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Front Porch Appeal - In Comes the Spring
March 01, 2024

Hello, Porch Friend,

Welcome to Front Porch Appeal! The month of March brings us the first day of spring and if Punxsutawney Phil is right, spring should be right around the corner.

Here in TN it's easy to get spring fever early and then realize Mother Nature might not be all the way done with winter. A few years ago, in mid-March, we planted spring flowers in our gardens, and that was, let's just say, a gardening mistake because we had a hard freeze after that.

Patience is important in early spring.

The 2nd weekend in March marks the return of Daylight Savings Time. It all adds up to the beginning of wonderful porch time.

What kind of weather are you having where you live? We always love hearing from you and you can reply to this email and let us know.

Welcoming the Change of Seasons

Spring is a time of renewal, growth, and rejuvenation, making its arrival a special time. As the days grow longer and the weather begins to warm, there is a palpable sense of excitement and anticipation in the air.

The front porch serves as the perfect stage to celebrate the arrival of spring and embrace the season's beauty.

One of the most cherished traditions associated with spring is the act of cleaning and refreshing our living spaces, a practice known as spring cleaning.

Spring Cleaning the Porch

This little guy wants to help

Depending on where you live, March is a good month to clean away the cobwebs and dust on our porches. We know some porches still have snow on them, too, so it might become an April task instead

When the time is right where you live, here are some tips for preparing your porch for springtime freshness:

- Remove clutter from the porch. This might include old furniture, broken decorations, or items that have accumulated over the winter months.

- Sweep debris such as leaves, dirt, and cobwebs. For a deeper clean, you can hose down the porch or use a pressure washer to remove stubborn grime. Be sure to clean any outdoor rugs or doormats as well.

- Dust and clean light fixtures on the porch. Replace any burned out bulbs as well.

- Wash the windows with glass cleaner and a soft cloth. Gently scrub the screens, using a soft brush, with a mixture of mild detergent and water.

- Inspect the porch for loose boards, chipped paint, or rusty hardware. Take care of these issues to prevent further damage.

- If you have outdoor furniture, wipe down surfaces, cushions, and pillows. Consider applying a fresh coat of paint or sealant.

- When danger of frost has passed, add some pretty potted plants or hanging baskets to brighten up your porch. A touch of nature is always welcome. Choose plants that require minimal maintenance, such as succulents or ferns.

- Add some personal touches to make your porch feel inviting. We love decorative door mats, seasonal wreaths and outdoor artwork.

Nothing like a freshly cleaned springtime porch

St. Patricks Day on the 17th

We've always enjoyed this photo of a gorgeous porch decorated for St. Patrick's Day. That wonderful burlap and shamrock wreath...

This porch is decorated with the spirit of St. Pat's day, too

Please visit out St. Patrick's Day page to see more porches decorated for the holiday.

It's sure to inspire you.

Easter in March

Easter is in March this year. Sunday, March 31st.

We show you how we painted these pansy pillow toppers if you visit our spring decorating page.

Honestly, it was one of the most fun projects. All you need is some fabric, some acrylic paints and a paint brush. The pansy shapes are rather easy to draw and so much fun to paint.

Our scrunched-up burlap wreath for springtime

With Easter being celebrated in March this year, we remember when we lived in Alaska and there was still snow on the ground. Our sons wore their moon boots to go Easter egg hunting. Porch time in Alaska in March was simply wishful thinking.

We like these chair back covers - those bunnies!

Our friend Judy shared how she created this sweet display for her spring porch

A garden hose rolled up with flowers and ribbon makes for a pretty springtime wreath

Want More Spring Decorating Ideas?

rocking chair on porch

We have more pictures and ideas for your springtime porch right here. Thank you for stopping by.

Looking for Easter Cards?

I created two new cards in my Etsy shop, just in time for Easter. I hope you like them! I painted the tulips and Easter bunny with watercolors and gouache - and plenty of love.

Find this cute card kit here. It's digital so you print it at home or at your favorite printing place.

When you purchase my printable card kit in the Etsy store, you'll also receive this printable page of cute images and sayings I made for you.

Find this cute card kit here. It's digital so you print it at home or at your favorite printing place.

From Our Treasured Sponsors...

Look at this Double Dip Gate. Isn't it wonderful? We love to see the products in The Porch Store.

Gates never need to be boring again. The Porch Store has taken gates to a beautiful, refined and handcrafted level.

Beautiful photo courtesy of

Imagine living in this beautiful home! What wonderful and memorable craftsmanship on the balusters and trim.

We are very proud of our sponsor, Vintage Woodworks, a leader in handcrafted house trim since 1978. They can assist you in choosing just the right design options for your home.

PCA Products, one of our fine sponsors, takes double French doors to a new level.

Notice that there is no center post and you can choose whether you want the door to swing in or swing out.

Please stop by PCA Products website to see their wonderful screen doors.

Till Next Time...

We all live busy lives, so thank you for being in our porch family. We appreciate you.

May you enjoy the month of March and new beginnings. Sending you best wishes for a wonderful month.

See you on the porch.

Our best always,

Mary and Dave

Mary and Dave

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