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I’ve been hiding something from you. ¬†Parts of our front porch have been in a state of DIY emergency ūüėĮ ! ¬†Welcome to our “Budget Friendly Mahogany Wood Front Porch Makeover” story & tutorial. ¬†I’m spilling the bricks¬†beans like I’m in therapy so buckle up.

It all started a couple years ago when I walked out the front door to shake some rugs out and my husband was out there putting some kind of clear caulk on parts of our front porch. ¬†Of course being the DIY lady that I am, I needed to know what the heck was going on. ¬†You see, there is a spooky storm room in our walk-out basement that is actually located “under” this porch. ¬†Rain was settling into the cracks of the brick/mortar and it was leaking down there. ¬†He was basically doing a quick fix for a huge problem. ¬†We were in denial for a couple years because we knew something like this would cost thousands of dollars to fix. ¬†Brick work is crazy expensive and actually the last dude wanted $6k ūüôĀ . ¬†We just didn’t want to spend that kind of money on brick and I knew one way or another we could do this ourselves. ¬†We just had to figure it out.

Did you know that you can put wood over old brick? This Budget Friendly Mahogany Wood Front Porch Makeover is so gorgeous!!

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****Warning: This project is not an easy DIY.  It is actually quite complex and requires someone that knows how to use large saws.  If you are not experienced in cutting wood, you should ask lumber yards to cut the wood for you.

So, we took it slowly. ¬†Last Summer if you follow me on Facebook¬†you may remember a few photos of the thin (real) brick floor that Rick put down on the porch. ¬†You can see it in the photo above. ¬†It’s that very top thin layer of brick. ¬†He really did a beautiful job and this first step solved our leaking problem. ¬†(If interested here’s the brick laying tutorial from our kitchen backsplash makeover. ¬†You can lay an exterior brick floor the exact same way, only you use an exterior flat brick sealer).

Did you know that you can put wood over old brick? This Budget Friendly Mahogany Wood Front Porch Makeover is so gorgeous!!

Okay, so the leak problem was fixed, and the floor looked great.  However, the face of the porch, the steps, and even the sidewalk (we are doing that next stay tuned) really looked horrible.  It kind of reminds me of teeth!  My porch had teeth you guys.  It got that way from us trying to fix the old mortar.  At this point we were so frustrated.  What were we going to do?  I think we called a few more guys to fix it, but they all wanted a lot of money, or had ideas of building new steps, etc.  No. No. No.  The steps are sturdy.  Even the bricks are sturdy.  We had to figure out another way.  A smarter, more frugal way.  Our way!  By the way, this only cost us $350.00 vs. $6,000.00 with the brick dude.

Did you know that you can put wood over old brick? This Budget Friendly Mahogany Wood Front Porch Makeover is so gorgeous!!

Then boom.  It came to me.  Wood.  I told my husband about the idea and he was on board pretty quickly.  The plan was to attach wood siding to the face of the porch in a planked fashion, and then build wood steps on top of our existing steps.  It was scary, but it was worth a shot.  After all, wood is a heck of a lot cheaper than the brick dude, and it will flow so nicely into our home where we have already added wood accents (see home tour here).

So, first we did the face of the porch with tongue & grove cedar wood siding that we stained and sealed, and then we did the steps with cedar wood siding and deck boards that we also stained and sealed (see full very detailed step-by-step tutorials from my husband below).

This is what it looks like now…

Did you know that you can put wood over old brick? This Budget Friendly Mahogany Wood Front Porch Makeover is so gorgeous!!

I definitely heard a few of your eye balls twitter. ¬†I know, it is a pure shocker to me, too. ¬†Honestly, I go out out there just to look at it, and sit on my steps. ¬†They don’t hurt my feet anymore so that is something I never really gave a thought to. ¬†Everything is nice and smooth and the sun even warms the wood up so it is like a heating pad.

Did you know that you can put wood over old brick? This Budget Friendly Mahogany Wood Front Porch Makeover is so gorgeous!!

Look, the teeth are gone!

Did you know that you can put wood over old brick? This Budget Friendly Mahogany Wood Front Porch Makeover is so gorgeous!!

I adore the rich tones of mahogany wood, so this really is a treat.  This obviously is not mahogany wood, but it sure looks like it after I used my favorite mahogany stain.  (See source list below.)

Did you know that you can put wood over old brick? This Budget Friendly Mahogany Wood Front Porch Makeover is so gorgeous!!

Here’s a great shot of the brick up against the red mahogany stain. ¬†It’s a combo I never grow tired of.

Did you know that you can put wood over old brick? This Budget Friendly Mahogany Wood Front Porch Makeover is so gorgeous!!

Did you know that you can put wood over old brick? This Budget Friendly Mahogany Wood Front Porch Makeover is so gorgeous!!

Before I get to my husband’s tutorial, I want you to know that we are switching out our shutters this weekend, so those will be coming up shortly. ¬†You can’t tell in this photo below, but they are cracking and falling apart (24 years old).

