front porch facelift (finally) …

I can’t believe I’m going to air my dirty laundry here  — but up until a few weeks ago my front porch looked like this …
 
 
I know, it was pretty embarrassing.
A well-traveled path to the front door had splintered the wood …
 
Even Ernie the beagle looks embarrassed
… columns were missing end caps …
 
 
… and the bottom post bases were riddled with rot …
 
 
In my own defense, I planned to rebuild.  That was three years and two estimates ago.  Life — and some big ticket expenses that go along with life –  kept getting in the way.  All the while the porch fell into even greater disrepair.
 
With limited resources (read: cash) I decided to use caulk and wood filler and paint to try and extend the life of my failing (and ugly) porch.
 
On day one, I picked up $50 in paint from Home Depot.  Then I scraped and sanded the chipped, peeling paint.  Using leftover MDF and trim from another project, I fashioned new end caps for the bottom posts with my miter box …
 
 
… and attached with Gorilla glue, using painter’s tape to hold it all together while it dried:
 
 
I found some cheap laminate trim at the local hardware store to use to cover up the rotting bottom posts.  I cut with my miter box, affixed with Gorilla glue, and slathered with spackle …
 
 
I finished the day with caulk, caulk, and more caulk.On day two, I sanded the caulked areas, wiped clean, and then primed with Zinsser 1-2-3 …
 
 
 
Days three and four involved lots of painter’s tape, patience, and a not so steady hand (hence the need for the painter’s tape) …
 
 
At the end of the day four, the tape was pulled and I no longer had to hold my head in shame …
 
 
Look closely and you’ll see that even Ernie now holds his head high with pride
 
… and here’s the porch all dressed up for fall …
 
 
When all was said and done, I’m pretty sure I heard my neighbors breathe a collective sigh of relief. 

Update:If you want to see how I put those numbers on the steps, click here ...

… and to find out more about the rug I painted directly onto the front porch landing, click here ...

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Comments

  1. says

    Oh this is SO great! I have to say though, having lived for a few years in and old house and wishing I could again, I thought your before was charming :) That said, this is an impressive transformation and what you used to make it is even more impressive! Looks lovey!

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