I’m still slowly working my way through the To-Do Lists in the house (Living, Dining, and Family Rooms), but with the weather so nice, I’m turning my attention outside, too. The front porch has been neglected for several months, so it was time for a spruce-up this weekend! After a few simple DIY projects, we are ready to welcome guests again.
I’m still crazy about this monogrammed coir mat (from Ballard), but after a full year outside in the elements, it was really faded and tired.
Instead of investing in a new one, I followed Freckles Chick’s lead, and painted it! Using black Patio Paint (found at craft stores), I brushed and dabbed it over the existing letter and border.
Keep reading to see the mat makeover, and how to rejuvenate tired old door hardware.
Such a simple project, even my helper pitched in. It took us about 30 minutes, and after curing for 72 hours, the paint is weather-resistant and self-sealing.
Looks brand new, right?!
Next up was the sad-looking door hardware. I’d love new door knobs and locks, but those things are ex-pen-sive! I’m not really interested in dropping hundreds of dollars for a freaking door knob?! Not to mention, we’d probably destroy the door trying to get these old ones out.
After that, I gave the doors a good washing, and planted a couple of ferns. Kimberly Queens are my favorite…they stand tall and don’t grow too wide or get droopsy.
What kind of a good Southern girl would I be if I didn’t have ferns on my porch?!
I had a hankering to re-paint the door a new color, but
got lazy decided I liked how it coordinated with the red accents we’ve got going on inside (I’m talking you, red ceiling.).
Here’s a little Before & After for you junkies.
Look at that hardware and doormat shine!
Have you scraped the Winter off your porch yet? What’s your favorite front porch plant? You’re totally eying your old door hardware now, aren’t you?!