Back Porch Reveal and Lowes $100 Gift Card Giveaway #lowescreator

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.

back porch

And here is what it looks like now! I am in love with it!

back porch

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 :).

old shutters

I think they turned out beautifully, chippy paint and all!

back porch

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.

back porch

back porch

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!

back porch

back porch

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!

back porch

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.)

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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. 

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  1. katie greenlaw says

    Beth, your back porch looks fantastic. We just moved into a house that requires a TON of outdoor painting and scraping. This post gives me hope :)

  2. Amber E. says

    This is so gorgeous and inviting! I LOVE the gray and blue. I’m really digging that mitt, too. It looks pretty handy! 😉

  3. says

    It turned out so pretty! I’ve never seen a painting mitt before, that looks interesting. I’m laughing trying to picture where you were standing to get some of those pics! LOL … the top of the fence? The neighbors must be thinking “There goes that crazy blonde lady again!” :)

  4. says

    The new paint color on the house makes the biggest difference! Love the choice of turquoise as an accent. The deck really looks lovely!

  5. anna says

    LOVE the color of the shutters and the garden stool. Fyi- you can plant 2 rows of sunflowers and tie the tops together to make a shaded play are for your little, if your yard allows. LOL Also, I have never heard of a paint mitt! How does that work, and was it easier than a brush? Great remodel job!!

    • Beth says

      Good tip Anna! The paint mit worked well but I still had to go back and touch up with a brush. I think it’s a matter of tool preference really but I would use one again.

  6. Danielle says

    Your porch looks fantastic! I hope someday to have an outdoor space like yours that I like spending time in :)

  7. says

    Your deck came out great, Beth! I am so intrigued with that paint mitt as I embark on painting my deck this week. I’ll have to look one! Thanks for the tips!

  8. twelve30 says

    I love those chippy looking shutters & the color is awesome. Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. trish says

    It looks great! You deserve to sit and sip ice tea…that was alot of work you did! I never knew about the outdoor Mr Clean product. I’ll have to try them.

    • Beth says

      They really do work well and I’m now a convert to the outdoor erasers. I think they should just make their indoor erasers with the same durability.

  10. says

    Oh my gosh! I know this was a pain in the booty, but WOW, it turned out SO GREAT Beth! :)
    You’re one talented girl. I love it! Whoo hoo!

  11. Tricia says

    It looks really good, Beth! I really like the gray and blue together.

    When I bought my house, it had new gray vinyl siding but had an awful orange brick on the front. I hated it. I took a leftover piece of siding to Lowes and had them color match it for me and painted my brick. All my neighbors thought I was crazy and would stop to tell me so when driving by. When I was finished, every one of them stopped to tell me how good it looked and they were sorry they had their doubts. LOL It’s so fun to be a spontaneous DIYer! :)

  12. Kathy Nieland says

    What a great before and after. Enjoy!! I would love to do something like this to my back porch and that gift card would get the supplies!

  13. Julie says

    We’re getting ready to start a remodel project and a gift card would be a huge help! I also need to try the Outdoor magic erasers! I love using them to clean everything!!!

  14. says

    Wow Beth! It looks beautiful! I love the white & blue together…it looks so fresh and fun. The shutters are the perfect touch for cottage feeling too! I would be out there every day sipping iced tea and reading home decor mags! Angie xo

  15. says

    It looks so beautiful and cheery! Love the color for the shutters! I’m putting these erasers on my list for the next lowe’s trip. our dog has dirtied up the interior and exterior doors at our house. Maybe those will help.

  16. Elizabeth Dalton says

  17. Ashley C says

    We just finished our front porch so now we can enjoy being needs a few pieces to make it more cozy though :)


  18. says

    LOVE this porch makeover, Beth! And your chippy shutters are just perfect. Hope you’ve patted yourself on the back and poured yourself a glass of wine. :)
    I’ve been itching to try the Mr Clean outdoor products, so thanks for hosting!
    xo Heidi

  19. Sandy A says

    We have a few projects to start or finish at our home. One is our back porch. It really just needs furniture. Our other projects involve wainscoting, paint and updating some furniture…

  20. says

    I am a new blogger and love you r designs. I have been following you and have been inspired by your creativity and all around good ideas! Thanks for your constant inspiration!

