Quick (Cheap) Porch Redo

There is only ONE thing I hate about Fall.

Spiders.

Spiders don’t bother me outside. That’s their home, I respect that. It’s when they decide to make their way into my home that bothers me. Fall seems to make all the spiders think it’s okay to just come on in…..But it’s not okay. It’s very much NOT okay.

Luckily Brian arranged to have our whole house sprayed yesterday. (My hero.) Which meant that Hollis and (preggo) I had to be out of the house for a couple of hours. So we headed to good ‘ol wally world for groceries.  After we got our groceries, I decided to wander to the other side of the store, which I very rarely do. Mostly because the toys are over there and I like Hollis to think that there are no toys at the grocery store. But I really needed a new doormat for outside before the weather starts to get yucky. While I was picking one out, I started to realize how sad our little front porch has become and I was suddenly inspired to jazz it up a little.

Quick (Cheap) Porch Redo // thegoldbrickroad.com This pic is a little old so just picture those flowers in the pot dead as doornails. And our cute little moose blew off the porch one too many times and lost an antler and part of his face. Tragic. So he had to be thrown away. I told you it was a sad little porch.

Quick (Cheap) Porch Redo // thegoldbrickroad.com I picked up these 3″ letters at Walmart because I had the perfect piece of wood to mount them to. I’ve been wanting to make a welcome sign of some sort for a long time. I spray painted them a bright yellow so they would stand out against the wood. Quick (Cheap) Porch Redo // thegoldbrickroad.com Here’s the wood I wanted to use. Brian found it out in one of the pastures and we both thought it was too cool to get rid of. It’s just been sort of laying around our front yard while we tried to come up with a use for it. My original idea was to use a wood burning tool and carve the word ‘welcome’ into it, but as you can see it turned out less than stellar. So I gave up on that idea and decided to nail these little letters onto instead. IMG_2539 I painted my letters and laid them out where I wanted them. Quick (Cheap) Porch Redo // thegoldbrickroad.com Then I just hammered them in with some finishing nails. Quick (Cheap) Porch Redo // thegoldbrickroad.com I just leaned it up against the wall. It’s a pretty substantial piece of wood, and really hard to move with one person. So I think it will be okay just leaning. (Crosses fingers.)

Quick (Cheap) Porch Redo // thegoldbrickroad.com We got this old metal rocker from Brian’s mom’s porch. She got all new furniture and gave this guy to us. It’s in really good shape, but needs a new happy color.

Quick (Cheap) Porch Redo // thegoldbrickroad.com I have had red in mind since I laid eyes on this chair. And after picking out a new doormat, I decided it was meant to be. Quick (Cheap) Porch Redo // thegoldbrickroad.com Quick (Cheap) Porch Redo // thegoldbrickroad.com It only took one coat and this puppy looks brand new. I really like the red with our aqua colored front door.

Quick (Cheap) Porch Redo // thegoldbrickroad.com So I know it’s not really Pintrest-worthy, but a definite improvement. The pops of color feel much more inviting. I am noticing from these pics just how dirty our siding is! I also really want to replace that screen door with a full-view storm door. We never use the screen part anyway but we do need a storm door of some sort. I have a new porch light too….it’s been sitting in a closet since we moved in. I really need to get on that. So I guess I still have some work to do, but overall, not too shabby for a quick afternoon project and a trip to Walmart!

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