Front Porch Facelift

Wicker Settee Makeover


Sometimes I wonder why I didn’t do it sooner…

Wicker Settee makeover


Have you ever walked by your front door or looked at the front of your house and thought, “Oh my!” A couple of days ago, I did just that. It’s as if my eyes were opened for the first time this summer!

I have a white all-weather wicker settee that sits on my front porch. I think I’ve had it for at least 8 years. The cushion was tossed out a long time ago, so I had thrown a couple of outdoor pillows on it.

IT LOOKED AWFUL! There it sat…worn, bare and covered in bird doo! Gross! I’m embarrassed to show you, but here goes nothing…

wicker settee

I didn’t even have flowers out there! Not even a fern! What was I thinking?…Apparently, I wasn’t.

To be honest, I feel like I spend so much time worrying about the inside of the house, I sometimes neglect the outside. Which is not good! First impressions are very important. And what’s the first thing people see when they arrive at your home?!?! The front of the house…not the bathroom!

I wanted something like this, from Pottery Barn, for a long time. I love the black.

But, a new outdoor sofa from Pottery Barn was out of the question, so a trip to Lowe’s it would be!

First stop was the paint aisle where I picked up some primer and paint. I needed some made for plastic. This is what I came up with. Valspar Plastic Primer and Valspar Outdoor Color & Protection. I have used the primer before but this outdoor paint was a first for me.


Before doing anything, I had to clean that thing! It looked a little better after it’s bath.

wicker settee

A little trick…I sat a piece of broken concrete (that just happened to be laying around) under each leg. That raises it enough so that you can spray completely down the legs and it will not get stuck to the plastic or paper you use as a drop cloth.

wicker settee

After cleaning the settee up, I started with the primer. It only called for two coats with a 5-10 minute wait between each one. That was easy.

The paint on the other hand…Whew! The paint went on fine and looked great but the nozzle on that can was hard to use. Very hard to hold down. My finger started hurting so bad, I had to use my thumb!! That was interesting.

The paint was “paint and protectant” in one, so I didn’t have to use a sealer on it. Since I’ve never used this paint before, I’m curious to see how well it holds up in the elements.

Remember, two light coats are better than one heavy coat. You don’t want it to drip or run. Use a sweeping motion from left to right and then back, right to left.

Now for the unveiling! Ta-Da!

black settee

I LOVE IT!!!!! I even got a fern! The pillows are actually from my back patio, (which seems to get more love than the front) but they will do until I can find the perfect outdoor pillows for this space.

black settee

My front door has wrought iron, so I think the black settee looks great with it. It really adds to the curb appeal.

Front Door

There you go!…Drab to Fab…with just some spray paint and a smile!

Do you have any outdoor transformations you’d like to share? I’d love to see them.

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  1. says

    Very cute! I recently repainted a settee for my dad and wish that I had seen your post! That was definitely a challenging job with lots of globs and drips! Yours turned out wonderful tho!

  2. says

    Awesome! I don’t have any skills nor creativity when it comes to these things, but I really loved reading this post Leslie. I think one day, I would be doing things like this in our new home. Thanks for sharing. And I love the look definitely.

  3. Connie Bishop says

    Looks wonderful. I’m sure it was a job spraying it because I’ve known that pain before but it was so worth it.

  4. says

    BEAUTIFUL!!!! You have an awesome eye for what will be perfect and pulled off a stunning finishing touch for the front of your home. Bravo!

  5. says

    This came out so gorgeous. Your post is so inspirational. I would love it if you could share this wonderful post at our WIW linky party. I hope you can join us.


  6. says

    It looks great! I’ve got some things in the works to change up my front porch, too. And I know exactly what you mean by “all of a sudden your eyes were opened”! I was the same way! I have looked at things I needed to do, but one day I thought “wow, this is the way my neighbors actually see it!” lol! I’ve got to get busy!! 🙂