Are you a list-maker?
I’m totally a list maker–especially if it’s a new month! And since I hope to finish my front porch makeover by the end of November, here’s my list of what I have left to tackle:
6 Things My Front Porch Needs
#1. House Numbers
Is there anything MORE ANNOYING than trying to look for a house with no visible house numbers?
Well…uh…for the time being, we are that house. So if you’re the pizza or FedEx guy, we’re the house on the corner with the blue doors.
To be fair, we actually did have house numbers before the makeover started. Can you spot ’em?
As for how and where to put them, here are some ideas I’m bouncing around in my noodle:
Which one is your favorite?
#2. A Jauntier Porch Light
This little light of mine has shone very well these past few years, but I need something more bold.
A couple years ago, my friend gave me this fabulous hanging Tiffany lamp and I’ve been trying to find the perfect home for it ever since.
I’d like to use the shade somehow, but the pole is too long for porch use. Perhaps if I removed the shade and tinkered with harware….
Any tips for me?
#3. Door Trim
Blue doors: Hurray!
Gaps and scrappy metal sheeting: Fail.
My doors need sealing and trimming in the worst way, but I am not sure if this will be a DIY venture or a call-the-handyman sort of thing. Here’s the effect that I had in mind:
#4. A “No Soliciting” Sign
We live in a really churchy town. When we first moved in, there was a deacon on our doorstep every day. Thankfully, the churchgoers have stopped trying to convert us, but now I am having trouble with salesmen trying to get me to switch electric companies. Gah!
Here is a crude model of where I’d like the sign to go. Definitely something sleeker….but I may keep this piece of paper up for the time being.
In the same breathe, I’d also like some sort of “Welcome to the Smith’s” sign. Would one above the other be too conflicting?
P.S. Girl Scouts are always welcome!
#5. Shutters, aka “Window Presence”
Here lies a sad little window lost amongst the paneling. This poor thing needs some flair in the form of some black shutters.
Shutters like these perhaps:
My original idea was to hunt down some second-hand shutters at Goodwill or Restore, but my sis-in-law suggested I try to make my own simple shutters (like above) using scrap wood.
After our recent porch reconstruction, I have PLENTY of scrap wood. Here’s hoping this DIY project is as simple as it seems.
#6. Hang the Porch Swing
Some dear friends offered me this old porch swing which was too large for their porch. It fit right in at our place and after a few coats of paint, it really made our porch pop!
Now I’ve gotta figure out how to hang it up. Since nothing is ever as simple as it seems with our house, I need to peek under the siding which covers the porch ceiling and see which way the beams run.
Then I need to figure out how to….oh heck, I may just call the handyman again.
Looks like I have my work cut out for me this month!