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ALRIGHT… LETS TALK ABOUT IT!….. Curb Appeal, its like when you go on your first date. You put on your best clothes. You make sure that you are well manicured. You double check your bank account to make sure that you have enough money or it may just have to be a salad and water night. A lot goes into laying out the “perfect” first date so that you can make a great first impression. Now… take that same concept, apply it to the front exterior of your home and you will have… curb appeal.
Curb appeal is the ability to make the front of your home look nice enough so that you can leave a good first impression on new potential buyers or visitors. Improving the curb appeal of your home can increase of the value of your home, intrigue others to want to come inside, or just give your home a fresh new look. On top of that, there are many things budget friendly things that you can do to improve your curb appeal such as landscaping, power washing, a coat of fresh paint, etc.
Please Note: What you will learn about me is that I like to keep it simple and use the resources I have first, then I go out and buy things as I need it. This way, I stay in line with my budget and stay environmentally friendly by recycling or re-purposing what I currently have. To give you a better understanding and to also provide you with a few visual examples to get you going. I am going to show by working on some areas of my home over the next few weeks on how you can improve your curb appeal… starting with the front door.
Project # 1 – Cranberry Love – Front Door Revamp
Painting your front door is one of the most inexpensive ways to improve your curb appeal and increase your home value. Your front door holds the key to your oasis (pun intended :-)) This one area can have a great impact on your house’s value, especially if it compliments the overall exterior color.
When I first moved in, the door was an off white color. Even though it was a decent looking door, I still wanted to give it a pop of color to not only compliment my yellow siding but to also change the energy and make it more fun and welcoming. In addition, I wanted something that was effective yet not really expensive and out of the couple options of replacing or repainting the door, I decided to go with the latter and repaint.
When you are in the process of repainting your door you want to make sure that you have time and the right tools on hand so that you don’t find your self running back and forth to the store to get things done. The following list are some of the things I used to get the job done.
- Safety Goggles, Face Mask, and Plastic Gloves (Even though you are outside, I would still recommend putting these items on.)
- Small Cup or Box to hold nails and door handles.
- Exterior Paint (I chose to use 5 cans of Rust-oleum Spray Paint via Home Depot)
- Primer (if needed)
- Sanding Block
- Tack Cloth
- A Small Table
- Time & A Sunny Day
Choosing Your Color
When you decide to repaint your door, it is important that you select the proper paint to coat your door. If you visit your local home repair store, you will learn that there are many options out there when it comes to paint. Considering that the exterior of your door pretty much can be affected by the change in weather you want to choose something that is built to handle it. In this case, it would be a nice exterior paint. Exterior paints are a good options because they are created to withstand various environmental conditions and they usually come in a variety of colors. This process was not really complicated at all and only took about day to complete both sides (including drying time). Since I have yellow siding on my home, I have decided to go with Colonial Red for the color of my door.
The first thing that I did was removed the door from the hinges. I could have tried to paint it while it was in the frame, however, I did not want to get paint every where nor did I want everyone inhaling the fumes. Once I took the door down and and covered the handles, I went ahead and placed plastic over the window so that the glass would not be damaged or painted on. Next I laid the door over a table with a tarp to protect the driveway. I also took the time out to clean my door and sand it where needed. Since the door was already white, I really did not have to use a primer, but I did anyway. The spray paint I purchase actually was a 2 in 1, which means that it came with both a primer and paint. Once everything was taped, cleaned, and balanced, I put on my safety equipment and started to paint. Note, I painted the door both laying down and standing up while it was leaning on something just to see how it would turn out. If you choose to do it while standing up, I do recommend that you take caution when you are painting because it is really easy to over do it and create runny paint (believe me, it happened to me twice already).
It took about two coats on both sides to really get the red to pop. Afterwards, I let it dry for about 2 to 4 hours on each side. This is where a nice sunny day would come into play. Choosing a nice day would definitely help with the drying time, plus it will allow you to open the windows to let your home air out if you decide to do this indoors. Now make sure that you read the instructions to the paint. I know that in my case, the paint would be dry to touch in about 30 minutes to an hour, however, it will still take up to 24 hours to completely cure.
Once it is dry enough to move, reinstall it back to its previous location and let it totally cure then TADA, you have a fresh new look to your door!
When I tell you that when I saw the end results, that I was in love, I am not lying! Once I hung up the door, it immediately gave my home a new look, a new energy, and it even made the glass design pop. Since I have pets, now I am looking to update the screen door and I am even considering painting my garage door the same color (and it just might happen :-))! Man don’t you love it?!
Any who, as I mentioned before this took only a day to do and about $30 give or take. If you would like to improve your curb appeal, start with the door and tell me how it go in the comments below! Thanks for tuning and I look forward to seeing you one my next project #2 – Budget Landscaping – Part 1!
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