Christine is no rookie when it comes to room makeovers. She turned her basement into an awesome family space in a previous room makeover here at Thrift Diving (and made over her son’s room, too!), but she wanted to show off her surprise makeover for our 30-Day September Makeover Challenge, too! She’s back again with an amazing surprise porch makeover she did for her parents!
Here’s what the space looked like.
In Christine’s Own Words
“My parents were on a cruise celebrating their 47th wedding anniversary. While they were gone, my sister, brother, husband, and I decided to surprise them with a front porch makeover.
Before, the porch was mostly in sound structural condition, with exception of the boards on the tops of the railings. My parents added a deck 20 years ago and then converted it to a porch 15 years ago. Sadly, the wood was never sealed, nor stained, so the wood was dark and dry. The neglected porch made my parents’ home look like a trailer and less like the spacious home it is. The porch appeared to be an afterthought. It was my mission to create an inviting space for my parents’ retirement years and one that would make my parents’ home exterior more cohesive.
In addition to the weathered wood, my parents’ home has a less than desirable blue siding, unbalanced wrought iron details, and a brick staircase and flower bed border. These elements were disconnected and looked as though they were pieces of different houses thrown together.
My plan was to brighten the porch, protect the wood, and give their home a proper southern-style porch that looked like it belonged to their home and also gave their home a more stately appearance.
My sister and I painted the ceiling in a traditional haint blue (Behr’s Tide Pool), stained the floor (Behr’s solid stain in Cedar), and the railings and moldings (Behr’s solid stain in ultra-bright white). The cedar stain on the floor boards helps to incorporate the dark brick steps and flower bed into the color scheme. It also tones down the bright blue siding. In an attempt to “pepper” the porch with the black of the wrought iron and storm door, we added a black, outdoor rug and spray painted the existing ceiling lights black. We hope to add black shutters to the home’s front windows as well to carry the black accents across the whole facade.”
I really hope that when they grow up, my own kids are as thoughtful as Christina and her sister were! What an awesome surprise!
Well done, Christina!!!
Okay….so do you want to do your own space makeover? Join the next room makeover challenge!