Dress Up Your Front Porch!












    Is the floor on your porch looking really shabby? Do you have a lot of hairline cracks in the concrete? Maybe you have some wooden boards missing? There are some great quick fixes for each of these scenarios. For concrete floors, you can get out the paint brushes and paint with some high gloss paint (or some garage floor paint) or find a concrete contractor to lay down a new finish - this option will cost you more. If you're doing it on your own, get creative and stencil in some patterns or some welcoming words. Some other options include placing a new floor rug, like a canvas floor cloth or bamboo mat. Your choice will depend on the overall theme of the porch that you are trying to achieve. Outdoor carpeting is still popular so you may want to explore that option. Outdoor porch carpeting helps create a warm and welcoming feel. If you will be completely changing the floor of your porch then look into ipe flooring, a Brazilian hardwood that is an incredibly strong wood, resistant to insects, rot, and mold. It costs slightly more than conventional wood porch flooring (such as cedar) but is well worth the cost and quality.


    What do you use your porch seating for the most - lounging, reclining, sitting, reading? Does your porch have enough space for more than one seating option? Consider a rocking chair or a glider or even a hanging swing! Gliders are particularly relaxing and children enjoy them too. Enhance your gliders, chair, or recliner with some pillows and throws. Liven up old wicker furniture by spray painting it.


    There are numerous styles of outdoor porch lighting fixtures at affordable prices. Choose one that blends with your overall porch décor. Consider adding a dimmer switch for energy savings and so that you can adjust the light according to your mood.


    Most front porches incorporate the use of flowers. There are so many ways accomplish beautiful flower design for a front porch. From hanging baskets to railing and banister planters, to large floor planters, you can choose the way you want to go. When choosing flowers, choose ones whose colors coordinate to the other colors on the porch. Invent your own planters from old watering jugs or tea cups. Get creative and think of some fun planter ideas. Your kids could get involved too and create planters from Lego.


    Porch accessory options are endless! Here are some ideas that will help give your porch a freshly accessorized look: Candles - in or out of holders, end tables, lamps, wind chimes, bird feeders (keep in mind, bird feeders could get messy). Get creative and hang some roll up shades or curtains to keep out the sun or for when you want some added privacy. Don't forget about your mailbox! Mailboxes are one of the most common porch items that homeowners let go. New mailboxes come in a wide variety of styles, colors, and materials and can cost anywhere form $50 to $100 and more. Check out some great mailboxes at Mailboxes.com.

    Other ways to spruce up your porch include a quick repainting or re-staining. Replacing loose banisters or railings can also give your porch a new and refreshed look. Whatever updates you do for your porch, it will surely help dress it up and give it a refreshed feel. Welcome your family and neighbors in by updating some of your porch accessories and design a few times a year. It'll definitely help create a warm and welcoming feel to your home.

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