DIY Carpet Installation – Mini Porch Makeover

Our porch got a mini makeover with a DIY Carpet Installation.

I gave my porch an easy update with new carpet that I installed myself.  The color was chosen to camouflage muddy paw prints.  virginiasweetpea.com

Do you have projects that you’ve thought about doing for years but never taken action to complete?  Please tell me that it is not just me…

Our house has a side porch that we use as our main entry.  It has Plexiglass panels that cover screens so it’s almost like a sunroom making it usable year-round.  We use the porch like a mudroom:  shoes go on and off there; Sherman’s collar and leash are stored there; and we leave our coats and umbrellas there when it’s raining.

The carpet on this porch has bugged me for a number of years because it never looks clean and bringing Sherman and his muddy paws into the equation has made it even worse.  This carpet was installed by the former owner and is at a minimum, 30 years old.  I’ve been wanting to replace it for a long time and this week I finally did.

DIY carpet installation on our porch

I started by rolling up the old carpet and moving it to the middle of the room.  I cleaned the woodwork, windows, and the floor and then gave the floor and door threshold a fresh coat of paint.   Painting our porch floor

The next day I went to a locally owned carpet store and purchased new carpet.  Once I got it home, I wrestled it off the back of the truck and unrolled it on the driveway face down.

How to cut carpetto size

I then wrestled the old carpet off the porch and unrolled it onto the new carpet so that I could use it as a template.

DIY carpet installation

Using the old carpet as a template worked like a charm; the new carpet fit perfectly around the porch’s nooks and crannies.

How to cut carpet so that it fits perfectly

I am so glad that I finally took the initiative to get this project done.  An afternoon of cleaning and painting and a few hours spent shopping and cutting the carpet to size was well worth my time.

Install new carpet on a porch to give it a fresh look.

This color of carpet was a practical choice, not one based on my preference.  Sherman and Mr. SP do a lot of walking in nearby construction areas and can’t help but to track red Virginia clay onto the porch.  This color should camouflage any stain that may result.

New carpet on our porch will hide tracks from Virginia clay.

Now that everything is clean and there’s new carpet, I am going to be sure to enjoy spending some time on the porch over the 4th of July weekend.

Updating the carpet on our porch was an easy DIY.  We chose a color that will camouflage muddy paw prints.  virginiasweetpea.com

What projects have you been avoiding?   ‘Fess up…I know it’s not just me!


  1. Great job on the carpet replacement. It looks really good, and I love your dog mat 🙂 I’m usually slow about getting projects done, but I’m so desperate to make our rental house more homey, I’ve been knocking off lots of little projects! Well, OK, hubby helps with some of them, like hanging a chandelier on a 14′ high ceiling, but most things I’m doing myself 😀 Happy July 4th to you!

  2. Your sunroom/mudroom is such a great space to have! I can imagine how nice it must be to have a new carpet in there.
    Mary Alice

  3. You go girl! I love that you just got this done! Such a good idea using the old carpet as a template. No math needed! It looks so good, plus it must be so nice to have a color that will camouflage that good ole Virginia clay!

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