Our 1930’s home oozes charm – it was something that my husband and I noticed immediately when we entered the front gate in May, on viewing day. But soon after moving in, revamping the ho-hum front porch was something I quickly scribbled on my immediate ‘to-do’ list as it really needed a face-lift to turn it into a cosy, welcoming entrance for ourselves and guests.
Over the past few weeks, I have enhanced this area using a LOT of paint, and making small but effective changes to make it feel more ‘ours’ and add curb -appeal.
The first thing I turned my attention to was the front door. It was perfectly serviceable but lacked an inviting feel and was in need of a spruce up, so I decided to paint it a soft shade of pink. Pink evokes feelings of love and kindness and although to some it feels feminine, it is also a nurturing colour, so I felt it the perfect shade for a welcoming first impression. I used ‘Dusky Blush’ by Frenchic, which is a warm, brown based pink, not dissimilar to Farrow and Ball’s popular ‘Sulking Room Pink’.
Gold is the perfect metallic shade to use with pink, so I changed the silver lock for a gold one, and also added a fabulous gold dragonfly door knocker. We have a small pond in our back garden where dragonflies can often be seen hovering and flitting amongst the reeds, so I thought this was a great choice. The Door Knocker Company also offer bee, rabbit, butterfly and fox door knockers for those of you who would like to add a modern country feel to your entrance.
Paying close attention to detail is a must in my book so I also replaced the old worn-out hinges with gold ones. I painted the door frame the same pink as this gives the impression of a wider, taller door, and then the step black, which is a practical choice with children and a dog constantly treading muddy footprints on it! The paint I used was ‘Black Jack’ also by Frenchic. Chalk Paint is dreamy to work with, so thick and creamy and you only need wait two hours between coats so you can get the job done within school drop off and pick up, wahoo!
The final change to the front door was to use patterned window film to disguise the glass, which had a swirly pattern in it that I wasn’t keen on. I chose the ‘Folk’ pattern from small business Blossom and Brush, and they delivered it in 9 separate pieces, perfectly printed to fit each pane.
There were clear instructions, and everything was labelled, so it only took me half an hour to fit. It looks brilliant and honestly, it’s details like this that really personalise your home and make it stand out above your neighbours.
An old handcrafted post box sat next to the door, again, such a charming feature, but sadly it was falling apart. The hinges were rusted and broken, and the paint was peeling off so badly that I wasn’t sure it could be rescued. I decided to try anyway, and after some vigorous sanding, and a couple of coats of the same black paint, it was transformed. I bought some cheap wooden letters on Amazon for a few pounds and painted the letters ‘POST’ in white. Sticking them on with superglue, I thought my job was done. But it almost looked too plain and too black so I decided to stencil a leaf design onto it. Again I hopped onto the Amazon website for a stencil, and using Frenchic ‘Dazzle Me’ paint, I used a dry brush and a stippling motion to create my design. This was one of my favourite parts of the revamp, it was so simple to do but so effective.
My final job was to paint the wall. A window had been added to the house after it was built, and for some reason the brickwork has been left unpainted, with peeling jagged edges. It looked really unsightly and unfinished. I used a Stanley knife and paint scraper tool to cut clean lines around the bricks and scrape off the old paint. I then sanded the edges to make them less harsh. Using Dulux ‘Jasmine White’ paint (a slightly off white shade), I painted the whole porch once, and then the exposed brickwork part twice. It looks so crisp and fresh now. Then I used their black masonry paint to refresh the black strip around the base of the wall (tip: use a large brush first and then use a small artists brush to push paint into any undulations in the brick and make a sharp line top and bottom.)
The final task was to style the porch. A personalised doormat stating ‘Welcome to Croft Corner’ was placed on the floor in front of the door. We live in a country village so somewhere to wipe your feet after a walk in the woods is a must, but also it’s a lovely personal touch.
I swapped the old black hanging lantern light with a modern globe light from Industville. I chose one with gold hardware to continue this theme and keep it looking cohesive. I purchased an inexpensive plant theatre, again from Amazon which my children painted to match the door. They absolutely loved getting involved and did a fantastic job! I filled the shelves with faux plants and flowers from Ikea. They will still look great in years to come and are low maintenance, and since the porch doesn’t get directly rained on, it’s the perfect solution. A hanging basket I already had was hung up on the right side of the door, along with the gorgeous ‘Stay Awhile’ sign that I purchased from Target in the USA when I visited my sister earlier in the year. I also hung a cute little porcelain wind chime that I bought from small business ‘The Living Lounge.’
I am delighted with my porch area, along with my new pink gate, it now gives a great first impression of the house.
I have stuck to colours that I will also be using in the interior of my home. Pinks, greens and monochrome will continue to feature in my interior décor. Now that autumn is here, it’s time to begin on that part of our renovation journey, so follow my Instagram page @kat_at_croft_corner to see what’s coming next!
Until next time,
* The paint, door knocker and window film were gifted items but all opinions are my own and I truly recommend all three products.