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DIY Porch Update for $150

Front Porch Update for little money

DIY Front Porch Update is done. 

This front porch reno was actually so quick and easy I couldn't believe it was really that simple. Plus the porch looks bigger now. And we did it all for $150.00 and some sweat equity.
Front porch diy update


Taking out the old black front rail and adding new wider stair treads is actually stage 1 of my update. The second stage will happen in the Spring.


We will remove the wrought iron support post and side rail by adding some larger posts which will flank both sides of the porch. Plus add a new side rail and handrails to the stair.

But for now, here is a before of what it looked like.





With the front rail taken out.



Front porch diy update







Using stair treads bought at a local home improvement store, “G” shows how he removed enough of the concrete to allow the new treads to go right over it. He used muscle, and a grinder. He simply cut lines into the stairs and chiseled out what was needed.



Front porch diy update


We could have rented a jackhammer and completely removed the old stair but hubby wanted to use it as a mounting surface for one side.

Front porch diy update

All of the wood we used was pressure treated.




Front porch diy update



If you look closely, you will see a 2”x8” backer board for the left side of the treads and risers. This is where he secured the left side.



enlarging-stairs-for-a-more-updated-look




Front porch diy update


Starting to look like a plan!

Front porch diy update

Below shows the new stair before stain and before “G” cut the left side down to match the 3” overhang we have on the right side. His wonderful (crappy) circular saw finally broke on us.

Something tells me he won’t be buying another Dewalt power tool again. He likes things that last more then 4 years.



Front porch diy update

Here is one coat of some leftover stain we had lying around.


The stain is still wet in some areas, today the temperature only hit 76 degrees.






I am seriously loving the dark brown, but it may need a second coat. I am giving it a week or so to ponder.

We have plenty of time before winter hits.
I hope!














Its is an absolute joy now walking up and down the stairs. They are evenly spaced in height and wider!


Cost for this project was just under $150.00 and that is the cost of the wood. The tools, stain and muscle we keep in stock here.

Enlarging a small porch-patio

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some front porch sitting to do.

XO,

Christine


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