Curb Appeal #CurbAppeal
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Published July 14th, 2013 8:32 PM
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It's that time of year when all the gardening tools get to come out to play. And one of my favorite things to do in the garden is to trim back last year's dead growth. Today, I'm sharing how I prune mine for the best Spring blooms and how not to mess them up. I learned the hard way as usual.
My brother is a pro gardener, and many moons ago, he shared how he professionally edged flower beds. I decided to implement his method into my own garden, and boy... I can't believe the instant difference it made! So I decided to write a blog post on his method, showing all the steps, not thinking too much about it after the thought.Well, that one hot sunny day of picture shooting turned out to be a win. This post turned out to be one of my most frequently visited and copied tutorials! And that's because this method truly works. This method of flowerbed edging transforms your flowerbeds from standard to showroom quality instantly! With standard garden tools and a little bit of elbow grease, it's easy to get this look, and not all that hard to keep up.Are you ready to ditch deteriorating flower bed edges and go all natural and even more beautiful?Here's how...
When we bought our house 18 years ago, we planted shade trees. Now, the trees are so big - duh - grass won't grow under them. So I came up with this plan to keep the yard attractive without dealing with grass. The reason it took 2 weeks is I did it myself, without help. I was 57 at the time and I'm five foot tall woman - I know when it's quittin' time for the day!
We have a large wall by our backyard patio for which we need large wall art. And, I mean LARGE! Last week, I gave our front porch swing a mini-makeover. We are loving our new front porch sanctuary and are now turning attention to the back patio. Time to add some “zing!” to the back as we did to the front. (See last week’s porch swing makeover here.)
I had this armoire in my one bedroom at the cabin and the brown was not working. It had been years and I was putting it off. Call it lazy, or just not inspired, but either way I didn't want to tackle it till now.I'm so glad I did!First step that everyone knows, wash it down and prepare for sanding.
Curb appeal can give your home a look that is warm and inviting. This doesn't necessarily mean you need to repaint your house, although that is an option, to have excellent curb appeal, small details can go a long way. For those of you who enjoy gardening, this is a great opportunity to let that green thumb take action. Here are a few ways to add to the curb appeal of your home. Dress Up the Front Door Dressing up your front door can give your home personality. This could include getting a new door, painting your current door, or just adding some creativity by hanging a wreath. Adding a small bench with pillows and a few plants to your front door area creates an inviting atmosphere. Wreaths can be fairly inexpensive to purchase, they can also be an easy DIY project. Create Symmetry Symmetry is appealing to the eye; therefore, creating symmetry in front of the entrance to your home can make your front entry way look put together and neat. Putting two pots with small bushes on each side of the door is the simplest way to create symmetry. Container Gardens If you are going for landscaping effects instead of symmetry, then consider making a container garden. Container gardens are simply plants of various sizes in pots of various sizes. Bunching them together can create an interesting landscaping effect. Be asymmetrical in this little landscaping project because asymmetry will create a more exciting setting with the variety of pot sizes and colors. Update Hardware Sometimes it's the little things that can go a long way. Instead of getting a whole new door, updating door knobs, door bells, house numbers, gutters, etc. will add to the curb appeal. Keeping the hardware updated can allow you to adjust your curb appeal to any theme you choose for your over all home; whether it is a more rustic look or an industrial one, hardware pieces come in a large variety. Balcony Designs If you have a balcony, curb appeal can be applied there as well! Balcony's are great in using for storage purposes such as your bicycle, but if you want to have more curb appeal, consider putting out some outdoor furniture and plants. Outdoor furniture doesn't have to be big; a couple chairs and side table is enough. Adding plants will really make your balcony look put together. Pots are perfect for the balcony setting and come in various sizes to accommodate your balcony space. Pick a variety of plants for the balcony, including small bushes, flowers, and even small trees. Lights Curb appeal does not just mean having your place look welcoming during day light, it also means night time. Put up some rope lights, a lantern, or solar powered lights to outline the pathway up to your front door. Having lights gives a pleasant welcoming effect that is warm and elegant. Whatever methods you choose in creating curb appeal, always remember to keep it clean and organized. Make sure to stay on top of cleanliness and to take care of your plants. Trimming bushes and trees becomes essential in keeping the curb appeal looking neat and put together. If paint starts chipping, or the house numbers are rusting, make sure to repaint and replace hardware to keep your place looking brand new! Finally, allow your home's curb appeal show off a little of your family's personality!
