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Future project: the porch

Our next two projects will probably be the kitchen (sheetrocking and painting) and the front porch. The floor of the front porch has some significant damage, and we might need to replace some of the boards on the edge. It also needs to be painted. I think it looks kind of adorably shabby chic at the moment, but the damage is only getting worse with the spring rains. At the moment, three or four other projects are residing on the front porch: a potting table that needs to be painted (green?), a vintage glider that needs to be sanded and painted (red?), a porch swing that needs to be installed, and a big old tree branch that I plan to spray-paint gold and hang in our bedroom (it may need to be trimmed a little):



Eventually, we'd like to also replace the metal railing with a painted wooden one, but that's a project for another year!

Here's a shot of the porch floor at its worst, and the of the cement steps, which also need to be seriously sanded and repainted:



Yes, we have our work cut out for us! In the meantime, I'd like to gradually start adding plants and other things to the front porch, to make it look a little more lived-in. Anybody have good ideas for "curb appeal"?

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webms
Apr. 24th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
I love that potting bench! I have been looking for one for a while and they are hard to find. I wish I'd gotten to one I saw curbside a few years ago, but it's tougher to grab them with a teeny tiny car.
la_sherazade
Apr. 24th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
I think my mom picked it up somewhere, probably curbside. Unfortunately, it's a bit wonky and needs to be reglued or possibly have some screws added. I think I may pay it green, so it will contrast with the white of the house. And I guess I need to start putting plants on it. :) How do you keep water from damaging the paint, though, I wonder? Maybe I should use exterior house paint on it...
webms
Apr. 24th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
Exterior paint would be best, and to be extra safe I'd add some sealant too once it's really dry. And wonky gives it character. :)
la_sherazade
Apr. 24th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip! And yes, wonky gives it character--until all pots fall over! ;)

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