I don’t mean to brag or anything, but our front porch looks like shit.
I mean, at least there isn’t a dumpy old couch parked on it like the few redneck porches on our street, but still, our porch is creepy at best.
To be honest, I’ve been more concerned with indoor appeal than curb appeal these past four years, and I didn’t know when I’d ever get around to giving our porch a makeover. Mostly because if I dress up the porch, then I will need to landscape around the porch and if I landscape around the porch then I need to do the same for the driveway, the walkway, the deck, the fence lines….
But then last month my good and wise friend put a bug in my ear by saying:
You know, if it weren’t for your cars in the driveway, I would think nobody lived in your house. Your porch looks so empty.
Not only was my friend right, but his timing was right, too. Serena over at Thrift Diving is having an outdoor makeover challenge this month! (And makeover challenges seem to be the only way I get things done around here.)
As I began mapping out the porch makeover, however, I noticed this loose board along the railing:
Upon further inspection, I realized the solitary support beam in the corner of the porch was beginning to sink under the weight of the house, pushing the railing down on one side.
According to our handyman, our porch most likely had multiple support beams at one time but they were taken out for aesthetic appeal. I’m not surprised taking into account all of the other “repairs” previous owners have done to our fixer-upper.
Another possible disaster in the making is the fact that the floorboards of our porch are too thin and could easily cave in if we, in the words of our handyman, “had a lot of, er, large people standing on it.”
I don’t plan on having a bevvy of Sumo wrestlers over anytime soon, but the idea of someone falling through our porch floor was all the motivation I needed to add “NEW FLOORBOARDS” to the list of repairs.
So once our porch is out of the danger of, oh I dunno, caving in on itself, I’d also like to replace the light fixture with something more snazzy:
I’d also like to give our front doors a fresh coat of bright paint:
That’s right, we have two front doors. And yes, we use both of them depending on whichever one strikes our fancy at the moment. (The black one opens into our study, the white one into our living room.)
So which color will it be?
For a while I considered red, but red is too popular. Then I thought mustard yellow, but wondered if it would look washed out against the white siding.
Finally, after seeing so many gorgeous blue doors on our recent trip to England, I’ve decided to go with this dazzling blue hue:
However, before I paint the east-facing door, I need to shim up this big ol’ gap:
The gap lets cold winter air right in, and I refuse to live another season with drafts!
Overall, I think this color palette addresses all the of the shades I want to incorporate into our porch:
I have a porch swing in the garage awaiting its new home, and I’m thinking either the yellow or light blue will look nice. I also spotted some shutters at Goodwill that I hope are still there so I can grab them and paint them black.
Wow, by the end of this month our porch will actually look approachable. In the meantime, let the repairs begin!