How to Style a Front Porch

-by Kym Kelly

As we come and go in our busy daily lives, we often stop seeing our surroundings through other’s eyes. A neglected front porch that accumulates miscellaneous odds and ends may not seem like a big deal, but to a new visitor or potential buyer it can be a real turn off. Even on a budget, some small touches, such as a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint on the front door, can really boost a first impression. And, with the addition of a few furnishings, your porch can add real value; creating a welcoming transitional space between the outdoors and indoors.

How to style a front porch

Even a small porch can be made to feel welcoming by updating the light fixture, adding a fun little sign, and a well placed chair, as seen in this picture.

After a good freshening up, consider the size of your porch and your home’s architectural details. You want to make sure people can easily access the steps and front door and not feel crowded with too much furniture or accessories. You will also want to create a style that compliments the exterior of the home, as well as reflects the personality of the home’s interior.

For those lucky enough to have a big front porch, making it into additional usable living space can be a challenge. For years, the porch at our house was left totally blank, other than a seasonal wreath on the door and a welcome mat. I had this idea in my head that it needed to be accessorized with beautiful rocking chairs, wicker love seats and tables, fantastic carpets, lush ferns and gorgeous potted plants just like in the magazines. I wanted it all, but wasn’t ready to pay the $2,000+ to create that style.  Finally, I began to look at items I already owned and scoured second hand stores to find items in my budget that would turn my porch from a boring entry to a bonus living area for our home. Now, our front porch has become my favorite room and I look forward to freshening it up each season by changing the plants and other accessories.

front porch

A customer of ours in Florida sent us this picture to let us know how amazing the
custom stained Western Red Cedar Shingles we provided look on her home (p.s. we love
customer photos!). I adore the sweet style she created on her porch with the vintage day bed and loads of pillows. She lives close to the ocean, so the simple addition of some “beachy” accessories completes this outdoor space perfectly. Note how the color palette of accessories complements the shingles, which we custom coated with a semi-transparent stain called Water Lily. So inviting!

Western Red Cedar Shingles

So, when you go home tonight, take a good, hard look at your entry and begin to think of items you already own that you might be able to add to bring a little personality and style to your front porch. Scour garage sales or thrift stores for a fun piece of furniture and maybe add a fresh coat of paint to the piece to bring additional color to your porch. Next, add some softness with pillows, candles (I buy the inexpensive ones at the Dollar Store), seasonal flowers and accessories.

A well styled porch welcomes you home every day!

Before your next project, be sure to visit us! We ship nationwide ~ Specializing in Premium Forest Products in Western Red Cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar and Douglas Fir , as well as other exotic and domestic hard and soft woods.

www.CedarCountryLumber.com

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington, WA

360.757.6343

Pre-Stained and Pre-Primed Western Red Cedar Shingles

Made from high-quality Western Red Cedar, renowned for even grain, weather resistance, thermal insulation and longevity, our pre-stained or pre-primed shingles are available in natural, sanded and grooved finishes, as well as fancy cuts.

Readily available “off the shelf” (as a special order) in 6 beautiful colors, as well as a transparent Cedar Tone, or in any custom color desired, including treatment with bleaching oil, our pre-stained Western Red Cedar Shingles can add a stunning signature look to any building, combined with lasting durability.

“Off The Shelf” Semi-Solid Oil Stain Colors

Water Lily

Coastal Mist

Iron Stone

 Traditional Brick

Beach Pebble

Thisis Brown

Teal Cedar Pre-stained shingle colors

  • Red Cedar Transparent Stain available with a 5 year warranty
  • Bleached Shingles are a mix of 50/50 Bleaching Oil and Cabot Driftwood Grey Stain
  • Custom pre-stained shingles are available using a quality brand of oil-based semitransparent, semi-solid or solid one coat finishes, including General Paint Products. Custom colors available.
  • Pre-stain and pre-prime (in grey or white) is available for natural, grooved, sanded and fancy cut shingles
  • #1-16”, 18” & 24” Rebutted & Rejointed (R&R) Shingles, 100% vertical grain, 100%
    heartwood
  • #2-16”, 18” & 24” Rebutted & Rejointed Shingles
  • For more information on the grades, sizes and definition of Western Red Cedar shingles, please check out our previous blog post by clicking HERE

prestained western red cedar shingles

Installation and Care of Western Red Cedar Shingles

Western Red Cedar Shingles owe their beauty, color, durability and resistance to decay and insects to the presence of natural tannins produced during normal growth. These natural extractives in Western Red Cedar are water-soluble and may lead to discoloration of finishes on the exposed surface of the shingle. Discoloration from extractives usually appears when moisture from inside the home travels through the shingle to the exposed surface. As the moisture evaporates it may leave reddish-brown vertical streaks. This discoloration is not caused by the stain, the paint or any manufacturing process.

