So…this happened!! Let me be the first to tell you I was NOT planning on painting our porch anytime soon. It was near the top of my project list…but honestly had no plans to do any projects until later in the summer. One day we were busy getting things done around the house and yard for a guest we were having come over. I decided to sweep & hose off the porch to make it a little more presentable. Once I had cleared it off & power washed it, I randomly decided it was a good time to paint it, because why the heck not! It was all ready to go for painting, so I headed to lowes and got a gallon of our white ceiling color- swiss coffee. I already knew I loved the color…and I knew I wanted to do something bright and neutral to make the house color & bright yellow door POP on it! So I just went for it! I honestly start 95% of my projects on a whim and in my experience they usually turn out better that way! Instead of overthinking it, I go with the plan I have somewhat thought through at some point and impulsively dive in!
I have to say I’m sooooo thrilled with how it turned out! At first I wasn’t sure about how BRIGHT the white was…I mean compared to the past grey/blue color, it was a big change. After seeing it all finished I think it was the perfect choice! It kinda reminds me of buildings in Greece with the bright white and pops of bright color on it! Which makes me like it even more 😉 The white will be a challenge to keep clean due to the fact that we live a bit in the country with a dirt/rock driveway. But, I still think it was worth it!
You’ll also notice a big change to the porch is that it is now more of a “open porch” and no longer a porch with a railing. This was kinda-sorta unplanned, haha. I had considered having a open porch and ditching the railing (it was old & falling apart anyway!), but I wasn’t planning on doing it so soon. But after a little mishap, the railing literally FELL off…I knew it was time to try out the open porch feel and see if we liked it more 🙂 So far I do! I’m not saying one day we won’t change our minds and add a custom shorter wood railing around it, but for now we are going to give this a try!
And I have to say guys, in my opinion adding a little paint is one of the cheapest & quickest ways to spruce up a area and make it pop a little more than before! Now I’m aware that you can’t paint everything, haha. But what you can paint, it sure can dramatically change the look of a room or area of your home quickly!! This whole mini porch makeover cost just about $200! Which in our experience anytime you want to do ANYTHING to the inside or outside of your home, it usually ends up costing in the thousands, so if you ask me this was a more inexpensive “makeover” and that makes me happy! 🙂
Now I’ve said it before, the porch isn’t quite done…but will it ever really be done?! I still have plans to paint the porch ceiling the same white and of course finish painting the shutters as well. I’m also hoping to get some vintage patio furniture to replace the wood chairs that are just standing in for the moment 😉 But that’s a hunt I’m still on and one day hope to find!
Enough rambling, I’m sure you’re ready to see it!! First up are a couple “before” phone pics and the after will follow. I am so excited to have this project checked off! What a difference a little paint can make! Gonna keep working on the curb appeal of our little home…but I think we’re off to a good start 😉 Hope you enjoy!!
BEFORE I spray painted pots (PHONE PIC)
Paint: Swiss Coffee from Lowes
Spray Paint: From Lowes
Succulents & soil: From Lowes
Patio rug & door mats: Target
Chairs & little table: Antique store/craigslist
Plant stand: Ross