Does your front porch need a little Spring refresh
10 Ways to update your front porch for under $30!
We were excited to be invited again to a local TV show, CTV Morning Live to talk about sprucing up your front porch with upcycling and painting. We wanted to bring ALL our ideas but only had time for a few. So here’s a list we compiled of 10 under $30 – most under $10!
#1 This one’s FREE, yup, free! Just CLEAN!
There are so many great ways to spruce up your front porch, the most economical way is to give it a good sweep and clean then start looking around the house for items to use on the porch!
This is a great article from Home Depot on how to deep clean your porch.
#2 Paint your front door
It’s easy – we use Fusion Mineral Paint or chalk style paint to paint our doors. A pretty colour on your front door is a great way to freshen the look. You can check out how to paint your front door HERE.
#3 Paint a Welcome Mat
Customise a welcome mat with a little FAT Paint. That right. Paint your mat. This is our welcome mat we’ve had AT THE SHOP – it’s been outside the shop door for over a year, yes, even in winter. We just gave this rubber mat a bristle brush cleaning and then FAT Painted the mat, no top coat. Yup, it’s true. (It’s still on the steps of our Moncton shop – go check it out)
Sorry, this picture was taken recently – we still had snow – and ice! Sigh! Can you name all the FAT Paint colours we used?
#4 Paint some wooden crates!
I paint and repaint wooden crates (like these) on my front porch depending on the season. Stack them up, and put your flowers or lanterns etc on them. We reuse crates seasonally – just adding a coat of paint and re-stenciling seasonal sayings. This one was blue with snowflakes until I threw on a coat of Fusion Paint and then stencilled “Live Bait” on it for the cottage.
Love this beautiful inspiration from the always beautiful Vibeke Design
#5 Turn an old chair into a planter!
Simply take the seat off and add a wood plank or shelf. Paint it up with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and finish with Tung Oil. A fresh fun way to spruce up your front porch.
#6 Painted terra cotta pots
This one is super easy. Seal the inside of your pot with Miss Mustard Seed’s Tough Coat if you want to plant directly into the pot, or use the plastic pot that most plants come in and leave it natural. We used FAT Paint chalk style paint to spruce up some pots for the show.
You could always paint white for the farmhouse look, or even paint in a chalkboard look – leave the pots unsealed and plant some herbs or flowers – change up the look by season – repaint in the Fall if you want.
We also love chalkboards on our big front porch – repurpose an old frame into a chalkboard. This is better is if the porch is protected from direct rain, but we keep one outside all Summer into Fall on our porch.
You can see how to make a chalkboard here.
This picture from my good friend Duane check out her blog HERE
#8 Painted pillow
Easy peasy makeover – add a touch of personally to a bench or chair. You can see how to stencil a pillow HERE
#9 Paint up a welcome sign or porch sign
Of course, we need a WELCOME sign. We use old cupboard doors we find at the Restore (or check your basement) and we just quickly stencilled a welcome sign with FAT Paint chalk style paint.
You can see how we made a “wine tasting” sign here (it points to our screen room) just keeping it real :)
Freshen up your porch with some pretty flowers from your local nursey.
See, easy and affordable ways to upcycle, DIY and paint your porch fresh and clean and pretty!
How do YOU freshen up YOUR front porch? I’d love to know.
Thanks so much for popping in, I’m so grateful you are here!
I hope you liked my 10 ideas for updating your front porch – I think most of them come way under the 30$ price point.