Porch Makeover

September 25, 2007

After reading this article from Blueprint in the spring, I was inspired. A porch makeover is just the thing to make our funny little rental a happier place. Here’s what we did to freshen things up:

1) The door:
- Removed the screen door
- Painted the door handle and knocker silver

- Painted the door the perfect shade of green

2) The landscaping:
- Removed all the overgrown shrubs.

- Transplanted better looking plants from crowded parts of the sideyard to the front. I especially love the holly to the left of the porch.

3) The details:
- We replaced our ancient, spiderwebby, light fixture with one from Ikea. It’s beautiful. Plus it hangs lower and adds more welcoming light as you approach the house. Ben did the wiring himself.

- We replaced our mailbox with a shiny, red, Swedish one.

- We installed a new doorbell.
- We installed a new house number.

- We added terra cotta pots with combinations of red flowers. Here it is mid-September and the begonias are still trying to hang on. But Betty is doing her best to kill them off. We’ll replace the summer flowers with fall mums this weekend.

This was a great project. I love how the green and red details look against the dark grey of the paneling. The green door adds about a thousand gallons of personality. And now we get to say, “It’s the house with the green door,” when we’re giving directions.

You can see even more photos here.

Also. Here is the “before” shot on the day the shrubs were taken out:

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1 R-Eight September 26, 2007 at 7:29 am

It looks great! You must be so happy to come home everyday.


2 Jessica September 26, 2007 at 7:43 am

That turned out wonderfully! I’m crazy over that shade of green and the shiny new mailbox.


3 Meredith September 26, 2007 at 7:44 am

The porch really looks welcoming and cozy. Its just great! Amazing what a jolt of color can do.


4 collard green queen September 26, 2007 at 7:48 am

Wow what a difference …I love a good makeover ..Now that’s curb appeal..great job


5 Annie September 26, 2007 at 7:55 am

Terrific! By the way, what color of green did you use on the door?


6 lainakay September 26, 2007 at 7:56 am

Love that green!


7 brenda September 26, 2007 at 7:59 am

that looks fantastic!!


8 Katharine September 26, 2007 at 8:06 am

OOO, I am jealous! We, too, are renters in a great house, but the outside could definitely use some TLC…you may have inspired me to take action and spruce things up a bit. I think it would make me feel great about coming home, or having people come over!
I LOVE the red mailbox…that is just really the best!


9 Jen Ballantyne September 26, 2007 at 8:09 am

That is an absolutely gorgeous makeover. I may have to copy you, love the green, love the red postbox I just love all of it, you are very clever. Thanks for a great site too! I have been a lurker for a while now. Take care Jen


10 Janika September 26, 2007 at 8:12 am

Very cool. Love the Swedish mailbox–where did you find it? It’s also lucky your landlord lets you make changes like that. It looks great!


11 The Young's September 26, 2007 at 8:12 am

I love all the colors together. It looks great!


12 Sarah Jane September 26, 2007 at 8:28 am

amazing!!! who would have thought that the green would be just the perfect match!


13 Ben and Laura September 26, 2007 at 8:30 am

It’s perfect!


14 Casey September 26, 2007 at 8:52 am

its all beautiful!! where did you get the mail box??


15 Michelle September 26, 2007 at 8:59 am

I loooooooooooove the green door! I’ve been trying to decide what color to paint ours and I think you may have just convinced me to use green.


16 Amanda Conley September 26, 2007 at 9:52 am

Love the green door! I’ve been so bored of the whole red door thing (my husband remodels houses) but I love a punchy door! Good job!


17 AP September 26, 2007 at 10:10 am

Great job–my husband and I are always amazed at what a difference a can of paint can make!


18 S.P. September 26, 2007 at 10:28 am

Oooo! So cute! I love the green door and the bright red mailbox! Where did you get the mailbox??? Good job!


19 Mrs. Bryant September 26, 2007 at 11:05 am

how pleasant!


20 studio wellspring September 26, 2007 at 11:38 am

fantasically adorable in every single way!


21 Design Mom September 26, 2007 at 11:45 am

Thanks for the positive feedback! For those of you who are curious, I added a link in the post for my mailbox source.

And I picked up the paint, a quart of exterior latex gloss in New Orleans Green, at my local True Value Hardware.


22 angbrimwil September 26, 2007 at 12:06 pm

so cute and job well done. Love the green and red. And taking out those bushes makes a huge difference. YOu should be so happy and proud of the results.!


23 KimbaLee September 26, 2007 at 12:22 pm

Wow, I LOVE how those colors pop against the grey. Amazing.


24 Angie September 26, 2007 at 12:31 pm

I LOVE how it turned out! I’m inspired to do this myself! Very nice :).


25 Julie September 26, 2007 at 1:14 pm

Gosh, I didn’t know you could paint silver. I thought you had to buy it that way. It looks awesome. That truly is the perfect green.


26 {Karla} September 26, 2007 at 1:44 pm

so so so pretty!



27 Deb September 26, 2007 at 1:53 pm

This looks absolutely perfect.


28 ::sunny:: September 26, 2007 at 3:08 pm

that is about the prettiest porch I’ve ever seen (just from the first photo..of the green door, silver accents and the red mailbox) and then the other photos confirmed it.



29 Lizzy September 26, 2007 at 3:16 pm

looks very welcoming. i painted my dresser/tv stand that same shade of gree, it is so happy!


30 jordan September 26, 2007 at 3:42 pm

Love this Gab.


