Front Porch Progress

Hello, friends!  I hope you all had an awesome Mother’s Day last weekend… this week totally got away from me with Legacy “to dos”, but I have managed to eek out a little progress on the front porch.  I have a breather this weekend so I’m hoping to get some more done out there, on the back deck, too, and tackle a couple of furniture projects for the booth.  Good intentions, folks! 😉

Let’s revisit our inspiration photo for my porch…

spring porch 7

And here’s we started with my porch…

my porch before

The biggest project tackled so far was simply pressure washing.  Oh. my. word.  I spent — no lie — several hours between the porch and back deck just getting the “funk” off.  So much pollen and build up on the deck boards.  I still need to tackle the light fixtures and there are a few spots that will need extra elbow grease to get rid of the mildew, but the biggest job is done.

I then got the bench spruced up.  I love a good spray paint project!  Here she is now…

porch bench

I used Rustoleum in Gloss Black and it took three coats (about 2 cans).  I also picked up a new door mat… long overdue! I scored this one at Old Time Pottery for under $10.  Let’s hear it for the shoe string budget. 🙂

new doormat

You’ll notice I popped the bench back into its usual spot… still on the hunt for a rustic console table for that space.  Anyway, it feels good to get things rocking out there (and on the back deck, too — more on that later!). Shall we check out the progress on the “to do” list for my porch?

  1.  Pressure wash… DUH!
  2.   Spray paint the bench black.
  3.   Some type of rustic console table for where the bench is currently (great place for plants!)
  4.   Fresh mat for the front door.
  5.   Add two black rockers in front of the window.
  6.   Wall decor above the console table.
  7.   Move the bench to the far end of the porch, perpendicular to the rockers.
  8.   Fresh graphic outdoor pillows.
  9.   Plants in terra cotta pots.
  10.  Paint the front door?
  11.   Front door decor (wreath?  door bucket?)

Not too bad!

Graduation season is in full swing and the preschool is ROCKING toward our August opening, so I’m buckling my seat belt for the next few weeks!  What do you have going on… is your May as crazy as mine?  Wishing you a great weekend, everyone!

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  1. Kelly Palmer says

    The porch is shaping up and the bench and new mat look great! So glad to hear that Legacy is “rocking” along 🙂 The month of May is an exciting one for me. I am retiring from child care so my last day will be on Friday the 27th. It will be hard to say goodbye to the kids and the families that I have known for 8-9 years here. My husband and I will be finishing up some renovations that we have been doing on our house so that we can put it on the market and move closer to the Athens area. And as a surprise for Mother’s Day I got a call from my 2 adult daughters that live in Florida and they are kidnapping me to go to Savannah for the Memorial Day weekend, yay!!!

  2. Love the inspiration, and if anyone can do it, it’s you! I found some very cute outdoor pillows at Walmart for $5! No kidding! In fact, I’m going to show everyone my front porch in the next few days. (Well, it’s not technically a porch, it’s a stoop.) Mine cleaned up really well with warm water and Oxyclean.

  3. Great progress so far! Glad we could play a part in it!

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