Garden Inspirations: Front Porch Renovation
Small Space Makeover: From Front Porch Junk Pile to Jaw-Dropper
These homeowners were missing an opportunity to showcase the entryway to their home with this overlooked front porch. Once the bric-a-brac was cleared away, the porch was converted from shabby to chic with the addition of several inexpensive, creative and eco-friendly design elements. To define the space, old window frames were purchased at a salvage yard, painted glossy white and hung from the ceiling to mimic an actual window.
A salvaged antique chandelier’s central bowl was filled with seashells, rustic earth-toned ceramic pots were planted with shade-lovers like Chinese Evergreen (one pot with a weathered obelisk trellis for ivy to climb), and a wood bench was rescued from a garage sale. The beach cottage theme was reinforced with the display of a seashell collection throughout the porch. The only new items purchased were the Adirondack chairs and outdoor rug—all made from recycled plastic—along with colorful new pillows and cushions in bold hues. Window box-type rectangular containers with self-watering reservoirs were placed on front wall and accented with cheerful flowers.
Before: The porch was relegated to a storage area for seasonal junque.
After: The use of quirky, clever design features, pops of hot color and easy-care plants create an inviting, cheerful space that welcomes visitors on the way to the front door.
Project and photos courtesy of Stacy Moser.