31 Bubbles September 26, 2007 at 9:19 pm

Thank you for posting those pictures – it looks great. I’ll bet it makes you happy each time you turn into your drive way.


32 julie September 26, 2007 at 9:39 pm

Gabs the colors look so beautiful together. nice.


33 Chloe September 27, 2007 at 1:09 am

OH, it’s so much cooler now! Love that you posted a before and after shot. The green door is such a punch…also love the mailbox.

Good job!


34 melissa September 27, 2007 at 2:52 am

beautiful! I love that you went for a bold and fun color that also accents your home well.


35 Shauna September 27, 2007 at 7:23 am

Thank you for sharing this project. I am so inspired by the entire outcome. I love the colors!


36 Denise September 27, 2007 at 9:50 am

Such a great transformation!


37 Charmaine September 27, 2007 at 12:01 pm

I’ve been looking for the perfect mailbox and you found it for me. LOVE the red Swedish Post.


38 Muranda September 27, 2007 at 12:13 pm

Did you spray paint the doorknob, or use another kind of paint? I would love to do that on our drab door. You can email me at murandabarker(at)gmail.com


39 Tip Junkie September 27, 2007 at 12:26 pm

Love it! That green is amazing. What a wonderful way to change the look of your house.


40 birnels September 27, 2007 at 1:08 pm

I love your front porch makeover. I am in love with the mailbox. Did you find that, or was it with the house? Great job on the porch makeover!


41 birnels September 27, 2007 at 1:09 pm

never mind, i saw your comment about the mailbox. so cute!


42 paperseed.wordpress.com September 27, 2007 at 3:42 pm

Wow. A very nice job – love your color choices.


43 Amy September 27, 2007 at 5:13 pm

I so love this. Perfect.


44 caroline September 28, 2007 at 10:56 am

i just love before and afters. great job! so welcoming!


45 allysha September 28, 2007 at 7:28 pm

Lovely, Gabby. I wish I could come over and knock on your door!


46 laurie September 28, 2007 at 10:10 pm

oh my. it’s so fabulous! well done gabby. can’t wait to see it in person someday.


47 juicefairy October 1, 2007 at 9:23 am

I read that article in Bluelines as well and have been thinking about the changes I want to make. Your porch is beautiful. You did a great job.


48 Jane December 3, 2007 at 8:07 am

You made such a beautiful difference in your porch. I actually read all about it here http://blogs1.marthastewart.com/blueprint/2007/11/tried-true.html. Absolutely stunning!


49 cowgirl in wellies October 25, 2008 at 1:06 pm

A lovely cheery update. I picked up that issue of Blueprint on a trip to the States and thought for too long about doing our door. Thanks for the extra inspiration. I’ve posted my front porch update on:


50 Shilo April 17, 2009 at 11:13 am

Visiting from A Soft Place to Land. Love your new porch!


51 Elizabeth (blue clear sky) April 17, 2009 at 7:45 pm

The owner of the home should give you a savings on the rent for increasing the curb appeal of the home.


52 Stephanie May 15, 2009 at 10:56 am

Oh man, now I want a green door! LOVE it!


53 Kasey Hunt May 15, 2009 at 1:15 pm

It looks awesome. I love the red mailbox for the accent. Great job.


54 Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality May 15, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Now that’s a great front entry makeover! Wonderful.


55 jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas May 15, 2009 at 4:20 pm

Terrific green! Terrific transformation!


56 Older and Wisor May 15, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Fresh, clean and so perky!

Hmmm…Maybe I should consider a green bra and see if it does the same for my bustline ;)


57 Heather May 16, 2009 at 7:46 pm

You must have a very kind landlord!! Looks FAB!!


58 delightfuldwelling May 18, 2009 at 11:56 am

I love the green, it just pops right out and is so cheerful.


59 Staci K. June 22, 2009 at 5:41 am

That really is the perfect shade of green! It looks so happy and inviting. Great transformation.


60 christa elyce August 13, 2009 at 12:46 pm

wow so beautiful and modern! saw something similiar on martha stewart living site. great job making it real! i feel inspired!


61 teeny jones April 18, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Cute, cute and good looking porch. What color is the door? Also I looked up the mailbox. The only red one I saw has white lettering on it. Did you repaint yours?



62 crush. April 19, 2010 at 11:57 am

love the apple green and bright red combo!


63 Lauren April 21, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Just wondering what type of paint was used to paint the door handle and door knocker…what a great, inexpensive idea!


64 Adin April 30, 2010 at 3:34 pm

The green paint sure pops out and the red mailbox as well. :) Lovely! And oh! That light fixture, I love it!


65 Amanda August 6, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Love your blog! You are a busy bee with great ideas. Love the porch makeover.

Amanda in Alabama


66 Shannon August 7, 2010 at 8:17 am

LOVE that mailbox! The green and the red are perfect pops of color!


67 Lindsay {DesignerWife} September 1, 2010 at 3:35 am

Love the shade of green on the door – it’s so fresh and gorgeous!


68 Stephen Dave September 29, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I really like that mailbox. Even though it is small it adds a lot of character to the front of the house.


69 Larissa May 9, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Gorgeous – I’m certainly impressed! And no doubt your landlord is too for improving the curb appeal (and ultimately the resale value!) of the property.


70 Kristin July 26, 2011 at 5:22 am

This is beautiful and inspiring. I think I might try it. I probably have everything I need in my garage already. Thank you.


71 Adventures in Florida March 22, 2013 at 8:51 am

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