How to Turn a Drab Porch into a Fab Porch

We are lucky enough to have a screened back porch on our house.  In the spring and fall it’s glorious.  Right now, in this triple digit heat index, you won’t catch me dead out there.  I love the heat, but not for comfort which is why I end up on the porch.

When we moved in, the indoor/outdoor carpet was stained and soiled with kitty litter and all of the fun things that go along with that.  My move in helpers pulled it up for us and we were left with the plywood floor.  This wasn’t terrible as it served it purpose, but I wanted it more “homey”.  After a few months, I finally got more indoor/outdoor carpet and got it put down.  It alone transformed the place.

This spring, I decided that I wanted to make it a place that I actually wanted to be.  A place that was fun and inviting.  A place that looked like it went with a pool, yet not exactly the beachy scene you see a lot of.  After looking through Pinterest and lots of magazine, I finally found something I liked.

What I decided to do was a reverse paint job of what is usually done.  I was going to paint the ceiling a bold color and the walls white.  I saw a couple of porches like this and I went for it.

I first had to prime the walls and the ceiling.  I used this Zinsser primer recommended by my favorite place Barnes Lumber in Harrisburg and it worked great!  Both are a tongue and groove wood paneling, which is a huge pain in the butt to paint, by the way.  Nevertheless, I wanted the job done.

With one coat of primer down, I started to paint the walls.  I was excited to see the finished ceiling, but less than thrilled to have to brush paint it.  It’s a decently sized area and it was a COLD several spring days when I was painting.  So I started with walls here.  I feel like this is personal preference on which one you do first as long as you get it done and it looks good when you’re done.  Needless to say, this job (as do most of my paint jobs) required a lot of patience.  That is one virtue I am very short on.

On the walls I used a bright white exterior paint with a semi-gloss finish by True Value similar to this.  Two coats of the white exterior paint was enough for the walls.

With my walls painted, I got started on the ceiling.  This was an experience.  Like I said, LOTS of patience was required here as I had to brush the entire area because of all of the nooks, holes, and crannies.  I actually used an interior paint for the ceiling and we didn’t even realize it until later, but since it was the ceiling and least like to have water dripping on it, I think it’s going to be fine.  If it’s not, I’ll redo that when the time comes and definitely use an exterior.  I wanted a fun and bold color and I think that’s what I got.  The color I chose was Sunrise Lagoon by True Value.  Two coats on the ceiling was enough and I was done painting!!

I still have to paint the fan and replace the fan blades, but that’s no big deal.  My Mother-in-law told me that she had spray painted a fan and the blades before and it turned out great.  So I think I’m going to try that.

Neil also wanted to put our Christmas lights that we decided not to use on the house next year to good use and we lined the perimeter of the ceiling with them.  It looks awesome at night, but I haven’t gotten a picture of that yet.

All in all, I’m so happy with how it turned out.  I still have to paint the trim on the outside of the porch, but it’s bee too hot to do that (and honestly I’ve had no time).  Hopefully it will get done before the fall!  I’ll be enjoying more mornings and evenings out there when it cools off a little.

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What do you think???  Have you got the DIY bug yet??


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