I think I’ve finally finished the front porch redo. Ok, as with a long-held, and borrowed, motto about not letting excellent get in the way of good enough — I’m considering it ready for prime time.
We purchased a foreclosed home so I’ve been slowly trying to revamp the front of the house. I live on a corner and was tired of ducking every time someone drove by. I have a nice sized porch, but it was rather blah looking with no character, except for the overgrown bushes! Not the image I want.
I wanted to add some height to the porch, so I started with an old, rather rusty trellis. Then I pulled in a wrought iron bench that was also in need of a redo. This was great, as neither cost me anything, they were items I already had so I think of it as recycling them. Next came deciding on colors. In keeping with my frugal nature, I have a good amount of paint from previous projects. While I could reuse one or two for an accent color, I did discover that a trip to the local home improvement store was in order. Out I came with 3 quarts of paint. Two for the current project and one for a future project (hey, I was there and I consider it gas and time saved). I also purchased some throw-away brushes. Total cost was about $18.00.
I painted the trellis a metallic aged copper, it looks great, but I’ll talk more about my thoughts on that in a minute. On to deciding the colors for the bench. I decided on an almond for the bench seat and trim, with an orange for the back inset. I pulled in the copper to tie the two together. When I got done and took a look at the porch, the front door was screaming for help. You can see it in the corner of the photo above – it was really faded and yucky. So I gave that a redo with the copper and I think it looks great.
The finished project:
Now, about that copper trellis — I can’t help but notice that it fades into the brick a little too much. I’m at a loss as to what to do, so I thought I’d open it up for suggestions. Any thoughts on improving the trellis? Use the comments box to let me know.
Oh, and by the way, the wooden chair is slated for a redo in the near future. I plan to make it match the mailbox.
This was a great project. It had a few too many rain delays, but I got to involve my daughter (who loves to paint), I got to recycle some hardscape items as well as old paint and the whole (porch) project probably cost me about $12.00. And I’m so much happier with how my porch looks.
Now to speed up getting the bushes tamed!
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