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John and Sherry's Minor Porch Makeover

Budget-friendly Front Porch Ideas

We showed you John and Sherry's porch makeover at their first home. Now we want to show you some of their quick and affordable front porch ideas for their second home.



John and Sherry are the authors of the very popular and zany blog, Young House Love. They are masters at sharing their DIY home projects (escapades) with their very large and loyal reader base.

So they recently moved into their second home and are in the process of making it their own, one project at a time. They are sharing with us their mini porch upgrade and how they did it. So, let's get started.


The Before

John and Sherry's porch makeover
Kind of plain in the beginning, but just you wait...




John and Sherry's porch makeover
Another view before the porch makeover ...




What They Did

John and Sherry's porch makeover
They started with the bench they already had

When they first moved into their home, John and Sherry put their wooden bench (from their prior home) on their front porch. There it sat until a few months later when they had time to pay a little attention to their porch once again.


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Another view of their wooden bench

You know how moving goesÂ…the inside gets the attention before the outside projects begin. After six months or so, John and Sherry decided it was about time to give their front porch some TLC.



Mini porch makeover

So they got out their old planters from their basement. They even found a hosta that survived its hibernation time in the dark basement (looks like it loved the basement).

John is showing giving their outdoor pillows and planters a quick bath to freshen them up and scoot out the spider webs and dirt.



Mini porch makeover

They filled the planters with some fresh new plants from the Depot. See the beautiful colors of the coleus? Looks great in the lime green pot.



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The bright green pillows add a splash of color to their bench.
Now you can see more of the planters.





Another porch makeover
Shrubs make a welcome statement at the front door


To flank the front door, John and Sherry decided upon a couple evergreen shrubs. (Funny but when we moved into our house, the homeowners had done the same thing. We didn't realize that an evergreen shrub can live in a pot!)

If you like the idea of a shrub on the front porch, look at the tag before buying it to see how big it's supposed to get. Otherwise you may need to transplant it later.

Sherry said an alternative idea would be to put something seasonal in the pots - like colorful annuals in the spring and chrysanthemums in the fall. That would infuse a big dose of color.


The After

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The freshened-up porch. We like it!





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Another view of the mini porch makeover





Another porch makeover
The outdoor mat from their first home still looks just fine





Before porch makeover
The sweet li'l coleus adds a cheery hello to their porch





Before porch makeover
A comfortable place for John, Sherry and Clara to sit and relax



John and Sherry's porch makeover is not a super big change, but it definitely makes a delight of a difference. And it cost them very little.

Down the road, they would like to tackle some bigger updates to their porch such as:
  • Frame the porch columns. Sherry talked about a square and chunky kind of look.
  • Replace the front porch light with a lantern-style lamp. Maybe even two.
  • Give the front door a brand new color and update the hardware
  • Maybe stain the concrete porch floor like Traci of Beneath My Heart did.
  • Change the landscaping that crowds their walkway.
  • Refresh the front yard landscaping so that they can have a better view of the porch from their driveway.
  • They even want to turn their carport into a regular garage.
John and Sherry's minor porch makeover took just a couple hours to do. But wow, it makes a humongous difference.

Hope you got some ideas for your own porch from John and Sherry's example here.


Stay with us! We have other porch makeovers to show you.

--- See John and Sherry's first porch makeover.

--- And Barb's brick porch transformation.

--- See Diana's fun numbered pillows.

--- Catch John and Sherry's other mini makeover.

--- Lots more examples from our readers.



Meet John and Sherry of
"Young House Love"

John and Sherry, authors of Young House Love
John and Sherry are a super blogging couple with dynamite personalities (seriously!). They are also very proud parents of their daughter, Clara.

Through pictures and detailed instructions, they share their passion for DIY projects with their readers by telling heartwarming,fun stories and providing detailed tutorials of their many before-and-after projects.

Please visit John and Sherry's blog, "Young House Love". You will want to go back and back like Dave and I do.
Our warm thanks to John and Sherry for sharing their latest porch do-over with us. We look forward to their next outdoor renovation!

Please share your decorating ideas with us. We enjoy hearing your porch ideas.









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