Modern Farmhouse Porch Reveal

Looking for front porch design ideas? Tour a beautiful modern farmhouse porch with rocking chairs, porch swing, and more.

two black rocking chairs on big ranch front porch | Maison de Pax

I feel like maybe this post should actually be titled “Modern Farmhouse Porch Progress” rather than “Modern Farmhouse Porch Reveal” because – truth be told – it’s far from finished. And that’s ok. There’s so much beauty to be found in the process.

black metal bistro set on front porch with text overlay: modern farmhouse patio ideas | Maison de Pax
black rocking chairs on a porch with austin stone and black windows | Maison de Pax

And I’m excited to share some of that with you today as part of the Summer Seasonal Simplicity tour hosted by my sweet friend Krista. If you’re visiting from Kim Power Style, welcome! I’m a mom of four (ages 2-9) living in the Texas hill country. We part-time homeschool, play lots of baseball, and spend as much time as we can out at Little Pax Ranch. To catch up on the story of the ranch house and why it’s so special to us, start here or browse all these posts about the property.

Farmhouse Porch Renovation

As you can see, we haven’t pulled a single weed or planted anything in the front yet (but we do have windows upstairs now!). Like I said, this is progress, not completion.

texas ranch facade with cedar posts and austin stone | Maison de Pax

But we have come a long way with this giant wrap around porch since the blue and yellow front door (unfortunately hidden by the storm door in all the pictures), the rusty scale, the red swing, and the broken plastic furniture.

austin stone and cedar facade with wrap around porch | Maison de Pax

concrete porch with cedar posts and railing | Maison de Pax

After a complete gut job on the home (not to mention adding an upstairs), we finally stayed out there with some extended family a couple weeks ago. And despite the amazing kitchen and stylish, comfortable living room, we spent 75% of the time drinking (hot coffee in the cool mornings and anything ice cold in the warm evenings 😉 ) out on the front porch in old, dirty, broken plastic adirondack chairs left by the previous owners. I decided at that point that creating a better outdoor living space on the front porch was the next major priority.

cedar posts and railings on porch with haint blue ceiling | Maison de Pax

Farmhouse POrch Decorating Ideas

Black porch swing

I haven’t done a ton yet, to be honest, but I did manage to accomplish my main front porch ideas on a pretty amazing budget. I knew I wanted as much comfortable seating in this outdoor space as possible (in line with the rustic-modern style home we’ve been creating out here). I also knew the new seating needed to be higher than the plastic adirondack chairs (which, unfortunately, were too low and put the porch railing right at eye level). The red porch swing had to go, and I thought black would be best to contrast the Austin stone and highlight the windows.

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black and white porch decor | Maison de Pax

A can of spray paint (and a team of 5 and 7 year old helpers) and the transformation was complete in a matter of about an hour. Adding a light throw and some pillows completed the look perfectly.

black wooden porch swing with black and white patterned pillows and black bistro set | Maison de Pax


Front porch rocking chairs

In addition to the swing, I thought some rocking chairs would be the perfect way to enjoy the view. Oddly enough (though fortuitous, to say the least!) I came across these rocking chairs at 75% off at my local store (yippee!), but they were all white (boo!). So I snagged four and a bunch of – you guessed it – black spray paint.

black wooden rocking chairs on Austin stone front porch | Maison de Pax

I ran out of spray paint (and daylight) before numbers 3 and 4 were finished, so I only staged 2 for you – ha! But there will be four eventually.

charming farmhouse porch with black rocking chairs and porch swing | Maison de Pax

When I caught some outdoor accent tables on major sale, as well, I realized that it was shaping up to be a wonderfully budget-friendly install! Always a win. 😉

perfect viewing porch on a Texas ranch home done in a modern farmhouse style | Maison de Pax


Front Porch Black Metal Bistro Set

Speaking of budget friendly, I am still amazed at what I found for this porch. The four rocking chairs totaled just $100, and then I found these beautiful modern farmhouse outdoor chairs at about the same price! That’s seating for 8 at $200.

black metal outdoor chairs and bistro table on wrap around porch with haint blue ceiling | Maison de Pax

I paired them with a table we already had and this beautiful rug. It’s subtle but adds just enough interest and definition for the space.