Did you know that you can put wood over old brick? This Budget Friendly Mahogany Wood Front Porch Makeover is so gorgeous!!

The wood theme is slowly spreading all across the exterior, just like it has in the interior, and the garage door is no exception (click link at end of post for more information on garage doors).

Did you know that you can put wood over old brick? This Budget Friendly Mahogany Wood Front Porch Makeover is so gorgeous!!

Budget Friendly Mahogany Wood Front Porch Makeover Tutorial

****Warning: This project is not an easy DIY.  It is actually quite complex and requires someone that knows how to use large saws.  If you are not experienced in cutting wood, you should ask lumber yards to cut the wood for you.

Supplies/Tools Needed:

(highlighted blue click for source)

Tapcon 1/4 concrete anchors 2 ¬ľ inches long

1 x 3 wolmanized furring strips

wolmanized 2×4‚Äôs

hammer drill

3/16 concrete hammer drill bit

cordless drill with phillips head driver

3/16 standard bit

#12 countersink drill bit

brad nailer

18-gauge brad nails 1 inch in length

cedar tongue and groove siding

1×8 cedar decking

2 1/2 decking screws

1X3 cedar trim board

table saw

miter saw

safety goggles & masks

mahogany red stain (Note:We prefer interior stain and exterior spar urethane for the protectant sealant.  We have used this method on exterior flower boxes and it works beautifully.)

spar urethan (for sealing vertical siding only)

Benjamin Moore Amourcoat -in natural color (for sealing flat deck boards where it can get slippery)

good paint brush

rags for staining

lots of gloves

drop cloths

Instructions:

To begin, safety is always the number one priority.  *This is a complex DIY project and should be done only by someone that knows how to use all saws/tools/products safely with all safety precautions being taken such as safety goggles, face masks, and open ventilation when staining, with appropriate disposal of rags and brushes.  If you are not experience with cutting wood, you should ask the lumber yard to cut it for you.

Measure the area where you are going to be installing the wood siding.  You will have to install the 1 x 3 wolmanized furring strips, 16 inches on center. This is what you will attach the siding to.

Starting at the corner of the porch, place a furring strip so that it begins at the edge of the corner. Mark the middle of the board.  You will use this mark to measure every 16 inches and center the remaining furring strips you plan to install on this mark.  Do this for each side of the porch you plan to install siding

Did you know that you can put wood over old brick? This Budget Friendly Mahogany Wood Front Porch Makeover is so gorgeous!!

Next, beginning at the corner, place a furring strip as marked and level the strip noting where the mortar lines in the brick pass behind the strip.  Mark two pilot holes in line with the mortar at the top and two pilot holes in line with the mortar at the bottom of the strip.  Take the standard 3/16 inch drill bit and drill pilot holes at each of the 4 marks in the strip.

Place and level the furring strip against the porch like before, and use the hammer drill with the 3/16 concrete hammer drill bit to score the mortar lines for drilling.  Drill pilot holes for the Tapcon 1/4 concrete anchors with the 3/16 concrete hammer drill bit.  Make sure you drill the appropriate length (length is noted on anchor package).

 You will have to counter sink pilot holes prior to installing the furring strip.  This is where the #12 Countersink Drill Bit comes in.  Use cordless drill with the countersink drill bit to counter sink each pilot hole in the furring strip.  This will allow the anchors to set passed the face of the furring strip so the siding makes a flush contact with each strip. Install the furring strip with Tapcon 1/4 concrete anchors using the cordless drill with phillips head driver.

 Repeat the process until all the furring strips have been installed.

 After installing the furring strips, you will need to install the outside trim at each corner.  Simply measure the length you need and cut your 1X3 Cedar Trim Board as needed.  Install by using your brad nailer shooting 18-gauge brad nails 1 inch in length at the top and bottom to set the trim in place.  Make sure you level the trim before nailing.  Do this for each corner.  Finish nailing the remainder of the board as needed to secure it to the furring strip.

 You are now ready to install the siding.  You can find instructions for installing tongue and groove siding here: DIY Laundry Room Tongue & Groove Wood Siding Wall.

Once the siding is installed, install trim at the top to complete the project.  We measured the width of the siding to determine the width of the trip board we needed.   Next we ripped 1X3 Cedar Trim to the desired measurement. Use a table saw if you have one.  A jig saw or a circular saw can also be used however, you should use extreme caution regardless of which saw you use.  Always familiarize yourself with the safe operation of any tool you use.  If you are not comfortable using a saw, have someone who has experience in this area, cut the boards for you.  We used a sander to round the edges of the ripped trim board to give it a finished look.

The stairs were installed using the same process.

Did you know that you can put wood over old brick? This Budget Friendly Mahogany Wood Front Porch Makeover is so gorgeous!!

Measure the area where you are going to be installing the decking on the stairs.¬† You will have to install the wolmanized 2×4‚Äôs, 16 inches on center across the stairs to attach the deck boards to the stairs.

