Happy Friday everyone! I finally finished Phase 1 of our front porch makeover and gave you a sneak peak on Tuesday. I had been thinking about painting our front door for a while but I had no idea what color I was going to do. Our house is yellow so I wanted a fresh, bright color.
Last week I was in line at Target (shocker) and saw the new cover of Southern Living and I was totally inspired!
I LOVED this front door! I decided right then and there that was the color and bought the magazine. Of course, when I got home, I could not find the name of the color. Ugh! Anyways, later that night I was on Pinterest (another shocker) looking for front porch ideas and came across Amy from Positively Splendid. She had made tiered potted plants and they were absolutely adorable!! She even used the turquoise color that I was planning to paint the door. The project looked super easy so I thought that we would give it a shot.
So this past weekend we headed to Home Depot to try to match the front door color. They were unable to color match from the magazine so I had to pick out the color from the samples. I am SUPER picky when I pick out paint colors and it usually takes me forever. Plus, this was our front door- what everyone will see first thing when they come to our house. It had to be the right shade of blue/turquoise. I am sure I drove my husband crazy because I narrowed it down to 2 colors and couldn’t pick. So, I did the only thing I could think of and I just mixed them together! It worked out great and the color was perfect. Here is the color.
We threw up some primer on the door before we left. I did tape off around the edges and the handle because I can be a messy painter and I would rather be safe than sorry. The door was really easy to paint and it only took a couple of coats. It dried super quick too (maybe because it feels like it’s the middle of summer here)!
Here is what you will need for the tiered potted plants:
- 6 clays pots (3 different sizes, 2 of each)
-paint of whatever colors you would like to use (we used rolling paint)
-a large bag of potting soil
- 8 bricks or cheap pavers
- plants of choice
I decided that I was going to do the turquoise and red just like Amy did. I thought that the red would really pop with our house color (yellow) and would incorporate the new color of the front door really well. Plus, red is a little different for me to do- I am a pink, green, blue kind of girl. So I enlisted the help of the hubby (and my 2 year old) to start painting the pots while I worked on the front door. They did not take as much paint as I thought they would. They were really easy to paint and it covered the pots well.
Once all of the pots were painted, I put potting soil about 4-5 inches in the bottom of the pot. (Make sure the pots are placed where you want them because they are heavy and hard to move once you are done.) I then placed two of pavers in the pot and a circle paver on top.
**Note: I sent my hubby back to Home Depot to get the pavers because, of course, we forgot them. He came back with some regular rectangle pavers and also some circle things ( I have no idea what they are or where he found them, haha). You can see them in the picture above. So, I had to make it work and I did.
Place the next pot of top and evaluate whether it is the height you want. You can add more soil under the pavers if you would like it higher.
Next, follow the same steps as above for the middle pot. Then put only potting soil in the top pot (although, I am quite sure you figured that part out ).
All that is left to do is to plant your plants and give them a good watering then step back and admire!
Please excuse all of the dirt around the planter- had to get the picture before I got Cash up and didn’t have much time!
Here is the before and after one more time!
This completes Phase 1 of the front porch makeover and Phase 2 will be done this weekend (hopefully)!! By the way, is it really Friday already?? I feel like this week went by really fast. Anyways, I’m off to Michaels to get more project materials!!