Do you want to update your front porch? Look no further…I’ve got some simple and affordable updates for your summer front porch refresh.

full view of front porch with flower post and bench

I love BIG front porches but guess what I don’t have a BIG front porch. And that’s ok because you can create a welcoming entrance no matter how big…or small your front porch is.


My favorite feature of our home is the stone surrounding the bottom of the house. And that stone is the highlight of our small front porch. But we needed to do a bit of sprucing up this year.

Front Door Makeover

The first thing we did was give our front door a makeover. After 12 years it was time to repaint our door but we loved the black so it was just a matter of picking the right color black. Who knew there were so many options. LOL! All the details are in this post.

We also removed the chrome kickplate to give the door a cleaner look. And we hung a new door knocker…well new as in…we finally took it out of the box…but we may have had it for a while. You will have to read about that story here. What a difference these small inexpensive changes made. It’s like we have a brand new door!

close up of door knocker on front door

Simple Outdoor Rug

If you follow us on Instagram you may remember the drama I had last year with my layered rug. I mean they look so pretty but…umm…I may have ruined mine last year. You see when I would water the plants the water would drain and run under the rug so the pretty decorative buffalo plaid rug got all moldy. Ewww! I know I could just move the plants to water but I’m kinda lazy…I mean I’m lucky I remember to water the flowers daily. So this year I went with a simple outdoor rug.

front porch with flowers in pots and bench

Adding Seating Area

I never thought our front porch was large enough for a seating area. But this spring I carried a wood bench from our deck and moved some planters around and I really liked it…see the before picture above. Who knew our small front porch could have a cozy seat?!

close up of bench with pillows on side of small front porch

I wasn’t sure about not having two matching planters on either side of the door as I always have. But having the bench on one side looks so pretty and gives us a place to sit out front. And I still have the other side of the porch for flowers and seasonal decor.

side view of front porch refresh

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Plants and Flowers

I’ve always struggled with flowers and plants on our front porch because it gets so hot in the afternoons on the porch. A few years ago I discovered a variety of fern that are drought tolerant called Queen Anne. What a game changer! No longer do my ferns look awful halfway through the summer. These beauties are the perfect plant for the hot front porch.

close up of flowers and plants

Geraniums also do fairly well on the porch so I added them to a decorative container for a pop of color. Want to hear about another fail from last summer? I had outdoor battery-operated candles in my lanterns…so pretty, right? Well, can you believe the plastic candles melted from the hot sun? Yup, just my luck. LOL! And at Christmas time I added greenery to the lanterns which looked great but they tipped over in the wind and the glass broke. Ugh! I still wanted to use the large lantern so I just removed the glass and added a little potted flower. So cute!

vertical viewof front porch refresh

I hope you enjoyed my summer front porch refresh! Do you redecorate your porch for each season?

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