulsive behavior would not have gone down if my sensible husband were in town. I know…I’m wild..it’s pretty crazy stuff going on over here. 

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Anyway, I bought the yellow side table at Home Good which I have since spray painted gold (should I buy stock?) I also bought the galvanized tray (which matched my galvanized bar cart exactly) from Home Goods, too. It’s great to have both of these pieces since most of our porch-sitting time typically include some cocktails after work or on the weekends. 

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So that’s a wrap on the front porch! Just in time for the official kick off of summer in a few weeks! We’re so looking forward to entertaining friends and family and winding down in a very relaxing little space! 

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