DIY Beautiful Front Porch Pergola (Easy DIY Project to Add Curb Appeal to the Front of Your House on a Budget)

Every farmhouse needs a front porch! Sharing how we created a front pergola for our farmhouse for around $300!!! #Farmhouse #diy #farmhousefrontporch #pergola #curbappeal #frontporchpergola https://lehmanlane.net

Every farmhouse needs a front porch & we built a beautiful white DIY front porch pergola for under $300 using some repurposed wood from our former backyard deck to add character to the front our house.

Sharing all the tips & tricks for how to add curb appeal by adding a DIY pergola to the flat front of our house with a tutorial on how we built our DIY front porch pergola & attached it to the front of our farmhouse with pictures included.

*post updated 5/22 after we gave our farmhouse an upgrade with new white siding & our DIY front porch pergola new PVC trim & finials

DIY White Front Porch Pergola to Add Curb Appeal to our Farmhouse

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Every farmhouse needs a front porch! Sharing how we created a front pergola for our farmhouse for around $300!!! #Farmhouse #diy #farmhousefrontporch #pergola #curbappeal #frontporchpergola https://lehmanlane.net

That time has come, when my kiddos head back to school a little taller, nervous, & definitely excited about the new school year. 

As per our tradition, I have each of them stand for the first day of school pictures on our front porch. 

The exciting thing about this year was that they are standing under our new front porch pergola.

Whoop! Whoop! 

Our farmhouse has been screaming for a front porch pergola ever since we moved in! 

While we have been making changes to the front of our farmhouse over the years like adding new lighting, rocking chairs, our pallet sign and new landscaping we still really wanted to add a front porch pergola to add more character & curb appeal to the flat front of our farmhouse.

Supplies & Tools Needed to Build a DIY Front Porch Pergola

  • 2 by 10 Pressure Treated Boards
  • 2 Porch Posts
  • 2 Porch Post Brackets
  • Screwdriver & screws
  • Hammer & Nails
  • Table saw
  • Crown Molding
  • (2) 1 by 8 PVC Boards
  • Pin Nailer & nails
  • 2 PVC Finials from Amazon (HERE)
  • Primer & Paint

Our Flat Farmhouse Before our DIY Front Porch Pergola

Farmhouse front porch - curb appeal reveal

Why we Chose a Pergola on the Front Porch rather than a Front Porch with a Roof

Why a front porch pergola?

Because it’s cheaper and easier than adding a covered front porch. ūüôā 

Bonus, you can have a pretty vine growing over it that adds even more color & curb appeal to the front of your house! 

I don’t have a ton of step by step pictures from this project because Jason did most of the work and I forgot to remind him to take pics along the way.

Instructions for How to Build a DIY Front Porch Pergola

Taking down the Old Faux Porch Beam

The first thing we did was take down the faux beam that required the tall members of our family… def not Jason & I to duck down before going through our front door. 

To read my 3 Reasons to take down faux beams in your house (see that HERE)

Replacing the Missing Siding on the Front Porch

He replaced the missing siding with some leftovers from the garage and used one side of the faux beam to cover the opening from where it had once been.

front porch pergola for our farmhouse - taking down the faux beam

Securing the Pressure Treated Board to our House

Using pressure treated boards from the back deck we took apart, he mounted one to the house to attach the pergola to with exterior bolts. 

Attaching the Front Porch Columns to the Front porch Pergola

We found some pre primed white porch posts at Lowes for $90 each and decided to use them to attach the other end of the pergola to. 

Connecting the Columns to the House

Jason then added a pressure treated board across the front of our new DIY pergola connecting the two porch posts.

front porch pergola for our farmhouse - adding porch posts

The porch posts were attached to our bluestone patio with post bases. 

Jason drilled holes in the stone and screwed the posts into the brackets with masonry screws.

front porch pergola for our farmhouse - porch post base

Cutting the Lattice Boards Down to the Right Size

Using a table saw Jason zipped down a few boards to go across the top of the posts for a vine to climb through.

front porch pergola for our farmhouse - boards

Creating the Front Porch Pergola

front porch pergola for our farmhouse - pressure treated boards

We added a few more pressure treated boards going the opposite direction to create a lattice.

