Front Porch Makeover Reveal!

When Style Diva, Cathi Aycock, challenged me to make over a front porch for a feature for The Tennessean, I kicked it into high gear to find a porch that needed a serious update for the summer.

 

This 1950’s home is located in a popular ranch neighborhood in Nashville.  This was the “before” of the home:

Before

 

The brave homeowners wanted to paint the brick and change the look of the home altogether.  We were going for an updated version of a traditional brick cottage.  This is the “after” of the makeover:

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After Front Porch Makeover 

 

We chose Behr’s Rocky Ridge for the brick and Echo Valley for the trim.  The porch ceiling is Benjamin Moore’s Beach Glass.  Because the homeowner is a die-hard Alabama fan, we custom-mixed a front door color that perfectly matched Crimson Tide red.  Below is a shot of Tennessean photographer, Sanford Myers, taking photos of the landscape designer, Leslee Marshall of Kiser Vogrin Design, as she put together the glazed pots that would eventually grace the front of the spruced-up porch.

Landscape Designer Leslee Marshall

 

Rather than a wimpy doormat, I really wanted to include a large outdoor rug to make the space feel like a real room and to anchor the seating.  When I couldn’t find what I wanted, I decided to make a custom one myself!

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This is how I did it:  I went to Lowe’s and bought a piece of remnant floor vinyl for $25.   I first cut it to the size I wanted for the front porch.

 

I turned it on the backside and applied 2 coats of primer.  Then I marked out some random stripes with painter’s tape.  I decided on the color scheme of Ben Moore’s Van Deusen Blue, Beach Glass (the porch ceiling color), and Beacon Hill Damask.

 

The homeowner had existing wicker that desperately needed a face-lift.  We painted the sofa and chair in Ben Moore’s Van Deusen Blue, while the sofa table was painted the same Crimson Tide red as the front door.  The beautiful oversized pillows were provided by Fresh Style, a fabulous decor boutique in Brentwood, Tennessee.

 

It was about 100 degrees on the day of the photo shoot, but we managed to get ‘er done without passing out from heat exhaustion.  I can’t wait to see how the feature in The Tennessean comes out – I’ll let you know when it does.  I look a little stressed in this photo, but believe me, I’m glad it’s done!

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How can you update your own front porch this summer?  Establish a color scheme, dress it out like you would an interior room, add colorful outdoor seating and cushions, plant a few great pots, and maybe even make your own “rug.”  Hey, I did it in record time – so can you!

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Katie
8 years ago

Awesome job Kristie! Could you please come down to my house? Our weather is fabulous…XoXo

Jackie Theall
Jackie Theall
7 years ago

Can you let me know the mixture they used for the front door paint and where you purchased it? Everything looks fabulous!

Dana Tucker
8 years ago

Awesome, awesome, awesome!!! Love everything. You gave me some great ideas. Our front porch is definitely on the radar screen. I think we are going to paint a design right on the concrete. Love your custom rug. That is soooooo clever. Did you also update the lighting? Where did you get the lantern?

Jamie
Jamie
8 years ago

You never cease to amaze me! It simply looks great and I absolutely LOVE the rug. Cost effective and chic – two of my favorite design words!

Alicia
Alicia
8 years ago

It all looks fabulous, but I really love the Crimson door. Roll Tide!

Barbara
8 years ago

What a great improvement, with wonderful new colors and a cooperative homeowner! I especially like the rug!
Bravo!,
Barbara

Barbara
8 years ago

Just to confirm, you turned the vinyl on its back side and painted the colored vinyl side…

Paula Van Hoogen
Paula Van Hoogen
8 years ago

Masterfully done, Kristie! My personal favorite–the blue ceiling. Also the red door! They could take out the panels & replace them with glass someday for more interior light.
Question: did the painter roll the bricks to preserve the grout color? It really looks like “real” white brick!
Removing the bushes helped too!!
Beautiful.

Ka
Ka
8 years ago

Oh my, you are a color guru. What a pleasure to see this transformation you created.

Lee
Lee
8 years ago

very, very lovely – just can’t quite go for that door color however….seems like it needs to be a little more, oh, possibly, ORANGE! 😉
Kidding aside I love the colors of the whole thing and would love to find some similar pots for my own front porch flowers.
Stay cool- it is amazing to me that we are over 10 degrees cooler here in central FL than you all are 500+ miles north!

Lezlie
Lezlie
8 years ago
Reply to  Lee

Lee,

Now you know an Alabama fan can have nothing in their home that even slightly favors orange! Thanks for your teasing and the compliments on the porch.

Lezlie

Hannah Dee
8 years ago

Great job! Looks terrific!!!!

Pam from Louisville
Pam from Louisville
8 years ago

I can’t believe it’s the same porch. You work wonders with everything you do.

Susanne
Susanne
8 years ago

It’s gorgeous. I love the color of the bricks. You accomplished exactly the look you were going for. Speaks cottage in volumes. As Dana already stated, the vinyl flooring was in incredibly clever idea. I’m sure you’ll get rave reviews from “The Tennessean. I just noticed the adorable sunflowers in their pot and how they work with the pillows. Such a nice touch.

Donna Frasca
8 years ago

The outdoor rug is such a great idea! How does that hold up to weather? Is it slippery when it rains? Will it crack? Super pretty but I wouldn’t have the patience for a project like that – great colors in it 🙂

Holly
Holly
8 years ago

Beautiful Kristie! I love the custom color you did for the front door – that looks awesome. A true Crimson Tide.

Melissa
8 years ago

Oh, I love this! I wish I had a big enough porch for such a great makeover but alas, I have to settle for just keeping my door color fun and updated. Congrats on being in the Tennessean!

Linda
8 years ago

Such a magically transformation kristie. The home owners must be thrilled. You did a fantastic job and deserve a long weekend rest hopefully in an air conditioned house!

Peggy Brown
Peggy Brown
8 years ago

Thats great. Saw the article in the Tennessean Go Girl you`ve got lots of talent Peggy

Joy Tepner
Joy Tepner
8 years ago

Great job Kristi on that front porch! And congrats on getting a spot in the Tennessean! Love to read your comments. Do you have a color name for that crimson tide red? We’re big Al fans as well and my husband is always looking for something to paint crimson! What brand of paint did you use? thanks and ROLL TIDE!

Paul Martin
Paul Martin
8 years ago

Kristie B. … YOU is THE BOMB !

I’m NOW about sold on the idea of you doing a consultation for us.

Linda Franchi
Linda Franchi
8 years ago

I have a brick front that I don’t want to paint but want to repaint my front door. Ive seen so many colors that don’t look good with brick. Just wondered if the homeowners didn’t want the brick painted, what color would you choose for the front door? Would you take into consideration the foyer color?

Sheila @sZinteriors
8 years ago

You are such a rock star! Who knew what you were up to with those stripes? I thought maybe mass produced colour boards for your colour class, but never would’ve guessed a rug! And the porch looks incredible. The owners must be wearing perma smiles! 🙂

Michelle@Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust

I love the colors you chose! The porch looks so inviting AND you look really great in the photo too! ;D

Warmly, Michelle

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