Sunday, August 4, 2013

Porch Makeover-Before and After

 Behr Porch Paint Makeover
Wow. This weekend went by really fast......but then again don't they all?! LOL
This weekend was the weekend I tackled my front porch.
Earlier this summer you may remember my post about changing out the porch light.
I was so happy to get rid of my 1980s light fixture and replace it with something more current that had a cottage look to it.
And I was super excited about the change and thought that was all the porch needed. WRONG!!!
Well, as time went on I grew more disgusted with the paint and color of the porch.
The paint was chipping and had become very dull and it always looked dirty.
I power washed it, swept it, but it STILL looked dirty and not very welcoming.
So one day, while I was shopping the hardware store for God knows what, I decided to check out the porch paint and wouldn't you know it, I walked away with a gallon and was ready to rock n roll!
I looked thru the color chart and came across three colors I thought I would like and tested them on small sections of the porch, and wouldn't you know it, I ended up going with the first one I originally picked.
I had never painted on cement and was cautious and wanted to test some spots before going all out and messing it up.
Here was my plan.....
So this is what I started with.....
A dull and outdated paint color,
that was stained from the door mat and chipping in spots.  
I was torn on which color to use, but decided that  instead of creating a contrast against the green shutters, I decided to go with a color that would compliment and enhance the color pallet.
This soft, cottagey green is called
Garden Lattice
by Behr
And the minute I began painting it on, I immediately saw a difference.
It was so bright and fresh!!!! 
And covered all the imperfections.
Here it is with the first coat of paint.
And here is the final view.
I took out the half dead plant in front of the porch to open up the space and I added a planter that looked like galvanized metal.
I liked the way the gray tones looked with the color and it added a modern touch to the porch as well.
Aaaahhhh, much better!!!! 
So what do you think?
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Do you like the addition of another green tone, or do you think I should have gone with a contrasting color???
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