, , , , , , , ,


When Spring comes, it seems everyone gets in a hurry to get outside and freshen up thier yards.  That of course takes money.

Planting shrubs can be hundreds of dollars.  Landscaping can be thousands.  We have so many things we want to do to improve our outdoor spaces.  Unfortunately, those projects have to be taken on bit by bit. 

I had the itch to freshen up the front of our house, but I had a budget of $20.  Here are the two projects I did to give us a little more curb appeal.

Project 1- A Fun Pop of Color

Plant some bright flowers- I chose to plant Ranunculus, which is an annual.  I chose this plant because they need a lot of sun and the front of our home gets a ton of morning and mid day sun.  As you can see I also got them all in the same color, yellow. 

I thought this would hieghten the impact of the flowers.  If you chose a bunch of different colors and mix them together it can be beautiful, but doesn’t always have the intense impact as a bundle all in yellow.  I bought them for 2.47 each and I needed for to fill up my pots… total for this bright punch of color $9.88.

I planted them in pots I already had.  They were from Target, and I got them at the end of the season last year, just knowing they would be perfect this spring.  If you don’t already have pots and you don’t want to spend a ton, don’t worry.  You can go buy some plain terra cotta ones (they only cost a few dollars a piece) and spray paint them a white or a bright fun color. 

Project Number 2- Fun Door Mat

Striped door mats are everywhere it seems.  On West Elm, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, even Pier One had one.  The difference between mine and theirs is that mine cost about $30 less.

Take a plain Coir Door Mat from Home Depot.  Mine was $6.97.  Then you tape it off.  I used Painters Tape, but any tape will do.  I am sure even Duct Tape would do the job.  Then take a can of spray paint (I used Rustoleum for $3.87) and go to town!

I chose yellow because I thought it would tie in well with my yellow flowers.  You could use any color you like.  I noticed they have a great moody turquoise at Home Depot that was striking my fancy as well.

There you have it.  A little curb appeal for $20! 


How about a quick before and after for good measure?

Are you tackling any outdoor projects?  Have you found inexpensive ways to update the front of your house?  Please, do tell.