This post is sponsored by BEHR® Paint. While I’ve been compensated to participate in their #BEHRThinkOutside challenge, I’ve been using Behr Paint and LOVING it for years, so this is a natural and authentic partnership. 🙂 I’m so excited (and relieved) to be sharing with you all today my front porch makeover! This project has been on my mind for over a year now and with the help of BEHR® Paint, I was able to make my dream a reality! I could not be more happy with how it turned out! I also could not be more tired haha! Mostly because of that tile… I started on it last Monday, and here is the list of things we did:
- Power washed the brick and let it dry completely (24 hours)
- Painted the brick using BEHR® Masonry, Stucco & Brick Paint in the color Dove Gray (2 coats using 3/4″ nap roller)
- Painted the craftsman style shutters that I built last year and the front door using BEHR MARQUEE® Exterior Paint in the color Creek Bend (2 coats using 2″ paint brush)
- Install new ‘brick look’ porcelain tiles over concrete slab front porch (we used the MS International Rustico Brick in the color Red (details of the mortar and grout we used is on my Facebook live video I did last Friday)
- Wrap columns in wood, add craftsman style base, and build an additional column (tutorial HERE)
- Clean wood and prep for stain using BEHR PREMIUM® All-In-One Wood Cleaner (this is required prep for the stain)
- Stain columns using BEHR PREMIUM® Semi-Transparent Waterproofing Stain & Sealer in the color Chocolate (2 coats using a 2″ paint brush, brushed on in the direction of the grain)
Here is what our front door looked like a little over a week ago:
In case you remember, I shared my grand plans for our exterior home makeover last summer. I was SO excited when BEHR® wanted to partner with me as part of their #BehrThinkOutside campaign! I love the new BEHR® MARQUEE line. I have been using it for over a year and have been truly impressed with the quality and coverage– with paint, you get what you pay for!
I also have heard great things about the improvements made to their brick paint– I think a common misconception is that painted brick requires constant upkeep. That is simply not true! If you prep (clean/power-wash your brick) and let it dry out completely before you paint, you won’t have any problems with application or duration. The BEHR® Masonry, Stucco & Brick Paint is made to last 20 YEARS, which is about how long most exterior home paints last on wood! Additionally, they have a new exterior brick paint out with a LIFETIME guarantee called BEHR Elastomeric Masonry, Stucco, and Brick Paint that is actually flexible acrylic latex! I chose their regular brick paint because it was carried in store and it has a built-in primer.
This is what it looked like up close after 1 coat.
It also gives you an idea of the slight grayer tone it has in comparison to the white trim. Although it does look darker with only 1 coat because the dark brick underneath is still slightly showing through. Keep in mind, we hadn’t washed our siding yet so it was looking pretty gray too haha!
Still, 1 coat. Pretty good, right?
Here is a little progress video I made, during the process. (don’t forget to push the little square with brackets button in the bottom right corner so the video will fill your screen)
You may have heard me share in this video that I wanted to add another 6×6 post. However, after talking to a couple of contractor friends, I found it wasn’t necessary. I could, instead attach a non-load bearing column that is still strong and sturdy but doesn’t require a jack. If you want to learn how I made the columns, go to the tutorial HERE! 😉
We were hoping to be able to build some planters as well, BUT it was raining and storming Thursday night and most of Friday!! I couldn’t believe it! An exterior makeover project with pouring rain?!? Seems impossible right? Well, we were not about to be so easily dissuaded. We had to prioritize and finish the most important things that we had started: the tile and the columns. So we built a little shelter from the rain using a couple layers of plastic drop-clothes and tape. It worked, so that we could let the mortar dry for 24 hours. But it definitely made things move slower. And humid-er.
Thankfully, the chances of rain had disappeared completely by Saturday, so we grouted all day and stained the columns. Ya’ll… I had no idea how much work tiling can be. I’ve tiled our master bathroom and our backsplash in our kitchen. But it was nothing compared to the job we did on our 21’x6′ front porch. We didn’t exactly pick an easy pattern to do either– herringbone! But it was my dream and I wouldn’t compromise.
When I created my home exterior makeover plans, I planned on keeping the shutters that pretty shade of aqua-blue (Wythe Blue by BM). However, once it was done, I was wanting more contrast. I knew a pretty, warm gray would be the answer and it didn’t take me long to find Creek Bend as the perfect color. If you watched my Facebook Live video, I demonstrated the application of BEHR MARQUEE® Exterior Paint & Primer on my door. The coverage is amazing after 1 coat, but I always do 2 coats for that extra durability.
The columns were a breeze to stain using the BEHR PREMIUM® Semi-Transparent Waterproofing Stain & Sealer. I used a brush to apply the stain because I was able to control any potential drips or streaking and keep it going with the grain so it is less visible. You don’t have to wipe excess off like you do with oil, and it only take a couple hours to dry completely (although in hot weather it dries a lot faster than that!). It is completely waterproof and ready for rain in only 4 hours! With soap and water clean-up– this has become my new favorite exterior stain! Isn’t that color perfect?
Now that it’s done, it’s hard to believe we waited this long to paint the brick.
It brightens up the entire space and makes it looks more fresh and modern. Even the light fixture looks more stylish!
Tutorial for shutters HERE.
Tutorial for house number sign HERE.
Tutorial for Craftsman style columns HERE.
Almost everything you see here is from The Home Depot®, from the lumber, to the tile, to the numbers used for the number sign… only the chairs and bistro table are not from Home Depot. Those planter topiary bushes? They were 50% off, so I got both for $50!
From what I tackled, here is what I would recommend as good weekend projects:
Paint front door and shutters (1 day)
Wrap columns in stained wood (1-2 days)
Tile front porch (3 day weekend)
Paint brick exterior (depends on house size, but for a brick ranch like mine, tackle 1 side of the house for each weekend, so in 2-3 consecutive weekends your whole house will be done)
Now I wanna see what YOU can do with the #BEHRThinkOutside challenge! Tackle a project to improve the curb appeal of your home (or give your patio some love) and tag your project with #BEHRThinkOutside on Instagram or Facebook.
To help you out with your weekend project, BEHR® is sponsoring a giveaway $100 gift card to The Home Depot® for my blog readers!!
Must be 18 years or older, and a resident of the U.S. All you have to do is comment on this blog post (but make sure to put your entry into the Rafflecopter giveaway form below)! Giveaway closes on July 14th at 11:59pm PST.