Before and after views of a building entrance where the exterior has been repainted from white to black, including the door, railing, and beams.

Painting your front porch like a pro can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are 10 easy steps to follow for a successful and beautiful outcome. Start by power washing your porch to remove dirt and debris, then filling any holes or cracks with an appropriate filler. Next sand the surface for better adhesion. Mask off any sides you don’t want covered in paint, cover surrounding areas with drop cloths, and apply a coat of primer. Once the primer has dried it’s time for the finishing touches: use quality exterior paint, apply with a brush in one direction, use long strokes when painting corners and trim work, work from top to bottom (start on the ceiling if applicable), add two coats as necessary, and ensure each layer is dry before applying the next layer. Following these steps will leave you with a professional looking finish that will hold up through many seasons ahead!