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  1. that door knocker kills me every time! i LOVE it! and your porch- DREAMY! i would love to do this to our porch but i need to wait until we redo the entire exterior. or paint yellow and brown stripes. gross.

    1. That would look amazing on your big porch but I agree brown and yellow stripes wouldn’t be my thing either unless you are into bees, hornets and wasps πŸ˜‰

    1. Thank you so so much Marty

  2. This turned out amazing! Seriously, before/after is sooooo good! Can’t wait to see it with the door.

    1. Thanks! I’d actually love to do the brighter pink or coral as a door color but the hubby said no. I’m already getting my pink dresser so I guess I’ll go with the green πŸ˜‰

  3. I love what you did Julia! The stripes really make a huge difference and up the style and curb appeal of your home.

    1. Thanks Diane, I’m hoping they will last too πŸ˜‰

  4. Oh my goodness! This is amazing! It was the perfect solution to the front porch. It looks so chic now!

    1. Thanks Emily. I shouldn’t have waited so long to finally do this. It was fun to see how much all the neighborhood kids actually love the stripes. They are really into it

  5. Julia, Your porch turned out so lovely. The before picture actually caught my eye – I think the rocks on the front of your house are so classically American, and when you mentioned Pennsylvania I had a living history moment. I don’t know how old your house is though! Ha ha. Great job on the porch though, really fantastic.

    1. Thanks Julia! My house isn’t old at all. It’s all faux, even the stupid plastic shutters πŸ˜‰

  6. What a fantastic transformation. Well done!

  7. Love!!! If you think your porch looked bad I don’t want you to see the brown, ugly peeling mess of my porch. I don’t know that my house could pull off stripes, it’s a 1950’s California stucco bungalow….but I am painting it with this. I was waiting till I painted my house next year, but not anymore!

    1. Thanks so much Renne, I was driving the other day looking at houses imagining them with black and white striped porches LOL and I feel like any house can pull it of. A dose of black and white can’t hurt πŸ˜‰

  8. Sheryll $ Critters. says:

    So beautiful!

    1. Thanks so much sweet Sheryll. How are you?

  9. Charlie Albright | Moments by Charlie says:

    The transformation is amazing! I admire your patience and hardwork!

  10. You did a fantastic job and it looks great. It is so amazing what a difference paint can make.

    I am wanting to get a pressure washer so would you recommend the one you have? I have been reading about them and it gets confusing as to what to get – gas or electric, etc?

    1. Thanks so much Debbie. It’s actually not my pressure washer but my husband’s cousin’s and I love it. I’ve borrowed many different ones and this one is my favorite pressure washer so far. I’d definitely buy this one and I heard good things about this brand too. This one is gas and I think I would get gas too because there is just something about water and electricity that I don’t like πŸ˜‰

  11. I love it! You did an amazing job!

  12. What a great job you did! I love it as big black and white stripes is one of my fave dΓ©cor accents. Now, all you need to do is paint the frame of the storm door and the shutters black!

    1. Yeah that would be nice. We are technically not allowed to paint the shutters and doors. One of my neighbor’s painted their shutters black and some people flipped. The funny thing is that they forgot to add something about not painting the concrete porch LOL. And when I said that I’m painting my door a light green… that way I’m staying with the word green πŸ˜‰ oh those rules πŸ˜‰

  13. Love the stripes. Looking forward to seeing the new green door.

  14. Angie Green says:

    Whoa! That tip about the painter’s tape will Change My Life!!! Thank you so much for sharing that (and the patio looks great, too!).

  15. I saw that umbrella the other day at the store, so cute! Would you say its more black and white or black and sand? I should have looked more closely! XO, Amanda @ lifeonlinton.com

  16. Kathleen Tweed says:

    You are amazing and so talented – who would have thought of this idea???? So striking and different- I’m sure it looks so good from the street! Wonderful job! So creative!!!!

  17. Julia I just love the black and white stripes – so fun for a front entry! I love your bold style, and I love those beautiful crisp paint lines!!!!!!!!

  18. oh Julia it looks amazing, doesn’t even look like the same porch…what a transformation ….You did such a great job!
    Liebe Grüße Astrid

    1. Thanks so much Trisha, I had a feeling you might like this πŸ˜‰

  19. black, white, and green–yes–love it!! The stripes are amazing, and painting that light fixture is such a big improvement!

  20. I realise I’m SUPER BEHIND with my blog reading so late to the party here but this came out INCREDIBLE!! I love the stripes and it looks so very ‘you’ now πŸ˜€ Super smart method and I love the combination with green. Oh also, we’ve been getting winter weather this past week and it’s rubbish!! Snow and sleet one minute, sun the next – it’s doing my head in. Bring on proper Spring so I can do some outdoor projects too! xxx

    1. You were on a fabulous vacation, no need to even catch up πŸ˜‰ but thanks so so much. I love my porch now. It’s not as fabulous as your tiled entry and probably won’t hold up as well but I can always paint it again should it chip off right?

  21. Serendipity says:

    What a beautiful space! The black and white stripes changed the whole look of your porch. Looks like the perfect spot to spend a spring afternoon. I’m inspired to spruce up our place now!

    1. Well thanks and have fun sprucing up your space!

  22. Your stripes look amazing, Julia! I love that paint trick too for clean lines, worked like a charm on my daughter’s room! I can’t believe it worked so well on such a rough texture.

  23. krystine @www.KrystineEdwards.com/blog says:

    You’re amazing! please come to my home and do this!

  24. Wow, what a transformation! I’ve been debating painting our tiny front porch concrete, and this is giving me the push I needed. Someone back in the day had painted it hunter green, and there are still patches of it that refuse to come off. I think painting it will brighten it up AND hide the green!

    1. Yes, it’ll hide the leftover green perfectly. Good luck

  25. Karah Bunde says:

    This makes such a powerful statement and show great style. So awesome!!

  26. shanae barnett says:

    I would like to know Julia I love the stripes! my question is because I am in love with this! I don’t have a front
    porch, I have four steps that leads to a straight walkway in front of my house. my question is do you think just doing my steps? I am thinking that if I do the steps & walkway would be too much? what do you suggest?

    1. I think you should go for it. The nice thing with paint is that you can paint over it again if you don’t like it. That’s why I love using paint

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