As painters, we spend a lot of time helping our clients create a curb view that they not only like but makes them happy.
A front porch in particular can be a major contributor to that curb view. The front porch is a statement. It is a place to express your personality, add curb appeal, and create a welcoming feeling for visitors. Whether you have a front porch, a back porch, or both, they are an important part of creating an exterior visual that sets the tone for how you, and your guests, feel when entering your home.
We spent the month of May talking about porches, in fact, we hosted our Second Annual Unique Painting Porch Challenge. We posted a series of ‘this or that’ porches on our social media not only to give you some inspiration, but as a way for you to vote on your favorites and enter our contest. The winner received a $1,000 porch makeover.
This year’s Unique Painting Porch Challenge winner is Karen Haug. Toska scheduled a consult with Karen and her family. They chose to have her upgrade their front porch. After asking a few simple questions Toska was able to nail down a plan of attack and get the ball rolling.
Karen has a son who is a Marine and she and her husband wanted to continue with a patriotic type theme. The Haugs already had a wreath made of red, white, and blue burlap ribbon hanging on their door and Toska decided to use that wreath as an anchor piece for the entire project.
While Toska shopped for porch wares, Brodie with Squid’s Pressure Washing was busy prepping the porch to be decorated. His team did a fantastic job removing all the weather and debris that had accumulated over the winter months. Cleaning the area you’re about to tackle is always the first and most important step of a project. Once Squid’s finished working their power washing magic, the porch it was gleaming and ready to be transformed.
Since the porch was not an overly large space, the goal was to make it more inviting and add a little bit of their personality. The Haugs are flower fans and were on board with the care they would require, so Toska and Chad made a trip to Family Tree Nursery in Liberty. They found some large planters that complimented the color of the home and flowers that would complete the patriotic color palette with splashes of red and blue.
Toska’s next shopping stops were to Marshalls, Tuesday Morning, and Homegoods to purchase the rug, mats, smaller planters, and lanterns, Command Hook for the wreath, and tea lights for the lanterns. Chad tracked down some weather stripping for the front door area as well.
With the flowers set, the planters placed, and the rugs arranged, our winner’s front porch was complete. They now have an inviting space that showcases their pride for their son’s service and pride in their home. The colors and décor complement their exterior nicely and definitely add some flair to their curb appeal.
If you’re looking for some advice on how to add some curb appeal or create spaces that you enjoy, we can help. Call 816.500.7759 to schedule a design consultation today!