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Friday, August 1, 2014

Front Porch Makeover




I noticed some time ago that my front porch area was looking a little plain, dingy even.  Our house is about to hit the 10 year mark and has never been spruced up.  We've been here 7 1/2 years and the original, cookie-cutter neighborhood colors were getting washed out.

Boring.

I kept putting a makeover on the back burner for a couple of reasons.  One...babies everywhere, and two...color indecision.

Then, one day, about a month ago, I saw a photo of a blogging/homeschool friend's front porch, complete with a bright, sunny yellow front door.  I was wowed!

It looked so....happy. 

I could imagine my online friend (even though we've never met in person) walking up to her front porch and smiling at that yellow door.

And that's when I decided to do something to jazz up my front porch.

To make it a happy place.

My house has a bit of a cottage feel and I wanted to play on that.

Who can resist a cute little cottage, right?

Of course, I completely forgot to take a before picture, but I found a couple of older pictures in my files. Like I said, no changes since it was built in September 2004.

Before:


 These photos are  a few years old.  The shutters and chairs had faded a lot.





And.....AFTER:








I love it SO MUCH!!!!  
It makes me happy.  :)  
It looks so....cottage-like.  

I found an old wooden chair in the attic and painted it white.  I brought out my old piano bench and added some pillows I made from a vinyl table cloth, along with a wire basket I painted lime green.  The basket holds gardening tools and gloves.  (Because the garden always needs work!)  I'm also seriously thinking about adding some of that gray porch paint to the porch itself...


$10.00 piano bench I found at a thrift store.  It had been painted a putty color.
 I washed over it with barn red.  Love it!

Pretty metal butterfly wind chime I found at Dollar General for five bucks.
Cute, right??
















This frog was old, dirty terracotta.  I had fun painting him.
 Now he stands out instead of blending in.
This little bunny had faded to shades of gray.
I spruced her up with bright colors.

I picked up the sticker on the door in the paint section at Walmart.
It says, Bless this Home with Love and Laughter.


The paint I used on the shutters is Glidden porch and floor paint in dark gray.  The door color was originally Glidden 'Teal Lake'.  However, it was REALLY bright, too bright.  I added some navy blue to tone it down.


Now, every time I walk up the front walk....


I smile.



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