We’ve lived in our charming little (1150 square feet) Virginia farmhouse for about 3 1/2 years. When we moved in, it was ready for us; the previous owner had flipped it and painted everything a very tolerable beige and updated the appliances. The covered front porch, a detached 2-car garage, original 100 year-old hardwood floor, and a farmhouse sink were added bonuses. Over the past few years, we’ve slowly made the home our own, filling it with found treasures, memories, family, and friends. You can see more of the #ADailyHouseToHome on the blog and instagram.
Our covered front porch has become a favorite place to gather; it’s our largest “room” at about 20 x 15, is wonderfully shaded by a 100 year-old oak tree, and it boasts a wonderful cross breeze on sweltering summer days. Until this project, we had yet to give the porch much thought in terms of decorating or updating, let alone take on any projects like painting or making curtains, etc.
We had been wanting to update the porch with fresh paint and actually put some thought into decorating it for a while, since we tend to gather there all Spring, Summer, and Fall! So we welcomed the opportunity to partner with True Value on this project; I’m so incredibly pleased with the outcome. I said it earlier this week with our laundry and mud room update: I’m amazed by the transformation that a simple coat of paint provides! Immediately after painting the porch, it looked brighter, cleaner, and more welcoming! And now I have all this incentive to keep it clean and tidy and a welcoming space for our family and friends!
We chose to keep the porch bright and airy, and used True Value’s EasyCare line of paint. We stayed with the tradition of painting porch ceilings blue, and kept ours very pale blue (Silver Bells). I wanted the columns, railings, and door and window frames to be bright white, and a glossy light grey on the floor. I decided on True Value’s Preston for the floor and it’s perfect! Dark enough to hide some stains, but still very bright and light enough that I will keep it nice and clean! The biggest change came with our door; I’ve wanted a “statement” door for a while and decided on a glossy black, and used True Value’s Penguin Black. I just love our front door now! All of the paint applied so incredibly well and had great coverage.
Besides the repaint, we scrubbed down the siding (this made a huge difference), made curtains, and bought a few new plants, a rug, a love seat, and a hammock chair. The new rug helped to add so much texture and color to the porch; it’s one of the only sources of color! The rug is the Surya Jewel Tone southwestern wool rug from Rugs Direct. I was so happy to discover that their outlet is in Winchester, VA…just 40 minutes from me!
As for everything else on the porch, we already had it…either previously on the porch or stowed away in our garage or attic, and simply just cleaned it off and rearranged to make optimal use of the space! My favorite elements of our new porch are the glossy grey floor and the breezy curtains. My mom came down from New Jersey last week to help finalize the porch, and she graciously made these curtains. She’s so incredible! I am so looking forward to hosting our family for the Fourth of July next week, and am thankful this project was finished just in time.
Here are ALL the details for our porch update:
Paint: Ceiling-Silver Bells; Columns, Railings, Door & Window Frames-bright white; Floor-Preston; Door-Penguin Black
Curtains: DIY, made from canvas drop cloths
Rug: Surya Jewel Tone c/o Rugs Direct
Sofa: Restoration Hardware Carmel Classic Two-Seat Sofa
Wicker chairs: from local auction, similar available at IKEA
Grey linen pillow cover with insert: Target
White pillow: Target
Concrete table: DIY concrete top, with iron base from local auction
Wooden side table: Smart Furniture, similar available here
Bar cart: One Kings Lane, similar available here
Table: from local auction
White chairs: Overstock
Flower pitcher: The White Hearth
I hope this little porch update inspires you to finally complete a long overdue home project. All it takes is a fresh coat of paint to get the ball rolling and the creative juices flowing! And now we have what feels like a brand new space in which we’ll be gathering with family and friends for years!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of True Value. The opinions and text are all mine.
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