17 DIY Outdoor Projects Guaranteed to Boost Curb Appeal
It's never too late to transform a lackluster exterior into a neighborhood showstopper. Steer your home's exterior in a more attractive direction with a few cost-effective outdoor projects. Try these DIY exterior ideas this weekend for an instant curb appeal upgrade.
Build DIY Patio Furniture
Install a Railing Planter
Transform basic window boxes into a custom railing planter for your front porch. Adjust the design to fit your railing and plant it with your favorite flowers. You can accomplish this weekend outdoor project in just a few hours.
Paint Your Front Door
Create Colorful Planters
Add color and modern style to your front yard with these DIY geometric planters. Made from corrugated plastic, they can easily be customized to be any size you choose. Opt for bold colors for an eye-catching front-yard accent that showcases your favorite plants.
Add 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.
Lay a Brick Path
Build a paver walkway to lead visitors to your front door. 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.) Customize your path with a pattern such as herringbone, basket weave, or concentric squares.
Construct DIY 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. Paint them a fresh color for even more curb appeal.
Build a DIY Window Box
Add Interest to Your Garden
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 geometric cap made from metal scraps.
Grow Your Garden Up
Make a DIY Wreath
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. Choose yarn in colors that complement your existing exterior color scheme.
Update a Welcome Mat
Emphasize House Numbers
Make your house numbers stand out with a modern plaque. This outdoor DIY project takes just an hour to put together and delivers a big personality boost to your front door. Paint the sign and house numbers a vibrant color to make them really pop.
Decorate Outdoor Planters
Use stamps to give an old resin planter a major upgrade. Apply a primer made for plastics, then spray-paint it black. Cut a kitchen sponge into a triangle and dip it into exterior latex paint, blotting off the excess on a paper towel. Stamp around the rim and let dry.
Refresh Your Mailbox
Update a run-of-the-mill mailbox with a surpise inside. Tape off the exterior with painters tape, and spray-paint the inside in a splashy 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.
Paint Geometric Planters
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.
Install a Hose Hangup
Trade your basic garden hose reel for a more streamlined solution. To corral a hose in style, set a 4x4 pressure-treated wood post one 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.