The Front Porch at Magnolia Cottage

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This post is sponsored by HomeRight. All opinions are my own.

As you all know, I’ve been in our new (old) house for a few weeks now, and I’ve been painting pretty much everything. So far, I’ve painted six rooms, the mailbox, the front porch swing, the stairs, and the front porch. The front porch wasn’t a project that was even on my radar, but I realized pretty quickly that it was going to have to be done sooner rather than later.


Here’s a quick video of the front porch. As you can see, there was quite a bit of chipped and peeling paint. Honestly, when a house is a hundred years old, you’re going to have to do quite a bit of painting. It’s constant.

I began the process by blowing off the porch using my electric blower and then washing it with TSP and my pressure washer (my pressure washer is from ALDI but this one looks similar). The pressure washer took off pretty much all of the loose paint and I lightly sanded the areas where the chipping was the worst. I then waited a day to let the wood dry before I got to work painting.

I used a latex paint designed for floors and steps. Pro tip: you can apply latex paint over oil-based paint but not vice versa. Since there’s almost certainly at least one coat of oil on this wood after all of these years, it was safest to use latex. My paint color is Sherwin-Williams Roycroft Pewter.

I used a paintbrush to paint the steps and cut in my edges, then loaded up my HomeRight PaintStick for the floor (learn more here | purchase here).

It took me 30 minutes to paint the entire porch with the PaintStick! A roller really is the best way to get paint into the grain of the wood, and the PaintStick combined with a high-quality paint meant that it only took a single coat to cover the porch floor.

There’s a reason why my PaintStick is kind of a mess in the above photo; I use it all the time. I find it so convenient to not have to use a roller tray–the PaintStick just draws paint directly from the can.


Pushing the handle feeds paint through the perforated roller so you can continue to paint large sections at a time.

HomeRight PaintStick

The porch looked a million times better even before I finished painting.

It was HOT when I painted, so I waited about three days before I moved my porch furniture back on to the porch, and the pets and I used the side door in the meantime.

Now the fun part: let’s enjoy some “after” pictures!

Magnolia Cottage front porch with black and white awning striped cushions | 11 Magnolia Lane

You might remember that I painted my wicker furniture back in May using my HomeRight Super FinishMax; you can read about the process {here}.

Magnolia Cottage front porch with black and white awning striped cushions | 11 Magnolia Lane




Magnolia Cottage front porch with black and white awning striped cushions | 11 Magnolia Lane


Magnolia Cottage front porch with black and white awning striped cushions | 11 Magnolia Lane




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I sit on the porch almost every evening with a glass of wine or iced tea and it’s the perfect place to keep an eye on the comings and goings in the neighborhood. The reality is that with a painted porch floor you have to repaint it every few years and I can guarantee I will always reach for the PaintStick for this kind of project.

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  1. Liz randal says

    REmarkable! Both the finished product and the amount of painting you’ve done on that house. What a transformation! Please show more!

    • Thank you, Liz! I promise more of the house is coming soon! My husband’s things arrive on Tuesday and once I work them in I will be taking and sharing tons of pictures. I’m excited to share it with you all.
      Have a great weekend!

  2. I love it, it really look so inviting. I am with you, that is where you would find me each evening.

  3. Oh babe – love the transformation!! You are an awesome woman to have painted all you have. I could see me doing the smaller scale stuff and yet not rooms………… BEEEEUTIFUL!!

    • Thanks so much, Julie! I love how the painting has made such a difference; it honestly has kept me going when I felt like I could not pick up the roller or brush one. more. time.

  4. Heidi Colton says

    absolutely stunning! I too would spend evenings sipping wine there. I wish I had a front porch. Ah well, I have a lovely back deck. Can’t wait to see the rest of the house.
    Take care,

    • I’ve always missed having a porch during those years we’ve lived in houses without them, so I understand completely, but like you said, at least you have a deck!

  5. Rebecca Purdie says

    I was so excited to see your post.
    Can’t wait to see the inside.
    The porch looks very inviting.
    Enjoy the weekend.

    • I’m so sorry for the delay in replying, Rebecca–you know I’ve been dealing with all the moving boxes!! The good news is that I’m done unpacking at least. Now to get the decorating finished!

  6. I’m absolutely in love with your home. I, too, live in a 100 year old home – i prefer the craftmanship and the character that is only found in these older homes. I am looking forward to the tour of the interior of your home. Your homes are always a “class act” in every sense of the word!

    • Thank you, Nena, what a lovely compliment! I can’t wait to share the inside rooms, too–slowly but surely I’m getting there. The painting is done so now it’s on to the decorating.

  7. looks so good all painted up. what a great spot to sit and chill. enjoy!

  8. Beautiful! i want to sit out there right now with some lemon iced tea.

  9. So very beautiful Christy…you must love sitting on the porch and enjoying the view!

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