My Front Porch Transformed with Spray Paint…

Front porch revamp {The Creativity Exchange}
Front porched transformed with spray paint {The Creativity Exchange}


DIY Front Porch Revamp Ideas {The Creativity Exchange}


Rocking chairs spray painted with Rustoleum Fossil in satin {The Creativity Exchange}

Happy April friends!!

It finally warmed up enough in East Texas that I finally tackled my front porch and prettified it.  I did several inexpensive DIY projects that I wanted to share with you that are really easy but pack a big porch punch.  If you’re looking for ideas and ways that you can instantly transform your front porch or patios, a great way to get started is with a can of spray paint!

I have a narrow front porch, so it’s really challenging for me to add furniture pieces without my porch looking cluttered or like the front porch of a Cracker Barrel restaurant.  I wanted to add three rocking chairs this year, so I decided to paint the rockers and my old bench in the same color as my house trim and brick color.   My goal was to have all of the pieces to sort of fade into the brick and not look cluttered:


Front porch transformed with spray paint {the creativity exchange}



DIY Front Porch Ideas {The Creativity Exchange}


I spray painted all of the furniture pieces and a couple of my planters in Rustoleum “Fossil”:


Rustoleum Fossil- Gray/taupe/Khaki color


You can see the color a little better with this close up of the bench:


Bench Spray Painted in Rustoleum Fossil {Satin} The Creativity Exchange


“Fossil” is a great neutral color that is really a combination or taupe and light khaki.  I also love Rustoleum “Putty”, which is a similar lighter color but I couldn’t find it in my town, so I went with Fossil.

I have had that bench for more than 12 years and it’s been every color imaginable!  I bought it at Hobby Lobby for practically nothing and it has held up so well and I only have to paint it about every two years!  I do sand it down with a hand sander and prime every time I paint it, so that has helped as well.

I have been wanting to add rocking chairs to my front porch for years but I could never find ones that I liked.  This year, I found these fabulous wood rockers from Lowe’s for only $99.00!!


rockers from lowe's


Of course they didn’t come in the taupe color that I wanted, so I spray painted them as well.  Knowing how to spray paint over factory finishes opens up a whole new world of furniture possibilities, especially outdoor furniture.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t like the color of something, you can easily change it with spray paint.

The most important thing to know when it comes to painting over factory paint finishes is that the surface has to be roughed up and deglossed in order for the spray paint to stick and last.  I always lightly sand with a fine grit sanding sponge and then I go over it with liquid deglosser.

Sanding sponges are the only way that I hand sand something because it’s so much easier than sand paper:


Sanding sponge makes it so easy to hand sand.


Sanding sponges do the same job as paper (even better) and you can easily curve it to get into hard to reach areas.  It’s also a lot easier on your hands and they last a lot longer than traditional sand paper.

Liquid deglosser is also important because it helps prepare the surface without having to sand or to sand much:


Liquid deglosser preps a surface without having to sand much


I just lightly rough up my surface first with my sanding sponge and then I go over it with liquid deglosser and wait 60 minutes and then I prime the piece with Rustoleum Spray Primer:


Rustoleum Spray Primer in White


For spray painting factory finished surfaces, I completely cover the piece with one good coat of primer.  I then wait for the primer to completely dry (about 2 hours) and then I spray with my top coat (Rustoleum Fossil in Satin):


Rocking chairs spray painted with Rustoleum Fossil in satin {The Creativity Exchange}


DIY Front Porch Ideas {The Creativity Exchange}


I also spray painted these fabulous fiberglass garden table/stools that I picked up for $59.00 at Home Depot:

garden table/stools from Home Depot


I just lightly primed them and then sprayed them with Rustoleum “Indigo Streamer” in satin:

Garden table spray painted in Rustoleum Indigo Streamer {The Creativity Exchange}


These garden tables are the best outdoor deal out there!  I’m going back to Home Depot for more to use around my pool area in the back.  I loved the stone look that the come in but I just wanted that pretty pop of indigo.  I painted them in minutes and they turned out great!

By the way, I painted these old fiberglass planters two years ago in Indogo Streamer and I kept them the same this year:
DIY Front Porch Revamp Ideas {The Creativity Exchange}


I’m thrilled with how my little porch came together!  I think I have earned myself a cocktail in one of my pretty rockers.   My spray painting rampage has made me thirsty!

I hope one of these projects has inspired you to go on your own spray paint rampage.  It still continues to amaze me how spray paint can dramatically transform a space.

I have another great spray paint project coming up on Thursday that I think will inspire you as well, so be sure and check back!

Thanks for hanging out with me today!!



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35 Responses to My Front Porch Transformed with Spray Paint…

  1. This looks fabulous. I LOVE the indigo. I just want to come over with a few magazines and hang out. Do you have any lemonade? 🙂

  2. Looks awesome pretty easy, thanks for those painting dips,you do deserve that Cocktail 🙂

  3. maria says:

    just started to follow you and love your ideas! will be “stealing” plenty of them!

