5 Ways to Get Your Front Porch Ready for Spring

by Alli

This shop, 5 Ways To Get Your Front Porch Ready For Spring, was compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. 

Did winter wreak havoc on your front porch or deck? Are your colorful flowers a distant memory?

Old man winter left my front porch looking pretty rough. It needs a coat of paint and a lot of sprucing up. What condition is your porch or deck in? No worries! I’ve got 5 Ways to Get Your Front Porch Ready for Spring.

5 Ways to Get Your Front Porch Ready for Spring - And Your Yard, too!

A year ago (has it been that long?) we had our front porch totally redone. I was told to wait a while before painting it. I don’t think the contractor meant to wait an entire year. Oops.

Since the sun is out and the warm, gentle breeze is rustling the leaves of the trees, it’s the perfect time to spruce up my porch and yards.

Let’s get started!

5 Ways to Get Your Front Porch Ready for Spring

1. Scrub It

Remove everything from the porch and give it a good scrubbing. Fill a bucket with warm sudsy water, grab a sponge and scrub everything you removed from the porch.

Then do the same for your front door, railings, etc. Save the floor for last. Give it a good sweeping and mopping.

Helpful Hint: I use a power washer to clean my porch and the outside of my house. If you don’t have one, you can rent one for the day OR hire someone else to do it for you. It saves time and elbow grease.

Using a power washer to clean my porch - 5 Ways to Get Your Front Porch Ready for Spring

2. Paint It

If you need to paint or stain the railings, the porch, or the front door, now’s the time to do it. Be sure to wait until everything has thoroughly dried from the scrubbing.

It really doesn’t take very long to paint a porch. I use a roller with a long handle. Check the weather to make sure there’s no rain in the forecast. You’ll be amazed at how much a coat of paint will freshen up your front porch.

Helpful Hint: Check the shutters to see if they need a fresh coat of paint.

3. Refresh Planters and Plant Flowers

If your front porch planters have taken a beating over the winter months, you don’t have to buy new ones.

Grab a can of spray paint (for outdoor use) in a color that compliments your porch, shutters, and front door. Spray paint is one of my best friend’s and it can breathe fresh life into an old planter.

5 Ways to Get Your Front Porch Ready for Spring

Once the planter is completely dry, add pretty flowers. Flowers will transform a front porch into a beautiful space! If your porch is shaded, this is not the place to plant sun-loving plants. Don’t forget to water thoroughly.

Doesn’t this look better?

Don't they look better? 5 Ways to Get Your Front Porch Ready For Spring

4. Add Accessories

I love to sit on the front porch, so I have a little table and chairs, plus a glider bench. In the spring, I add cushions, pillows, and a rug to create a cozy outdoor space.

Be sure and use fabrics made especially for the outdoors.

5 Ways to Get Your Front Porch Ready for Spring - Small Table and Chairs

The glider bench is my favorite place to sit and read or watch the kids play.

Fave Place to Sit! 5 Ways to Get Your Front Porch Ready for Spring

5. Spruce up the Yard

Don’t forget the lawn! It’s not fair to get your front porch all dressed up and leave the lawn out in the cold.

I use Scotts® Green MAX™ Lawn Food. It contains essential nutrients for deeper greening in 3 days and a 2-in-1 formula!

5 Ways to Spruce Up Your Front Porch for Spring

While I was in Walmart choosing flowers and Scotts Green MAX™ Lawn Food, I also grabbed a WIZZ™ Spreader. It’s a new, battery-operated spreader that spreads my lawn food quickly and easier.

That means less hand fatigue for me. You can use it year-round to feed, seed, weed, and melt!


The WIZZ™ spreader holds up to 2,500 sq. ft. of Scotts® lawn care products and features Scotts® exclusive EdgeGuard® and HandyLock™ Technology.

5 Ways to Get Your Front Porch Ready for Spring - How to get your lawn green too!

You can totally spruce up your porch, deck, and yard in 5 easy steps! Here’s a free printable:   5 Ways to Get Your Front Porch Ready For Spring

5 Ways to Get Your Front Porch Ready for Spring

5 Ways to Spruce Up Your Front Porch for Spring


Robin Masshole Mommy April 12, 2016 - 6:30 am

I was literally just telling my husband yesterday that we need to borrow my BIL’s power washer so we can give our deck a good spring cleaning! It’s a need a good scrub!

Carmen Perez April 12, 2016 - 8:33 am

Everything looks beautiful! I have to get started on sprucing up my porch as well, it’s just always so hot down here though, we are usually in our pool!

Jessica Harlow April 12, 2016 - 9:09 am

Our back deck is getting a fresh coat of paint this spring! I have all the supplies, I just need mother nature to cooperate and dry out a little bit before we get started!

