5 Ways to Add Charm to Your Outdoor Entryway

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Outdoor Entryway

Hello friends! Spring is in the air here in Michigan, and I’m already thinking of ways to add some charm to my front porch outdoor entryway! Today I want to share with you how I upgraded my cottage style outdoor entryway.

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If you’re new here, I’d like to share the story of how my husband and I came to own this home. When I was little girl, I used to walk by this house everyday on my way to school, and dreamt of someday owning it. I loved the fairytale look of the home; specifically, the outdoor entryway with its quaint little a-frame front entry and rounded front door entrance.

A sweet older lady lived in the home, and I would sometimes walk over to her house to help her with little odd jobs here and there. We would end up talking for hours and I would sit and admire all of the unique and charming features of her home. I would go home and pull out my interior design magazines and cut out decor and designs that I loved and paste them together, hoping one day I’d be able to redesign the home I would often dream of owning.

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Fast forward a little over a decade – I was married to my high school sweetheart and we were ready to purchase our first home after living in a super small rental. I was so thankful for that little rental home, but I was limited in what I could change because the home was a rental. I wanted my own space to be able to decorate and change whatever my little amateur-designer heart desired. That’s when a miracle happened – the cute little house I walked by as a child went up for sale!

In the beginning, the list price of the home was way over our budget. I prayed and prayed that God would open the door for us to be able to purchase it somehow. The owner happened to be the son of the sweet old lady I would visit, and he found out we were interested in the home. Through a series of events that only God could orchestrate, we were able to purchase the home within our budget, and Mike and I began renovations straight away! We were really focused on the interior of the home, so it took us a few years to start making some progress with the exterior.

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Over the years, we’ve put in a lot of work as homeowners to upgrade our outdoor space and enhance the home’s curb appeal. We wanted to turn our outdoor entryway into a beautiful and charming cottage style porch. I’m excited to share with you how you can add charm to your own outdoor entryway!

Paint & Stain

As mentioned, I first fell in love with this home because of the architectural details of the beautiful rounded front door. However, when we purchased the home the paint was in rough shape. I knew I needed to give the door a facelift. You can read about the color I chose here, but I’m always thinking about changing up the color! There’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint to really add charm to home exteriors. We also updated the storm door with this beautiful matte black framed option from HMI doors.

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The porch also desperately needed a new coat of both stain and paint. We painted the porch rails white to add some contrast against the wood stain, and chose a deck, siding and fence stain from True Value called EasyCare Woodsmen in the shade Gravel Gray. Even though the stain color is called gray, it still looks brown compared to our siding paint. You can watch the entire process of staining our porch here!

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Flower Planters

One the easiest ways to add charm is to add a few beautiful potted plants to your exterior entryway. While I have shrubs and flowers planted around the front of my home, adding a few flower planters is a minimal effort way to add the most impact to front yards.

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One of my favorite times of year is when our lilac bushes bloom and I can put out some pretty planters on my porch with bundle fulls of lilac. Planters can also be budget friendly entryway decor, as you can find a lot of suitable vessels at thrift or antique stores! I love the look of galvanized metal and wicker baskets as planters, but really any kind of container can be transformed into a planter.

Outdoor Seating Area

Although my porch is on the smaller side, there was enough room to squeeze in two gorgeous black rocking chairs. Outdoor seating can instantly make your outdoor exterior feel more cozy and inviting. And while they look pretty, they also practical and get plenty of use, as my family and visitors have spent a lot of time rocking on these chairs while the weather is nice!

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Outdoor furniture is a great way to maximize your outdoor space. You can really enhance your outdoor entryway by adding an outdoor area rug or throw pillows to your swing chair or bench. A little sitting area creates a tranquil and welcoming space for your guests to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

Home Accents

You can upgrade your entryway with small home accents that make a big impact! A few ways I upgraded my porch were adding pretty brass wall numbers and a black matte outdoor entrance wall sconce light fixture. Outdoor string lights are another charming feature; light sources bring in warmth and character to any space.

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Other accents to consider are a welcome mat, flagpole and flag, or a vintage outdoor letter box. Find what accents work best with your space and incorporate them to elevate the look of your entryway.

Stone Landscaping

A common feature on cottage style homes is stone! A stone accent wall can add so much charm and character to your outdoor entryway. I have stone landscaping all throughout my outdoor space, including a pea gravel patio area, a dry creek bed with fieldstone, and rock borders around my gardens!

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I just love the way the stacked stone wall under my porch looks. The color of the natural stone is so beautiful in contrast with the front of my home and porch. The stone also solved a practical issue by covering up the empty space under the porch and adding a timeless look to our home. I actually purchased this stone at a garage sale of all places!

5 Ways to Add Charm to Your Outdoor Entryway

  • Paint & Stain
  • Flower Planters
  • Outdoor Seating Area
  • Home Accents
  • Stone Landscaping

I hope this list helped inspire you to add some charm to your outdoor entryway! Don’t get overwhelmed and try to make all of the changes at once, especially if you are on a budget. It took my husband and me a few years to make all of these upgrades to our porch and outdoor space! We love our entryway, but it took a lot of patience to get to where we are now! What are some ways you have enhanced your entryway? Let me know in the comments below! Thank you for stopping by today friends!

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  1. I knew that you admired your fairytale house as a young girl. I didn’t realize, however, that you used to visit the elderly lady who lived there, or that it was her son who made it financially possible for you to buy it. Yes, God does work in mysterious ways, his miracles to perform.

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