Essential Tips Before Painting Your Front Porch

November 3, 2023

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Are you considering giving your home exterior more of an updated, modern look? When it comes to curb appeal, the front porch is the first thing people are going to notice. And this is precisely why you need to target your efforts around this area. 

Painting your front porch will breathe new life into your home, instantly making it more appealing and giving a positive first impression. In addition, it can be a cost-effective way to revitalize the look for your home’s exterior. A black front porch, for instance, can become an elegant statement that sets the tone for your front yard and exterior. It may seem like an unexpected choice, at first, but it can add depth, dimension, and uniqueness to your home’s entrance. 

Front porch painted black with limewash brick and a mahogany door

What color to paint your front door? There is a palette of colors that you can choose from, depending on your home style. A black door is always stunning. But don’t be afraid to go bold. Maybe a dark green or a burnt orange shade

Have you chosen the paint for your project? Fantastic! But don’t get your paint brushes out just yet. There’s still a lot to do to prepare the area. 

Tips Before Painting Your Front Porch

Fixing uneven surfaces and cracks

The first step before painting any surface is to create a smooth and even area for the paint. So, take the time to walk around the front porch and examine it carefully.

You are looking for:

  • cracks in the surface
  • uneven areas
  • small holes
  • and any other imperfections that will need fixing. 

These imperfections could affect the appearance and even the longevity of your paint job. So, you need to fix them before you start anything else. This typically calls for wood filler or any other patching compound that will suit the material used for your porch. But, this may also be a more extensive repair work, depending on the damage. 

Front porch painted black with a metal ladder and mahogany door

Sanding and priming

Sanding your porch is a crucial step, especially after fixing and filling cracks in the surface. You want to use medium-grit sandpaper to roughen the surface. This will help remove any loose paint and ensure the filler repair does not stand out. This first sanding process is designed to create a better bonding surface for the new paint.

Then, it’s time to apply a primer that will protect your porch and help the paint adhere. This will also create an even base for a flawless finish!

Board and batten white with mahogany door

Clearing leaves and debris

This may sound obvious, but you need to clean your porch before painting. Leaves, dirt, and debris can ruin your hard work/ And if you are painting in this season, you certainly need a quality leaf blower in your toolkit! 

One word of warning, though. If you keep the leaf blower stored in the garage for an entire year before taking it out in fall, you want to check that it’s still in working condition first. A malfunctioning blower could mean firing debris directly onto your primed and sanded porch. So, take the time to test it on a patch outside. You can usually easily troubleshoot issues, often by replacing worn out parts to fix your leaf blower. The fuel tank and the ignition module are among the first parts that can get damaged when stored inappropriately! 

front of house with flower box and American Flag

Hopefully, these few tips can help you get your porch ready before you can do your magic. Remember; it’s best to spend some time prepping rather than having to repaint the entire porch!

Let’s go beyond the design to build something beautiful together!


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