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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Inexpensive Curb Appeal

 Adding Some Inexpensive Curb Appeal

Front door make over
This was my front door:

It was pretty unwelcoming and just plain gross!
Now, I'd love a new door, but I can't afford one at the moment.  So... I decided to make do with what I've got (I say that a lot) and I have to say, now I rather like my front door. (But as soon as my piggy bank is full, I'm trashing it and getting a new one :)

The first thing I did was remove that HIDEOUS white screen door.  It was hard to convince my energy conscious husband, but I finally did.  Next I painted that side panel white...But I was still bored...
So I decided to go for it and paint the door black.  Now I love it!  I also added topiary plants I made from foam and peat moss- just hot glued it straight to the foam spheres and stuck those puppies in dirt filled planters.  I have kept them out all winter and they are still green.  In addition, I repainted the 70s railing black and scrubbed as much of the rust from the porch as possible!  Oh and we also changed out the porch light to something more cottage-y.

The topiary spheres are from hobby lobby as is the peat moss.  The planters are from Walmart- they were on clearance for 10 bucks a piece.  Score!  The rug is an indoor rug from TJ Maxx (does anyone else find all outdoor rugs ugly?) and my sconces are from Menards- It was two in a box for 30 bucks!!  That's a steal for this style of light!

Garage Door Hardware

So I saw online that you could buy kits at the hardware store to add onto your existing garage door to make it look like a carriage house.  So I searched all over town and finally found the kit for 30 dollars at Lowes.  And let me say I LOVE the outcome!  I feel like it has given my garage and my house a little more character.
 
We also added two sconces on either side of the garage door.  The house originally didn't have any there.  It really dresses up the front!


22 comments:

  1. I found your blog thru pinterest, just love it! I love your front door makeover! My house is split level too, & have the exact same front door. I'm planning on painting ours dark brown this summer.

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    1. Thank you! I feel like the dark door updates the place as much as it can be updated! I'm sure you will love it! We are no in the process of repouring our front stairs so that they curve out. I will create a post for it soon!

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  2. Wow, this looks great! We also own a bi-level home and I'm always looking for ways to make it look better. Any chance you might post some tutorials?

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  3. Naomi, Thank you! I do have some plans with things, but not any solid tutorials. I haven't had time to make any, but perhaps in the future. I'm not that good yet, but I am working toward it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I just painted my shutters and door black also! and the railing on my porch! I love it and it looks soo good on your house as well! I am so imspired by your blog to fix up my split level and LOVE it instead of trying to get out of it ASAP!

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    1. Thank you Erika! I bet it looks awesome! I still love the black, even after a year!

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  5. Hi Ashley! I commented on this post this last summer & said I had the exact same door as you & wanted to paint mine dark brown. I did, and I love it! BUT after a month adhesive (or glue?)started to ooze from the frame around the window.....very obvious :( Was wondering if you had any issue with that?

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  6. Stacy, Oh my! I did not have that happen...My door was already weathered when we bought the house and it had been painted white once before I believe. I have painted it several times...white and then black. I have used all sorts of paints and the latest is an oil paint in satin I bought pre-made at Walmart (nothing special), but I have not had that happen. I wonder if you can scrape it off and repaint it quick? P.S. I would love to see pictures of your project! -Ash

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  7. I also live in a split-level home with 20 year old oak wood everywhere!! I noticed that you have painted a lot of your wood white. Was it worth it? Are you happy with the results? Thanks. Barb

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    1. I am happy with it! I love how crisp it is and it makes me feel like my house isn't dated, even though it is just by its design. I would do it again in a heartbeat!

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  8. I have crafter add and ended up here so glad I did. Im planning on tackling my late dad's home 1989 fablous. Why are the bathroom counters so low. It's not a split just a boring little ranch with hideous blue siding. But it is in the country a fishing hole. Chicken coup and front porch....so I plan on making a "farm house

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    1. That sounds like good bones! I've never noticed how low the counters are. Maybe it is because I am a whopping 5 foot 2!! Thanks for visiting!

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  9. I absolutely love the black front door. I want to do a black front door and black shutters but my MIL thinks I need to do a door with a pop of color. Like your house, ours is part brick and part siding. Our siding is this horrid blue/gray color and for some unknown reason, has hunter green shutters and front door...which the green really pulls the blue out of the siding. So imagine a blue house with hunter green accents...yeah, makes me throw up a little too! UGH...it's terrible! I'm hoping the black accents would pull more gray and honestly, I just have no idea what other accent color would go with this ugly siding. I think black looks very polished, sophisticated, and updated. I'm getting so many ideas looking through your blog. Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Thank you! I agree! Black is sophisticated and polished!! I had the same internal debate. Everywhere you look- every magazine they are telling you to do an odd color to surprise people. Have you seen HGTV magazines door of the month or whatever that is called? Some of those colors are so odd! But they look cute because they are on houses that already have AMAZING character. My house just doesn't and I'm afraid adding a weird color will just look tacky (as it is already a tacky-ish design in my opinion). So I did a lot of research on Pinterest (if you can call that research. Hehe) And I really liked the way houses with 90s tan siding/red brick looked with black shutters. I have also seen many blue and gray houses with black and I think it looks great! So I wouldn't worry about what everyone else is doing with the pop of color, unless you think it will look great on your house. If you think black will look great, I would go for it!

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  10. i live in a split level home so this is inspiring to know that i can make my home appear cute on the outside as well as the inside! as for the plants, what did you use to link the 2 spheres together?! i couldn't quite see it

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    1. Thank you! I am glad you found this inspirational! Those come connected by a piece of wood. You can buy them at Hobby Lobby. They are just foam balls attached by wood. I covered them with moss I bought there. It lasted outside for about 1 1/2 years before pieces started falling off and discoloring.

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  11. The wreath really adds a nice, welcoming touch too; can you tell me where you got it?

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    1. Thank you! I got it from TJ Maxx. Which is awesome because their deals are great, but it also stinks because their selection is so random. It's hard to find something again!

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  12. Hi Ashley----beautiful! What color/finish is the front door??

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    1. Hi Bethany. Thanks! I just bought the black oil paint that comes pre-mixed at Walmart. I think there is only one brand.

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  13. I have to say, your before and after pictures motivate me. I need to start some DIY projects around my house. I really want to repaint my front porch, but I don't know which color to go with. I’m going for a funky modern look, but I do not want the finish product to look tacky.

    Giovanni @ Coastal Contract Hardware

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