How to Make Over a Porch on a Budget

How to Make Over a Porch on a Budget

Paint and a few accessories will give your porch a bright new look

By Cathy McClellan

Victorian Style Porch
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At some point, your porch will probably be in need of a serious makeover. The weather wreaks havoc with items on a porch and eventually, just about everything needs to be replaced, repaired or updated. There are several things you can do to clean and brighten your porch without spending a lot of money. A little hard work along with a few new items will have your porch looking young again.

  • What You Need to Know
  • Breathing a little life into your porch isn't that difficult. It simply requires a few cleaning supplies and decorative accessories to get the job done. A water hose with a spray attachment can blast dirt, debris and bird droppings off the porch, while some paint and paintbrushes can give it a face lift. After that, all it takes is some rugs, and possibly a new set of table and chairs.

Step 1:

Take everything off your porch, use a spray attachment on your water hose and clean the whole thing, including the siding, windows and door. Wash all the dirt and debris from the porch floor. If you have outdoor furniture, wash that as well. Make sure everything is clean and dry before proceeding to the next step.

Step 2:

Purchase colorful outdoor paint that will complement the porch or the colors of your house. Visit flea markets or antique stores to find inexpensive items that you can paint to add a dash of color to the porch. You may even have something around your house, such as a small bookcase, that is just gathering dust waiting for a new life on your porch.

Step 3:

Paint your porch furniture in a new, vivid color. Consider using two colors that complement each other, such as bright blue and bright yellow. Paint (or repaint) small crates and unused end tables, and place them next to a love seat or chair.

Step 4:

Paint your old flowerpots to enhance the porch. Consider buying a few affordable plants to hang or place strategically on small, painted crates. Use large pots on each side of the bottom steps and place pumpkins, fall leaves and twigs in the pots for a fall look. You can easily change the design according to the season or holiday by replacing the pumpkins with new decorations appropriate to your seasonal or holiday theme.

Step 5:

Repaint old indoor decorations or attic finds, such as a hames mirror made from a draft-horse collar, iron wall art or an old clock, and install them on your porch. Repaint the front door to complement the porch. Consider a folding screen or an inexpensive bamboo shade on one side of your porch for privacy or shelter from the summer sun. Add a floor lamp and lay colorful outdoor rugs at the top of the steps and in front of the door for additional decoration.

  • Tips & Warnings
  • If you have access to barn wood, make a window frame to hang on the wall or paint a welcome sign.
  • Installing new lighting is one of the most effective ways to give your porch a makeover. Hire a licensed electrician to do the job.

About the Author

Cathy McClellan is a regular contributor to DexKnows.

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