When the pollen is done wreaking havoc in late spring, it’s time to freshen up that front porch. You want to while away those balmy summer nights in your porch swing, don’t you? Well, now’s the time to wash away that yellow film and breathe new life into your outdoor escape. Here’s your list of simple chores to make your porch ready for summer:
First things first: everything from the screens to the railing to the furniture needs a good scrub down. Nothing fancy, just a bucket of warm soapy water will do. The same goes for your cushions. Tackle any mold with a little bleach and elbow grease. Remember to wipe down the blades on the ceiling fans and rinse out the bulbs of the light fixtures, where bugs like to claim their final resting place.
Next, check the condition of the floor. It may need a good sanding or a coat of protective finish. For brick and tile, check the grout for mold, stains and cracks. You may need to break out the sealant again. Make any other repairs necessary, whether it’s a splintered rail or a broken screen.
You’ll definitely want to break out the painting supplies, too. Nothing says ‘welcome neighbors’ like a fresh coat of paint on the front door. And what about a bold new color on those rocking chairs? While you have the drop cloth out, look up and check the ceiling for peeling paint. (Interesting fact: Painting a porch ceiling blue, once a Southern tradition, is catching on across the country. Legend has it, it not only scares away evil spirits, but nesting bugs as well.)
Now for some pruning. Snip and clip the surrounding bushes, not only to show off your decorative railings, but also to keep wet plants from rotting the wood. Finally, top things off with a few new throw pillows and hanging plants. Your porch will be not only be clean, but also colorful and cheerful.
For cleaning supplies, paint and outdoor furnishings, be sure to visit your nearest Home Depot store and check out the outdoor living section on homedepot.com.
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