July 20, 2011

Attention World: We Now Have Curb Appeal!

Let me start of by saying, I have been for a very long time, not a big fan of our front yard view.  A low roof really is nobody’s friend and restricts how open the front of the house appears.  I realize we could have it much worse and I truly have enjoyed having a porch to sit out on.  But it was far from anything I wanted to brag about around here.  I am happy to announce that things have changed.  Small changes for big impact.  My front yard finally is getting it’s debut!
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Here is the before photo.  As always, I remembered to take a picture after I already started {hence the border like snake growing in our lawn}. 
Please notice the following:
-Fake woodish door
-Brown deck
-Sparse garden from previous owners
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And the after!  Please notice:
-White door {I finally settled on a color.  I have been thinking about this for years and am not sure why I didn’t do it sooner.  It doesn’t even need a wreath anymore.}
-White porch {which I did paint by myself in 100 degree heat}
-Plastic border from Wal-mart.  Fairly inexpensive but still pretty {we debated concrete but decided for the sake of a hopeful future remodel, we would make life a little easier by going without it}.
-The sidewalk border leads the eye up to our front door.  Because the roof and door were not centered with the house, the eye often wandered.  Now we have direct purposeful eye direction…to our beautiful white door!
-Added plants to grow, grow, grow, into a more lush front yard.  My mom and I spent just about a week getting up at the crack of dawn to beat the heat and dig out grass. 
-Hanging porch baskets {because the roof is too low and in the middle of the deck}.
-The beginnings of added wood to the railing.  When it is finished it will feel much more complete and pulled together than the open spaces. 
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I would have never imagined just how much of an impact painting the porch has had on the look of our home.  It pulls together the white trim and just appears as more thought out.  Our kitchen is actually lighter now because the white porch reflects the sun through our kitchen window!
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I am a happy girl!!!  We hope to also put up a picket fence around the grass to keep the annoying adorable children and their garbage from the school nearby off our lawn. :)

10 comments:

  1. It looks good! I'm really impressed with the difference painting the door made.

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  2. It is incredible the difference painting the porch and door have made. The house looks so much more bright and inviting. Your hard work was definitly worth it.

    I adore your blog by the way, and will definitly come back to read more of your posts. I wish you all the best with it.

    Voe.
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  3. What a great job, Ashely.. you and your husband really met the challenge of dressing up your yard. I love the colors... White has great impact as we know. I admire your ambition to tackle a big job like this.. Loving it!!

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  4. Your makeover looks fantastic! I bet it took a ton of work but I'm sure is worth it. Great job!!

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  5. LOL! I love it!
    We need to work on our curb appeal too. But I'm so waiting for the weather to cool off! :)

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  6. Wow what a difference it looks great!! Just out of curiousity did you plant some larger shrubs on the left? I was thinking it would take away from the slope/gap that you can see with the porch. It really looks fantastic though :)

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  7. First off, the curb appeal was cute to start. But I have to say...Wow! I love the white door!!!! The whole look is very nice. Good job!

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  8. I saw this on twitter today but didn't have time to post...you did great girlie! You are such an inspiration!

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  9. I love the changes you've made! And they're all so affordable. Always a great reminder that small $$ can have a big impact.

    LOL re: the kids from nearby. We are under contract on a house (hooray! now we can think about curb appeal too!), and we specifically avoided the ones that were right by the elementary school. Glad we're not the only grumpy old misers. ;-)

    xoxo,
    tanja

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  10. Love the white door! Definitely makes it pop and ties it in with the white trim. Good choice!

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