When we were building our house, we had several floor plans to choose from. Each floor plan also had several front elevations. One criteria that I had when choosing an elevation was that I wanted a big front porch. I wanted to be able to sit outside and entertain.
So, we picked the option with the biggest front porch. The problem then became, how to furnish it.
Here’s a look at it without any furniture.
You can see that it’s long and somewhat narrow, as front porches usually are.
We’ve been in our house about 3 years. Here is how I furnished it. With a couple of seating areas, a few tables, a couple planters (I am not very good at keeping plants alive). I also chose to add pops of color because the outside of our house is light gray with white trim.
I really love how the porch looks, but lately I have been wanting to jazz it up a bit. I’ve been loving the gorgeous tiles that I have been seeing (and we even installed some in our wetbar area). I have also seen some people do painted stencils to look like tile. And then it hit me, I could stencil the porch and that would add so much character!
I did run this idea past my husband because it is pretty bold and unique. He is usually on board with my ideas, and this was no exception. (Although he didn’t say it, he probably thinks I am crazy, but I appreciate his support!) My inspiration for actually moving forward with it was this picture/article in HGTV magazine.
I’ve used stencil in two other areas of my home, my daughter’s bedroom, and our laundry room (blog posts coming soon), so I went back to one of my favorite shops on Etsy, Cutting Edge Stencils, and chose a stencil similar to this one.
Now, if you know me, or if you’ve read any of my previous posts, you know that I am not a DIYer. I love coming up with the concepts, but I don’t have the skill, or the patience (and in the case of this project, the time) to do the work myself.
So, I called upon the person that helped me with my previous stencils, Patty from PaintChix, and she was on board. We thought it would take a few days, but the whole project spanned several weeks. This was partly because with painting outside, we were dependent on the weather. It was either raining (or forecasted to rain, but then didn’t), or it was very humid and the paint would get sticky by 10am.
The first thing that we had to do was paint the whole porch a darker gray for the base of the stencil. Here’s a view of it painted gray.
Next came the process of putting the white paint on using the stencil. The first paint that we tried was actually too thin, so we had to go back to the store to get different paint before we found the right one. We used concrete stain in Benjamin Moore Racoon, and an Acrylic Latex Paint for the white.
After a lot of work (on Patty’s part), and a lot of waiting through bad weather, we were finally finished! I am thrilled with how it turned out.
Let me know if you do have any questions about the process and if I don’t know the answer, I can check with my expert Patty!
Would you ever take on a project like this?