How was your long weekend? Although we did take some time to enjoy ourselves, most of our time was spent finishing outdoor projects before it gets too cold. Since our basement renovation took longer than anticipated (you know big projects always do), I held off staining our front porch. With trades coming in and out over the past few months, our front door, spindles and porch floor saw their share of dings and marks. Now that we’re on to the furnishing and decorating phase of the basement (more on that later this week), I felt it was safe to give the porch a little TLC.
Here’s what the porch looked like last week after I started to fill holes and cracks with an indoor/outdoor spackle. (And, no, our house isn’t pink. It’s just the way the light is bouncing off the light grey siding.)
See how the dark grey has faded over time and how dull everything looks. Not the best first impression I want to make! A good lesson to see what’s wrong with any space is to take a photo. I’ve always thought the light fixture looked small and it’s blatantly obvious in this photo (something to change out down the road).
Not only did the porch take a beating with the renovation, but last winter took its toll on our evergreen shrubs in the front as well. We pulled them out in the spring and I’m going to replace them now that the staining is done. I’m thinking ornamental grasses and possibly a couple of hardy perennials will soften the look.
The one thing I’m a little stumped on is what color to paint the front door. A few years ago I painted it a deep plum color to complement the large tree in our front yard. Although I’ve liked the color, it’s time for a freshening and a bit of a change.
Here are some of the paint colors I’m considering:
A black door is a look I never seem to grow tired of.
This butter yellow door spotted on Real Simple is so refreshing!
I’m drawn to the classic look of this espresso door paired with the grey siding and white trim.
And, lastly, I’m smitten with this soft grey door by Henhurst Interiors.
What do you think? Although I have a front runner in mind, I’d really like a second, third, fourth… opinion.
I’ll be posting our front porch reveal next week (if mother nature cooperates), so be sure to come back.
Update: Check out our newly painted front door and porch!
Enjoy the sun,