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Happy Monday!  I’ve been up to so much these past couple weekends at home that I thought I’d give you a little update from the homefront. 

I’ve written here and here about the plans we have for our homes exterior, and we’ve been spending the last couple weekends at home getting ready for summer and sprucing up our front porch.

The project started by ripping off the old lattice that surrounds the opening under our porch and cleaning out old brush, weeds, and debris.  We then worked to paint new lattice, a seriously painstaking project.  KEEP READING BELOW for more pics and the complete story on our front porch facelift.


If I can give anyone some advice lattice it is this: buy the pre-painted lattice.  If you do insist on paining your own, rent or buy a paint sprayer.  It took me 3 hours to hand paint once piece of lattice with a roller and brush.  I got fed up, bought a little 18V sprayer from Home Depot and the remaining 5 pieces took me about 30 minutes each.

I got so sick of the lattice project that on my last trip to the home improvement store for the day, I got caught up in prettier things and bought some ferns to flank the door. While I spent a lifetime painting lattice, Matt was working hard to eradicate an old eyesore shrub and do some edging and mulching.  We finished up by transplanting some smaller hastas to the area where the eyesore shrub once was.

It sure looks like a lot less work than it actually was.  I still have the rest of the front porch paint to complete, and hope to squeeze it into the agenda sometime soon!

How was your weekend? Did you do fun things, or a ton of work like us?

Have a SPECTACULAR Monday!




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  • Your front porch looks great!! I can only imagine the frustration of painting lattice. Thanks for the time-saving tips! It just loks so much cleaner and less cluttered. Great job! I worked all weekend…on the computer. Not nearly as much fun at working outside.

  • It looks great! Love the potted plants by the door too!

  • your home is adorable! my dream!

  • Erin – you have such a postcard home! Great work on the lattice, your painstaking work paid off. I’m sure it feels great to have it finished 🙂

  • I love your front porch! It looks like the perfect place to curl up with a cup of coffee and the newspaper on a sunday morning :). I’m excited to see what else you have in store for it!

  • What a lovely porch to enjoy the summer on! Great work – paint really does so much to instantly transform anything, including a front porch.

  • Wow you house is so awesome!!!!! I love vintage/historical homes. I would be in a dream. The only thing I’d want to update would be air conditioning lol!!

    – Sarah

  • Oh Erin- It’s lovely! Painting fences, lattice and the like is a tricky business. I got fooled recently into thinking I could whip out a quick paint job on our fence. Not even close. The results of all your labor are certainly worth it! Your house is picturesque!

  • Your home looks like it straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting…that porch looks like the perfect spot to spend summer evenings…lovely!


  • Such a cute house! I would love to have a cocktail on the front porch with you 🙂

  • Your house is fantastic lady! Sooooo cute.

  • What a beautiful space! Love it!

  • SUCH a beautiful house!! i dream of having a porch one day and i’ll definitely keep your advice about the lattice in mind if i ever have to paint any 🙂 xx

  • Such a charming home you have! can’t wait to see more 🙂