Porch Remodel

The porch originally was going to be knocked down and due to that, I do not have many photos. We decided to keep it for a year or so, as we wanted to spend our money on landscaping first. Eventually we will knock it down and add french doors into the kitchen. For now, we decided to take advantage of the additional sq footage and make it a usable room!

This room had the white/yellow paint and the stick on flooring (like we replaced in the kitchen). It was really dirty and dingy. There is no electricity into the room, so we had to get creative. The walls are paneling and the outside of the house (which is REALLY REALLY hard to nail anything into!).



Kitchen looking into the porch/paneling


Paneling with stick on flooring


Nice yellow hue (ugh!)


Another view of the yellow/paneling


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We kept the flooring and just added a jute rug. The walls are painted with the leftover paint from the hallways.

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The chair was a “free find”! We bought the couch used. The little table was from a thrift store. Overall, this room was furnished for about $400.

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We used string lights for some ad hoc lighting (with an extension cord)


Instructions on how to paint strip (paint stripping 101) – our other built in saga

Paint stripping isn’t the most fun task but here are some step by step instructions to make it a little easier! You need to be 100% committed but the results will be worth it in the end.



Paint scraper

Sander or Manual with both 80 grit and 220 grit sand paper & steel wool (optional)

Lead paint test

Dust mask

Wood stain

Cheap paint brush


Cloth (for rubbing in the stain & finish)

Trash bin with liner

Paper or something to cover the floor you will be stripping over

Mineral spirits to clean paint brushes if you will use a brush (optional)

Wood conditioner (optional)

Tung oil or finish (optional)

Wood filler (optional)



Know what you’re getting into! This will consume a lot of time, especially if the project is large. We did 2 projects at once because we wanted to finish the stripping before our new hardwoods got installed.


Step 1

Get your supplies ready and prepare for the mess.

I personally liked the citristrip after I started originally with heavy duty paint stripper. The citristrip works just as well (if not better) but it is more expensive. However, after getting paint stripper accidentally on my skin and because I was doing this indoors, I went with citristrip. It smells like citrus and has a spongy texture and does not burn! It works in 30 min or less.


Step 2

Check for lead paint. I wore a dust mask any way because I did some dry chipping. If you can dry chip- it saves time so try to do that first.


Step 3

Put the paint stripper on until the paint bubbles and pulls away. Scrape away! Hint: the better quality scraper, the better experience you will have. We bought a $30 one halfway through. Continue stripping the layers away until the wood comes through. I found it better to let the layers dry in between stripping because it worked better. Once the wood comes through, it may be easier to finish with steel wool/sand paper.




Step 4

Sand! We used both a circular sander (auto) and an attachment dremel sander. The dremel sander tools can be hard to find, but was so helpful to get the tiny edges. We started out with 80 grit and then finished with 220 grit. Don’t forget to wear your mask. I would also suggest using a wood filler to patch up any holes. The wood filler will not look the same as the natural wood, but will take the stain. We only did this for a small area that had termite damage.



Step 5

Test your stain. We hated the first stain we started with so we did 4 additional stain test pieces before we found the one we liked.


You can paint the stain on with a paint brush. Let the stain sit up to 15 min and wipe it off with a cloth.


Step 6

Apply wood conditioner/pre stain, especially if you have exposed rough edges where the stain can soak in more or heavy grain. This will ensure a more even staining experience.


Step 7

Stain! Do this the same as your test piece. Leave on for 5-15 min and wipe off. Be careful that the stain doesn’t dry on one side if you have a big project. It can become sticky and glossy. If this happens, try using new stain over it and wiping it off. You can also sand it down as well. We did 2 coats of provincial hickory.


Step 8

Finish! I suggest Tung oil for a matte/natural finish, but you can use other finishes as well. You can rub this on with a cloth, let sit overnight, and rub off any excess.

Step 9 


(We still need to do the cabinet doors, but we need a break for now!)