I have always heard that since the foyer is where your guests make their first impressions of your home, you should take care to ensure it is just as lovely as the rest of your home. Well let’s face it, that impression is made to some extent long before guests come in your home, on your front porch. And if your front porch tells visitors who you are, then my city front porch told my visitors to run while they still had a chance to make it out alive.
My plants were sad-looking after being neglected most of the winter, the flower arrangement on the front door was faded, and the door mat was coming apart.
And (I’m not done yet) the cushions on my wicker settee said, “Don’t sit here in white pants.” I had to trash the pillows to this settee last year when a squirrel torn them up and left the filling all over my front yard. It looks like it snowed in March. I am not kidding; if you want to see the pictures, you can click here. I made my daughter take some photos of the mess, before I made her clean it up. Oh yes, I did. Why should I clean it up? It wasn’t my mess, hee hee!!
Then the tired old door mat was replaced. It’s a little small but I’m keeping it. If I get a bigger one for my front door, I’ll move this cute small one to the back door. I found this cutie at Target on sale.
Next, I tackled the wicker settee. I used 4 cans of off-white satin finish spray paint on it. Much better!!
Then, I got rid of the old cushions, yuck!! The new ones coordinate better with the color of the shutters.
The table next to the settee has been there, but I just wanted you to see the wonderful detail on it. And see the rusty finish? That’s the real deal people, not just paint that makes it look rusty. This kind of rust only comes from years of neglect.
The blue table I had redone last summer.
I painted it with ASCP (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint) in Louis Blue. Click here to see more.
I bought some new plants for my planters, keeping the ones that survived the winter. This planter needed more potting soil, and to keep it in the planter, I had to add some moss to the sides.
I just noticed my clock has the wrong time, so I guess it’s time to change the batteries.
I have to be careful what I plant here, since my front porch only gets direct sunlight in the morning. I would love to plant flowers here, but most of them require lots of sun. IF I keep them watered, these plants will do well all year (that’s a big “IF” though.)
I just had to share a few photos of the azaleas in my front yard, since they are in bloom right now.
These were small changes that did not cost an arm and a leg, but they made a big difference. I can’t tell you how much better I felt when I was finished. It had really been bugging me that my front porch looked so bad. I’m embarrassed to admit how long it looked so terrible. Considering how little money it cost and how little time it took, I wonder why I waited so long to do this.
So the changes were small, but now at least my front porch says, “Come on in,” instead of “crack house”!