Welcome back for the final installment of my front porch update! In case you missed it, you can catch up by reading about my DIY storage bench here, or my spray-painted door hardware here. As you can see, I’m finishing up just in time for the leaves (and weather) to turn. I’m glad I didn’t wait until spring to complete this project, because these two small updates made a huge difference!
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Our former light fixture next to the front door was a mess. It was rusted, missing pieces, and the CFL bulb stuck out from the bottom. The house numbers were dated, and the screws didn’t match the numbers they were holding up.
In addition to the aesthetic problems, there were safety issues as well. The wall plate of the light fixture didn’t sit flush against the house, leaving a gap around the top that exposed the electrical components to the elements. The porch overhang protected it from rain, but there was plenty of room for insects to find their way into our walls.
After a false start with a light fixture that I bought months ago and wasn’t thrilled with, I ordered this one from Build.com. It has a subtle Asian feel to it, so it goes well with the decor inside the house and the Japanese maple out front. It also featured a square base, allowing it to fit perfectly under the siding edge without a gap.
Ahh, so much better! However, I was so excited to get this beauty up, I didn’t think through the order in which things should be installed, and ended up covering up the old numbers.
Oops! After removing the glass shade, the old house numbers finally came down. Obviously the new ones would need to be installed a row lower on the siding.
When searching for new house numbers, I was shocked at how expensive they can be. I can’t imagine paying $20+ for each number! I attempted to make my own out of plywood, but my jigsaw skills weren’t up to the task. Instead, I found these floating house numbers, which were just what I was looking for, at a price that was much more reasonable.
Installation was pretty straight-forward, and soon I had pretty new numbers…and a bunch of holes in my siding. I used the same caulk to mount the new numbers and fill in the holes of the old ones.
This particular caulk goes on white but dries clear, and is made for outdoor applications. I overfilled the holes, then wiped away the excess with a damp paper towel. Once the caulk cured, I covered it up with some leftover house paint. Voila, no more holes!
These two simple updates really changed the look of our front porch. Our entry is now clean and modern, and much more welcoming. Check back soon for the final reveal of the entire porch makeover, along with a look at how I’m sprucing it up even more for the holidays.
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