A Dramatic Porch Renovation

Welcome to the 180th Metamorphosis Monday!

Greetings!  I hope you came through this scorcher of a weekend okay.  The temps reached 108 in Atlanta!  Going outside felt just like stepping into an oven.

Let’s distract ourselves from this unbelievably hot weather with a wonderful porch renovation.  Michael, author of several books including  A Teeny Bit of Trouble, blogs at Rattlebridge Farm.  When not writing, she has been renovating a wonderful home she bought recently.  I’ll be sharing the inside renovations sometime in the future but for today were focusing on the progress that’s been made with the front porch.

Here’s how the house looked originally.

Front Porch Renovation (2)

This is Michael’s inspiration home!  Beautiful!

Front Porch Renovation (1)


The existing brick porch felt heavy and overwhelmed the entrance.  It gave the entry a bit of a tunnel-like feel.   The old porch was removed and a new one got underway.

Front Porch Renovation (2)

The removal of the old porch also opened up the space above the front door, allowing room for a new window that brings lots of great light into the foyer.  Michael is trying out different mullions in the window, so the ones you see here will probably not remain.

Front Porch Renovation (1)

The columns are being in added in the photo below.

A Porch Renovation


A small railing/balcony has been added around the top.  The front porch is beginning to look a lot like the inspiration home.

A Porch Renovation


Michael will be making a decision on the front door and trim color soon.

A Porch Renovation

Love the herringbone pattern of the brick porch floor.  That’s a new addition to the porch, as well.

A Porch Renovation

It won’t be long before the painting of the brick is complete.  You can see it has gotten underway in this photo of one side of the home.

This side has already been painted.  The color Michael has chosen is Sherwin Williams, Tennessee Limestone.    The white trim looks great with this color!  Just the right amount of contrast.

Painting brick

Here’s how the back looks painted.   The front of the home will be painted today or tomorrow.

Painting brick

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the “Before and After.”   I really love the open, elegant feel of the new front porch.  Can’t wait to see it fully painted.  The inspiration home is stunning so I know it’s going to be wonderful!

I’ll keep you posted and will share more pics as this renovation continues.  Can’t wait to share the inside renovations, too!

You’ll find Part 1 of this exterior renovation here: Beautiful Front Porch Renovation, Part 1

A Porch Renovation

 Looking forward to all the Before and Afters for this Met Monday!

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  1. The new porch suits this house so much better! And I adore painted brick. Look forward to seeing the finished product. Thanks for hosting your party, Susan. Happy 4th to you and your family!

  2. That house is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  3. Susan,
    Love these transformation! They are all beautiful homes.Thanks for hosting.Have a great fourth of July!

  4. I love Michael’s home and her blog and her books!!…The porch transformation is gorgeous…such a great idea. I also love how they changed the color of the brick…I have always love the look of white brick…so very elegant!…Thanks so much for featuring her beautiful home Susan!!

  5. Michael has such a beautiful home! Thank you for hosting, Susan! Have a wonderful 4th!

  6. Wow! It’s amazing how small changes have dramatic results.

  7. Michael’s porch is amazing and I love the painted brick!
    Here’s to staying cool!

  8. Debbie refresh restyle says

    It was great meeting you at Haven!! Thanks for hosting and sharing!

  9. Hi, Susan, hope you’re surviving this heat, we’re in the 100s in Virginia. Thanks for hostessing the party, I linked some little pink hearts I made for a very special baby born to a friend recently. Hugs ~ Mary

  10. must love junk says

    Thanks for hosting! Happy 4th 🙂

  11. The house is getting an amazing make-over. They did a wonderful job in the front! Thanks for hosting, Susan!

  12. That house is amazing! I love the little deck area above the porch. And how awesome is it going to look when it’s completely painted!!! Thanks for the link party Susan. Always a pleasure to visit!!! Happy 4th!!!

  13. Hi Susan! I’m back! My Christmas break turned into a winter-into-spring break! 🙂 I love what he’s doing to the house! I’m not sure about the color of the front door – I’d say do red and see how it sits for a while then he can always re-paint it black. Easier to go from red to black than black to red. ?? As always, thanks for hosting! Nan

  14. I thought it was pretty gorgeous before, but it will definitely have that “WOW” factor after the transformation. Thanks so much, Susan, for sharing the photos and for hosting this great party!