Cedar Shingles should always be stored in a dry, well-ventilated location. You must keep
the product dry throughout the application process. You also must take steps to minimize or eliminate interior sources of moisture before and after sidewall shingle application including, but not limited to the following:

  • Maintain low interior humidity levels (this is the most common source of extractive
    discoloration)
  • Ensure proper ventilation during drywall installation, texture spraying, painting or any other process which increases humidity inside the building. It is more likely that
    extractive bleeding will occur if these processes are not completed prior to application of the sidewall shingles
  • Apply over dry panels (OSB or plywood)
  • Use kiln dried studs

To minimize the potential for extractive discoloration, our supplier ensures that the shingles are dried to a moisture content that is less than 15%. They also coat the entire shingle with a primer, paint or stain. Shingles coated with an oil based solid primer that have a finished coat applied over the primer are less likely to experience extractive discoloration. Semi-solid, semi-transparent, and clear stains offer less protection.

Extractive discoloration may also be caused by external sources such as rain, dew and/or water from a faulty roof and gutter drainage. These  water sources combined with dust and other matter may cause stains on the exposed area of the shingle, which is not the failure of the shingle, paint or stain.

Stain absorption may vary due to the density and/or porosity of old growth Western Red Cedar fiber, as well as color variations in the actual shingles. The final color of stain and how it adheres/absorbs into the material will vary. Due to this, color matches are not guaranteed to exactly match any previous sample or order.

In some cases, certain coatings are “1 coat only” applications. However, a second field coating is recommended after the stain has cured for best stain performance. Prior to any field coating, test a small inconspicuous area for proper absorption. Back brushing is recommended.  Be sure to not over apply the stain or paint.

Western Red Cedar Stained Shingles

Limited warranties on coating/finishes are offered through the coating/finish manufacturer.

“Off the Shelf” Colors, as well as Pre-Primed & Pre-Stained Shingles are brought in per-order and do require a small lead time. Sorry, we are unable to accept any returns or exchanges on special order items, such as these.

Because Western Red Cedar and Alaskan Yellow Cedar is only grown in the Pacific Northwest where Cedar Country is located, we are YOUR premium source for Cedar Shingles and Shakes. We ship nationwide from one bundle or carton to full truck loads and extremely competitive pricing ~ even with freight.

Before your next project, be sure to visit us!

www.CedarCountryLumber.com

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington, WA 98233
Toll Free Phone (866) 757.6343    Fax (360) 757.1050

Fancy Cut Shingles

As a direct importer for Teal Cedar Shingles, we are pleased to offer  Fancy Cut Western Red Cedar Sidewall Shingles made to exacting standards in tribute to old-world charm and craftsmanship.

Western Red Cedar Fancy Cut Shingles

With 10 classic shapes available, these beautiful Fancy Cut Western Red Cedar Shingles will help you add fantastic character and personality to any residential or commercial project.  By incorporating these decorative shingles into your exterior design, you can accent gables, roofs and windows; create eye-catching entryways or fences.   You can weave natural warmth and elegance to your interior design, as well, by using them to accent walls or to highlight your structure’s unique architectural features. Nothing warms an interior quite like real wood.  Because of the natural properties of Western Red Cedar, these shingles work well in high humidity areas including greenhouses, saunas, atriums and pools.

Indoors and out, Fancy Cut Shingles are a timeless favorite of architects, contractors and homeowners around the world, providing warmth and beauty, as well as a wide range of ways to express creativity and make a custom project truly unique.

Western Red Cedar Fancy Cut Shingles

 

Product Specifications

  • Manufactured from Western Red Cedar Shingles
  • Clear Heartwood, No DefectsPrestained Shingles
  • 10 Patterns to Choose From
  • 3″ & 5″ widths, 18″ & 24″ lengths
  • Code conforming Class “C” and “B” fire rated & CCA Treatments also available
  • Carton Coverage: Sidewall exterior exposure 7 1/2″ max = 25 sq ft
  • Interior sidewall 10″ max = 33 sq ft
  • Available Primed as well as Pre-stained
  • Custom Cuts and finishes to order

 

Fancy Cut Western Red Cedar Shingle Patterns

 Because of the natural properties of Western Red Cedar, fasteners should be corrosion resistant.  We recommend using stainless steel, aluminum or hot-dipped galvanized fasteners when installing any Western Red Cedar product, including Western Red Cedar Shingles.   1-1/4″ nails are suitable for 16″ or 18″ shingle installation at standard exposures and placed 1″ in from the edge and 1″ – 2″ above the line of the next course of shingles.  These Fancy Cut Western Red Cedar Shingles should be installed about 1/8″ between each other.

Your Fancy Cut Western Red Cedar Shingles may be left unfinished.  Those installed outdoors will weather to an attractive silver grey; indoors they will darken and change based on the amount of direct sunlight they receive.  If you choose to apply a finish to your Fancy Cut Shingles, we recommend doing so before they are installed to ensure even protection on all four sides.  Use a good quality, top grade oil based stain, primer and/or paint.

Before Your Next Project, be sure to visit us!

We Ship Nationwide!

www.CedarCountryLumber.com

Toll Free 1.866.757.6343