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Front Porch Fix-up
by Monica Resinger
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Having a nice pretty front porch will make you feel good about your home and 
is a nice way to welcome guests.  The first thing to do is clear away any 
clutter that doesn’t belong so you can have a clean canvas to work with.  Here 
a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
~ Consider the time of year.  Since summer’s on it’s way, maybe you can 
decorate your porch with a summer theme like sunflowers.  Grow mini sunflowers 
pots, make or buy a wreath or straw hat that includes silk or dried 
sunflowers, put up a welcome sign with painted sunflowers, get a sunflower 
welcome mat 
or paint rocks as sunflowers.  You can use these same ideas with any other 
summer themes -- sail boating, the sun, the beach, shells -- the sky’s the 
~ Attach thin strips (6-10” or so) of lattice to the roof of your porch 
lengthwise with nails, then intertwine silk or real vines, leaves and flowers 
for a 
cute cottage look border.  
~ To save money and also look for creative ideas, shop thrift stores and yard 
sales.  You’ll find all sorts of neat stuff like baskets, old cans, silk 
flowers, plants, welcome signs, wreaths and other odds and ends that you can 
in your porch fix-up.  When shopping, keep in mind how you could fix up some of 
the things you find.  For example, maybe you see a plain grapevine wreath you 
could attach your own silk flowers or pretty ribbon to later, or maybe you 
see a basket you like the shape of, but it needs a paint job so you could spray 
paint it later.  This kind of thinking will save you money and can give you 
some unique decorations.  
I hope these ideas will give you inspiration to fix-up your front porch.  
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