Giving the decorative iron porch support on my front porch a spruce up has been on my list of Retro Ranch Revamp Resolutions for a few years now. It is one of those jobs that really doesn’t take a whole lot of time to complete, and somehow it never ends up being a priority during months when it is warm enough to spray paint. This week, we had a cold snap. The high temperature on Tuesday was 78. The high temperature on Wednesday was 48 — thus the reason my houseplants are no longer soaking up the summer sun on my front porch. With this sudden reminder that fall was on its way, I realized I had let yet another entire summer go by without even thinking about painting the ironwork — again. So, I dashed out to get supplies and got to work.
The iron porch support had been painted black, but the black paint had weathered and peeled away over the years, showing little bits of light tan that may have been the post’s original color. Instead of painting the porch post black again, I decided that painting it the same color that I painted the storm door might help it stand out a little more as a decorative element, and help it look like a part of the house — perhaps as originally intended — instead of an afterthought. I think my plan worked, don’t you?
Above: Before painting.
Above: After painting.
Before painting it a lighter color, it was hard to see the porch post at all from the street. Now, it is much easier to make out the design. Painting the porch support a lighter color also draws more attention to the front entry and makes the jog in the roofline make more ‘sense.’
There’s three and a half more months left in 2014 and I’ve now accomplished four out of seven of my Retro Ranch Revamp Resolutions for the year. We’ll see how many more can be accomplished — or at least started, but one thing is for sure. I won’t be adding “paint the iron porch support” to my list of 2015 resolutions.