My Home Tour: The Front Porch

HomeTourPorchDoorI love having a covered front porch on this 1920’s craftsman house and have been planning for a while to update it with fresh paint and some decor. I feel that porches and decks can be extended living space and enjoyed at least part of the year here in rainy Portland and that is how I wanted to decorate it, as a place to sit to drink my morning coffee or evening beverage with a friend. You may remember my post about how I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® to give a new look the to matching rocking chairs. With this being my main focus on the sitting area of the porch, I broke the space into two focal area, the other being the front door. The first thing that started my porch project was to prep and paint. My go-to paint is always Sherwin-Williams so I was delighted to find that they would team with me on my porch project and supply all of my paint and painting materials. I chose Emerald Exterior Latex in Satin Seaworthy #7620 for the door and trim and Porch & Floor Enamel Folkstone #6005 for the deck and steps. These colors were a similar match for what had been most recently painted but pushed the front door color a tad the direction of teal from the current Navy blue. Once the porch was power washed and prepped, the transformation was quick. As I always say. . . the fastest way to change a room is to update or change the paint color. That goes for covered porches too. For my decor, I only used things I already had in my house or had recently made, which gave me a fun afternoon of “shopping” my house and prop shelves. At the end of this post I have a list of all my sources and items, so take a little tour and I’ll see you there. ~ Lia

BeforePorch PorchSeating FrontDoorDetails EntryDetails OwlCollection FrontDoorMat GreenDetailsPAPER FLOWER WREATH is made from my paper hydrangeas and paper apple blossoms | MONOGRAM LAUREL DOOR MAT is a DIY project similar to this one |  3-D MONOGRAM G is a project I teach at Creativebug.com | BLACK FRAME CHALKBOARD is an ornate frame with board that I completely painted with chalkboard paint | BRASS PLANTERS are from Target (last year) | ROCKING CHAIRS are a Craigslist find and painted with Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint® | PILLOWS are a DIY project with tutorial | CERAMIC TABLE & VASE in copper (you may remember them from when I changed my living room to plum) are from Home Goods | CAFÉ TABLE was a yard sale find and spray painted graphite grey | SMALL GREY TABLE was found at Goodwill and painted with Annie Sloan Paris Grey Chalk Paint® | PAINT for Door, Trim and Porch Paint are compliments of Sherwin-Williams.

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26 Comments

Beautiful !!!!!
Espectacular bon gust el teu !! quin porxo més acollidor, dona una sensació de Pau i benestar, et felicito Lia, moltes gràcies com sempre per compartir-ho amb tots nosaltres,
Una abraçada

hello lia,
again – it’s such fun seeing how people with taste create their surroundings :-)
I like your wide door, the wreath on it, and how you made your porch cozy and inviting. I love the doormat with the G on it – very elegant.
all the best, stephie

I had the privilege of attending your recent workshop and Lisa Frank is right – though fabulous in this post, in person your front porch is even more inviting, warm and spectacular. Thank you for all you share with all of us and thank you for a great workshop.

I used to live in Hillsboro and remember all the lovely Craftsman style homes in the area. With all the rain, it is so nice to have that covered porch to stand on while waiting for someone to answer the door! Or while you fumble with house keys with an armload of groceries! Your porch is just gorgeous; I really love the colors you chose!