Post # 1
Hive, this is my UGLY renovation project! We’ve put on all new windows and new dark brown architectural shingles since this photo was taken. What else would you do?? It still looks pretty ghetto. What colors would you accent with (should I keep the porch a dark blue)? Any other ideas on how to make it look more friendly? What if anything should I do differently with the porch railing? We’re trying to get it back on the market by August 1st 🙂
Post # 3
I think the porch makes it look less neat and modern. If possible, could you put a completely different one on it like regular white picket?
Post # 4
You need to bring some life to this, even if temporarily. I would hang brightly colored hanging baskets from the porch and some big, overflowing, bright planters on either side of the stairs. Kill all the weeds in the sidewalk cracks and edge the grass along side the sidewalk (trim it back neatly). Fresh paint on everything white, maybe a bright pop of color on the front door?
Post # 5
Weed the sidewalk, maybe edge the sidewalk with flowers/hostas/monkeygrass and mulch
clean up the beds in front of the house.
and if you use mulch I like darker mulch.. none of that red mulch. I think it’ll clash with your house color.
I’d paint the porch and steps white or a complimentary light color for your main house color. I actually like the yellow so maybe white or cream?? and I’d just take the railings down if they’re in bad shape.. do you really need them? I know my parents house doesnt have them.. just columns. and is there a column missing on the left side of the steps????
Post # 6
Is the porch ceiling painted a dark color? I’d paint it white to brighten it up. As a PP mentioned, I’d definitely cut the grass, kill the weeds, and edge the the borders of your grass with a weed whacker. Make a flower bed and put some color flowers in it.
Maybe I’d powerwash the sidewalks and steps/porch as well. If the porch floor needs painting as well, it might make it look a bit better.
Post # 7
I second the hanging baskets!!!! there are a few things my mom does to petunias (if choose them as your flowers) that makes them gorgeous… water them every day until the water drips out of the bottom and pluck the flowers completely off for the first few weeks until the green fills out
Post # 8
Apparently none of you appreciates craftsman architecture. 😉
The porch is beautiful. It needs a new coat of paint (white or a light color to bring some more light). The missing column on the left needs to be replaced. The railings on the left side look uneven, those need to be leveled. Paint the front door a bright, contrasting color. Get all of the grass/weeds out of the cracks of the sidewalk. Rip out the plants that are there and replace them with something more easily tended, like easily topiaried shrubs or bushes, or some bright annuals. Repaint the steps.
ETA: I love the calibrachoa hanging baskets posted above. Gorgeous.
Post # 9
I think adding some shutters to the second floor windows will make it look much more open/inviting!
Post # 10
the porch needs to be lightened up a bit with paint and brightened up with some colourful flowers.
Post # 11
Agree with the others in regards to the cosmetic stuff… Sidewalk, Weeds, Add Flowers, etc.
Painting out the Navy Blue would certainly brighten things up… and get busy with a light colour as well. White or Cream for the porch ceiling and floor. The grecian pattern to the railings is dated… you might want to take that down, and either leave it with No Railings, or do more of a modern picket look. And I agree with someone else who mentioned, it does look like a pillar is missing on the left side of the steps.
Also get some nice white wicker furniture for the porch… maybe an outdoor area rug, and make it all very welcoming as you make your way from the street to the door. And lastly, you might want to paint the front door a nice cheery welcoming colour so it can clearly be seen from the curb… and stand out from the rest of the house. If you use pretty bright colours in your flowers… then maybe make the front door a nice Yellow or Red. Be sure and invest in some decent hardware as well… door knob, kickplate, door bell, mail slot… whatever you have going on.
Hope this helps,
Lol… looks like vorpalette and I were replying at the same time… we seem to be on the same page for the most part.
Post # 12
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: We did remove the old one and save it just in case it could be manipulated into a better fit. I’d love to find an alternative. I’m not sure if I could find short enough pickets though to do the picket fence idea :/
@JeniRae: Those hanging baskets are AMAZING. The colors are so perfect! I’ll have to keep my eyes out for something with that kind of dimension!!
@Woodstock: Yes, there is a column missing on the side of the steps! It drives me crazy 🙂 The hubby is going to remake it by taking apart one of the others/using a pattern. Do you think that a light paint would hold up? I worried a bit about the dirt showing. I like the idea of lightening the area! Thanks also for the tips on petunias!!
@vorpalette: What contrasting color would you recommend for the door? That seems to be a roadblock I keep running into when I picture the finished project. I love the idea of a painted door, but I wonder if it should match the blue trim on the base of the porch/colonades? Or if it should be a stand out color? I’d love your opinion!
@SquidWeds: I just put in some shutters using Paint in Windows and love the look! Thanks for the idea!
@mypinkshoes: Thanks! Would you recommend getting rid of the current landscaping (bush and day lillies/perinneal grass things)?
Thanks for all the feedback bees! You’re making me finally start to feel motivated about this project I’ve been dreading 🙂
Post # 13
I actually think that house is adorable! I love that style.
The flowers out front look really overgrown and just a big pile of green. I would take these out, put in some brightly colored flowers and mulch around them to make it look neat and colorful. Paint the front door a bright color like yellow or red. Paint over the dark blue with either a lighter color to match the siding or a brown so it is more neutral.
Post # 14
Is one of the Columns missing? It feels a bit lop-sided to me. I like the style, but I do think it could use a new paint job. What about a pop of color? Or maybe a nice chocolate brown? The navy just kindof dissapears.
I second/third/whatever the hanging potted flowering plants.
If you have a little extra laying around, the landscaping is kindof abysmal, too. If you could throw some evergreen shrubs on the corners of the house and flanking the steps, I think it would help anchor the house a bit more, especially in the winter.
That top window could use some shutters.
Post # 15
@CEtoSAHM: hmnmmm. I’m not sure. not really an expert in the area just thought it would look nice. If you’re worried maybe look into a cream, tan, or grey color? idk. but with that being said, I’m pretty used to powerwashing and touching up paint yearly on steps and the porch and the foundation brick part on my parents house (all of the above is white on their house). I would just make sure it’s rinsed/swept off nice when you’re showing the house.
Post # 16
I would take the porch to a light/medium gray (which will help with brightening it and not showing too much dirt) then pop the door with a bright red. Also if you redo that bed with all the monkey grass in it and put in some pretty flowers that would brighten up the front too