Adding charm to your home’s front entrance is an easy low-cost way to amp up your home’s curb appeal. It can be accomplished in a weekend with a little elbow grease and paint . See how this young East Bay couple amped up their curb appeal using these four steps.
This was what my daughter’s “million dollar fixer-upper” looked like when they bought it a few years ago. Pretty wasn’t it?
Home prices are ridiculously high in this area. My daughter and son in law bought this house after selling their condo in San Francisco. They are not afraid to work and have accomplished a lot on a budget. They diy’ed their own landscaping a couple of years ago. Jenna designed the front garden (she helped me garden from the time she was a tot) and she and Darius did all of the planting themselves. Now their front yard is beautiful.
The front facade of the house has zero character. When I let them know we were doing this post, (even though they have a six-week-old baby) they jumped on board. They decided to paint the front door yellow to add a little pizazz to the entry. Darius has a great resource where he finds discounted patio pots. He found these black ones and they filled them with little ollies and yellow lantana. They added a Coir Door Mat from the Magnolia Collection at Target for $12.99. They want to add two larger light fixtures down the road.
Deuce enjoys the mat as well.
Once they painted the door we all agreed some budget-friendly Adirondack chairs in yellow would add a punch of color to the character lacking front porch.
They added groupings of potted plants on either side of the chairs in colors that would highlight the door to fill out the charmless front porch.
Finally, we added black vinyl shutters from Amazon on the two windows that flank the porch for some much-needed character.
At some point, they will add some architectural elements that will make the house look more interesting. In the meantime, they have accomplished a lot with a little.
Here is the front of the house now (It is hard to get a long view of the house because they now have a privacy fence at the entrance) but you get the idea.
Much improved over this don’t you think?
If you want to amp up your curb appeal try painting your door a pretty hue that coordinates with your home’s color, layer in some potted plants for interest, add shutters to nondescript windows, and purchase some inexpensive patio furniture.
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If you would like to see more of my daughter’s house. you can check out the post I did back in 2014, Creating a Home with Meaning on a Budget-My Daughters House
Or the post I did on Summer’s nursery How to Design a Stylish Nursery that will Grow with your Child.