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. Sharing all the tips & tricks for how to add curb appeal with a pergola on the front porch with pictures.
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DIY White Front Porch Pergola to Add Curb Appeal to our Farmhouse
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Supplies Needed to Build a DIY Front Porch Pergola
- 2 by 10 Pressure Treated Boards
- 2 Porch Posts
- 2 Porch Post Brackets
- Screwdriver & screws
- Table saw
- Crown Molding
- (2) 1 by 8 PVC Boards
- Pin Nailer & nails
- 2 Wood Finials
- Primer & Paint
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 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.
Our Farmhouse before our Front Porch Pergola
Why we Chose a Pergola on the Front Porch rather than a Front Porch with a Roof
Why a pergola? Because it’s cheaper and easier than adding a covered front porch. 🙂 Bonus, you can have a pretty vine growing over it.
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.
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.
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.
Attaching the Front Porch Columns
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 board across the front of our porch connecting the two 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.
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.
Creating the Front Porch Pergola
We added a few more pressure treated boards going the opposite direction to create a lattice.
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 pergola a more beefy and finished look.
As a final finishing touch we add 2 finals left over from our previous arbor to the top of the two front porch columns.
Lastly, we primed & painted the front porch posts.
Adding front porch planters to our DIY Front Porch Pergola!!! (HERE)
I couldn’t be happier with how our front porch pergola turned out and can’t wait to decorate it for the fall. I hope this inspires you & answers all your questions about how to create a DIY front porch pergola at your home.
by Tara Lehman
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