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Welcoming Front Porch for $688

A stenciled floor and punchy new door color give a dull exterior a fresh new look

front porch upgrade with paint
Photo by Geinger Hill
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There's no second chance at a first impression, so when the exterior of your house is lackluster, it can drag the whole place down. Once Dana and Brooks Tucker saw what a difference a coat of white paint made on the tan brick of their Nashville 1980s-era ranch, they knew it was time to update the front porch with a new look, too. First up, they removed storm doors that obscured the paneled detailing on their double front doors. Dana painted the doors bright green for a crisp contrast with the white brick, then installed new chrome door hardware, including a hexagonal knob.
There's no second chance at a first impression, so when the exterior of your house is lackluster, it can drag the whole place down. Once Dana and Brooks Tucker saw what a difference a coat of white paint made on the tan brick of their Nashville 1980s-era ranch, they knew it was time to update the front porch with a new look, too. First up, they removed storm doors that obscured the paneled detailing on their double front doors. Dana painted the doors bright green for a crisp contrast with the white brick, then installed new chrome door hardware, including a hexagonal knob.
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Porch Redo Details

 

Porch Redo Details

Modern Masters Fortunate paint dab, front porch upgrade with paint
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Modern Masters Fortunate
Above, she painted the porch ceiling a dreamy sky blue and had an electrician install a new orb-style pendant light. When it came to the floor, Dana and Brooks knew they wanted a large-scale pattern, so they opted for a ready-made stencil, which they had enlarged for an 18-inch repeat. They began by painting the concrete a shade of warm gray to mask any irregularities, then used a brush to layer on white paint using the stencil. The finishing touch: large house numbers that friends can actually see from the street. "Before, it felt like a black hole," Dana says of the porch, "but now it pops. I love sitting out there waiting for my kids after school."
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The Project Tally

 

The Project Tally

before redo, front porch upgrade with paint
Before: Blah brown-on-brown tones made the front porch fade into the background and look one-dimensional.
• Removed the old storm doors, then painted the front doors bright apple green and installed new hardware $184

• Bought a new pendant light and had an electrician wire it $241

• Painted the ceiling; added a coat of gray paint to the front steps and porch floor and used a stencil and on-hand white paint to create an all-over geometric pattern $234

• Added new, large house numbers in a streamlined font $29

Total: $688
 
 

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