Today, I’m sharing the 5 simple ingredients to sprucing up a fall front porch, from paint to greenery. Plus, I’ve included a round-up of my top porch picks for you, too!
It’s been 5 years since we painted the front door of our Chicago home navy blue, and w’ve loved it for all those years! But – and maybe this is because we continue to paint All the Things black at Tree House – I’ve had an itch to go black here. After thinking about it for weeks, I knew the itch was here to stay, so I gave it a go! Here’s how our front door has looked for the last half decade:
Front Door | Before
Front Door | Today!
It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint will do! We loved it before, but the glossy black feels so classic. I could say the same for the navy (and there was certainly nothing wrong with it!), but the black door, updated lighting, door mat and seasonal foliage as whole have added so much to our curb appeal – and on a budget!
Repairs + Paint
We have a steel front door that has its fair share of dings. I won’t say that it’s because our dogs run full force into the door, but, well. In any case, we’re big fans of using Bondo when longevity is the goal! You have to work quickly, but it’s tough and durable. Scott smoothed Bondo over the areas that needed some help, and I followed up with a sanding pad to get it nice and smooth before painting!
I use a short handled brush (this one is my all-time favorite) to go around the grille and insets, and I use a 4″ foam roller for the flat areas. I didn’t prime beforehand, but I did clean the door really well and sand off any chipped navy paint. I applied 3 thin coats of this Everlast paint in Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black, which is a true, deep black. The semi-gloss finish leans glossier than I was expecting, but we love it so much. Like, so much.
Upgrades on a Budget
Okay, let’s talk about that lighting! Each light was $50, but at 16″ tall, they feel much more substantial (hunky, some may say) and look more handsome than the price tag would suggest. Many of you have already let me know that you have the same lighting on your porch, and you’ve been so pleased with them for years. We love hearing that! Tip: We used these skinny, dimmable LED bulbs.
We upgraded our tired coir mat for an extra wide doormat that fills the space nicely, and it had me wondering, why are doormats usually so small? This one is nice and thick, and I love that the simple black detail ties into our freshly painted door. We have the 4′ width, but it’s available up to 6′! I also couldn’t resist piling on the pumpkins (so many!), and Lucy can’t resist picking them up, one by one, and moving them to a new location. Ha!
The last big change we made was adding this storm door. I have been against storm doors for-ev-er, and I’ll fully admit that my opinion has been based on looks alone. But after installing the same one at Tree House, I’m a fan! I never, ever thought I’d say that, but it’s been a game changer. Even with our door open wide, it still feels warm inside, despite the current fall temperature! Of course, I can’t argue about all that additional light that floods inside.
Although it’s more expensive than other options, we can attest to how well made it is – and yes, I’ll admit that I think it looks great, too. The cost upfront will only help our heating and cooling bills over the years, so I consider it a pretty big win!
The 5 Ingredients for a Fall Front Porch Refresh
- Lighting that shines!
- A substantial planter (or two)
- An extra-wide doormat
- A fresh mix of faux and real seasonal greenery
- Paint to dress up your front door
I’m sharing my favorite picks from the ingredients above and rounding them up below. A little pick-me-up before it gets too cold is just what our home needed after all these years!
3| Extra Wide Doormat (48″+)
We used Everlast paint in Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black, exterior grade, in a semi-gloss finish.