Follow this flip: An almost-done porch

I hope you all had a very blessed Thanksgiving! Oh how I enjoy taking a break from the usual grind to spend time with family and friends, eating and recognizing the many, many things we have to be thankful for. Is it just me or is it tough to “get the train rolling” again after such a glorious holiday?

Anyway, although the caboose seems to be running a little slow this week, ūüėČ I’m back on the tracks again, so I wanted to share a bit of progress on the white house.

The front porch is this.close to being completely done. I’ve got to do a little bit of touch-up painting on the stairs and some staging to do. And I’ll be installing a new front door (new windows and trim¬†are coming later as separate projects). Then this¬†tiny part of the huge project will be wrapped up.

Let’s rewind¬†a few weeks, shall we?

Front-porch-before Landcaping-BEFORE-1 Landcaping-BEFORE-2 Porch ceiling before Porch-rail-before

And now?


I did a bit of thrifty landscaping out front. Then I painted the porch posts, porch trim and floor.

I am absolutely in love with the color I chose for the porch ceiling.


I decided on a “haint blue” color I was inspired by while living in South Carolina. There, you’ll find many gorgeous, historic Southern front porches with this¬†blue-green hue on the ceiling. Haint blue has a rich history you can read about here. I went with a fairly subtle¬†blue¬†so as not to scare all the Northerners away. ūüėČ I chose¬†Clark+Kensington brand¬†from Ace. I’ve had good success with their exterior paint in the past.

Before I added the¬†haint blue¬†color, I used Zinsser Peel Stop¬ģ Triple Thick High Build Binding Primer to seal all the¬†cracks, chipping paint, etc. It made this old porch ceiling look brand new again! If I could marry this primer and have its babies, I would.¬†ūüėČ

I picked up an inexpensive porch rug at Ross to tie together the new ceiling and floor colors.


I spray-painted the old porch swing a rich mahogany color. My HomeRight¬ģ Finish Max Pro¬†painted this thing in a snap and created such a flawless finish, the wood almost looks like it’s composite! I LOVE how it turned out.


It’s been raining cats and dogs outside for the past few days, so I’ve moved inside to work on the bathroom. It is a scary, scary place right now, people. I’m completely demolishing the walls. So far I’ve managed to step on a rusty nail, smash my pinky finger with a hammer, choke myself half to death on drywall dust, and nearly electrocute myself from¬†a¬†“mystery” outlet. All in a day’s work …

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9 Responses

  1. Paulette says:

    Susan, you are such a hard worker…you inspire me!

  2. Dawn Rene in ATL says:

    Oh my gosh! That porch is rocking!!! If it where summer, I’d be sitting out there drinking my sweet tea! Awesome job.

  3. Patty says:

    Oh girl I do know what you are going through, and on top of everything there is nothing plum or square in an old house, lots and lots of work. I just don’t think I could do it again, but you are young, strong and very good at what you do and have such a good work ethic. I can’t wait to see it completed.

  4. Michelle says:

    Sister……this looks AMAZING! God has truly blessed you my sweet friend!

    • Susan says:

      Aw thanks, Michelle. Your kind words mean so much! When I get this house done, I definitely want to have an open house (with snacks, of course) and invite you guys to check it out. Love ya!

  1. January 18, 2016

    […] I also removed¬†the broken ceiling light and replaced it with this inexpensive fixture. I think it ties in well with the front porch light. […]

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