Remember when I told you about our plan for  front doors…they are really such a perfect addition for the front of our home. The stain we used was called Walnut GelStain and it is made by Minwax. We love how it went on so naturally onto a vinyl surface. I think it is a very believable “wood” look. We love it so much we are going to have the shutters stained to match.

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The spring weather has me thinking and dreaming of our front porch plans again. While returning something to Homegoods this past weekend I saw these fabulous planters. I love them! When I got back home with my beloved planters….I placed them on the porch and was irritated I couldn’t really see them because of these two overgrown evergreens. What’s a girl to do? My hubs saw me standing out in the middle of the yard, eyeballing the front porch (hand on my chin…scratching my head..) he knows that I am about to come up with something to do…he try’s to not make eye contact….knowing what I am going to say about the 2 irritating bushes. (see the instagram chat here….trying to keep it clean people)


Such a good guy…he knows me so well ;)

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And after he says to me….”why did we wait so long to do that? It looks 300% better!!” (hubby-points fo sur) . I love how open the front porch seems now…just with removing those overgrown bushes.

I found some large holly plants at Costco for about $17 each…

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Pillow and chair are from Homegoods and the outdoor rug is from


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It is looking updated and fresh….and very springy. (Wish me luck on keeping the hollys alive :)

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Putter approves….

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I will share another post soon after the shutters are stained this week to match the doors.


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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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  1. I’ve been waiting for months for a front door update. Last you spoke of it, you said it had been too cold to stain the doors. I was so excited to see this post :) I absolutely love them….just gorgeous! Can’t wait to see how the shutters turn out (don’t leave me hanging for months on that one, ok? ha! ha! ha!)

    1. Will do! :) I’ll try my best :)

  2. Thank you for sharing! I am wanting to do something different with my entrance and I am liking your style!! Saw you on TT&J

  3. I love your porch makeover!! I especially love that outdoor rug and the big pots for the holly plants!! You did a great job! And your hubs is right lol. I just gave my porch a little makeover too. It really needed it as well;)

    Jenny from

  4. Looks just like a wood door! Love your rug too :)

  5. The double front doors are lovely, and I also think the rug and pillow and pots are fabulous as well. Beautiful porch!!
    Krista @thehappyhousie

  6. LOVE the rug and the planters… HomeGoods can be dangerous to my pocket book :) The story about you standing in your yard and thinking and your husband wondering what you were scheming is TOO funny!

  7. This is gorgeous! I’m so glad I found your beautiful blog!! I’m your newest follower ;)
    Jamie @

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