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