It’s time to reveal my colorful front porch makeover! We painted the concrete and added some easy DIY decor projects for major curb appeal.
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Our house was built in 1961. It has a traditional mid-century architecture style common to our area that includes white wood siding and orange brick. I’ve never loved orange, but I do love mid-century modern design, so I have slowly learned to incorporate the color.
Our front porch has needed some love from the day we moved in, but it was more cosmetic than anything, so it was easy to put off. I’m happy to say we finally tackled it and it really didn’t take much time.
The concrete had previously been damaged and repaired and painted, so it looked pretty worn out. Honestly, now that I’ve seen the “after” the “before” below looks really tired!
How to paint concrete
Front porch “before”
The main thing that needed updating was concrete. I did a lot of research and our options were either to paint it with an outdoor/concrete paint or to resurface it with a coat of fresh concrete. Painting seemed the easier option and I decided to go bold with mid-century orange.
Here’s how the porch looked before.
Painting the porch
First, we power washed the front porch to remove any dirt, loose paint or anything else. Then my husband painted the concrete with a regular bristle paintbrush and DecoArt Curb Appeal in mid-century orange. He did two coats and let it dry an hour or so between coats. We let it sit for 24 hours before putting anything on it, but it was safe to walk on within a few hours.
Front porch “after”
You can still see the subtle outlines of the concrete repair and some texture, but overall it looks a thousand percent better.
Colorful front porch updates
Most of the other front porch decor is DIY projects. See how I made these:
We’ve had the bench for a while but in case you’re interested, it’s the Better Homes and Gardens Camrose Farmhouse Bench. It didn’t come with a cushion so I picked up a navy blue one from Target to match the front door.