Front Porch Ideas – Take Your Porch to the Next Level With DIY Upgrades

Transform your porch and add a fresh, new dimension to your home! Many people are staying in their homes until the economy improves and they want to make the most of what they have. Others want to add extra curb appeal to encourage new buyers. Either way, giving your porch a face lift can be a relatively inexpensive project that enhances the look and comfort of your home.

A fresh coat of stain or paint can always do wonders and repairing loose railings, steps, and moldings goes without saying. But there are some other transformations you may not have thought of that give it a whole new look. Here are some easy DIY ideas from the ceiling down to the porch flooring.

Porch Ceiling

Replace your existing ceiling panels with bead board. Painted or stained, bead board adds warmth and charm to any porch. It’s easy to install and can be placed over the existing ceiling under most conditions. Outdoor porch ceilings can be artsy and attractive just like the inside of your home.

Porch Columns

With a wide variety of products available today, you can easily transform your porch columns into a different design.  If your columns are rectangular in shape, use round column wraps to give your porch a whole new look. If they are currently wrought-iron, consider adding additional pieces to give it more of a Mediterranean look. Most wrought-iron porch columns (and railings too) need regular maintenance. A wire brush, elbow grease, and paint can go a long way to make them look fresh and new again.

Porch Railings

Change your porch railings to add pizazz! Consider upgrading your railings to aluminum balusters (which come in several different colors) to give your home an updated, contemporary look. If wood is your style, choose a different style baluster (they come in all kinds of designs and patterns). Or, for a totally different look, replace your porch railings with a knee wall (solid structure) and cover that with faux stone! Place craftsman style columns on top of the knee wall and I bet you’ll love the look!

Porch Flooring

Your porch flooring (also known as porch decking) makes a big statement about your porch. Concrete? Paint it.  Wood? Stain it or paint it. Definitely replace any damaged wood flooring. Consider painting the floor and ceiling either contrasting or complementary colors for a whole new bold look. Look for porch and floor paint at your favorite home store. Don’t forget painting front door and trim with the best quality exterior paint your budget allows.

We are often so busy trying to update our house that we forget about the most obvious part- the porch! There are so many affordable, easy-to-do projects you can do to upgrade the look of your front porch. A little imagination and work can go a long way.