Painted Door for a Refreshed Spring Front Porch

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madebycarli spring front porch

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.

If you look closely you can see all of the cracks and damage on the door

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:

Just wow!!!

Once I got my hardware back on, it was time to get the porch styled.

madebycarli spring front porch

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.

madebycarli spring front porch

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🙌🏾).

madebycarli spring front porch

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.

This photo was taken on Christmas Eve 🙂

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!

madebycarli spring front porch

madebycarli spring front porch

I also received a bunch of questions about our house lights. They are from Home Depot and are super affordable!  Love the warm vintage ambiance they give off when using these bulbs.

Let’s take a peek at where we started when we first moved in, to now:

MadebyCarli Hosta HOuse front porch before

I am so excited about how well this turned out!

Spring front porch



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  1. Pam
    April 24, 2022 / 11:28 am

    The new door color is a stunner! It’s warm tone really allows the trim and the door hardware (great decision to keep), to shine. Thanks for sharing!

  2. madebycarli
    April 25, 2022 / 8:05 am

    Thank you Pam! I really feel like it helped to freshen up the look and feel of our front porch🥰, it feels so much more welcoming!

  3. Sheila
    April 30, 2022 / 2:12 pm

    It’s a stunner. Classic Beauty.

    • madebycarli
      May 1, 2022 / 10:34 am

      Thank you so much Sheila<3

  4. Becky
    May 1, 2022 / 6:20 am

    Your porch has great bones! Love the moldings and beautiful overhang. You did a beautiful job styling it.

    • madebycarli
      May 1, 2022 / 10:35 am

      Thank you Becky! It’s definitely one of my favorite features of our home <3

  5. Ashlie
    September 28, 2022 / 1:47 pm

    Do you happen to recall what the original blueish color was? I think I’m doing the coppery one but the other was beautiful too!!!

    • madebycarli
      October 3, 2022 / 4:06 pm

      Hi Ashlie! The original color was Heritage Park by Behr Paint ☺️

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