  21. Maureen says

    So many things that I would love and you have a fabulous porch that makes me wish I had one of them.

  22. says

    I LOVE it, Beth! So pretty! I re-painted our deck and fence this summer so I can relate to the blood, sweat and tears! I’m picturing that rocking chair in a bright, happy yellow…but maybe its the sunflowers that are speaking to me! ( If you’re thinking of going bright with it, I used Behr Empire Yellow on my adironak chairs, and I love it!) Now, go put your feet up out there and relax! ~Kerri, A Pop of Pretty xo

  23. Becky U says

    Your makeover is great! I’m getting ready to re-do our master bedroom soon and a $100 gift card from Lowe’s is just what I need!!

  24. Erin Kaven says

    I just went through a whole “I love Majic Sponges” with my sister in law this weekend. She had never tried them (she doesn’t have kids is the only excuse I can think of) so I ran to Lowes and bought her some. She was amazed and she and her friend who was also there were converted after one door rubdown. Great stuff.
    Love the colors on the porch. Nice job. I need to get the old shutters out of the garage and paint them a fun color. Thanks for sharing .

  25. °•ƸӜƷ Louis ƸӜƷ•°* says

    I love the blue on the shutters, you did a great job
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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  26. Kim C says

    LOVE IT!!! I love Mr Clean Magic erasers and didn’t even know they made outdoor ones!!!
    They regular ones are great for cleaning vinyl baby dolls!

  27. Rachel Kennedy says

    I love the porch redo. Your neighbors must be totally envious! The colors are so relaxing and inviting. Great job!

  28. Michelle Knox says

    I love the older feel of the shutters! It gives the porch a pop! Also would love to win the giveaway!

  29. Christy says

    Gotta bookmark this post, though I dread the thought of using it! Hopefully it’ll cool down in South Carolina soon so I can put it to use.

  30. says

    One more time- your back porch is beautiful!!! :) I love the colors and I can only imagine how much work you put into it. I’m kinda’ glad I can only imagine…. 😉 Too bad our neighborhood HOA forces us to be mindless clones with our exteriors.

  31. says

    Your completed back porch looks awesome! I think the shutters really do make the space. I wouldn’t worry about the ‘chippy-ness’ – It just adds character!

  32. says

    Your porch area turned out great! Thanks so much for the tip about the Outdoor Magic Erasers, I use the indoor ones all the time but they don’t last very long. Will go to Lowe’s this week to pick up some of the Outdoor ones.

  33. Shannon D says

    The back porch looks great! I love Magic Eraser’s and had no idea there was an outdoor version! I am definitely trying those out soon.

  34. Brenda McAlister says

    Your porch looks amazing!! So inviting and relaxing. Did not know about the Mr. Clean products. Thanks for sharing your beautiful porch.

  35. Carolyn says

    Oh man, that sounds like a lot of work, but you’re right – it was worth it! The space looks inviting and has me longing for a back porch. Thanks for the work you do on your blog. It’s so helpful!

  36. Leslie G. says

    Excellent work. Makes me want to go clean my back door… almost. :)

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  37. Jessica Norris says

    I love the back porch reveal – especially all the blue! I wonder if I could convince my husband to do this to our house… :)

  38. says

    Hi Beth: What a beautiful new porch! Amazing what a change it was to go from red to white bricks–love it! And all the decorative accents–the pillows, the garden pot decoration with the bird on top, and the side table–are really pretty.

  39. Suzi says

  40. says

    Hey Beth, that porch looks terrific – a totally cool and relaxing place to sip coffee or just relax. But, boy, that is A LOT of work – you must be both wiped out and totally pleased! Congrats again – it looks great – now go out there and enjoy!

  41. Erin says

    It looks so pretty! I am tired just thinking about all of that painting. My favorite part is the aqua shutters against the gray brick! Thanks so much for the giveaway! :)

  42. Lisa says

    I would love to win! I have a deck that is only 3 years old, but looks 10 years old! It definitely needs help! Thanks!

  43. says

    I love it!!! It’s so much fresher and brighter now! The light blue accents are perfect against the white! I’ve heard over and over those magic erasers are worth the money, but I have yet to try them… Definitely on my list now!!!

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