Southern Entrance Porch Makeover

The primary impression your home makes on new visitors is in its curb enchantment, significantly the look of the entrance porch space. To make his house really feel extra inviting, Mike Poorman of Woodshop Mike took on a full entrance porch makeover inclusive of recent paint and stain, and some key product replacements from The Go forward wholesome.

We knew the entrance porch of our fixer home wanted a large restoration once we first moved in. With peeling paint, filthy siding, and rusted, drooping ceiling followers, nothing about it screamed “Welcome house!”  Actually, our supply man even admitted he wasn’t certain anybody lived right here when he first pulled into the driveway. How’s that for some restoration motivation? Now that we’ve gotten the assistance of The Go forward wholesome, observe alongside to see what we’ve achieved to utterly revamp our southern entrance porch! It’s also possible to see the total tutorial right here on my YouTube channel.
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Southern Entrance Porch Makeover Steps

Clear Vinyl Siding
Prep Painted Surfaces
Strip & Situation Decking
Set up Followers
Set up Outside Lights
Substitute Doorbell Button
Paint Railing and Shutters
Stain Deck
Set up New Entrance Door

Step 1: Clear Vinyl Siding

To kick off this entrance porch restoration, I sprayed the vinyl siding down with Moist and Neglect with my low stress sprayer and let it soak on the floor for 15 minutes. This product is usually meant to be utilized after which left to work its magic as rainwater washes it off, however I knew that might be tough below the roof of my entrance porch. I grabbed a tender wash brush and scrubbed the surfaces, then sprayed all the pieces down with water. The quantity of grime that trailed down the siding was actually spectacular! Who knew the home was really white?

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Step 2: Prep Painted Surfaces

The paint on our picket railings was unique from the home’s building in 1997, and was lengthy since prepared for a brand new coat to alleviate it from its responsibility. Earlier than I might paint, I wanted to take away the chipped layers and scrub it down completely. I used Fast Strip Discs on my angle grinder to shortly take away any chipping paint.

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Step three: Strip & Situation Decking

Sections of our decking had poorly utilized remnants of an orange stain, whereas others have been worn down to reveal wooden. I wanted to get all the pieces again to a clear slate earlier than making use of new stain. I used Behr Wooden Stain & End Stripper stain on our again porch venture and beloved it a lot that I purchased it once more for this entrance porch restoration. Then, I utilized it liberally with a polyblend curler and allowed it to set for about 45 minutes.

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Utilizing a deck brush I scrubbed the floor and watched because the outdated stain got here up simply! I repeated this course of throughout the complete deck after which used the stress washer to rinse all the pieces off.

To neutralize any residual chemical substances from the stripper and situation the boards for brand new stain, I utilized Behr All-In-One Wooden Cleaner utilizing a curler. After 15 minutes, I scrubbed the deck and sprayed all the pieces down with the stress washer as soon as extra.

Step Four: Set up Ceiling Followers

The very first thing my spouse observed about this home was these horrible followers. They have been too small for such a giant entrance porch, in addition to rusted and utterly ineffective. We couldn’t wait to put in new followers and really catch a breeze from them!

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First, let’s remind everybody at house that electrical energy can kill you! In case you aren’t comfy taking over this step of the venture by yourself, please rent knowledgeable.

I first reduce energy to the followers, eliminated the outdated ones, and trimmed the vinyl siding to suit the brand new fan’s mounting plate. I then put in the brand new Hunter Mill Valley Followers in response to the producer’s instructions.

Now, isn’t this view a far cry higher than earlier than?

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Step 5: Set up Outside Lights

We determined so as to add additional lighting and elegance to the entrance porch with new out of doors lighting fixtures on each side of the entrance door. Since we didn’t have present lights already in place, this job had a couple of additional steps concerned.

First, I marked the place we needed the lights to hold and used a multi-tool to chop out the footprint of a vinyl siding mounting block. I secured the vinyl mounting block with screws.  To run , I needed to take away a couple of sections of our vinyl ceiling, which was made simpler by my Malco SideSwiper software. I wired the lighting in response to the directions and put in the lights.

We love that these have photocells on high to sense when it’s darkish sufficient to activate robotically at nightfall. Plus, they’ve LED lights, which assist to maintain our electrical invoice down.

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Step 6: Substitute Doorbell Button

The doorbell button unique to the home kicked the bucket someday earlier than we moved in, so we purchased a substitute button, shut off the facility on the breaker, and put in it following the producer’s directions. Once more, solely deal with this in case you’re comfy working with electrical energy!

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Step 7: Paint Railings and Shutters

The unique paint was oil based mostly, which we needed to cowl with acrylic paint. To do that with out challenge, we first utilized a coat of Gripper primer. This product works splendidly and dries inside an hour so you can begin portray shortly. We then utilized one coat of PPG Timeless paint which actually remodeled the railings to appear to be new. We used a couple of key Wooster paint provides like a shortcut brush, Four-1/2″ curler, and a Pelican bucket for portray all the handrails and trim.

Our black shutters have been pale and uninteresting, so I eliminated them and utilized a recent coat of Behr Premium Plus within the shade “Carbon.” It’s wonderful what a recent coat of paint can do!

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Step eight: Stain Deck

We selected to make use of PPG Timeless Clear Stain in “Oxford Brown” after loving how effectively it’s held up since our again porch renovation final fall. I brushed it on utilizing a stain brush. This stain was dry to the contact in 30 minutes, and able to stroll on 24 hours later!

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Step 9: Set up New Entrance Door

After altering the format of some inside partitions on the entrance of our home, the quantity of pure gentle coming in from our south-facing entrance porch was actually diminished. We needed a door that might let in as a lot gentle as doable. We selected a pre-hung three/Four gentle farmhouse fashion door from ThermaTru and painted it “River Rock” with Behr Premium Plus paint utilizing a sprayer earlier than set up.

To check the match we eliminated the outdated door and lifted the brand new door as a replacement. I trimmed down some drywall, hardwood flooring on the doorway, and reduce new vinyl trim to make sure an ideal match. We then lifted the brand new door again in place and secured it to the door body utilizing the equipped screws.

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I transferred the deal with (which we’d put in a couple of years prior) from the outdated door after which stuffed the hole between the door casing and tough opening with Nice Stuff.

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I feel it’s protected to say that in spite of everything that tough work, the supply man may acknowledge that somebody lives right here now! We’re thrilled with how up to date and welcoming the area appears to be like, and already discover ourselves drawn to spending time there, particularly with an ice-cold lemonade in hand whereas the Hunter followers reduce by the summer time warmth.

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We hope you’ve loved our entrance porch restoration venture, and would like to see how this publish has impressed you! Simply use #woodshopmikeibuiltit with any images of your individual porch initiatives.

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