Every farmhouse needs a front porch! Sharing how we created a front pergola for our farmhouse for around $300!!! #Farmhouse #diy #farmhousefrontporch #pergola http://lehmanlane.net

Jason faced our front porch pergola with 1 by 8 PVC boards & some PVC trim to make it look nice.  

He also added crown & trim with PVC boards to give our front porch pergola a more beefy and finished look.

Every farmhouse needs a front porch! Sharing how we created a front pergola for our farmhouse for around $300!!! #Farmhouse #diy #farmhousefrontporch #pergola http://lehmanlane.net

As a final finishing touch we add 2 finals left over from our previous arbor to the top of the two front porch pergola columns.

Every farmhouse needs a front porch! Sharing how we created a front pergola for our farmhouse for around $300!!! #Farmhouse #diy #farmhousefrontporch #pergola http://lehmanlane.net

Lastly, we primed & painted the front porch posts.

front porch pergola for our farmhouse - painting posts

Adding front porch planters to our DIY Front Porch Pergola!!! (HERE)

front porch planters for our pergola - stone planters and fall porch

I couldn’t be happier with how our front porch pergola turned out and can’t wait to decorate it for the fall.

DIY Pergola for the Front of Our Farmhouse with New White Siding & Red Farmhouse Front Door

We recently added new gorgeous white siding to our farmhouse & gave our DIY front porch pergola an upgrade with more PVC trim & PVC finials.

Every farmhouse needs a front porch! Sharing how we created a front pergola for our farmhouse for around $300!!! #Farmhouse #diy #farmhousefrontporch #pergola #curbappeal #frontporchpergola https://lehmanlane.net

The new white siding, white trim & red windows & doors adds so much character to our century old farmhouse.

Every farmhouse needs a front porch! Sharing how we created a front pergola for our farmhouse for around $300!!! #Farmhouse #diy #farmhousefrontporch #pergola #curbappeal #frontporchpergola https://lehmanlane.net

To find more information about our white siding (go HERE), red farmhouse door & exterior lights (HERE), antique bell (HERE) & copper bay window (HERE)…

We moved our front porch planters closer to our front door & I recently added a sweet autumn clematis vine (just like the one growing on our DIY arbor HERE) to grow on our DIY front porch pergola & add more greenery to the front of our farmhouse.

We plan on adding more DIY lattice (like this one HERE) to help the beautiful vine grow up & over our DIY front porch pergola.

I will update this post in the future with some more pictures once we finish our DIY lattice wall for our new flowering vine.

I hope this inspires you & answers all your questions about how to create a DIY front porch pergola for the front of your home!

by Tara Lehman

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Comments

  1. will you eventually paint/stain the treated cross beams of the pergola? We just replaced ours in April/May and are awaiting the “age” process and then will stain. The first time we didn’t use pressure treated crossbeams and after many years of NC winters, snow, rain, and humidity they rotted. This time we used our brains and bought pressure treated 2×4’s. The house looks wonderful and I can’t wait to see what you do for fall.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by to see our front porch pergola Susan! We haven’t decided whether or not to stain it and are leaning towards letting it go. We still need to decide what vine we plant first. If we go with ivy or a climbing hydrangea we might just leave it as is so as not to have to sand and re-stain it every few years :).

  2. Thank you for posting your project! I have a very similar set-up, but my pergola will only be 4′ deep. Like you, I have a lot of the materials left over from other projects. I am going to wrap my posts in vinyl, though. I have been pouring over pictures of pergolas for months- and when i found yours I was so excited. I had not seen one framed – it is much more “front of the house” looking than most. I can’t wait to get started! Thank’s again for posting this! I’ll come back and post the picture of mine when I get done.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my DIY front porch pergola Linda! Best of luck on your pergola project & I do hope you come back to share pics of yours!!!

      1. We finished the pergola! It turned out amazing. I added lattice to one side to provide shade for our front door. I wish I could post a picure, but I can’t see how to do it. Thank you again for posting your inspiring project.

        1. Yay, that is awesome Linda! I am so glad you guys were able to add a DIY front porch pergola to your home & I will try & find the pinned picture you shared! Love the idea of adding lattice to side for shade too.

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