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Porch Facelift Needed

Question Asked by Jeff and Connie of Lebanon, IL

Porch facelift needed: Jeff and Connie have a challenge similar to many of us.

They have an older porch on a country home that has been painted many times. They want to give it a makeover and will do the work themselves.


Like you and I, they want their porch to be low maintenance and have better lighting and more curb appeal. So let's get to it!


Porch Makeover Question

Porch facelift needed on country porch

Jeff and Connie's country porch



Porch facelift needed on country porch

They would like a facelift for their porch



Jeff and Connie's question: My husband and I are wanting to give our front porch a facelift and we are looking for suggestions as to what to do. We are looking for low maintenance. Our front porch is 140 sq ft or 6.5 x 21.5 feet. My husband is very handy and will probably be doing most the work himself.

The base of the porch and the steps are concrete. The floor of porch is also concrete but very ugly. It's been painted so many times by the previous home owner. Any suggestions on a good product to cover that. The front porch faces north which sees the morning sun.

The porch columns, rails, and porch ceiling are all wood. We are wanting to replace with something low maintenance. We also want to add some lighting to the front porch whether it be lights around the front door or something hanging from the ceiling. We are also looking at adding some sort of hand rail to the front porch steps. Currently we have nothing.

As you can tell by the pictures, it is an old country house and our work in progress. Over the years we have doubled the size of the home by adding a 2-car garage, 2-bath/utility room, and a bonus room above the garage. Looking at the pictures the skylight portion is all add on.

Looking forward to your input as to how we can take our old ugly porch and make it look more suitable to our house.


Our Reply: Thanks for writing to us, Connie and Jeff. Your home is very nice and you have a good porch to begin with. We have some ideas for updating your porch.


Update Your Porch Railings and Columns

Attractive porch railings



Notice the attractive porch railings and porch columns on this home


First, we suggest updating your porch railings to a nice design like shown in the picture above. Also see the decorative features on the top of the porch columns. These columns are more substantial than your current porch posts.

You can find low-maintenance (pvc / vinyl) and attractive porch parts like this at Vintage Woodworks. See our porch parts page for more information about Vintage Woodworks.


More Whimsical Landscaping Around Your Porch

Whimsical porch landscaping by Flowergardengirl

Whimsical flower garden at Anna's porch - Flowergardengirl



Rather than heavy shrubs around your porch, try a whimsical flower garden like Anna's porch shown above. We also love the first photo - colorful and low so that you can see the entire porch railings. Try a colorful mix of flowering perennials and greenery.


Several Options for Your Concrete Floor

Interlocking deck tiles are an option for porch floors

Interlocking deck tiles are an option for your porch



You could put down interlocking deck tiles except not on your porch stairs. Have you ever seen these? They are fun.


Another option for the porch floor is stamped concrete

Stamped concrete is another option for the porch floor like Kim's porch



Sconces Would be Nice for Lighting

barn style lighting



Sconces on either side of your front door would be charming especially on a country porch like yours. We think your porch ceiling may be too low for a hanging lamp.


Add Some Trim for a Vintage Look

Beautiful porch posts by Vintage Woodworks



If you want a vintage look to your porch, Vintage Woodworks is a wonderful place to check out.

We hope these suggestions are helpful. Have fun with your porch facelift. We'd love to see pictures when you are done. Thanks bunches for writing to us.

Our best, Mary and Dave




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