Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Front Porch Progress : Finished!

Our porch has undergone a lot of changes this spring. The run in with the car in March (read about it HERE) set us back time wise, but because we had to patch the floor, we were able to sand and paint it.

So now, I'm kind of glad it happened. I think...

I love the floor painted, it looks so clean and bright. The dark stain that we put on it before was pretty, but impossible to keep clean, it showed every footprint. And it didn't hold up well at all.

Here it is, freshly sanded and just before I started painting.

I used an oil based porch paint in a dark gray premixed color. I wanted it to contrast with the lighter gray of the siding.

I didn't prime first, but thinned the first coat with paint thinner so that it would really soak in. 

More pictures at different angles...

My hydrangeas are blooming, but they are pretty messy, I'm hoping they'll be happier next year. And the one on the end is down to a single branch, the leaves just keep turning yellow and then brown and drying up. Does anyone know what this could be?

The pillows I made from a remnant of an outdoor fabric that I bought at U-fab. (A local discount fabric shop)
I have more to make pillows for the back porch. Outdoor fabric has come a long way, this is 100% acrylic but so soft and not shiny at all.

So, I hope you enjoyed seeing some real progress - I know I am so glad to be done and hopefully will soon have something to show of the back porch!


  1. I'm in LOVE!!!! Looks great!

  2. Looks so comfortable and inviting! What does your pallet sign say? It turned out so pretty!

    1. Thanks Melissa! Here is the link to an earlier post that shows how I made the sign. http://cassfamilyhouse.blogspot.com/2011/11/in-this-house.html

    2. Oops! Can't make the link work, you can look for my post under the label, "projects".

  3. It looks amazing!!! I love it. It is always nice to finish a project.

  4. Hi Melissa,
    I have several hydrangeas. They don't like hot sun. They do better in the shade. Also, don't water when it's hot out or when water stays on the leaves. It won't hurt to water when it's hot as long as you only water the soil and not the plant leaves. I had some new "sick" hydrangeas last year. I trimmed them way back this winter and fed them good this spring and they have recovered nicely this summer.

    1. Thanks for the tips, Lana! I'll try not watering the leaves - also starting to worry about root rot, maybe the soil isn't draining properly?

  5. Wow, I did'nt think you could improve on the old porch but this looks great!