Stunning Transformation for a Farmhouse Front Porch

Revive Door Set and Lock

When the Lyles moved into their home, they loved that the lock used a skeleton key, but for years struggled to actually unlock their doors.

The lock adds so much character to the front door, we can’t get rid of it, so we’re going to find a way to fix it!

We’ll strip the antique lock plate’s lacquer before opening the lock itself — but first, we take a photo of the lock, ‘before’ so we know where everything should go after we work on it.

Fortunately, nothing appears out of the place, so we just clean the lock, oil all the parts and put it back together.

Build New Shutters

We’re adding farmhouse shutters to the Lyles’ home, and we’re going to build them ourselves.

Watch, “How to Build Farmhouse Shutters” for the complete step-by-step guide.

We need to stain these shutters, but the stain needs to match the one we’re using for the door.

The best way to match wood stains is to get sample pieces of wood, and stain them with different shades, using the same wood as the project.

We used Minwax, Golden Oak for this project.

Repair Porch Skirting and Install Lattice

Jared had installed under-skirting made of cinderblocks, so we’re going to replace those with latticework.

To create lattice panels, we make a frame from treated 1-by-2s, then we tack lattice strips on from the backside.

Christie applies the same stain we used on the shutters to tie the look together.



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