Let’s take a step back in time and remember how my front door looked a few months back. Now this picture was after I added a wreath and the evergreens that Mom and I planted. Could you picture the door before that? Blah, boring. Although these touches really added some life to the front door, I really wanted more drama.
The shutters on my house are black, so in turn I felt the door needed a coat of black as well.
I added a coat of high gloss paint to the door. I also spruced up the wreath a little by adding some sprigs of green and yellow and the twine letter C.
I love little un-expected details like this door bell that is almost like a piece of jewlery. (excuse the other un-expected detail, I need to touch up where the old one was, opps) The old one was very yellowed and needed an update. I sprung for a flashy one and for $14.oo I don’t think that it was too much of a splurge. (doorbell purchased @ The Home Depot)
To further dress up the door we added a kick plate. I was surprised how easy it was to install.
The light fixture was replaced not out of want but out of necessity. You see, the threads where you put the lightbulbs in the old fixtures had completely broken only leaving us one place to put a single tea light sized bulb. I really am glad that we needed a new fixture because it sure looks pretty.
The side-light windows are actually not etched glass. I used a simple Moroccan style template, printed it out, and traced it a million times onto contact paper. Those are all individual pieces of contact paper that create that look. I got the idea from an awesome blog post I found on 7th house on the left here.
Can you believe that this little green table use to look like this….
With just a little bit of Valspar’s New Avocado spray paint, I think this baby turned into a show stopper. I lightly sanded the entire table, just to get some of that dirt and rust off, wiped it and then started spraying away.
I love our new black rockers from Lowes Hardware and after searching all over for large outdoor pillows I decided to make my own. If you would like to learn how to make your own outdoor pillows any size, any style, I’ll show you.
A few weeks back I read a great blog post by Kate at Centsational Girl, titled “Container Gardening,Thriller,Filler,Spiller”. In this post she talks about her technique on how to plant in a container. She explains how to choose a show stopper plant or “the Thriller”, then choose plants to fill up the pot and a “spiller” that will spill over the pot. I literally walked around Lowes reciting “Thriller, Filler, Spiller” as I picked out plants for my container. I picked up some Verbena Lanai as my spiller and Petunias as my filler. Many apologies that I didn’t save my plant tag for the thriller, I have no idea what it is but it is an annual for sure. The turquoise pot was planted using this method and I will re-take a picture once the spiller starts spilling over, I can’t wait.
We are so happy about our front porch make-over. As of now it’s our first finished outdoor space! We spend a lot of time out here relaxing on the front porch, chasing our 2 year old and watering our new landscaping. And speaking of the new landscaping check back soon to see the reveal of our professional landscaping vs. DIY article. You will also see the first ever shot of the front of our home. To get a look at other finished rooms visit my Home Tour.
What projects are you guys working on right now? Anyone working on front porch make-overs feel free to use the comment section to share your stories.