There's nothing more calming than the tranquil sound of water trickling from a water feature and I can't think of a better way to great guests to the house than having one right by the front door!Now that Spring is here, it's a great time to start thinking about adding some curb appeal by installing a pond. Ready-made ponds are a great convenience. Here's one we installed on one side of our front walkway. Head on over to the full tutorial with the lowdown on how we did it!
When we bought our home, high on our priority list was improve our curb appeal. Our front yard was seriously lacking life and needed some serious love and attention. With our yard on a slope, I was a little stumped what to do. After a few hours of Pinterest perusing, we decided to build a retaining wall as a statement piece in our yard. Here's how you can make your own.
Sometimes the DIY projects you put off the longest can end up having the greatest impact and leaves you wondering why you put it off so long! The outside of Steph’s garage was one of those ‘back burner’ projects that never seemed to make it to the top of the list. But with the amazing weather we are having this February, now was the perfect time to tackle three small projects to update the curb appeal of her house.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the beginning of revamping our front yard - Zone 1 - increasing the Hosta and flower beds. That project had me considering options for the large tree in the front yard that sits on a slope. We've been in the house for 19 years and I guess I had forgotten that the yard was not always this sloped until I was looking at old pictures.
Each spring I do a big landscaping update to the mulched bed sections of our front yard. I always have to wait until Mother’s Day for the maple helicopters to stop falling (we get a ton) before I can get started raking them up.This year I started the big project on Mother’s Day and ended up spending seven hours on the first day. Sometimes I like doing manual labor, ha!This is the before we were working with. One year old washed out mulch, overgrown lily patches, all the helicopters, and some random weeds.
A "pocket" pollinator garden is one of the best ways to bring color and beauty to your yard while also helping wildlife. You just need a tiny space to add some beneficial plants that can do wonders for your happiness, along with survival for bees and butterflies.
Last summer, I updated the landscape in the front yard. The Hosta plants along the sidewalk that leads to our front door were growing over the grass making it hard to mow without taking out some of their leaves in the process. We also had an area on the East side of the lawn where the grass did grow well due to the tree roots from our neighbors Walnut tree. Then, I wanted to address the area around the tree in the yard that is at the top of a slope making it really hard to mow around. Lastly, I decided to enlarge the flower bed on the East side of the house. So....I broke up the project into 4 Zones. Here is Zone 1 - Hosta bed & front flower garden enlargement.....
Summer is definitely upon us, with the 4th of July, right around the corner. Definitely it’s time to update the front door with a summer wreath.Last summer, we made this simple, playful wreath for summer, however we didn’t share how to make it with you. It’s also perfect for your front door for the 4th of July and patriotic celebrations too.Certainly, this easy summer wreath for your front door is affordable too. In fact, most of the supplies came from the dollar store.If you’d like to see a quick video tutorial on how to make this playful summer wreath for your front door. Click the play button below.We also invite you to follow along on our YouTube channel.
Beautiful Buffet Redesign with Woodubend, Paint Couture, and Posh Chalk Pigments
If you’re looking for a bath bomb for kids, why not make these sprinkle bath bombs. Learn to make a sprinkle bath bomb to make tub time fun.Bath time should be fun for kids and there are lots of ways you can make it a more enjoyable time.
There is something timeless about a scroll. It doesn't matter if it's displaying words, a phrase, or a print, I just love them. Canvas scrolls can be expensive, depending what you're looking for. I found an easy and inexpensive way to create your own!Using a roll of brown wrapping paper, a print of your choice, and some crafting tools, you can create your own customized paper scroll for your home.
It's spring and I'm eager to work in my flower beds!! One of the projects on my to do list is to make a trellis for my Rose bush to climb on. Every year my Rose bush produces long runs and they always end up going behind the deck or up the foundation headed for the siding.I normally end up cutting the runs off and its a never ending cycle all summer long. So this year I will be able to use my new trellis and hopefully enjoy more blooms!This trellis also would be amazing for a veggie garden as well!
