Matt and I have been in our house now for two years and four months, and all of that time I’ve neglected the exterior of the house (as I discussed on Monday’s post). For the most part, I really want to continue focusing on the interior for now, but I don’t want another spring and summer to go by without spending at least some time working on outdoor projects and trying to get the front exterior of my house a little more presentable. So there are a few projects I know I want to tackle this spring and summer.
A New Mailbox
As strange as it sounds, I think mailboxes can really make a statement. And I’m not quite sure that this is the statement I want to continue making…
It’s time for me to replace it, and I have my heart set on a white mailbox post (that I’ll build myself, I’m sure) and probably a black mailbox. Interestingly, I found the look I want on the Walmart website via Pinterest, although I doubt I’ll buy this one.
That particular one is plastic, and I’d rather build something myself out of wood. I really love the planter box, but quite honestly, I’m not sure if I could be trusted with a planter box like that one that would drain quickly and need to be watered probably daily in the heat of the Texas summer.
So I might just keep it simple, like this one…
Bulk Up The Front Porch Columns
I think one major thing that makes the front of our house look so dull and neglected is the look of the front porch columns.
I remembered that Young House Love turned their curvy columns into square columns, so I’ll be doing something similar to turn my dinky columns into something a bit bulkier.
White, White and More White
Another thing (and probably THE main thing) that makes my house look so dull is that there’s absolutely ZERO white anywhere. It’s all just a sea of beige. So I want to give the trim a good coat (or three) of white paint. Of course, much more work went into this makeover than I plan to put into mine, but I do think this demonstrates the beauty of white trim.
Cover Or Paint The Porch
Gray concrete just really isn’t my thing, so I’d love to coat or cover it with something. I debated back and forth about this, because when we do our major front exterior remodel, I actually want a stained wood front porch for a more traditional look. So I’ve actually considered creating that look for now by building a “floating” wood porch over the existing concrete. I know it’s possible with composite decking like the stuff that was used over this concrete porch…
But since mine will be more temporary, I don’t know that composite decking will be in my budget. So if I can’t figure out a way to make real wood work (drainage is a issue since it’s over concrete slab), then I might have to settle for sprucing up with paint or a similar coating.
There are so many inspiring ideas for painting or staining concrete porches on Pinterest — everything from a simple coat of paint, to stenciled designs, stripes, faux brick, and much more. Since that will be so much cheaper, that’s probably the direction I’ll head.
Give It A Good Power Washing
The exterior of my house is just filthy, and since it’s a light color (underneath all of that dirt) it shows even more. I know you can rent power washers, but I’d love to buy one to just have on hand. I love power washers, and I can probably come up with lots of reasons to use it. I think that a good washing will go a long way, but what I’d really love to do is…
Okay, I know we’re getting into not-so-budget-friendly territory here. Painting the entire exterior of my house would be time-consuming and expensive. But it sure would make me happy to have everything a uniform color. Right now, the Austin stone (which was painted long before we bought the house) is kind of a taupe color, and the vinyl siding (which I can’t WAIT to replace!!) has way more yellow in it, like a creamy beige color. AND, to make things more irritating, I don’t think that the siding on the front porch matches the siding on the front of the breakfast room and the garage. The color is ever-so-slightly different, and just enough to irritate me.
Anyway, like I said, I know I’m getting into costly and time-consuming territory here, so painting the exterior of the house probably won’t fit into this spring and summer’s schedule or budget. But a girl can dream, right?
And by the way, in case you weren’t aware, you CAN paint vinyl siding. I’ve been reading up on it, and I’ve even found that Sherwin Williams carries a paint (or maybe a paint additive, I’m kind of unclear) specifically for painting vinyl siding.
The Small Stuff
I also plan to paint my front door (which I started and never finished…yikes!), and hopefully do a few planting beds around the house, the mailbox, and maybe even the big oak tree.
What other quick, low-cost curb appeal projects do you suggest?