We have lived in our house for nearly 4 years and the front porch was one of those areas that I was always going to get to but never did!! It kind of had things thrown on there in no order or style for hubby and I to enjoy. So the day came for our much needed front porch makeover !
Front Porch Makeover
I find when starting any project its always good to start with a clean canvas. So I stripped EVERYTHING off the front porch (no, no, no I promise I didn’t strip!!!) and scrubbed the entire deck and walls with some deck cleaner. It was actually quite amazing how much dirt had collected! While I was there I also gave the windows and fly screens a scrub to!
For this makeover I wanted to use as many things that I could that were re purposed as I just LOVE being able to give old things a new lease on life. So I tried to use things that I already had. This box was given to me after my last painting class because we ended up using more paint than anticipated and also the lesson went way over time, so hey who else other then me would LOVE a box!! I lined the base of the top shelf with some hessian and filled it up with some potting mix!
I then popped in some violas and also into a little teapot that I painted in chalkpaint. The wire heart was part of a wind chime that my daughter made when she was in year 8, so it’s very special to us! To make the Garden tour sign I just used a piece of scrap pallet wood from my Bath Caddy Project. The 2 little wire duckies were a $5 garage sale find from last year.
As always I like to use sugar cane mulch to keep the moisture in the soil and it adds a nice farmhouse look!
Hubby and I love being out in the garden and at the end of a long day it’s always so nice to have somewhere to sit and chit chat about what ever comes up! So I wanted to make sure that, while I was planing our front porch makeover, we had somewhere to do just that! I had 2 chairs that have been waiting patiently for me to do something with them and they got a nice fresh paint with my milk coloured chalkpaint and distressed.
Using 2 of my most prized possessions, which are 2 apple crates from my granny’s apple orchid I made a little side table. It looked a little plain so I decided to make a burlap runner with a lace edge. Then I added some tiny doiley’s to add some vintage charm.
The drawer on top had a rotten base so I just knocked it out and gave it a new ‘bling’ drawer pull. The tin inside the drawer I found years ago at a garage sale that use to have bird seed in it, so I lined it with some hessian and popped a pansy in it!
I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve gone to throw this gloche out! I bought this for our wedding over a year ago to use for part of our decorations and it arrived with a massive crack in it!! So instead of throwing it out I covered the crack up with some cork letters and embellished it with some scrapbook flowers and lace.
This little guy was a vegetable keeper but has gone past the days of being able to store fruit and veg, so instead he now has a purpose to hold my empty pots and some other goodies! I made another sign from a pallet off cut from my farmhouse pantry project.
I use watering cans, galvanised buckets …. terracotta pots….. whatever I can as planters! They just add so much charm to your garden. I used some sick on numbers on a watering can to show our house number for the postman. I have also used coloured numbered pots for another great way to display your house number in the past!
The last little section of the porch I used a beautiful old window, watering cans, tins, ladder and the old legs from the dressing table that was broken from my Farmhouse Drawer Caddy project. Oh wait and numbers! There are so many fun things that you can do with numbers whilst decorating. All these wonderful things are accessible at garage sales and thrift shops.
I also made a sign for “The Hay Farmhouse est 2013” from a left over piece of pallet, which also is very special to us as it was the year hubby and I met!
In total I spent:
$9 – Deck Cleaner
$6 – Potting Mix
$11 – Plants.
Not bad for a fresh new Farmhouse look that we can now enjoy and share with you to show how fun re purposing can be!
I hope you have enjoyed our little Front Porch Makeover and would love to see your re purposed ideas! Pop over to my facebook page and share away! I look forward to seeing your goodies!
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