Before summer began, we participated in Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge linking event.  We tackled our outdoor living spaces – transforming and updating our porches.  Part of our plan was to paint and install shutters to the exterior of our home.  Time got the better of us, and we had the shutters painted but just couldn’t get them hung on the house in time for the big reveal.

Well guess what?! The shutters are up!

I really can’t take credit for this project.  My husband thrifted all of the shutters for our home.  He actually salvaged them from the numerous tear-downs that are occurring in our neighborhood.  He’d drive by a house that was doomed for the dust, and he’d stop and check out the shutters.  Right material?  Right size?  Most shutters now are plastic.  We really wanted wood shutters, and love the satisfaction that comes from thrill of the hunt and then salvaging a perfectly good piece of architectural detail.

As part of the porches makeover, I repainted our doors using Modern Masters Front Door Paint.  We just loved the color options, and were so pleased with how easy the paint went on, that we wanted to see how the paint would work on the shutters.  We chose Elegant from the Front Door Paint Collection.


Pursuing Vintage : Modern Masters Front Door Paint in ELEGANT

The painting part was seriously the easy part.  Hanging shutters is the not-so-easy part!  But they are up, and they look FAB-u-lous!

Pursuing Vintage : Front Door & Shutter Paint by Modern Masters

Modern Masters Front Door Paint on Shutters ELEGANT

The shutters really add that last bit of charm to our home that we were searching for.

My husband even found long shutters for our back porch door – something we’ve coveted on other homes for awhile!

Back Door : Modern Masters Front Door Paint : Pursuing Vintage

The shutter paint color looks wonderful with both of the door paint colors we used (Peaceful and Sophisticated from the Front Door Paint Collection).

We are so happy with how it all looks – and we’re looking forward to some cooler weather around the corner so we can actually enjoy sitting on our porches again!  (Humidity in DC in August is horrrrrible!).

Pursuing Vintage : Front Door Paint by Modern Masters


This is a sponsored post.  Pursuing Vintage was compensated with product by Modern Masters.  The company did not tell me what to write – all opinions are mine.

One Room Challenge Linking Participant

It’s here!  Week 6 of Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge!  Reveal Day!

I chose to makeover my side screen porch, my back porch, and front porch.  The side screen porch was the biggest job, but all three spaces needed a facelift.  You can see the original plan here.

For the most part, we accomplished what we wanted to.  Here are a few of the before photos with the punch list.

The Front Door : Pursuing Vintage : ORC : Punch List

The Screen Porch : Pursuing Vintage : ORC : Punch List

The Back Porch : Pursuing Vintage : ORC : Punch List

Let’s take a look at the front of the house first.

Pursuing Vintage : Front Porch Makeover

My husband took the lead here.  He took salvaged wood pieces and built the flower boxes.  He also took a second-hand light, painted it black, and created the board to mount it on.

Pursuing Vintage : Front Door Light

I painted the front door “Sophisticated” red using Modern Masters Front Door Paint.  (Tune in next week for a detailed write up about painting my doors!).

Pursuing Vintage : Red Front Door Brass Knocker

Pursuing Vintage : Salvaged Wood Flower Boxes

Pursuing Vintage : Red Front Door : Brass Details

Now for our back porch, which we use much more than our front porch!  It’s actually the door everyone comes to when they visit.

Pursuing Vintage : Back Porch Makeover Red White Blue

We added some potted ferns and a new doormat.

Pursuing Vintage : Back Porch : Blue Door

I painted the back door this beautiful “Peaceful” blue using Modern Masters Front Door Paint.

Pursuing Vintage : Blue Back Door

We also spray painted our old doorknocker, and turned it into a more glamorous gold pineapple.

Pursuing Vintage : Gold Pineapple Door Knocker

We repainted our vintage mailbox with a fresh coat of black paint.

Pursuing Vintage : Vintage Mailbox

Pursuing Vintage : Patriotic Back Porch Makeover

We repainted our Adirondack chairs and made them a candy apple red.  We added flag art that our kids painted, and a stars and stripes pillow on the rocker to pull it together.

Pursuing Vintage : Patriotic Back Porch

We found these cool antique brass tags at an antique store and attached one to each chair.

