Budget Curb Appeal Updates

I know that curb appeal is important, but I don't generally act on that knowledge. And it's not because we don't spend time in our front yard. We actually spend tons of time there because my son enjoys having immediate access to greet all the neighbors. What seems to hold me back is the permanence and cost of the changes I want to make.

Landscaping gets surprisingly expensive fast.

Fencing is ridiculously expensive.

And painting a house takes a lot of paint.

Looking put the window. Giant sunflowers, aqua yard chairs, elephant sunshine. - @adesignerathome

Those are really the main three things I want to do with our front yard. I want lots of plants lining a cute fence. And a house in my dream color: teal (or anything, really, just not that brick!). But after a bathroom remodel, a new roof, and moving the hot water heater (and the electrical work that goes into that) we're pretty kaput on funds.

I couldn't just do nothing though.

Psychologically, it matters to enjoy what you see when you pull up to your house. So I made little changes with what I had on hand (and a few other things) to make the exterior a bit more cottage charming.

First thing I did was paint the landing, door and front steps.

Then I used a spare shelf bracket, dollar store hanging planter and free plant from a recent festival the little and I went to to make all the flimsy white aluminum work look a bit more cheerful.

Brick home porch. Aqua front door - @adesignerathome

Basic brick ranch with cottage bungalow curb appeal. Curb appeal in progress @adesignerathome

Pots from previous years and dirt I received free in a buy this get dirt free sale a few months ago filled the pots and free herbs from my mom grow in 3 of them. Morning glories and moon flowers from seeds I had in a cabinet fill the fourth.

I mentioned free dirt in exchange for a purchase. And that purchase was raised garden bed kits. They were 4 feet square and 6 inches tall. We made some cuts to fit the rectangular space in front of the living room window and arranged other pieces to fit under a bedroom window. Leftover wood stain makes them feel more finished. I filled one bed with sunflowers, a gardenia, bulbs and a spray painted pot filled with morning glories and moon flowers again. A leftover tomato cage was flipped upside down for the flowers to climb.

Encaustic tile look alike yard pavers and customized raised garden bed kit. Aqua yard details - @adesignerathome

Yard stones painted to have a cement tile look. A boho garden in progress. @adesignerathome

In front of the beds you'll see inexpensive grey pavers that I used the Americana Fleur De Lis stencil and black patio paint to gave a pseudo encaustic tile look.

And finally, a whimsical flag greets anyone coming up to our porch. It's a perfect reminder for me, as I can tend to stay in a negative mood a lot of the time. But I know I can choose happiness. I just have to remember to do so. The flag is part of the lifestyle flag collection at Declaration Home. The teal color is pretty amazing, right?

Aqua front porch. Bright paint with brick home. Lifestyle boho porch flag @adesignerathome

The next step I take will either be painting the brick or putting up wood shutters. The budget will play a lot into which one of those gets done first, of course. In what ways have you made your curb appeal more appealing?


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  1. Love the simple touches! I've stripped the front door and my dad refinished the wood as it was gorgeous, we added new sidewalks and replaced the existing, broken sidewalk, and then we added plants, plants, and more plants. And foundation stones for a flower garden border instead of rotten wood. And then more plants. Hanging baskets, containers, an entire side garden, some front yard garden beds, and more plants. 10 years in the making. But the most exciting part is that our insurance company is going to pay for a new roof and gutters, which will help the curb appeal tremendously! The last step is painting our front porch and other areas. I won't touch our brick (I love it!) but I'll be painting the porch floor, ceiling (original headboard), railings and window sills. You can see a lot on my blog under home tour.


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