Besides switching out the porch decor every few months, it’s been a long time since I’ve done a good refresh out here and made some big changes. This spring and summer we are focusing on outdoor projects, a lot of things that NEED to be done like refinishing our deck, laying fresh bark in the yard, painting some doors and starting our outdoor patio! Now I’m tackling some summer porch updates!
This weekend I tackled another project on the list (well three), I painted our front door, planted fruit trees and laid fresh mulch. So let’s take a look.
Also, be sure to scroll down to the very bottom and see 10+ other summer DIY and craft projects from my creative friends!
Summer Porch Updates
The exterior of our house is very tan. It’s tan, a little darker tan trim, beige window and brown shingles. It’s one of the things I would LOVE to change about our house when the time is right. Hopefully soon! Anyway, this spring I’ve been starting to add some more pops of a darker color throughout to give it some dimension. Last week I finished painting our deck, and this weekend I painted our front door.
Over time, our dog had scratched off a lot of paint on the lower section of the door. And after 6 years it was time for a fresh coat of paint.
I decided to go with a darker shade to add another color and help our door pop. I went with Behr Carbon Copy. It’s a very dark charcoal gray with some warm tones in it. Also, after editing this pics I think i need another coat to smooth things out!
If you need a little refresher, here is what our porch looked like before. This is a bit of an older pic, but I wanted to show you the landscape before, and how it looks with the darker mulch.
Out front you may have noticed some new trees! We planted some dwarf golden apple trees and we are SO excited. Especially the kids. We have wanted fruit trees for a long time and this seemed like the perfect place to do it. I spray painted these old pots black and then planted the trees in them.
I am totally a newbie on gardening. It’s not my speciality. But I did quite a bit of research on this beforehand. If you get the dwarf size trees, they can stay in larger pots permanently. So these should be able to stay here forever! Or until I decide to move them :)
I don’t show our landscaping here often, but I did lots of pruning and actually took out a larger bush to keep more ground level plants out here. We also laid fresh mulch throughout our entire front yard. Looks so polished now!
I’m ready for summer over here!
After a lot of discussions about painting the exterior of our house and when that might happen. I think we realized this week we are closer to NEEDING our house painted than we realized. This summer marks 6 years in our house so we are planning on budgeting for that big project next summer! I can’t wait!
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Tons More Summer DIY Projects and Crafts!Today I’m joined by some of my blogging friends who are also sharing their Summer DIY/Craft ideas! Just click the links below the images to be taken to their post…
How to Seed a New Lawn from Scratch at The Happy Housie DIY Palm Leaf Shadow Art Box (PB Knockoff) at Craftberry Bush How to Make an Outdoor Pallet Tabletop at My Sweet Savannah DIY Outdoor Planter with Candle at Clean & Scentsible DIY Hanging Patio Garden at Tatertots and Jello
DIY Outdoor Candle Holders at The Handmade Home DIY Painted Coasters at My 100 Year Old Home Outdoor Tabletop Herb Garden at Inspiration for Moms DIY Modern Sun Art at Cassie Bustamante
DIY Shell Candles at Finding Silver Pennies DIY Beaded Garden Markers at Zevy Joy Easy DIY Macrame and Driftwood Wall Hanging at Dans Le Lake House DIY Printed Fern Art at Satori Design for Living
DIY Criss Cross Outdoor Planters at She Gave it a Go Coastal Coaster DIY at Rambling Renovators Stamped Spoon Garden Markers at Life is a Party Summer Porch Updates at Taryn Whiteaker Designs
cassie bustamante says
your entry and porch look so great and welcoming! i love those plants!
Wow!! I love the new color you painted on the door. It blends so well. And looks super inviting!! Great job!!
Taryn Whiteaker says
Thank you so much, I appreciate it!
Looks fabulous, Taryn! Clean and fresh and the mulch looks awesome!
Your entry and porch look great! So inviting!
Taryn Whiteaker says
Thank you so much!