Starting at the corner, place a 2×4’s cut to length so that begins at the edge of the corner and mark the middle of the board.¬† Just as with the porch, you will use this mark to measure every 16 inches and center the remaining 2×4‚Äôs you install.

Do this for each step and for the face of each step.¬†¬† You will have wrap the 2×4 around the face in order to install siding on the face of the step to finish it off.¬† You will also be installing siding on the side of the steps so repeat the process outlined above for installing the furring strips on the side of the stairs.

Next measure the stairs and determine the length of the decking boards you need.¬† Remember to allow for the siding you will be installing on the front and sides of the stairs and cut accordingly.¬† We wanted a ¬Ĺ overhang on the face of the stairs and 1 ¬Ĺ inch overhang on the sides.

Install the decking to the 2×4‚Äôs on the stairs using the cordless drill with phillips head driver and 2¬ľ decking screws.¬† Make sure to countersink the screws so they do not protrude above the decking.¬† Install the siding on the front and side of the stairs.

You will need to rip last piece of the siding and/or decking to finish the installation based on the space you are working with.  *Remember to use caution and have someone experienced rip the boards if you are not comfortable doing this safely.

Did you know that you can put wood over old brick? This Budget Friendly Mahogany Wood Front Porch Makeover is so gorgeous!!

All of the cedar was stained with our favorite mahogany stain, and sealed with our favorite spar urethane.  The steps can get slippery, so we opted for a deck sealer for the flat step area (all products are listed above).

Did you know that you can put wood over old brick? This Budget Friendly Mahogany Wood Front Porch Makeover is so gorgeous!!

 

Did you know that you can put wood over old brick? This Budget Friendly Mahogany Wood Front Porch Makeover is so gorgeous!!

Did you know that you can put wood over old brick? This Budget Friendly Mahogany Wood Front Porch Makeover is so gorgeous!!

Did you know that you can put wood over old brick? This Budget Friendly Mahogany Wood Front Porch Makeover is so gorgeous!!

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31 Responses

  1. Dad says:

    That is one GREAT JOB, Those Italians do it up the correct way, big time. love, Dad in NY

  2. JaneEllen says:

    Personally and know you didn’t ask -I love how the wood looks around the porch much better than the brick. Gives it more presence, so snazzy looking. Congrats to your Mr. for excellent job.
    If you’re going to do something do it well so you can look at it and be proud always. Smart idea gal. You two make a great pair in many ways. Happy weekend

  3. Pam says:

    Holy cow! That makes a huge difference. I’m saving this for future use because our porch is pretty much the same except lighter colored bricks. I haven’t attempted to “fix” any of the bricks yet, but I can see it coming. Love that it matches your garage door!

    • Julie says:

      Hi Pam! I didn’t even know this was possible. It adds a cottage feel to the porch as well. Less foo foo. So happy you like it and can possibly use it later. Let us know if you do ?

  4. ColleenB. says:

    Now that is a Double WOW factor.
    Your very talented man does Great work.
    Like your cute watch dog on your porch as well; making sure it’s all done right :} Cute addition to your front porch. Something to keep your frog company. :}

  5. pamela says:

    I love it you nailed it. It looks lovely

  6. Julie says:

    LOVE the new look! If my hubby was a skilled as yours, doing things around the house could be his full time job! haha Enjoy the new look because if you’re even close to being like me, you’ll be sitting outside even more so enjoying this new look. Make sure you give hubby a hug and a kiss! -)

  7. Pat M. says:

    It is beautiful. I love the mixture of the brick and the stained wood. I would love to do this flat brick/wood treatment on my little two step front door stoop that is now concrete. You’ve definitely given me something to think about. Also, how lucky are you to have a husband who can do this (and seemingly all other) types of construction??

  8. Kathy Grey says:

    Wow! Amazing!

  9. Rhonda says:

    Perfect. Your dads right, my Mr. Mancini does better job than hiring out. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Amy Carter says:

    The steps are absolutely gorgeous. I love them. Thanks for sharing with us.

  11. Jan says:

    Gorgeous and Creative! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Kyle says:

    Great Idea and love how it came out!

  13. Barbara says:

    It looks great! So neat and fresh! I bet you are loving sitting on those steps! Good job!

  14. Ivory says:

    Omg, how fanatic is this new steps/porch. Don’t get me wrong I love the bricks to. You have such fabulous creative taste, one I one never think to do, but wish I could be half as creative at my home. You for sure, found what you was born to do, decorate, design and create.

  15. Linda of No.Cal. says:

    Very N.I.C.E. !!!

  16. Kathy Lecompte says:

    Stunning. It’s beautiful!!!

  17. Ivory says:

    I can’t wait to take the 2018 journey with you, as you take our breath away with each fabulous post. You have NEVER disappointed. Thanks you. I am happy to ear that you will not be moving, instead, you will be showing us, your readers even more fabulous DIY’s. happy New Year to you and your family.

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