Here’s the current back door.
I sent home its progress report to its mother and this is what it said.
Listening in class? A+.
It’s a little sassy and I caught it inviting the leaves over for a party.
Want to see where we’ve been and the changes we’ve made and the future of the back door?
Oh good, me too. 🙂
Before we go forward can we visit the way back time machine for a second?
These tiny faces that I love so much.
My brother just found this and sent it to me. These are my kids when they were littles. Just sitting on the back porch hanging out waiting for mom. Can you see Westleigh (the twin on the right) giving me the side eye?
Here’s the back porch now.
It’s been a journey.
We had a new door installed. One day I’ll take a big picture of the entire back of the house and you can see all the squares. You can see the before door in the picture with a half moon shape. The silhouette looked a little out of place with all the windows.
I love the new style. It offers a little privacy and keeps the square theme going.
We added porch swings on either side.
I might move them a little closer to the door. Let me know what you think.
They were super inexpensive and raw wood. I painted them black and added two of these outdoor pillows on each swing.
You can see the porch swings I ordered here.
You can see the pillows here (the price is for two).
These are NOT affiliate links. None of the links in this post are. The links are there just because I adore you and thought you might be looking for your back door, too.
These metal urns came with me from the farmhouse.
They used to be on either side of the fireplace in the master bedroom.
The urns are hard to add a plant to because they are see-through, I added the metal spheres on the top.
I added two boxwood wreaths on either side of the door.
Here’s the best wreath hanging tip.
I took ribbon (the ribbon came from Hobby Lobby) and used fabric glue to glue it around a brass ring I bought in the sewing section of Hobby Lobby.
You can see a close-up here.
A small nail holds the brass ring in place.
The wreaths always hang in place and the ribbon always looks straight.
Here’s a side view of the porch.
We painted the brick and I love how fresh it makes the space look.
The mailbox is original to the house, I just spray painted it black and hung it next to the house’s birthday sign.
You’ve seen where we’ve been.
You’ve seen what has been changed.
Let’s look to the future.
Here’s the additional changes I want to make:
1. Add a row of bricks at the bottom of the painted step to pull in the bricks wrapped around the house.
2. Add boxwoods on either side of the front step and redo the landscaping on either side of the porch.
3. Maybe move in the swings a little? Not sure about that one.
4. Wrap the metal columns that hold up the porch with wood (you can see the metal columns two pictures back). Paint the columns white and add molding and change out the light fixture on the porch to a flush mount black one like this one.
5. Add a wreath. I know that should be easy, but I’m stumped. I was going with a boxwood, but it just looked too matchy.
Here are some options that I found.
A modified boxwood.
I love this wreath.
It looks like a party waiting to happen.
A cotton wreath.
This is kind of a modified cotton wreath.
It has gold elements which make it a little different.
This Eucalyptus wreath from Magnolia Market.
I’m not sure about the color with the brightness of the boxwoods, but I love the over all look of it.
What do you think?
Do you have a favorite?
Or any porch advice?
The back door really wants to get its grade up. 🙂