I wasn’t sure whether to share this or not at first as I thought a porch makeover was pretty boring, but I quickly realised just how much of a difference it has made to our house and that it shouldn’t be overlooked.
When we first moved to our house it was looking pretty sorry for itself inside and out. We have spent years slowly restoring it to its former glory and we always knew we would want to change the windows and porch from uPVC to wooden double glazing.
I created and blogged my porch makeover inspiration board earlier this year and we set to work. Our friends and family thought we were mad to go to the trouble and the expense but the results have been amazing and we haven’t regretted it for a moment. A number of people have gone straight passed the house as they didn’t even recognise it (for the better) and we have had so many lovely comments on how it has improved the initial impression of our home.
An entrance or porch really is the first and last impression of your home for your visitors and yourself. Leaving our home through a lovely area in the morning and entering again later in the day helps put me in a positive frame of mind about my house – even though we are still a long way from it being what I would call finished!
Here’s a picture before the porch makeover:
Our porch makeover
To kick off the porch makeover we replaced the boxy glazing and porch frame that we expect was installed some time after the house had been built. It looked a bit 60s and wasn’t in keeping with the Edwardian house. I found a picture on Pinterest and we designed something with our window makers to fit our space. This was quite hard work first finding someone to make what we wanted (within our budget) and then to get to something we were happy with. It took months of discussion and drawings and was quite frustrating at times but I am so pleased we persevered.
Once that was in we plastered over the exposed brick – this was Will’s ‘must’ for the porch (if you have read my Romance and Renovation post you’ll know it is all about compromise) and painted it bright white.
I knew I wanted patterned floor tiles and finally chose the Waverley from Fired Earth which are gorgeous. Once they went down we could see the place taking shape!
We added a traditional skirting board and this lovely light fitting in the porch and this one outside.
I had originally planned to paint the front door Railings from Farrow and Ball but it didn’t quite match the tiles so we have kept everything white. Perhaps one day i’ll come back to it and go for a more exciting colour but I am happy with the clean, crisp look just now.
We kept the original front door hardware (which still needs a really good clean) and added a brass bell. Then we were on to the fun stuff – styling!
We have an issue in our house with shoes. I think they breed, so we needed some storage solution. I spotted this industrial chest of drawers on Swoon Editions and knew it was the piece for us! It fits the space perfectly and helps the porch feel like a room within the house.
The metal shelf / hook rack is really just for decoration but will be handy if we have a party and we can store coats. Of course I had to add greenery and a vine and cactus seemed the hardy kind of creatures that might survive a bit of neglect.
I have a collection of straw hats that I buy every summer from wherever we are on holiday – they tend to get battered, splashed, squashed etc but the end of a break but I can never part with them. I love how they look in the porch, adding a little bit of whimsy and also a bit of a californian vibe.
Some books, a picture and of course a scented reed diffuser make the space feel like a room in its own right and really homely. I always think scent is so important in making a space feel clean and welcome and the porch is even more important as it is the first impression.
A cute doormat finished off the space from Cox and Cox.
We still have a few bits and bobs to do including giving the concrete step a good scrub and clean, polishing the old door knob and letter box and I might add some pictures to the blank wall opposite the drawers but on the whole it is done.
So there we have it. What do you think?