Jeanette April 12, 2016 - 10:17 am

I wish I had a front porch like that! I have a cement slab. I do want to get furniture to put out front. I think it looks a lot more welcoming.

Jenn @ EngineerMommy April 12, 2016 - 10:40 am

Thanks for sharing these great tips about getting the porch ready for Spring! I am already planting flowers and getting excited about backyard entertaining! Spring is one of my favorite times of the year.

Pam April 12, 2016 - 10:55 am

I definitely need to clean my front porch for spring. I think I need to clean out the planters and add new flowers too!

Tori Gabriel April 12, 2016 - 11:00 am

Some great tips here. Cleaning and scrubbing it is the worst job but once it’s done a fresh coat of paint can really work wonders. We like to change the colour of ours every few years too (though we cycle through white, cream, brown and other understated colours).

Kristen from The Road to Domestication April 12, 2016 - 2:35 pm

Ah, your porch looks lovely! I just pressure-washed mine down the other day in preparation for some new plants – good to know I’m on schedule LOL

Liz Mays April 12, 2016 - 3:24 pm

These are really good ideas. I definitely need to take some of my furniture out of the shed and spray it down. We’ll be spending a lot of time outside.

Bonnie @wemake7 April 12, 2016 - 3:33 pm

Your getting me so excited for Spring. It has been so cold and dreary here I really wish the weather would change. Would love to get my porch ready.

Jeanine April 12, 2016 - 6:39 pm

I think I will miss having a front porch this year. We moved into a townhouse this summer with a hallway so we only have a backyard. I love Spring and decorating, and having pretty things for people to walk up to!

Sherry Keef April 12, 2016 - 7:04 pm

We just put out your Weed & Feed.

Chantal April 12, 2016 - 10:23 pm

My favourite part about Spring is being outside! I love my outdoor space and can’t wait to spruce it up a bit this year.

Eloise April 12, 2016 - 11:01 pm

love the ideas to spruce up a tired looking front porch! I live in MN, so it’s still not warm enough to sit outside on the porch or do deep cleaning and setting it up for spring, but I will definitely use some of your tips soon!

Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai April 13, 2016 - 12:20 am

So many fun ideas for sprucing up for porch or patio! I love the aqua tables and yellow pillows. I am excited to get into the yard and do some outdoor entertaining..

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Alli April 13, 2016 - 9:46 am

I’m ready to start firing up the grill every night! Once the weather warms up, I ditch the stove for my outdoor grill. Everything tastes better on the grill.

Zan April 13, 2016 - 12:30 am

Well, I guess it has been a while too since our porch has gotten a scrub. It definitely could use one but the weather here has been a bit wet. We got some light snow a few days last week and some rain. So things are still pretty damp here. No fun getting it all cleaned out only to be dirtied again by muddy shoes.
Your porch looks beautiful and thanks for the tips!!

Alli April 13, 2016 - 9:45 am

We actually had a cold front move through last week with some rain, but it’s back sunny and warm this week. I’m ready for warm weather.

Miles L. April 13, 2016 - 12:50 am

These are bright ideas! Spring is already here and I would do some of your tips.

Bites for Babies April 13, 2016 - 5:01 pm

All I have to say is thank goodness that my husband takes care of all the outside stuff in our home! I don’t have a green thumb AT ALL and actually don’t enjoy doing any outside work! I prefer spending my days in the kitchen!

Stephanie of The TipToe Fairy April 13, 2016 - 10:24 pm

It’s been such rainy bad weather here, I haven’t had a minute to update with flowers or anything. I’m so ready! Yours looks fantastic!

Shirley Wood April 21, 2016 - 7:11 am

We were going to pressure wash our front porch last weekend and got side tracked with a different project. It’s on the to-do list! I am very ready for some front porch sitting! What could possibly be better than coffee on the porch listening to the birds in the mornings! Your porch and flowers are pretty!

Alli April 22, 2016 - 8:46 am

That pressure washing is a really good arm workout too! 🙂

Mary Kalpos April 24, 2016 - 7:19 am

Your porch looks great Alli and these are all really great tips. I have a balcony and every time I go out there I feel as if I am going to get swept away. Got to wait for that wind to calm down a bit otherwise I am sweeping and it all comes back to me. I am hosting a new link party called Sweet Inspiration and it runs Friday thru Tuesday. I would be happy if you joined us.

Steve April 1, 2019 - 2:35 am

I couldn’t agree more. Scrubbing with a pressure washer and then painting your front porch gives it a whole new life. I also like the idea of changing the flowers as well as sprucing your lawn to make it more greener and healthier.


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