Summer Porch Makeover & Chalkboard Art

Hey Everyone!!

I hope you all great weekend! Ours was great, but BUSY!! Summertime is fun, but it will flat out wear a person out!! I’ve been struggling to keep up with the blog now that Parker is out of school & we have so many summer activities going on. You all will have to forgive me, but I may be a little touch & go throughout the rest of the summer!! I’m trying really hard to stick to a regular posting schedule, but its proving to be more difficult than I thought! I hope you guys understand!

I wanted to share a little makeover that I did on our front porch a few weeks ago. I had planted flowers, & our bushes were greening up & filling out….the front of our home was looking pretty all except for the porch….it was looking a little sad if I’m being completely honest.

The porch railing had fallen victim to the rain & snow over the past couple of years. The paint was starting to chip off, and it was really becoming an eyesore.

So, I decided it was time to put a fresh coat of paint on it! I borrowed my dad’s sander & sanded down all of the porch railings to remove the chipped paint & “rough up” the surfaces to help the new paint adhere.

I went to our local home improvement store & picked up a can of white exterior paint in a semi-gloss finish. I actually went with a primer/paint all in one to avoid having to prime it first. I gave the railings two coats of paint & things were looking so much better!

After I was finished painting, it was time to add a little character to the porch. Since this the first thing people see when they come to our home, I always want it to be welcoming. You know what they say about first impressions! 🙂 So our front porch went from this……

To this……

porch decorating ideas for spring/summer

Much better, right?! 

My favorite thing about the porch would have to be this little easel chalkboard. I will show you how I created it in just a bit! I will tell you, that I had a little help from Poppy Seed Projects.

And just so you know, I am very aware that June 21st was the first official day of Summer! To my defense, I finished this little chalkboard a few days before that, so technically, it was still spring at that time! 😉 If I have time, I may get around to changing it….I’m not any hurry though! I’m pretty smitten with how it looks now!
I also added a new cherry blossom wreath to the front door that I picked up at JoAnn Fabrics. It’s a nice little touch of spring and really coordinates well with all the pink flowers that I plant in the front of our home.

I added three pots of varying sizes to the porch & filled them with vincas. I also added a spike to the largest pot to add some more height.

porch decorating ideas for spring/summer
porch decorating ideas for spring/summer

So, that’s a look at porch! It’s not a very big space, but I try to make the most of it! If you want to see how I decorate it in the Fall or at Christmas time, you can check those posts out HERE and HERE.

Here is a little tutorial on how I made the chalk art:

First, I found this FREE printable via Poppy Seed Projects and this adorable Chalkboard Easel via Kirklands. 

how to create chalkboard art
The printable was an 8×10, but I wanted it to be the same size as my chalkboard, so I went to our local Staples, and had them blow it up to 20″x12″. The chalkboard easel was about 21″x13″, so I knew that would give me some wiggle room.
Once I got home, I used some scotch tape to tape the print to the chalkboard. Sorry about the quality of some of these photos….I was working on this project at night!
how to create chalkboard art
I used the same transfer technique that I used for THIS PROJECT. I grabbed white tracing paper & placed it underneath the print & simply traced the image. The tracing paper is the same size as a regular sheet of paper (8.5″x11″), so I just moved it down the chalkboard as I went. You can use the same piece of transfer paper over & over again.
Once the image is all transfer over, it will look something like this….
how to create chalkboard art
Then I just fill it all in using regular chalk. I always sharpen the chalk with a pencil sharpener to give me a fine point & make this step a little bit easier!
When you are finished, sit back & enjoy your work…..
how to create chalkboard art
Have you tried your hand at chalk art yet?!
Made any changes to your porch for spring/summer?! 
If so, leave the link in the comments section below! I’d love to check it out!
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