Achieving curb appeal

In one of my very first blog posts (read it here) I talked about the lack of curb appeal our home had when we bought it.  We had quite the to-do list and we’re finally wrapping it up.  We’ve added shutters, painted the front door, overhauled the landscaping, changed out the light sconces and the mailbox and painted the garage.  Still on the list is get a new storm door with a full panel glass insert, update the trim/moldings around the front door and widen the driveway.

For the front door, I painted it Charlotte Slate by Benjamin Moore.  I wanted something that would stand out while still coordinate with black shutters and red brick that also had a traditional feel.

Here’s a reminder of what it looked like when we bought it:

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And here’s what it looks like now:

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Curb Appeal

There’s nothing like driving up to your house and falling in love with it all over again!  Curb appeal is a major component to that feeling and our house just didn’t have it when we bought it.  Here’s our list of TO-DO’s as far as the front exterior is concerned (the back is a whole other project that I’ll get to in a future post) and you can see what’s been crossed off the list and what’s left to do still:

1. Add shutters  (completed: we decided to go with classic black raised panel shutters)

2. Landscaping: removing all the old bushes and putting in new bushes, annuals, perennials, and a tree (possibly Crepe Myrtle)

3. Scraping and repainting trim and garage door white

4. Painting front door (We choose a light gray but one day I may change this to something more bold like a red.  I knew I didn’t want to keep it white and I wanted to keep it neutral for now since this is the original door and we had to sand it down and apply a few coats).

5. New light fixtures

6. New address plaque

7. New mailbox

8. Repainting black handrails (maybe replacing them one day)

9. Expanding and paving the driveway (it’s very narrow and hard to get our son in and out of the car when parked there)

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Here’s the updated image.  We’ve hung flags and added a few flowers, mostly in pots until we figure out our landscaping plan and come up with the money to complete it.

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