Before and After: Front Porch Makeover

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A front porch "before" (above) and a fantastic "after". Bluelines posted a roundup of real-life projects inspired by Blueprint features. One of our favorites: a makeover of this front porch. Check it out below the jump:

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The green door and red mailbox look so upbeat and work well together and with the overall grey of the siding. All the little details really add up to a much more welcoming entry to the home.

According to Bluelines, Gabrielle (of Design Mom) "removed the screen; painted the door green and the handle and knocker silver; replaced the overgrown shrubs with plants from other parts of the yard that needed more room to breathe; swapped the old porch light for a modern fixture from Ikea ("It hangs lower and adds more welcoming light as you approach the house," she says); bought a shiny, red Swedish mailbox to add a little more pop; installed a new doorbell and house numbers; and added some terra cotta pots with warm, colorful flowers."

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Inspiring redo, Gabrielle!

Check out the Bluelines post here and, for even more photos of the new front porch, here is the Design Mom post.

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    Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.