Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Plans for 2013-Updating Curb Appeal

I'm really excited about all the fun changes we'll be bringing to our home in 2013, but I think working on the outside is what I'm looking forward to most. If your planning to sell soon or not, adding curb appeal to your home makes everything more cohesive. The outside of your home is the first thing guests see, why wouldn't you want to show your best face and give them a taste of the amazing things they'll see inside the home.

I love the outside of our home, we have a covered porch (something I've always wanted), shutters, and the perfect sized flower beds. But it's lacking that ability to draw someone in that I want my whole house to have. As usual, Mojo and I have set a tight budget for any outdoor updates so I'm sharing some easy and budget friendly ways we're planning to update our home that you can incorporate too.

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to add some character to your home is adding vinyl to the front door. I've seen a lot of people who put "welcome" or "no soliciting" but I love the idea of doing our street numbers on the door. It's absolutely adorable.

One thing both Mojo and I definitely want to do is replace our door. But that may not be in the budget so at the very least we plan to paint it. Right now our stucco is grey and our door is painted black. I'm thinking a fun yellow or navy blue would be nice. 

I'm not much of a gardener myself but I love these tiered planters and from what I've read their easy to make, and aren't that hard to take care of. 

Alright, so I haven't really sold Mojo on this idea-and I'm not totally sure how I feel about it yet. I love seeing it on other people's houses but I'm not sure about my own. That being said, this is another cheap way to update the house. Painting the garage-one suggestion I read was to paint your front door and your garage the same color to tie it all in. 

This is that I've wanted since we moved in. A porch swing. Right now we have two chairs we already had, but honestly-they're really boring. So, a porch swing is absolutely a necessity.

Another must have, window planters. We have two windows facing the front of our house and one on the side (that also faces a street). There are so many fantastic tutorials on how to make these at home, you can also buy them at any Home Depot or Lowes. 

And the last thing, that we'll be doing both in the front and back yard is adding lighting. I think it really helps make the house seem warmer. 

So to recap our goals for 2013 to help bring curb appeal to our house are-

1-Replace or Paint our front door

2-Add our house number to the front door in vinyl

3-Re-plant the flower beds

4-Make and install window planter boxes

5-Make terra cotta planters for the front porch

6-Find a swing for the porch

7-Add lighting to the front yard

8-Possibly paint the garage


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Aimee said...

We painted our garage and our front door a navy blue (our house is a light yellow color) and i love it. i definitely think you should paint your garage door too!

marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings said...

I'm getting so excited with all your plans don't forget to take before pictures!

Isabelle Thornton said...

Looks like amazing!!! Fun!
Happy New Year!

Nat said...

Our neighbors just painted their garage doors...creamy white to match their trim, but it looks brand new and crisp! I'd do it to match the bold front door! :) Can't wait to see what you do this year!

.michelle. said...

The outside is just as important as the inside when it comes to a house. These are such cute ideas to add some simple, but stunning pops to your house! So excited for you!