July 25, 2019
Next to adding moulding 😉, paint makes a huge impact! On front doors and shutters, we can use a color we might not normally use on the inside our home. It's a chance to be bold and have fun! The color we choose gives the world a little glimpse into our personality! Benjamin Moore's Personal Color Viewer® has a visualizer tool so you can test-drive different colors. You can upload a picture of your front door or use one of their stock images. For more color inspiration visit my Pinterest Board - Front Door Inspiration.
I've always loved flower boxes; they instantly dress up the exterior of a home! Simply swapping out the flowers seasonally, changes the tone and welcomes a new season. The flowers we choose can be bright and playful, or we can go more subdued with white flowers or just greenery. I bought these wrought iron flower boxes years ago from Frontgate, I still have them, and I love them! My Pinterest Board - Pots, Planters & Flower Boxes has more ideas.
Updating tired front door entry sets, house numbers, mailboxes, doorbell covers or adding door knockers and kickplates can be a simple, yet high-impact change.
Baldwin Hardware is one of my favorite door hardware manufactures. They are generally reasonably priced, and when you hold their product in your hands, you can feel the quality! They also have a line of entry sets available at Lowe's.
There are lots of stylish house numbers and lawn plaques to choose from these days! Check out Rejuvenation, Whitehall Products, Target, Schoolhouse, and a selection I put together from HomeDepot. Pottery Barn also has an address plaque that can be monogrammed!
I love the look of door knockers; they're like the finishing piece of jewelry that just ties everything together! Here are a few that I like: Modern Nickel Ring Door Knocker (by Williams Sonoma, pictured), Pinecone Door Knocker (also by Williams Sonoma), Classic Ring Door Knocker (Rejuvenation) and also Restoration Hardware is clearing several styles for $8 - $15 each.
There's something nostalgic about weathervanes. Years ago, when my husband and I were remodeling our first house, we bought a patinated copper Good Directions weathervane from Restoration Hardware in Newport Beach while on a weekend get-away. It went perfectly with our white Ranch style house. The weathervane was slightly hidden by the 100-year-old oak tree we had in our front yard, so it was like a little surprise as you walked up closer to the house. I'm happy to say, Good Directions is still producing beautiful weathervanes. If your house style lends itself to one, I say go for it! :)
This photo is of one of our other houses we remodeled.What is now a front porch, used to be a planter. We filled it in, added the stone and brick trim. The original columns were just spindly posts. My husband wrapped them, and of course, we added moulding😉. The red rocking chairs are from Paleck (they unfortunately don't sell them anymore ☹) The black wrought iron planters are from Frontgate. In the cooler months, I would fill them with cyclamen, and in the warmer months, I would swap them out with hydrangeas. We couldn't find the right shade of red for our shutters, so we ended up using Rust-Oleum Commercial Paint in Safety Red; it worked out perfectly! The front porch was my favorite project that we did on the house. It added a ton of curb appeal, but it was also super functional. That became the place to drink coffee in the morning and have wine at night; I have many fond memories of hanging out there with friends and family while our dogs ran around and rolled on the grass! 😊
In honor of National Curb Appeal Month, now through the end of August, I'm offering free shipping on our Six Piece Door Moulding Kit. Upon checkout, use coupon code: Curb Appeal 2019Thank you to my customer Marsha G. for submitting this after picture of our Six Piece Door Moulding Kit! She used the 12" kit on her 36" wide front door. She did a great job; her front door looks awesome!
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
November 20, 2020