The weather’s warmer, and let’s face it, most of us are stuck at home. Personally, I’m trying to take every day in stride, and finding ways to make the most of this “at-home” situation. Most days, this means I feel productive if I slip into a pair of pants rather than spend the day in my well-loved sweats, but hey, here’s to trying. On that note, I’ve been thinking about ways I can safely spend my time, get outdoors, and do something to make my home feel a little homier. Ambitious, I know.
That being said, I decided to start out by tending to my home’s front garden, and in turn, I found myself taking a long look at the outside of my home. Let’s just say, I wasn’t impressed. I take pride in the interior of my home being a reflection of myself, but the exterior felt lackluster at best. I guess I found my next project. If your home’s exterior needs a little sprucing up as well, you can join me on this (mostly) DIY journey to boost your home’s curb appeal.
First Things First
Now, it’s totally up to you whether or not you start out with the small(ish) DIY projects or go big right from the start. For me, I knew there was a lot I could change about the exterior of my home without spending a fortune. This way I knew I could save my money to invest in bigger exterior projects. So, let’s say you’re on a budget, but want to make a major visual impact
- Paint that front door! Hey there pal. I’m talking directly to you, my front door. You’re a dingy off-white color laden with scuff marks from dogs paws and large furniture items being brushed roughly against you. What’s a door to do? Don’t fear, you still have nice lines, so I’ll give you a good coat of paint.
Okay, so in all seriousness, it is hilariously easy to repaint your front door. If you already like the shape and lines of your current door, but want to make a great first visual impression without breaking the bank, break out the outdoor paints! The best part about repainting the door as a homeowner who doesn’t live in an area with a strict HOA, I was able to choose a front door color that isn’t “standard”. Don’t get me wrong, a clean white, deep red, or moody black door are all fantastic color options. However, I went full-on Pinterest homeowner and choose “Robin’s egg blue”, It was just enough of bold visual impact without being too vibrant. I made sure to use several coats of high-quality water and stain-resistant metal paint for the smoothest finish.
- Replace hardware. If you’ve opted for a fresh coat of paint on your front door, then you might have ended up in the same predicament as me; fresh paint splattered all over the door’s hardware. Sure, I could have taken the hardware off before I began to paint, but I didn’t bother to do so, as I knew I was eventually going to change it out.
The best part about door hardware? It’s relatively easy to install on your own and an inexpensive way to freshen up the look of your home. You can get an entire quality setup for a little under $100. And with a nearly endless amount of metal finishes and material options, I was able to get a fully customized look on a dime. My tip? Go for a metal finish that represents the mood you’re trying to set. Traditional or moody contemporary? Go with a dark brushed metal or brass. Minimal and chic? Try out a classic yellow gold. Or go full out modern and convenient with a touchless keypad.
It’s almost impossible not to look at an exterior of a home with a green lawn and garden and not think impressive. Of course, not all of us have the option to put in the serious amount of time and effort it takes to keep a lawn or garden looking pristine, and I for one won’t be hiring a landscaping service any time soon. That’s alright though! With a little patience and ingenuity, I found a solution for my sad-looking front yard.
- Talk to those folks at your local nursery. Not sure what plants are easy to keep or which are right for the soil hardness of your location? Me neither. Thankfully, the staff at your local nursery are far more likely to have an answer.
Walk around a nursery and see which plants stand out to you. What colors and shapes could you see adorning your own yard? Once you have an idea of what you’d like in your yard or garden, it’s time to see what the upkeep might look like. Ask to see if the plants your choosing are hardy or just hard keepers. If you’re not a nut for gardening gloves and sore knees, try to stay clear of the plants that look lovely, but are ultimately too needy. I choose a hardy fresh lavender bush to use across my front entrance. It practically blooms on its own once it has set roots down, so I get a great look with minimal effort.
Got Some Cash to Spare?
These next options aren’t for those looking to save a buck, but they’re not out of many homeowner’s budgets, so I’ll bring them up regardless. If you really want to make a visual impact on your home, it may be time to call in the professionals. For instance, I knew the siding on my home was on it’s way out. The previous homeowners didn’t have it properly installed, so the signs of wear and tear even after a few years was evident. I made sure to put some money aside in my savings account to use in the future for a new, professionally installed siding.
- The world of siding is your oyster! The incredible thing I didn’t know about siding? It’s not all just taupe, vinyl slates! Siding done right comes in just about every building material, color, and shape. From whimsical shackles to stone slabs, the options are nearly endless.
After meeting with an exterior design team (and making certain the vinyl siding, although ugly, was stable) we settled for a brick and stone facade that would live over the top of my vinyl siding. I finally got the exterior of my dream home without having to move to the east coast to get it.
And there you have it! From budget-friendly DIYs to high-return on investment game-changers, there’s a whole lot you can do to amplify your home’s curb appeal while you’re working from home. Here’s to your health and your creativity!