April showers bring May flowers…and outdoor makeovers! It was time to give our outdated front porch a refresh and while we didn’t have a ton of money to put toward it right now, we were able to do a few things to give it an updated feel.
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Front Porch Makeover
There are so many things I’d like to update on the outside of this house, but all in due time!
Our door is solid wood and had been painted over several times. It was blue when we moved in and in desperate need of a fresh coat of paint. I had thought about stripping and staining it, but we’d like to completely replace it in the next few years so I took the easy route.
I removed the Jesus fish sticker which seemed a little sacrilegious, but the Lord knows we love Him! I sanded down the door in a few spots that had paint chipping off and then wiped it down.
I busted out my favorite Valspar Furniture Paint (read the review here) and gave the door two coats. We had already updated the hardware and the fresh coat of paint went a long way in giving the door and the front porch an updated look. I already had the paint so it was a free upgrade!
I was going to completely replace the mailbox, but instead decided to give it a quick makeover with some spray paint we already had on hand so this was also a free project!
First I removed the eagle. Then I gave the base a coat of Krylon’s High Heat black spray paint. My son had some gold spray craft paint leftover from his model car project so I used it to spray the eagle. After both pieces were dry, I hot-glued the eagle back on and we hung it back up.
We made this new address sign to replace the old tired numbers. I’ll be sharing this tutorial soon!
Updated Outdoor Lights
I found these modern outdoor lights at Wal-Mart. They have really upped their game in the home decor department! The lights are by Better Homes and Garden and they were only $30 each. They were the perfect update for our old 1970s lights! While he was changing them out, my hubby replaced the switch because the lights stayed on all the time and we had no way to turn them off. He installed a timer so they’ll automatically turn on at night and turn off in the morning. Cha-ching!
I actually purchased the rug to go under my DIY doormat I’ll be sharing in the next post. I love the layered look that’s so popular right now. But the blacks didn’t match and it looked wrong so I found a new place for the doormat and kept the rug. I also found the rug at Wal-Mart and purchased it for $20. I think it does a great job of tying everything together!
Since we used paint we already had, the door and mailbox didn’t cost anything.
New Outdoor Lighting: $60
Address Sign: $30
We also gave our landscaping an update. I really hated the bushes that lined the front of the house. We finally had some time so my hubby cut them out last weekend and we planted some hostas we already had and mulched it. It made such a huge difference! The sidewalk is much bigger than we realized!
What do you think of our little front porch makeover? Not too shabby compared to what it was!
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you have an amazing day and we’ll see ya soon!