Our fall front porch is a story of re-purposing what we had on hand, a dose of fun fall colors, with a little a dash of DIY. I hope you are inspired to create a warm fall welcome on your front porch too! Oh, and there are 25 fall outdoor spaces linked below for loads of inspiration! If you are coming over from Inspiration for Moms– welcome and happy fall!
I recently shared how we downsized my mother-in-law over the summer. As I purged and packed up her old place, I came across a pair of old white planters that had seen better days. While there was lots in the “toss” pile, a few things made it in the “save” pile with hopes of finding a way to give them new life. These planters got added to the save pile and stacked up in our garage while I waited for inspiration to strike.
It didn’t take long at all for inspiration to strike! I was asked to participate in a Fall Home Tour and while the temperatures are too hot to truly embrace fall around the house, a fall porch is always a great way to welcome fall! It was time for these old dinged up planters to get a new color perfect for fall!
FALL FRONT PORCH- OUTDOOR PLANTERS
In the past I have always used my beloved navy blue to mix in with the traditional fall colors. This year, I went with a more muted warm palette and I am just loving the rich colors. Pulling from the stained front door, I decided that a rich copper color for the planters would be fun. The spray paint color is Rustoleum Rustic Mist spray paint. (side note, I do love the trigger of this fancy spray can, but honestly the paint did not go far. I used two full cans for these and at around $6 a bottle that seemed a little ridiculous?) The color is a great shiny burnt copper and the exact color I was going for so overall spending $12 to make these planters shine again is a pretty good deal.
She also had a few plants on her porch that made it in the “save” pile and I dragged home with hopes that I could give them a new life. Turns out, they were the perfect color fall colors I needed! So I split her existing plant to make these two planters.
Have you heard of the “thriller, filler and spiller” technique for planters? It’s a fun method to use to ensure interest when putting planters together. Here you can see the thriller is the tall reddish purple plant. The filler is the $2.99 mum I bought from Home Depot. And the spiller came from her plant as the green flowery vine. I love this little saying as it makes it really simple. Also, it is fun to say when you are creating your planters. 🙂
Of course- I had to be a little “extra” and added another “thriller” to my planters…some wire pumpkins. This is yet another item I kept for the “save” pile when cleaning out her storage unit. These wire pumpkins were filled with faux fall leaves and plastic gourds and just waiting to find a new purpose. I had no idea what I would do with them but when I spotted them in our garage I figured it would be fun to place them in the planters. Then I perused my fall tubs and found two white pumpkins.
Such a fun little detail, don’t you agree?
FALL FRONT PORCH- LEOPARD DOORMAT
Now for the doormat. This past spring I painted a smaller coir doormat with this same pattern using a rug from Ikea and layered it on my beloved buffalo check mat. Well, I wanted to just go with a single mat so I grabbed a larger $10 coir doormat from Ikea and gave it the same stencil pattern that I used for my master closet makeover with leftover black paint. I love how it makes a statement but also doesn’t compete with the rest of the entry way.
FALL FRONT PORCH- FALL WREATH
Last but not least, I am so excited to be able to use this cotton wreath. I love the way the white pops on the door and it really feels perfect for fall! Mine is old (and when I say old, it was thrifted for $1.99!) but I found a similar cotton wreath here for a great price.
Good news- the mums are still happily alive a few weeks later. 🙂
Hope this helps you create a vision for your fall front entryway. Sometimes you have just what you need right in front of you, it just takes a little tweaking to make it feel fresh. Now go take a peak at Cassie’s outdoor space – Cassie Bustamante!
In a Fall State of Mind-
Today I’m joined by a talented group of blogging friends who are also sharing their Fall Outdoor Spaces with you! Just click on the links below the images to be taken to see their full post…