Sunday, August 31, 2014

Front porch

When we moved into our place, the front porch was in desperate need of some major tlc. The spindles, railings, and posts had wood decay, and were unstable. Financially we were not in a position to completely gut and replace it, but we did need to make some repairs. So out of necessity, this became a diy project. It didn't seem like it would be too difficult or expensive.
I took the measurements to my local big - box - home- improvement- superstore,  where they helped me with my building plan, supply order, and scheduled a delivery for the materials. Once I got started assembling, things were pretty smooth. Just like a puzzle (with screws) or Ikea furniture. 
photo of front porch after closing

removed rotten spindles
Instead of just painting everything red and white again, I apparently lost my mind, and went with green. Did I get inspiration from other houses or photos- nope!  Just my imagination and a love for this color. At the time I truly believed we would have a brand new deck in the next year or two (aww so naive), and this was a temporary "fun" color. With overgrown empty lots, abandoned foreclosed homes, gangbangers and drug dealers on the corner, a green porch should have been the least of anyone's worry.
Now that the neighborhood has been quickly gentrifying, it's time to fit in with the color schemes of the community. Does that make sense? We don't want to be "that house with the green...". Plus I am just so sick of it.
with new spindles and green paint (2009)

September 2009


the most recent photo with hostas, a fern, and boxwoods (2014)

{ The new front porch plan }

1. Paint the porch ceiling a Haint blue. 
The stained glass window is part of the large picture window facing the porch, so the shade of blue for the ceiling will compliment the window. 
stained glass in front room facing porch

2. Prime and paint the railing, spindles, and posts white.

3. Paint the steps, floor, and lattice a dark charcoal grey.

The photo seems to be the best example of what colors I would like to use. I think the dark color on the bottom will help balance out our new roof (scroll down for pic).
The trim around the roofline and windows is white. Otherwise black trim would be my favorite option. You can see what I mean here.
Not sure what to do with our front door. We do need a new one, but need to figure out a way to make this one work in the mean time. Better to leave it black? or paint it white? or another color?

my photo of a photo via apartment therapy
This new color scheme will work with our overall interior aesthetic and create a better flow. I will follow up with some "after" photos soon (hopefully).
new roof 2012

Front door: leave black? paint white? or another color?
front door 2009


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