Does your front porch need a little Spring refresh

10 Ways to update your front porch for under $30!

We were excited to be invited again to CTV Morning Live to talk about sprucing up your front porch with upcycling and painting. We wanted to bring ALL our ideas but only had time for a few. So here’s a list we compiled of 10 under $30 – most under $10!

We also have a giveaway for you today – read through to the bottom to see how to enter!

#1 This one’s FREE, yup, free! Just CLEAN!

There are so many great ways to spruce up your front porch, the most economical way is to give it a good sweep and clean then start looking around the house for items to use on the porch!

This is a great article from Home Depot on how to deep clean your porch.

Time to clean up the porch 10 ways to spruce up your front porch - from Front Porch Mercantile


#2 Paint your front door

It’s easy – we use Fusion Mineral Paint or FAT Paint chalk style paint to paint our doors. A pretty colour on your front door is a great way to freshen the look.  You can check out how to paint your front door HERE.

Fusion Mineral Painted front door Front Porch Mercantil

#3 Paint a Welcome Mat

Customise a welcome mat with a little FAT Paint.  That right. Paint your mat. This is our welcome mat we’ve had AT THE SHOP – it’s been outside the shop door for over a year, yes, even in winter. We just gave this rubber mat a bristle brush cleaning and then FAT Painted the mat, no top coat. Yup, it’s true. (It’s still on the steps of our Moncton shop – go check it out)

Sorry, this picture was taken recently – we still had snow – and ice! Sigh! Can you name all the FAT Paint colours we used?

Paint up a welcome mat with FAT Paint chalk style paint

#4 Paint some wooden crates!

I paint and repaint wooden crates (like these) on my front porch depending on the season. Stack them up, and put your flowers or lanterns etc on them. We reuse crates seasonally – just adding a coat of paint and re-stenciling seasonal sayings. This one was blue with snowflakes until I threw on a coat of Fusion Paint and then stencilled “Live Bait” on it for the cottage.

Crates for the front porch at Front Porch Mercantile

Love this beautiful inspiration from the always beautiful Vibeke Design



#5 Turn an old chair into a planter!

Simply take the seat off and add a wood plank or shelf. Paint it up with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and finish with Tung Oil. A fresh fun way to spruce up your front porch.

Turn a chair into a planter - easy peasy Front Porch Mercantile


#6 Painted terra cotta pots

This one is super easy. Seal the inside of your pot with Miss Mustard Seed’s Tough Coat if you want to plant directly into the pot, or use the plastic pot that most plants come in and leave it natural. We used FAT Paint chalk style paint to spruce up some pots for the show.

Painted Pots for your Front Porch

10 Easy tips to update your front porch from Front Porch Mercantile

You could always paint white for the farmhouse look, or even paint in a chalkboard look – leave the pots unsealed and plant some herbs or flowers – change up the look by season – repaint in the Fall if you want.

#7 Chalkboards

We also love chalkboards on our big front porch – repurpose an old frame into a chalkboard. This is better is if the porch is protected from direct rain, but we keep one outside all Summer into Fall on our porch.

You can see how to make a chalkboard here.

This picture from my good friend Duane check out her blog HERE

#8 Painted pillow

Easy peasy makeover – add a touch of personally to a bench or chair. You can see how to stencil a pillow HERE

stencilling pillows with FAT Paint at Front Porch Mercantile

#9 Paint up a welcome sign or porch sign

Of course, we need a WELCOME sign. We use old cupboard doors we find at the Restore (or check your basement) and we just quickly stencilled a welcome sign with FAT Paint chalk style paint.

You can see how we made a “wine tasting” sign here (it points to our screen room) just keeping it real :)

wood painted wine tasting sign



Freshen up your porch with some pretty flowers from your local nursey.

See, easy and affordable ways to upcycle, DIY and paint your porch fresh and clean and pretty!

Front Porch Updating


How do YOU freshen up YOUR front porch? I’d love to know.

If you are joining us from the CTV live demo – welcome – you can enter our contest to win samples of all our paint lines, including 3 Milk Paint Samples, 1 pint of Fusion Mineral Paint, 1 pint of FAT Paint chalk style paint, 1 small furniture wax and 1 Cling On Paint Brush – woo hoo right?! Open to Canadian residents only, 18 years of age or older, to enter simply sign up for our newsletter (here) and like our Facebook Page (here) and leave a comment here telling me what you would love to freshen up.

Easy as that.

Contest open until April 19th at 11:59pm, winner will be contacted via email.

Thanks so much for popping in, I’m so grateful you are here!

I hope you liked my 10 ideas for updating your front porch – I think most of them come way under the 30$ price point.

Happy Spring!