DIY White Front Porch Pergola (Add Curb Appeal to our Farmhouse on a Budget)

front porch pergola for our farmhouse

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.

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

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

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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

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Lastly, we primed & painted the front porch posts.

front porch pergola for our farmhouse - painting posts
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
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

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. 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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DIY Pallet Porch Sign

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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 :).

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