Yay! The back porch is finally done! Phew. This project had me close to tears because it was so much painting. Ugh. It took three coats of Cabot white stain on the woodwork, two coats of Valspar paint/primer on the brick, and two cans of Valspar Exotic Sea Spray Paint on the shutters to get the look I wanted. But in the end…it was all worth it!
In my rush to get this baby done I forgot to take a good “before” picture for you. Gah! However here is a before and after of the main porch area. The brick was previously painted red and the entire porch and latice were unfinished wood.
And here is what it looks like now! I am in love with it!
The first thing I needed to do before I could paint was to clean! We used a deck cleaner on all of the wood and on the window and door moldings we used Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro and and Outdoor Magic Erasers.
I wasn’t a fan of the “old man aftershave” smell of the outdoor spray, but it worked like a charm! And I AM a huge fan of the Outdoor Magic Erasers. I’m going to start just buying those from now on. They seem to be much stronger than the indoor ones and don’t flake off as much. You can buy them at Lowes. Below you can see how nicely my door cleaned up. It’s hard to see but in the before there is actually reddish deck stain on the right side of the door jam. The magic eraser took the stain right off!
Here are some of the other Lowes products I bought to complete this project. This was my first time using Valspar’s paint and primer in one. I was actually impressed. I’ve used 2 in 1 paint products before and have always been disappointed but the Valspar outdoor paint covered the red brick nicely. I used a long nap roller for the first coat and then went over the hard-to-get-into grooves with a brush for the second coat. I used the paint mit on all of the spindles and on the porch floor. I still had to touch up with a brush but I liked the mit.
I had purchased the shutters a few years ago at a yard sale. They were coated with over 100 years of paint and were a mess. I did my best to remove the old paint using Jasco Paint & Epoxy Remover but it was proving to be a TON of work and just not worth it. In the end, I just spray painted over the chippy paint and called it a day :).
I think they turned out beautifully, chippy paint and all!
The porch furniture, garden stool, and subway art are all from Pier 1. The paint color is color matched “Knitting Needles” by Sherwin Williams. This fall we’re having the entire exterior of our home repainted and Knitting Needles is a strong contender.
The sunflowers are from my garden! When Zephan was in Pre-K he brought home a sunflower seedling for Mother’s Day. It grew into one sunflower. I saved the seeds and replanted them this year and they went CRA-ZAY! I wish we had a yard larger than a postage stamp so that I could have planted even more. LOVE!
The rocking chair was a $10 Craigslist score. I need to figure out if I want to paint it, stain it, or leave it as is. For now, I’m enjoying it as is!
So there you have it! Now when I sip a drink from my patio table I can look back and see this delightful sight!
And now for the fun part! I get to give away some free money and free cleaning products! Please follow the instructions in the widget below in order to enter for your chance to win $100 Lowes giftcard. In addition to the gift card, one Home Stories A to Z reader will ALSO receive some fun P&G Cleaning Products to go with it. You’ll get to try out the Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro for yourself :). (P.S. I also have a fun giveaway going on for $200 credit to MirrorMate. Very cool stick-on custom frames that spruce up builder grade mirrors. Click here.)
Disclosure: Lowe’s provided me with a gift card and P&G cleaning products to showcase this project this month as part of their Lowe’s Creative ideas Bloggers team.