This post was a long time coming. Today I wanted to share a DIY home project we completed awhile back. We had a rotted porch post that needed to be replaced from water damage. A simple porch post replacement turned into a complete makeover. Come take a tour at my country style front porch refresh!.
I realized when writing this post that I had not taken a before photo of my front porch. Ooops. So I dug this one out of the archives taken around Halloween. So pardon the Halloween decorations!
Like I said, we needed to replace one post in the far corner of the porch. Or so we thought. My brother came over, assessed the damage and we realized the railing needed replacing too. I really like the new, turned design of the spindles.
They had the project completed in a day.
That’s where I came in. For the fun part. Decorating!
Freshen Things Up With Paint
We had this small red bistro set sitting on the porch and I decided to give it a new look with a fresh coat paint.
I love how the turquoise looks. The color really pops and sets the tone for the rest of the porch makeover. For the cost of a few cans of spray paint it looks like a whole new set. It is a nice place to sit with a cup of coffee.
My porch would never be complete without some geraniums. They are one of my favorite summer flowers. I adore how they look in clay pots.
Here is a shot from the entrance to the front porch.
A handmade Home Sweet Home sign placed on a grapevine wreath completes this seating area.
I purchased this bench at a local thrift store years ago. It lived in my kitchen until recently when I replaced it with a new set of French inspired upcycled chairs. I am always changing things in my house. It is always evolving. Anyway, I didn’t want to get rid of the bench so I decided it would look good on the front porch. Since the bench was not built for the outdoors I sealed it with a few coats of weatherproof clear coat. It has held up quite well. The outdoor pillows were bought at Walmart for $5 each.
The side table was a Hobby Lobby find that I no longer had room for. Again, I sealed it with a few coats of weatherproof clear coat and placed it next to the bench. Being that the table is made of MDF, not real wood, I am pleasantly surprised that it is still holding up well despite being hit by multiple rain storms.
NOTE: Use outdoor sealer for furniture that you would like to place outside. It will extend its life. I used Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane Indoor/Outdoor Clear Coat for the bench and table. I even used it on a small dining table that I have on my back patio. It has been out there for over a year and is in great shape.
My father gifted me an antique gas lantern which fits perfectly on the table. The ADORABLE farm truck was a Dollar General find. I love it!
I dressed up the front door with my wreath and a Home Sweet Home sticker set from Dollar Tree.
The cute farm truck Welcome To Our Home mat was another Dollar General purchase. (Sorry. it’s a little dirty) This mat has faded a bit over the past year and I was hoping to get a new one but DG didn’t have them this year. I am going to have to start searching online I think.
And there you have it. My country style porch makeover!
Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose!
So, what did I do with the porch post we took down? I didn’t want to throw it away. The rot was just at the bottom so I was able to reuse the rest of the post. I cut off the rotted portion, added weather treated wood at the base so I could set it in the ground and turned the porch post into a bird feeding station for my backyard.
I really enjoy watching the birds and rascally squirrels swinging off the feeders when I am having my breakfast every morning.
Thanks so much for stopping by today.
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