Front Porch Revival ~ How I Prettied it Up!

A few years back I decided to paint the concrete floor of our front porch. I had already painted the back screened in patio floor and it came out fabulous. (To see our back patio floor click here.) But alas, the front porch concrete is not as porous as the back concrete and it does get exposed to more traffic, so as a result the paint had begun to peel.

I tried to fix it a few times but the peeling problem always came back. So last Friday I power washed most of the red and gray paint off. Then I asked you my wonderfully creative readers what you thought should be done about the floor...repaint, cover or simply leave it as is, all chippy looking. 

So after spending about 45 minutes yesterday in Home Depot...yes again...looking at all of the different outdoor carpets they had, what I finally decided to do is to follow the majority of your input and leave it like it is. If at some point I come across a small carpet I think will work then I'll try it under the table, but for now this is it.

I actually think it is beginning to grow on me.

As you can see the front porch is rather small. Someday I would love to yank out the shrub in front of the bay window and expand the porch all the way down to the end of the brick wall. But until then I will be happy with my little spot just outside the front door.

I had purchased the bistro set from Home Depot for $70, cute isn't it? And the absolute perfect size for my porch. I also hung the plant the kids gave me for Mother's Day...they love the fact that it is right in the front of the house. 

I had an old iron piece I bought at Pier One about 6 years ago, so that went on the bare white siding. I wrapped an antiqued flag around a grape vine wreath and used it to adorn the front door for a little touch of Americana. The evergreen in the back I potted at Christmas and had it in my kitchen. It has been living outside ever since and is doing pretty well, although I know she won't be happy forever in that bucket and will have to be put in the ground at some point. 

The perfect spot to enjoy a little wine!

I also threw some bright red geraniums in one of the planters a neighbor was getting rid of...one man's trash is another woman's treasure!

Wishing you all a safe and happy weekend!

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  1. Barbara, your porch does look so pretty! I like what you did with the floor, and the bistro set looks perfect especially with the hanging flowers!

  2. Wow cute bistro set!! Bet that same set here in Canada is double $$.
    Very welcoming front porch..

  3. Oh - You really DID pretty it up. I love how fresh and bright it looks. Nice job!!! xo Diana

  4. Your front porch looks very inviting Barbara! A great place to have a glass of lemonade.

  5. Barbara, your porch looks very nice and like a welcome addition to your home entry. To me there's nothing more welcoming than a home with a lovely porch.

    Thanks for sharing,

  6. Hi Barbara. I love the pops of red on your porch and it looks like you live in a quiet, shady area. The geraniums look beautiful against the perfect green of your lawn and plants. It all looks wonderful..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  7. gorgeous! I love the bright pops of red and the potted evergreen!

  8. Hi, I saw you at Savvy Southern Style and stopped by to read more because my front porch is, I think, perhaps even smaller than yours. I don't think have room for a bistro set, unless it fits into a doll house :) But I love what you did. I am curious - what are the dimensions of your front porch? The planters that you rescued from your neighbor's trash - wow - I think they are gorgeous. The red geraniums are classic and look so lovely in them. I'm wondering if a color "wash" would work over your concrete? It would soften the edges of the different colorations and the "pock" marks, maybe, and make it look like natural stone? Just a thought. I would use craft (acrylic) paints mixed with water instead of porch or concrete paint and just try it out, but with a really big brush and big broad strokes. What do you have to lose? As it is, I don't think people are focusing on the concrete underneath. Many of us have not-so-hot looking concrete and we just ignore it!

  9. It looks so inviting. Great job with a small area. Hugs, Marty

  10. It looks lovely and the pops of red are wonderful!


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