Texas hill country vacation home porch swing | Maison de Pax

If we ever add french doors to the dining room (which is just on the other side of that window), then this would make a perfect spill-over for larger dinner parties. As it is, though, my kids love the porch, almost as much as the adults do. It gets a wonderful breeze, and we regularly spot deer and even foxes from there, so they love to bring puzzles and board games and snacks out here. Previously, they happily sat on the ground… but now this little table will be the perfect spot for those games. And it’s not too shabby as a morning coffee spot, either!

Ranch Porch accessories

As I’ve said, the space still needs some work, but a few simple home decor accents make a big difference. There are several spots on the railing that could use a fresh coat of stain/sealer, and we need to remove a few flag holders (I’m not sure why we need four – ha!)… but the triangle is definitely staying. There’s nothing better than ringing everyone in for dinner.

relaxing modern farmhouse wrap around porch | Maison de Pax

Since the wrap around porch was original to the house, we didn’t make any changes to the front porch design during our renovation. We did, however, paint the front door black and add this beautiful black porch light. I’d love to eventually paint the storm door black, as well, but that may be a fall project. I’m not sure how many more 100+ degree outdoor work days I have left in me. 😉

black door, black porch light, and striped doormat on modern farmhouse porch | Maison de Pax


I also added some pots (naturally, since I am becoming the crazy plant lady). I just love the texture of these pots. I wanted them raised a bit, though, so I made these little cedar plant stands (tutorial coming soon!).

potted succulents in beautiful textured white pots with cedar stands | Maison de Pax

And since our visits to the ranch are not always super regular, succulents were the perfect solution… You can read all my tips for potting and caring for these wonderfully hardy plants here.

A new doormat finished off the front door, and more throw pillows on sale gave the full space a cozy feeling.

black and white modern farmhouse front porch decorating ideas | Maison de Pax


I’m excited to keep looking and tweaking the space. When the other two rocking chairs are ready, I’ll have to play with spacing, and I might even set some up on the side porch (which I opted not to photograph for you this time since it was housing all the painting supplies from this project!). Thankfully, the porch roof does a wonderful job of shading the space, so the furniture and pillows rarely get wet and only catch an hour or two of morning sun. I think (and hope) that will preserve the porch furniture well!

black rocking chairs on a white Austin stone porch with brown cedar posts and railings | Maison de Pax

Most importantly, though, this space is now more comfortable (not to mention stylish) for all those hours of sitting, chatting, and dreaming. Who knows, maybe it will even inspire us to actually do something with those front beds?

black metal bistro set with four chairs on outdoor patio | Maison de Pax

I hope you enjoyed this little tour of our rustic modern texas ranch porch. If you need me this summer, I’ll be out there with a cold glass of something as much as I can. 😉 Don’t forget to pin it, and be sure to continue the summer tours by visiting Jenna Kate at Home and browsing all the other tours below!

Long front porch with rocking chairs and cedar railing and text overlay: modern farmhouse porch ideas | Maison de Pax

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  1. The porch turned out so beautifully, Rachel! And the prices you managed to snag are unbelievable– best of both worlds! 🙂 Hope you’re having a wonderful week, my friend!

    ~Abby =)

  2. Your porch is so stunning, Rachel! I love the black with the natural wood color – the contrast is so pretty! So happy to be on this tour with you!

    xo Jenna

  3. Great job on the porch Rachel. Everything says come and sit down, enjoy the view. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

  4. Your porch is looking amazing. What a great place to sit and drink coffee. Love all the black.

  5. The porch looks so nice and inviting to sit and enjoy the beautiful scenery. You guys have done alot and it will be a great place for all your family and friends to enjoy.

  6. I never thought that a farmhouse porch could look so spectacular. Wow! I am completely blown away. Thank you for this incredible reveal.

  7. Unless I missed it, you didn’t address the porch ceiling color. If you painted it, can you please share the source?

    1. It was painted by the previous owners, so I’m afraid I don’t have a color for you. Sorry!

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