Pursuing Vintage : Red Chair with Vintage Tag

Our screen porch was the largest job.  We had a contractor re-frame, screen, and replace the door.  We painted the floor, and added our decor.  We are LOVING this space and the boys enjoy eating their breakfast outside.

Pursuing Vintage : Screen Porch Interior

Pursuing Vintage : Screen Porch Makeover

I found the vintage rattan furniture and purchased new cushions and a rug.  The little table – you’re not going to believe this – was only THREE DOLLARS at our preschool resale fundraiser.  I figured that I couldn’t go wrong for $3, and I can replace it anytime and not feel guilty about it.  But it’s actually the perfect size for the kids to sit at and it doesn’t take up too much room in this small space.

Pursuing Vintage : Screen Porch Makeover with Vintage Accessories

It totally bugs me that the contractor said we had to wait several months before we could paint the wood framing because the wood had to dry out.  (?)  I’m just going with it – and we’ll go through and repaint all the white trim next year.

Pursuing Vintage : Rattan Chair

Pursuing Vintage : Rattan Loveseat

To style the table, I shopped my own Pursuing Vintage Shop inventory.  I picked up some brass candle holders and a blue and white small jardiniere.

Pursuing Vintage : Styled Table on Screen Porch

We added a “K J” planter (our initials).  The planters were used at our outdoor wedding (7 years ago in September!).

Pursuing Vintage : Jade Plant

And, of course, I’ll be drinking many glasses of wine in my new porch – and this bottle bears our family name, so it’s the perfect first bottle to enjoy on the porch!

Pursuing Vintage : Details of Screen Porch


I am so happy with all of the work we did, and the impact all these little updates had on the exterior of our home.  We gained a living space, increased curb appeal, and cleaned up some areas of neglect.  We have a few things we’d still like to accomplish this summer, such as painting the porch ceilings and hanging the shutters (they’re painted and ready to go!).  But there are several months of warm weather ahead of us, and this six week challenge has got me on a roll!

I can’t believe I’ve now completed my third One Room Challenge!  (You can see my Mudroom Makeover and Powder Room Makeover here).

If you haven’t already, take a look at all the other amazing makeovers from the ORC Official Participants and the ORC Linking Participants.

A HUGE Thank You to Linda at Calling it Home for hosting yet another fun and productive ORC!  Linda, I have you to thank for helping motivate me to get (now THREE!) spaces completed!

Check back next week for more details about how I painted my front door and back porch door (even the inside of one!  I’ll show you the photo next week!) and shutters for the entire house.


One Room Challenge Linking ParticipantHellllloooo WEEK FIVE!  Here we are, five weeks into the One Room Challenge Linking Event!  I am so pleased with all that my hubby and I have accomplished this past week.  Some quick background information: I am updating and giving makeovers to my front porch, side screen porch, and back porch.  You can see the original master plan here.

A lot of details, and I don’t want to spoil the big reveal next week, so here are a couple of glimpses.

Check out this pretty bargain I picked up at Marshalls!  It was … wait for it … on CLEARANCE!  Total score!

Pursuing Vintage / ORC / Porch Makeover

A also added some plants to the screen porch (you’ve already seen this sneak peek if you follow me on Instagram!).

Pursuing Vintage / ORC / Screen Porch Makeover

We have also spent a fair amount of time painting this past week.  My hubby has been painting the shutters using Modern Masters Front Door Paint.  It’s super easy to use, and is looking great!

Pursuing Vintage / ORC / Modern Masters Paint

I started painting our front door another shade of red.  Not a huge change, but the old coat of paint was worn and it was a task that needed to be done.  As with the shutters, I’m using Modern Masters Front Door Paint – the fabulous color is called “Sophisticated”.  (I’ll be writing about the whole painting experience in more detail after the ORC is over – be sure to stop back!).

Pursuing Vintage / ORC / Modern Masters Paint


I’m so excited with how everything is turning out, and I just can’t wait to show you next week at the big reveal!

Check out all the other amazing ORC Linking Participants, and the Official ORC Participants.  There is some serious talent there, and you will certainly be inspired!