We’ve worked so hard to completely transform the outdated exterior of our nearly 100 year old home. We brought the dilapidated porch on our 1920’s bungalow back to life, and added some much needed curb appeal.
I don’t know if I have ever been more excited to publish a post than this one right here! I can’t believe the difference this project has made for our old farmhouse.
Just a review of where we started:
There is nothing totally offensive about the state of our home these last 10 plus years, but I think we can all agree it had very little in the way of curb appeal.
Get all the before photos HERE.
Being the DIY and decor lover that I am, you may wonder how I could let this go on for so long.
Well, the simple answer is, I didn’t even know where to begin.
I mean, the boards were rotting, the lattice would come off if one of the kids just pulled on it slightly, and a good storm would blow the pillars, that supported the overhang, to the ground.
The floor boards were beyond refinishing, and the fixtures and screen door were outdated.
Putting pretty plants and rocking chairs on such a porch seemed almost futile.
This thing needed a total overhaul.
It’s hard to believe that less than $3,000 could make such a difference for the exterior of our home!
We did have the help of my cousin to do some building and electrical, but we DIY’ed as much as possible.
SO, for the list of projects we tackled with this makeover:
- Removed the old pillars and replaced them with 6″ by 6″ by 12′ treated wood beams.
- Ripped up the old flooring and laid 1″ by 6″ Treated Pine Deck Board.
- Took off the lattice and added Plywood Siding to conceal the area underneath the porch.
- Removed the old iron stair railing and had a custom railing built from one inch by six inch lumber, ripped into one by twos.
- Removed the solid railing around the porch and had a custom raling built from the same materials as the stair railing.
- Took off the old screen door.
- Stripped the paint from the original antique wood door.
- Stained the treated lumber wood floor with Olympic Maximum Transparent Exterior Stain in Canyon Brown.
- Replaced the old light fixture with the Harbor Breeze Calera 52 inch Aged Bronzed Outdoor Ceiling Fan.
- Wired in the Kichler Linford Olde Bronze Outdoor Wall Light to the left of the door.
- Added a few accessories, like this rocking chair, bench, and ferns.
- Spruced up the landscaping with a few hostas and new mulch.
- Outlined our cracking and worn sidewalk with flat creek rocks and filled it in with multi colored pebbles.
- Painted the new railings, stair risers, and beams with White Semi Gloss Exterior Paint.
We decided to stain the floors, so they would stand out against the white house.
Stripping the paint from our antique front door makes it stand out from the road, and adds in another wood tone.
We stained the stair treads to match our farmhouse porch flooring.
In my last post for this curb appeal makeover, I confessed my dilemma over which direction to lay the porch floors.
We ended up going the more traditional route, running the porch perpendicular to the house.
To spruce up the cracking driveway, we did a simple pebble path.
I will be doing another separate post on that process, but I love dramatic difference it made for minimal effort and money.
Ive been hoarding these vintage galvanized tubs, because I always thought they would look pretty in my farmhouse porch landscaping.
But, they actually just sat on my porch for years collecting recycling, because I couldn’t decide what to do with them.
Remember my problem earlier with trying to add pretty farmhouse touches to an old dilapidated porch. Why bother?
After my porch was no longer in shambles, I put one on either side of the steps and filled them with herbs, succulents and coleus. Next year, I will probably use them as a container garden and plant rosemary, thyme and basil.
My little mini potager!
Tutorials and shopping links for those pillows are linked above!
I stayed in my usual neutral color palette of white, wood, black, green and blue. I always know I can hardly go wrong when I pair those together.
The new slated porch railing really opens everything and makes the porch seem so much bigger.
We added some vents to the sides of the solid porch skirt, to provide ventilation, and keep moisture from building up under a completely enclosed porch.
To spruce up the landscaping on both sides of the house, we trimmed the bushes and added some fresh mulch.
The only thing we left with our original porch, other than the floor joists, was the white beadboard ceiling.
I love that it runs the entire length of the porch and adds to its farmhouse charm.
I think farmhouse porch furniture should be kept simple and minimal.
I decorated this white rocking chair with a few simple pillows, a white vintage blanket and a straw hat.
My husband built this white farmhouse porch swing, but a very comparable one is available ready made at Lowe’s.
I kept the styling minimal, with a few gray buffalo check pillows, and this simple blanket, to tie in a little more black, on this side of the porch.
I love this new space so much!
I think it completely transforms our entire house, and gives it more of the simple farmhouse character from the outside, that we already have going on inside.
I can’t wait to fill it with pumpkins this fall, and pend cozy evenings on the porch swing with warm blankets.
This is definitely a place I am proud to call home!
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