(This post was written in collaboration with H Potter but all thoughts and opinions are my own.) Are you looking for planting ideas for a window box? Wait until you see how to plant flowers in these GORGEOUS window boxes.When I first saw these stainless steel window boxes with an antique copper finish, it was love at first sight.I mean…wow!And I have to tell you, they are even more beautiful in person than they are online.About H PotterH Potter sells absolutely gorgeous garden decor and accessories. I’ve received a few items from them, and these copper window boxes might be my favorite because they added lots of character to my garden shed.H Potter is a family-owned business that has been accenting homes and gardens nationwide for over 20 years with distinctive items that can be used indoors and out.Their product line includes terrariums, lanterns, trellises, window boxes, planters, and torches, handmade by artisans using high-quality materials from stainless steel to copper to hand-blown glass.And let me tell you, from my experience, they are built to last and are just gorgeous!
How to Faux Stain Furniture with Latex Paint If you want to stain a previously stained or painted furniture piece, check out this tutorial and video where I show you how to easily apply paint that looks like a stain with six color options. So everyone deals with stress in different ways and this year has absolutely been an “opportunity” to start some new hobbies for stress-relief. Most people have learned a new love for bike riding, working in the yard, or DIY projects. But once again, I’m not like most people… One Sunday afternoon in March, I decided to experiment with different stain options with my faux stain technique. My original Barnwood stain was a big hit but I wanted to give readers more color options. I sat down and started mixing paints and creating samples like the DIY version of a mad scientist. Before I knew it I had created over 3 dozen different stain samples and there were even more little bottles of paint scattered all over my kitchen table. Who knew this would be my best option to de-stress during the craziness of this year. And become I didn’t want to overwhelm you with TOO many options, I have condensed the options into the top 5 shades – 6 if you include my driftwood stain. This technique has never let me down on several of my own furniture pieces and I hope it will be of some use to you too! LET ME SHOW YOU: My tried-and-true stain technique for covering stained or painted furniture without strippingAn alternative to traditional stain that is reliable no matter the wood typeA “stain” that will easily cover wood imperfections like knotholes which means you don’t have to buy high-grade lumber for woodworking projectsHow I saved a ton of money by refinishing my damaged breakfast table top instead of buying a new tableA great technique to make metal garage doors look like real wood WANT TO SAVE THIS FOR LATER? CLICK HERE TO SAVE THIS PIN TO YOUR FAVORITE PINTEREST BOARD
This time of year is the greatest … back out in the garden, in the sun, doing yard work, and mowing. I can get some of my best thinking done while I'm on a mower.I love to repurpose and upcycle, so it's also the perfect time to start pulling out my stuff and making new things for my yard and garden.
When I walk around Dollar Tree and see random items that I can create with, it makes me super excited to get home and get crafty! For $3.00, I picked up a wreath form and two garlands then used some supplies from my stash to create a Patriotic Garland Wreath DIY project. Perfect for the Fourth of July and the rest of the year. I like to show my spirit for all things red, white, and blue by keeping up some decorations year-round. It also helps me remember the brave men and women who have made us the Home of the Free because of the Brave.
After painting the interior of my She Shed/Craft Shack it was time for me to work on the outside. When the shed initially was delivered, I had it placed at the very back of the property. Every project I would have to trudge all the way back there at least 10 times to get tools and supplies. Needless to say, that got old... QUICK. Major changes were in order for this little shed’s location and exterior! Here is how I did it for less than $200!
I have the perfect way for you to use up some of your old game pieces! With just a few supplies, I made these DIY Rock Garden Markers and they turned out adorable. I have a bag of random game pieces that I’ve collected over the years. I have lots of Monopoly houses, that turned out to be perfect for this project.
If your bathtub face boring and flat like mine, do this! For under $10 and an hour you can elevate the look of your bathroom with PVC box trim. This project requires no power tools! My favorite projects are always cheap, easy, but impactful!