  4. katherine shauger says:

    Hi Cindy…like the dark blues and light cream rockers, the blue grounds your color palette, very nice. I have a question for you. Do large plastic pots w/no drainage holes, indicate for indoor use only. My husband says so. I will be sending you some pix soon as have new pc. Thinking wind may tip over also. Thank you Cindy… always enjoy your exchange, still my favorite…Katherine in Portland…

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you so much Katherine! I always smile when I see your notes sweet friend! I didn’t get a chance to respond to you last time and tell you that yes, I adore Bruno Mars!! So my little rule with outdoor stuff is there are no rules! I put indoor stuff out and outdoor stuff in. If there are no holes and they are plastic, just drill a couple holes in the bottom or.. just keep flowers in the container they came in and slide in pot. Big hugs my Katherine in Portland!!

  5. Love love love! Beautiful looking porch 🙂 Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

    • Cyndy says:

      Hello Pernilla from Australia!! So glad that you stopped by and thank you for your kind comments! I hope I get to Australia someday!

  6. Deb says:

    I love all that you have done on your front porch. Those garden stools are a great find – and look awesome painted the indigo blue!

    • Cyndy says:

      Thanks Deb! Hope all is well with you friend! Yes, those garden stools are an awesome deal! They would be fun in bright yellow or red or even white. I am heading back to Home Depot this afternoon to buy all that they have for the back patio. Thanks Deb for stopping by!!

  7. Christine says:

    Your porch is stunning and I’m jealous it is so wide. Mine is similar to yours but unfortunately for me it’s about 1/2 as wide. I love the colors you used and the deglosser is awesome. I also use it all the time.

    Great job!

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you Christine!! I know I really shouldn’t complain because at least I have a porch! I just wish it was at least twice the size. If I ever build a house, I will have a huge front porch! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

  8. Cyndy,
    It looks fantastic! The pops of blue in the things you painted and the trellis pillows were the perfect touch. When I saw the first picture, I thought it was a magazine shot for an outdoor area! Great job. PS: I bookmarked that fabulous post you did on your favorite spray paints and will be referring to it again and again! M.

    • Cyndy says:

      Thanks Mandi!! Yes, that chart has really come in handy for me. I should have done it a long time ago. Thank you for your comments on my pictures. I was thinking that they didn’t look all that great and really struggled getting with them. Your comments made my day, especially after thinking the pics didn’t really come out as planned. Photography is not my thing!!

  9. Lisa says:

    Your porch looks gorgeous. Fantastic job with the spray paint. I’m jealous because it’s still absolutely freezing here in Montreal, Canada and it’s too cold to spray paint outside still. I have a few things lined up waiting to go when it finally does get warmer and appreciate all your tips on spray paint.

    • Cyndy says:

      Thanks Lisa! We had a cold snap today and it’s freezing!! I sure hope my pretty plants make it through! Ugh! Stay warm and thank you so much for stopping by!!

  10. Mindy says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your porch!!!! May I ask where you got your rug?

  11. Megan says:

    What a beautiful front porch, Cyndy! I love how you made everything look so pretty with the spray paint colors you’ve chosen. I especially love the blue you used on the stools. 🙂 Enjoy!!

  12. I love this porch!! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Drop by and visit sometime!

  13. Your porch is so beautiful. Just love front porches. Hopefully spring will come to the Northeast soon so we can all work on our Spring makeovers:) Thank you for the inspiration!

  14. brigitte bernard says:

    it’s beautiful, i love the combination with a indigo , i need to paint my outdoor furniture but in Michigan it’s not exactly the good time, in few more days…. if we are lucky
    and i keep in my book project your color choice
    have a good summer under this nice porch

  15. Orlando says:

    I love everything! I love the cushions and the blend of those colors! I will be following!

  16. Heather says:

    This porch is fantastic! Great job combining the muted furniture with the pops of color. Isn’t it AMAZING what spray paint can do? I have that same Target trellis pillow on my porch!

  17. Love, Love, Love It! Really love the indigo! I think it’s a classic color, not one that will be “out of style” by next spring! Beautiful!

  18. Cindy Schwerdt says:

    Love this porch and love the blue color! Where did you get the blue geometric pillows? And what kind of paint did you use on the garden stools?


  19. Marianne Rojas says:

    did you put a top coat on after you sprayed on your color? I did this to my rockers and am trying to decide if I need a top coat to hold that color or not.

  20. Gretchen Eisenhower says:

    Hi- Your porch looks so cute! Love it. I am going to try and replicate some of your items for my porch 🙂

    Where did you get your big planters?

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  22. Lorie vdZ says:

    Thank you so much for this post it was a project saver. I just finished painting a wood table and chairs for my patio using your tips. I had a nice blue paint picked out but after just one coat of paint on a thankfully small piece I knew it was not going to work. Back to the hardware store I went. I decided to take your advice and go with a neutral. Our store did not have Fossil but it did have Putty in stock so I went with that and I am so glad. Everything is still drying but it looks fantastic. I never would have gone for a neutral beige if it were not for your post. Three cheers for your post!!!

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  24. Jeri Atkin says:

    What a beautiful job you did! I was stunned by your comment that you painted the chairs the same color as the wall of your home so they would fade into the background . I too, am not a fan of clutter especially on a porch and that thought of yours is fantastic and it works. What a perfectly splendid idea you had. I like that it is rather hidden from the street, all you notice are the lovely
    greenery. Your porch is so lovely , bet it’s wonderful to step out with a cool glass of tea, sit and relax on a spring evening. Thank you for sharing.

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