Have you ever looked at your porch and the front of your house and just thought “….wow, this is embarrassing…” Well, I sure have, sometimes it’s because every other house on the block is all decked out for the holidays and we look like the Grinch must be holed up in our house or because the front porch is strewn with leaves and the front porch decor is covered with dust and the plants are holding on for dear life. Or as was the case more recently the front of our home was just feeling totally bland.
I talked a few posts back (HERE), about how we weren’t in love with the exterior of our home but we had plans in the works to spruce the place up. We’ve already begun to address some of these problem areas and I’ve been really shocked about how a few simple and inexpensive changes have made our home exterior feel super welcoming and I want to share how you can spruce up your home’s exterior too!
1.Planters: You don’t need to drop a ton of money on a major landscaping overhaul to add some pizazz to your home. I recently planted a few fall inspired planters on either side of our front door to add interest and warmth and each planter rang in at under $50. I choose a cheaper plastic planter available HERE. I am no green thumb let me tell you, and I’m not great at pairing plants together so I rely heavily on great resources like Better Homes and Gardens & Southern Living Plants Pinterest boards for planter ideas. I chose an inspiration photo from on of their fall plant Pinterest boards and replicated it.
2.Paint The Front Door: Whether you are opting for a brand new color or just slapping on a fresh coat of paint to brighten things up, painting your front door can make a hug difference to the exterior of your home! I love a great bold front door. When we bought our first home it had a pretty, bold red front door. After we lived there for a while we painted it a pretty pink color….millennial pink, before it was a trend and called “millennial pink”. What can I say, we’re trend setters. I recently mixed up a custom color for our exterior doors, it is so bright and pretty and I couldn’t be happier with it. If you are only painting one door you really only need a quart of paint.
3. Add a New Rug, or Two! A new front porch rug is the perfect way to welcome guests to your home. Go for the popular layered rug look for a little more drama! Here are a few of my favorite doormats…
And some pretty snazzy base layer rugs…
4. Build a Window Box: I recently built a window box for our large first story window and man does it look great! It has made such a difference to the front of our home and it was so, so easy and CHEAP! I will be posting a tutorial later next week, so make sure you come check that out! For under $28 I was able to build the window box and buy the plants to go in the window box. I carried over the plant color scheme from my front porch planters to the window box for continuity.
5. Make a Seating Vignette: A small seat and table grouping is a great way to make your front porch feel welcoming. By using a chair and table you already own or purchasing an inexpensive arrangement you can create a sweet spot to sit and relax. This time of year is a perfect time to purchase marked down outdoor and wicker chairs and side tables or garden stools. Update a chair you already have by giving it a paint makeover. I also added a sweet little glass lantern I picked up from the Target dollar spot and added a pillar candle and rocks I had in my decorating stash for a little ambience.
6. Adorn Your Door: Adding a great seasonal wreath or door hanging is a fantastic way to spruce up your entryway. One little wreath trick I have is to add a wooden monogram to every wreath I hang up. You can purchase a custom wood monogram HERE. I love how this can add something special to an otherwise simple wreath and make it very special.
7. Swap Out Your Shutters: I was not smitten with the brown vinyl shutters that our home came with and they were already starting to bow and warp – we think this was from the heat. The front of our home gets full sun from mid afternoon – sunset and it definitely heats things up. I switched ours out for cedar board and batten shutters that I constructed out of cedar fence boards. I painted them to match our door and they look fabulous!! I was able to make 4 shutters for under $40. I’ll have a tutorial up next week showing you exactly how I made ours, so you can make some too!
I hope these 7 tips can help you update your home’s exterior on a budget! I know they have made a huge difference at our house and I’m loving the way it looks!