Hello friends, the month of April is flying by and I have so many things I still want to do before May! I still owe you my Spring garden journal which I started taking pictures for in March and I can’t believe how fast things are changing in the yard already.
Well, this week I decided to tackle our front porch. It was in need of a refresh for Spring, but even more than the porch, our front door needed some serious TLC.
Painted Door for a Refreshed Spring Front Porch
When we first moved here I gave it a paint job within a few days of moving in. Tackling that project, at that time, was about having control over something when everything else at this house felt chaotic and yuck. So I have to be honest and say that I didn’t really do a great job, I just slapped a new color on it and called it a day. But after 19 months, (without a storm door) the old wood door was starting to show more and more wear. The wood was beginning to warp and crack—and compared to our fresh, new siding, it was an eye sore.
So on Thursday I got to work.
I first sanded the rough areas down with my palm sander . . .
I then filled in the cracks with plastic wood and caulk, then sanded some more, primed, and sanded again, and then finally got a few coats of paint on it.
You can see more of the process in my IG highlights.
The paint color I chose, is a 50:50 ratio of Behr Lite Cocoa and Behr Clay Pot. It creates the most beautiful copperish color and it just makes my heart smile.
Next, I decided to address the hardware. Although I could have easily ran out and bought shiny new hardware, the original hardware is solid (and beautiful, might I add?) I figured why change it for something quick and of less quality?
I first attempted an at home concoction of lemon juice and baking soda, which worked (but a little too slowly for my liking-you can see the slight difference between the two pics above), so instead I had my hubs run out and grab some Bar Keeper’s Friend, and got to work scrubbing the years of grime and what-not off of it.
I have to say, I’m always surprised at how amazingly Bar Keeper’s Friend works! Look at the difference:
Once I got my hardware back on, it was time to get the porch styled.
I first put down my favorite 3×5 outdoor layering rug from RugsUsa. It’s a great quality rug, I actually use the larger version on our patio (and it’s been out there through all the season and still looks great!)
I then added a new door mat. I love the size and style of this door mat, it’s classy and simple, and a great price for the size.
Next I swapped out my galvanized planters, for these sleek and modern urns. (They’ve been hard to find for online ordering, but be sure to check online for local in-stock stores, you can buy online for in-store pickup🙌🏾).
I filled the urns with these luscious Boston ferns. Boston ferns are a staple on my porches from April until December (in last year’s case 😆). They’re so easy to maintain and give our front porch some personality.
Next I added this large boxwood wreath (link to similar). I picked up at TJ Maxx. The green against the new door color just feels so fresh!
Let’s take a peek at where we started when we first moved in, to now:
I am so excited about how well this turned out!