Adding DIY Curb Appeal

Posted by Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault on on May 22nd, 2014

You know what they say about first impressions…. you’ve only got one shot to make a good one, and the saying is especially true when it comes to the exterior of your home!

Now that the warmer weather is here, it’s a great time to take a long hard look at the front of your home and assess what first impression it gives to neighbours, visitors, and passers-by. If your exterior entryway is feeling a tad underwhelming, consider flexing a little DIY muscle to update some of the finishes, add a dose of décor flare, and increase the wow factor with these fast and budget friendly projects...

Paint Your Front Door

There’s nothing more simple yet impactful than adding a new splash of colour to your front door, but before you start rolling out a new hue, be sure to take the time to properly prep the surfaces to ensure a lasting end result. Begin by scraping off any loose paint, lightly sand any rough or glossy areas, and then thoroughly clean the door to remove any dust. Use painters tape to mask off any door hardware, and then most importantly, be sure to add a fresh coat of primer to prepare the door for paint. Once you’re ready to add a top coat of colour, select a hue that works with the existing finishes of your exterior. Take into account the body colour of your home (ie. brick, siding, etc), the roof colour, and trim to ensure you’re selecting a tint that fits into the palette.

Tip: If you really want to make your door stand out, think about using a complimentary colour on your front door that is opposite on the colour wheel to the body colour of your home. For example, if your home has rusty orange coloured brick, consider a tone of blue for the door!

Update Your Outdoor Fixtures

If your house numbers are looking a little rusty, or your brass light fixtures are feeling outdated, why not give them a facelift with a fresh spray of paint! Especially if you have a mishmash of accessories surrounding your front door in various metal finishes such as a mailbox, door knocker and hardware, lantern lights, etc, selecting a single metallic spray paint finish designed for exterior surfaces is a fast and frugal way to instantly update and unify your home’s exterior.

Tip: If you’re searching for new outdoor light fixtures, shop based on style, shape, and size…not finish! The finish of can easily be changed and customized with an inexpensive can of exterior spray paint!!

Create a Welcoming Vignette

Flanking your front door with planters is an easy way to increase the curb appeal of your exterior, but it’s important to consider the style of your home before selecting the type of flowers and accessories. If you have a more traditional façade, a classic urn full of bright blooms would likely work well, but if you have a more modern exterior, look for a planter with cleaner lines and sculptural plants such as a collection of succulents. Also, consider creating an asymmetrical outdoor vignette by grouping a collection of exterior accessories with your planter. Lanterns, statuaries, baskets, and even a decorative watering can add personality and appeal to the front door.

Tip: If you have decorative lanterns at your front door, create evening ambiance by adding battery operated candles with built-in timers that are specifically designed for the outdoors.

Increasing your curb appeal doesn’t require a lot of time or a big budget! By simply updating existing elements and highlighting the front door as your main focal point, you can quickly and easily create a great and lasting first impression!

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Happy DIY-ing!!