We finished the front porch, just in time for my parents’ arrival on Thursday!

The before:


It wasn’t pretty. We had peeling tan paint on top of several layers of turquoise paint, which turned out to be lead paint.

The after:


The process:


1. Scraped up all the old paint. It took forever.

Note: I helped scrape off a bunch of the paint on the floor of the deck on the first day. But Dan was the real star here, because he did the rest…which took three days. Three days of scraping up stubborn lead paint while wearing a face mask and gloves. Yuck!

2. Sanded down the entire porch to smooth it out.
3. Applied one layer of Behr Premium Plus Paint & Primer in One in Rocky Ridge and allowed to dry overnight.
4. Applied a second layer of Rocky Ridge and allowed to dry for four hours.
5. Taped off the drops of the stairs and the trim and painted them with Behr Premium Plus Paint & Primer in One in Cherry Bark.6. Removed the exterior door from its frame, taped off the glass, and painted with two layers of Cherry Bark.
7. Peeled up the tape and reinstalled the door.


Our porch seems much more welcoming now, no?


    • Julie @savvyeats says

      Totally worth it. We didn’t realize how terrible it looked before until we compared the before and after photos!

    • Julie @savvyeats says

      I knew what you meant πŸ™‚

      There aren’t pictures of us in facemasks because the paint got really powdery when we tried to sand it off and was everywhere…didn’t want to get any in the camera!

  1. says

    It is amazing what a can of paint will do, right? The transformation looks amazing, and that red is extremely warm, welcoming and perfect for Fall πŸ™‚

  2. says

    It looks much better! I personally love Behr paint and primer in one. It’s what we’ve used on every wall in our house and it’s fabulous paint! Worth the extra cost.

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