For the first time in my life, I have a big porch to decorate for the holidays! Plus a son that is the perfect age (3) to get involved too. But our porch was a little lackluster. We have a 1905 Victorian home, but somehow, had a porch without any charm. I recently did a front porch makeover with the help of The Home Depot.
front porch makeover
I wanted to share with you how we added charm to our porch in case this is a project you want to tackle too. And you can do these steps to any style of home! Three cheers for curb appeal! Pretty much every element of this makeover came from Home Depot- which makes the materials nice and accessible! Let’s get started-
1. switch out the front door
As you can see on this post, I changed out the front doors to a more traditional, all wood style. Side note, you can see three doors here- the left one goes to the garage, the center one goes to the office and the right one goes to the living room. You’ve got to love quirky old homes!
2. add shutters
If you have a window or two on your porch, add shutters. We already had some, but they were tiny and felt out of place. So we took those off and replaced them with these super affordable shutters from the home Depot.
3. add paint
I’ve always dreamed of having a house with pink details, so I painted the shutters and door Beloved Pink by Behr Paint. It’s the perfect soft, not too crazy pink. Even if you can’t replace your door and shutters, putting on a fresh coat of paint gives them new life quickly!
4. add decorative molding to the door
Over the door, I attached a center onlay. The detail in this piece are divine and the price is so affordable! I was so excited to get this up- it added tons of charm in seconds! We used liquid nails and one screw to attach it.
5. update the lighting
Above the door, we had one sad flush mount light. My husband rewired that so that we could have two lanterns on either side of the front door. It looks so classy to have the lights on either side of the door! The lights are from Kichler and add the perfect touch of brass.
6. add trim
Our porch has some gorgeous, original columns. I wanted to add corbels to them for a more Victorian feel. The problem, how to attach a squared off corbel to a round column?
I decided to keep the solution simple- we used a small piece of scrap wood cut to size to bridge the gap.
Right here, this looks a little silly, but you can see how the wood makes it possible to attach the corbel.
I painted the wood white which helped. Later I caulked and gave it a second coat of paint for a seamless finish. Side note, I’ve always wanted a home with ginger breading trim. It was really fun to make that dream a reality! Aren’t these corbels just the prettiest addition?!
7. add more trim 😉
Along the roof line of the porch, I added on 7 additional smaller corbels. This is a look really popular in older homes. It made a subtle difference- a little more character and texture!
8. add beautiful details
Finish up with some good details! Things like a doormat (I used this pretty rose rug for layering), containers full of flowers, a door knocker, and a wreath. These touches make the porch feel personal and special!
The good thing about having two different front doors is that I can dress them up a little differently 😉
9. screen door
Later, I decided to install a screen door. I was so excited when I found an affordable Victorian door on Home Depot’s website! It was a little tricky to put on our house since its older and not straight, but it sure adds a lot!
And now its all complete! I shared most of the project on my Instagram story highlight titled “porch”. The walls of the porch were pretty banged up. The old paint was no where to be found, so the porch got a fresh coat of Ultra Pure White by Behr.
All of the gorgeous trim with the bright pink doors make me so happy! I kept going outside after I was done- I am really, really pleased with how this project came together!
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