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Curb appeal, stage 1

Since we moved into our house in September, I’ve been aching to give some love to the front of our house and the front yard.  It looks dated, unloved, and so PLAIN.  There are so many things to do, it’s hard to figure out where to start.  Here’s my very long to-do list (mentioned before) to help with our curb appeal:

  • Paint the shutters.
  • Plant some xeric perennials in the area between the driveway and sidewalk.
  • Remove the yucky bushes by the front door and put in some planters.
  • Create a mulched or rock area up against the house (on the right) with some shrubs, ornamental grasses, and other flowering plants.
  • Replace all the cement (driveway and entry steps).
  • Paint the front door, and get new hardware (lever instead of knob).
  • Replace the storm door with an all-glass version.
  • Get a new mailbox, house numbers, and porch light.

So this weekend, we managed to tackle a couple of those things (before & after):

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I learned that I’m not very good a guestimating how much materials we’ll need for projects.  I guessed we’d need 10 bags of mulch; we needed 16.  I guessed we’d need 3 cans of black spray paint for the shutters; we needed 6.  I had originally gotten regular paint for the shutters, but it took me all of 10 seconds to realize that painting them with a brush was going to take hours and end up with a dripping, goopy mess.  Spray paint was definitely the way to go — the paint went on smoothly and quickly!  It took 4 light coats for good coverage and they only took a few minutes to dry between coats; I could easily paint all 6 and then start again at the beginning.  I did get spray-paint-can-trigger-finger, though.  Beware.

Now it is just screaming, “I NEED SOME COLOR!!!”  We planted around 100 bulbs in the mulched area last fall, and a few are started to peek out — can’t wait to see more of them!  My hope is that some greening trees, some flowers (both in the flower bed & the barrel planters), and a brightly-colored front door will help.  That’ll be stage 2…

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April 15, 2013 - Posted by | Home Improvements, On the cheap, The Outdoors | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Wow, looks great! Those changes made a huge difference. I’m amazed at how productive your weekends can be.

    Comment by nickeleah11 | April 15, 2013 | Reply


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