Front Porch Fix-Up
By: Monica Resinger
Having a nice pretty front porch will make you feel good about your home and is a nice way to welcome guests. The first thing to do is clear away any clutter that doesnít belong so you can have a clean canvas to work with. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
Consider the time of year. Since summerís on itís way, maybe you can decorate your porch with a summer theme like sunflowers. Grow mini sunflowers in pots, make or buy a wreath or straw hat that includes silk or dried sunflowers, put up a welcome sign with painted sunflowers, get a sunflower welcome mat or paint rocks as sunflowers. You can use these same ideas with any other summer themes -- sail boating, the sun, the beach, shells -- the skyís the limit.
Attach thin strips (6-10Ē or so) of lattice to the roof of your porch lengthwise with nails, then intertwine silk or real vines, leaves and flowers for a cute cottage look border.
To save money and also look for creative ideas, shop thrift stores and yard sales. Youíll find all sorts of neat stuff like baskets, old cans, silk flowers, plants, welcome signs, wreaths and other odds and ends that you can use in your porch fix-up. When shopping, keep in mind how you could fix up some of the things you find. For example, maybe you see a plain grapevine wreath you could attach your own silk flowers or pretty ribbon to later, or maybe you see a basket you like the shape of, but it needs a paint job so you could spray paint it later. This kind of thinking will save you money and can give you some unique decorations.
I hope these ideas will give you inspiration to fix-up your front porch.
© 2005, Monica Resinger
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