DIY Weekend Curb Appeal Makeover Ideas

It's never too late to turn away from a lackluster exterior. Steer your home's curb appeal in a more attractive direction with a few cost-effective weekend projects.

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    Classic Charmer

    This 1948 ranch's classic brick exterior is packed with potential.

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    Fresh Fretwork

    Decorative railings featuring intricate fretwork add architectural detail to a boring stoop. We used a mix of pressure-treated 6×6s, 2×4s, 2×2 spindles, and deck boards to construct these custom structures before priming and painting. We bolted them to the concrete and brick at the stoop and created footings in the ground for the bottom posts. Consult your local building codes before you start.

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    Brick Path

    Versatile 4×8-inch Holland brick pavers are an inexpensive solution when you need to cover a lot of ground. (Ours cost less than 50 cents each on sale.) Start by deciding on a pattern. We chose a herringbone pattern with soldier courses on each side.

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    Simple Cedar Shutters

    Lend classic appeal to characterless windows with house shutters. These cedar shutters are an easy-to-customize DIY project you can do with a few basic tools.

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    No-Fail Budget Curb Appeal

    Be the best home on the block for less. These budget curb appeal updates will show you how.

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    DIY Window Box

    We built a window box from 1×12 cedar planks using the Kreg K4 Master System. Hide pocket holes on the inside when possible; fill holes with wood plugs when you can't. Drill holes for drainage. Apply sealer to protect the wood. Hang with 8-inch corner braces.

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    Geometric Topper

    Obelisks -- built from 2x2s -- add height to a garden. Miter the post ends at 7-degree angles to achieve a trapezoidal shape with a square base. Top the structure with a cap made from scraps. 

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    Growing Up

    Thread wire horizontally through screw eyes on a DIY garden obelisk for climbing vines.

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    It's a Wrap

    Add pops of color to a twisted twig wreath from a crafts store. Wrap medium-weight yarn tightly around twigs within the wreath, securing the ends with a clear-drying crafts glue.

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    Make an Entrance

    Disperse yarn colors throughout a store-bought twig wreath to greet guests in style.

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    Welcome Home

    Inspired by a vintage kilim rug, we gave a $10 IKEA welcome mat an eye-catching makeover. Create a stencil and fill the designs with varying combos of seven exterior paint colors. We used leftover paint from the shutters and obelisks, plus five Behr sample pots, which can be used outdoors.

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    Number Off

    Make a modern house plaque: Trim a 1×8 cedar board to the desired width. Using a brad nailer, attach 1×1-inch square dowels around the back perimeter of the board. Seal the front; let dry. Protect the front with painters tape, and paint the edges. Using the provided templates, drill holes for the metal house numbers (we painted ours teal). Apply clear silicone in each hole, and insert the numbers. When dry, mount a ledger board to the house, and install the plaque by driving screws through the top.

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    Stamp Act

    An old resin planter gets a major upgrade. Prime using a primer made for plastics, and spray-paint it black. Cut a kitchen sponge into a triangle, dip it into exterior latex paint, blot off the excess on a paper towel, and stamp around the rim.

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    You've Got Mail

    Outside, it's a run-of-the-mill mailbox. Inside, it's anything but boring. Tape off the exterior with painters tape, and spray-paint the inside in a peppy hue. We designed a stencil using favorite fonts and cut it from vinyl using an electronic die-cutting machine, but you also could trim a phrase by hand. Remove the letters, position the stencil on the lid, and fill in with paint.

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    Find an Angle

    Bring the geometric trend home with a little exterior primer and paint. Tape off a fiberclay planter with flat sides from corner to corner on adjacent sides for an asymmetric look. We filled ours with "Little Lucky Peach Glow" lantana.

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    Hose Hangup

    To corral a hose in style, set a 4x4 pressure-treated wood post a foot into the ground using fast-setting concrete. Top it with a post cap, paint the assembly glossy black, and install a wall-mounted metal hose rack.

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