  15. Now that’s an amazing transformation! Wow.

  16. Hi, Susan! This is my first time linking up to your party. Thanks for hosting. 🙂 Loved seeing the transformation process on the brick home. 🙂

  17. Your transformation is gorgeous. As I was reading, I was hoping you would paint the brick. Thank you for hosting and Happy 4th.

  18. Great porches, Susan! Thanks for hosting! Have a wonderful 4th!…hugs…Debbie

  19. Painted brick looks really good to me and makes the house stand out. Especially for older brick homes.

  20. hi susan- i just love seeing the progress of that house! sharing my front porch today.

  21. Hi Susan,
    I love Michael’s books and her blog, so this was a real treat to see her front porch makeover. Can’t wait to see what she does with the interior. Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July.

  22. What an amazing transformation! His house looks great! Thank you for hosting another inspiring link party! It’s always fun! Happy Fourth of July!

  23. Love the porch transformation. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

  24. Michael’s home is beautiful. I always look forward to seeing the updates on their progress.
    Thanks for hosting again this week – you are appreciated.

  25. I love all the changes that has been made to the front porch! Thanks for hosting! Have a wonderful 4th!

  26. Love that house transformation! The new look is much fresher. Thanks for hosting, Laura

  27. The house looks lovely! That front door painted in halves makes me laugh – I have a picture of a Star Trek episode in my head now!! lol

    Have a great week, thanks for hosting again!

  28. Susan, I haven’t linked up in ages. Mostly because I am posting flower pics. But I can now show a Metamorphosis! Great porch. I love your house. It’s got the history and the character I love!

  29. -Brenda- (aka mrsben) says

    Love, love the addition of the pillars. IMHO, it gives the home a Twelve Oaks charm. I envy Michael that she can even paint the bricks as in our climate to do so is very risky. (Snow belt region in Canada where painted brick is not recommended.) Thanks for sharing ladies and happy renos to Michael. 🙂 I am sure it is going to be just beautiful. -Brenda-

  30. What a great metamorphosis! Thanks for hosting Susan.

    Susan and Bentley

  31. Thank you for inviting all of us in to share our projects. It’s so sweet of you and you always share something worth stopping by for.

  32. Susan, I love the addition of the railing above the porch. It is going to look gorgeous when finished although, am I the only one who loved the red brick?

  33. Susan, That is an amazing transformation. Beautiful. Gingerxo

  34. Thanks so much for hosting!

  35. What a fabulous exterior house makeover – love the columns!! Thanks so much for hosting the fun – wishing you a terrific 4th of July holiday 🙂 Heather

  36. Susan, just wanted to say a big Thank You for hosting this party every week! It is one of the best…I always enjoy it…and just linked up…Thanks again! That house is amazing…before and after!!!

  37. Hi Susan,
    Thanks for hosting this week. I so love porches, the bigger the better. I wish they had blogging when I took the back patio of my stuccoed duplex and turned it into a porch for a country cottage! You couldn’t even see the stucco and with my bil helping, we even had a planked roof. LOL! I’m going to see if I can find a picture of it. It’s been over 20yrs ago so hopefully it hasn’t gotten lost in the many moves. Thanks for sharing.

  38. Wow, what a difference to the exterior. It looks amazing! Thanks for hosting this great party! I am headed to prowl around for a bit…looks like you have some great people who have linked up!!
    Happy 4th!

  39. I must be the only one who liked the house much better as it was!!! That’s what makes the world go around!!!

  40. Wow, what a fabulous transformation, it looks like the entrance of a mansion now!! Hope you can visit my 4th. of July tablescape…couldn’t link to your party no matter what I did! Just this week though, I had no problems before! Thanks for sharing and HAPPY 4TH. OF JULY to you and your son and new daughter!

  41. WOW! What a transformation. I too thought the house was beautiful already, but I can’t believe how much more beautiful it looks already. Can’t wait to see the entire finished product!


  42. Hello! Thanks for another link party. Freezing Beans (# 217) are easy to do beforehand and freeze for later use. I have a tutorial on how to do this and how to avoid BPA that are in most canned foods. Plus, beans are cheap! Hope you enjoy!

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