Fall and spring are great times to do home repair. Your paint won’t dry in the container and bubble off the surface from the heat. Spring and fall give you the opportunity to make needed repairs to your home. The front porch is a great place to start, your entrance way that sets the mood to your home should look fresh and inviting.
If you have paint that is peeling on your porch railings or if you have a swing that needs a little brush up, you will want to scrape the paint first. If you have a swing that hangs from the ceiling, take the swing down so it is easier to work on. Whether you are scraping the paint from the porch railing or the paint from the swing, you can either use a wire brush or a scraper. If you nick the wood you may want to fill it in.
If you are filling in a nick you can either use bondo or a wood epoxy. Bondo that is used on a vehicle is just as easy to use as wood epoxy. Just remember you need to shape the filler before it is hard unless you are going to use a sander.
After you fill and sand your swing or porch rails, you are ready to paint. Follow the directions on the epoxy or bondo. Time varies on each product. If you are using bondo just remember you cannot stain it. Never use bondo on wood that you want to stain. Bondo will not take stain.
As you look at your porch you may find that the windows stand out in a bad way. Your windows might need to be caulked for a beautification of your home. Not only will caulking beautify your home, but it will also weatherize it. Use the 50 year, all purpose caulk. Once you put the caulk on the window, take your finger and smooth it out. Have a wet paper towel handy, to wipe the excess.
Caulking can be tricky if it gets into textures it’s not supposed to be in. If you have aluminum siding or a log cabin, be sure to have several wet paper towels to clean up your mess. After you finish your caulking around the windows as part of your front porch beautification, let the caulk dry before you paint.
Painting around your windows will beautify and refresh your front porch. A fresh coat of paint always livens up a home. You will want an exterior paint for your front porch, unless you have an enclosed porch. Extreme temperature is bad for interior paints. Once you paint around your windows and your trim, what else will help beautify your front porch?
A new or freshly painted front door will make any entrance more appealing. If you want to save money you can paint your front door. If you want your door to be painted correctly, you can take the door off. In order to take the door off, you may want a helper. Someone should help hold the door as you take the hinges off. Once the hinges are out the door will fall.
When you paint your front door you want to paint the top, bottom, and sides since you went to the trouble of taking the door off. You can hang plastic over the opening to your home if it makes you feel more comfortable until the paint dries. If you decide to paint the door while it’s on the hinges, use a thin paintbrush to paint the sides and top. You may not be able to paint the bottom. Just remember NOT to shut the door until the paint dries. The paint may stick and you won’t be able to open the door.
If your door isn’t showing the signs of wear, you may want to spruce it up with a knocker. Knockers are easy to install if you can drill holes for the screws. You will need a leveler to make sure the knocker is even before drilling.
Another good front porch beautification is lights. Add lights or fix broken lights that are on the porch. You may want to replace an old light fixture. Home Depot and Lowe’s has light fixtures starting at $20.
Regardless of how you beautify your front porch, your efforts will show. You will feel better coming home and seeing your front porch, repaired and beautiful.