7 Steps to a Fantastic Front Porch (Inspired by Real-Life Makeovers)

7 Steps to a Fantastic Front Porch (Inspired by Real-Life Makeovers)

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Dabney Frake
Jun 15, 2016
(Image credit: Home Depot)

Why are front porches so often sad and droopy? They're the first impression your home puts out, yet so many are woefully neglected. (No judgement here, believe me. I just take notes on what I see.) Case in point: this lovely farmhouse, which is absolutely lovely, but could use a boost. Click to see what it looks like now, and what you can learn from this, and a bunch of other makeovers.

1. Clear Clutter:

(Image credit: Curbly)

The Curbly porch makeover involved tossing a bunch of stuff that just lingered on the porch forever. In this case it was construction debris, but it could be old chairs, boxes, or exercise equipment. Just think: After everything is gone, you have a blank slate to work with.

(Image credit: Curbly)

2. String Lights:

(Image credit: Simple Stylings)

Summer of Simple Stylings added some twinkly fairy lights (among other great changes) to make it more festive. It also extends the amount of time you are able to hang out there.

(Image credit: Simple Stylings)

3. Stencil a Pattern:

(Image credit: SG Style)

Shavonda of SGStyle refreshed her Bohemian-style porch with some paint and a stencil. The patterned concrete adds a whole new layer of depth to the space.

(Image credit: SG Style)

4. Hang Fabric Curtains:

(Image credit: Lesley Metcalfe)

Curtains on a front porch add valuable privacy in a very public spot. You can open them up to watch the neighbors then close them when you don’t want to be seen. They can also block the sun if you need to.

(Image credit: Lesley Metcalfe)

5. Add Plants:

(Image credit: Home Depot)

Green organic stuff makes everything so much better. It just does. Home Depot's outdoor project proves it, so hang up as many plants as you dare.

(Image credit: Home Depot)

6. Refresh with Paint:

(Image credit: Little Green Notebook)

Jenny of Little Green Notebook is doing a lot of work to her house, but one of the most immediately impactful is changing her front door and painting it a bright shiny red.

(Image credit: Little Green Notebook)

7. Use Colorful Accessories:

(Image credit: The Honeycomb Home)

The Honeycomb Home proves that it really doesn't take much to totally change the look of a space. Just a few pops of color really makes a difference.

(Image credit: The Honeycomb Home)

Re-edited from a post originally published 6.10.15-nt

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