Front Porch Makeover — Design your Outdoor Space for Fall


3 Design Ideas to Perk Up Your Front Porch For Fall

We are about to undergo a major house renovation here at the classic, yellow, farmhouse. Before we begin the major projects, I decided to complete a D.I.Y makeover on the front porch to perk it up for fall. The porch has not been treated very well for the past few years and I spent some time making a list of repairs and additions it desperately needed. Here are 3 easy design projects you can do to give your porch a fabulous fall makeover. My own Porch Makeover required a lot of research, patience, and water breaks, but was totally worth it. Now that it’s fall we can enjoy our outdoor space, and escape the renovation chaos to within!

Tip #1 : VERTICAL GARDENS

Tic Tac Toe Vertical Trellis Container Garden
Tic Tac Toe Vertical Trellis Container Garden adds color and is assembly is easy with S-hooks and plastic planters.

  • Display a Vertical Collection

Create a vertical display by grouping colorful potted plants, garden decor, vases, mason jars, shells, driftwood, etc. in a collection. Save money by finding an unused piece of furniture to use as a plant stand or take a trip to the flea-market–it’s almost fall, the best time for a flea-market flip!  Look for items like ladders, a rolling cart, hanging baskets, old windows with missing panes, side chairs, or fold-out shelves to display your collection. Anything that creates a layered, multi-dimensional look so that all of your pots and plants are visible  and will work perfectly. Add containers, pots, and decor with pops of color that fit with your theme. If you don’t have a covered porch,  protect most items from the elements with an outdoor sealer, such as Rust-o-leum or polyurethane.

Growing vertical is both uniquely beautiful and pleasingly functional.

A Thought from a Clean-Freak : One thing I love about vertical displays is, they get plants off the porch floor and eliminate problems with bugs, cobwebs, dirt, and grime…that stuff is gross, even outside.ust a thought 😉

Upcycled Accordion Rack turned Interesting Wall Display
Click here to view the project guide for this Upcycled Accordion Rack, which makes an interesting wall display for terrariums.

Create a Hanging Herb Garden by following this project tutorial from Home Depot
Click here for a link to the project tutorial from the Home Depot Blog. I love the natural look of the rope and the easy accessibility this display offers for cooks who like to pick herbs before dinner!

Find an old ladder, spray paint it, seal it, and use it as plant stand. I like this example of how you can use a TALL ladder for real vertical storage. Featured in UPCYCLED STYLE,
Find an old ladder +  add paint + use it as plant stand. I like this example of how you can use a TALL ladder for real vertical storage. UPCYCLED STYLE, “Into the Garden” by Matthew Mead.

This Hanging Mini Herb Display is whimsical and different from many other hanging herb gardens I have seen. The DIY tutorial by ThePaperMama.com outlines the steps to here.
This Hanging Mini Herb Display is whimsical and different from many other hanging herb gardens I have seen. The DIY tutorial by ThePaperMama.com outlines the steps to this DIY planter.

  • GROW VERTICAL

Take your garden to new heights. Planting  a vertical garden is the perfect solution for almost any garden problem. Vertical gardens make the most out of a small outdoor space, add privacy if you’re planning an apartment or condo patio, and create a unique focal point for your outdoor design! See the photo links for complete outlines of vertical gardens, project guides and DIY tutorials.

Creating vertical gardens simply refers to gardening/planting/displaying UP instead of OUT. “Growing up in a column of flowers, fruits, vegetables, or foliage means higher yields in less space,” says garden writer and garden photographer Derek Fell, who wrote Vertical Gardening and The Magic of Monet’s Garden.
Free Standing Vertical Herb Garden made with pallet board. I like the flexibility this project offers. You don't have to screw the final piece to a wall so it can move around depending on where you want it. Perfect for renters or those of us who change our garden décor every season:)
Free Standing Vertical Herb Garden made with pallet board. Click here for a project guide by diyshowoff.com. I like the flexibility this project offers. You don’t have to screw the final piece to a wall so it can move around depending on where you want it. Perfect for renters or those of us who change our garden décor every season:)

Fence Posts aren't just for building fences! This awesome DIY project takes standard redwood fence posts to create a ladder-form vertical flower garden. Click here to view the guide.
Fence Posts aren’t just for building fences! This awesome DIY project takes standard redwood fence posts to create a ladder-form vertical flower garden. Click here to view the guide.

 
This functional and pretty Leaning Wall Garden displays your favorite herbs and flowers. Click here to view the guide.
This functional and pretty Leaning Wall Garden displays your favorite herbs and flowers. Click here to view the guide.

We spray painted the wicker basket red, added black Rust-o-leum matte finish spray to touch up the OLD wrought-iron plant stand, and added colorful pots in yellow, navy, and red.
We spray painted the wicker basket red, added black Rust-o-leum matte finish spray paint  to touch up the OLD wrought-iron plant stand, and added colorful pots in yellow, navy, and red.

Vertical Collections add Color to your Front Porch and Creatively Dsiplays your Patio Favorites!
Vertical Collections add Color to your Front Porch and Creatively Displays your Patio Favorites!

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