I'm still crazy about this monogrammed coir mat (from Ballard), but after a full year outside in the elements, it was really faded and tired.
Instead of investing in a new one, I followed Freckles Chick's lead, and painted it! Using black Patio Paint (found at craft stores), I brushed and dabbed it over the existing letter and border.
Keep reading to see the mat makeover, and how to rejuvenate tired old door hardware.
Such a simple project, even my helper pitched in. It took us about 30 minutes, and after curing for 72 hours, the paint is weather-resistant and self-sealing.
Looks brand new, right?!
Next up was the sad-looking door hardware. I'd love new door knobs and locks, but those things are ex-pen-sive! I'm not really interested in dropping hundreds of dollars for a freaking door knob?! Not to mention, we'd probably destroy the door trying to get these old ones out.
Just like this project and this mirror, Rub 'n' Buff gold leaf came to the rescue! Now the knobs have a new, polished brass look. I used a q-tip for the hard to reach nooks and crannies. TWSS
After that, I gave the doors a good washing, and planted a couple of ferns. Kimberly Queens are my favorite...they stand tall and don't grow too wide or get droopsy.
What kind of a good Southern girl would I be if I didn't have ferns on my porch?!
I had a hankering to re-paint the door a new color, but
Here's a little Before & After for you junkies.
Look at that hardware and doormat shine!
Have you scraped the Winter off your porch yet? What's your favorite front porch plant? You're totally eying your old door hardware now, aren't you?!