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Updated on Oct 4, 2020. Posted on May 2, 2015

39 Budget Curb Appeal Ideas That Will Totally Change Your Home

Give your house a facelift.

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Whether you're looking to sell, or just want to give your home a spring refresh, these simple curb appeal ideas will go a long way.

1. First step: paint your front door.

Here's a great guide for how to choose which color, which is often the hardest part. A brightly colored door is a great way to draw attention to your house and make it feel modern and inviting.

2. There's even an app that lets you see what different door colors would look like!

It's called Front Door Paint, naturally. Get it here.

3. Here's the best way to paint a storm door:

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See the full instructions here.

4. If you don't want to paint, just give your door a good scrub.

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See how here.

5. Spray paint your existing door hardware.

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Anything is more modern than contractor's brass. See how here.

6. Give your house numbers a font upgrade.

The font is very important. Get these sans-serif ones on the left here. For the decals on the right, go here.

7. Frame your door.

Painting the trim and adding matching moulding can make any door frame look tons better. Get the directions at Me and Jilly.

8. Add a stylish door knocker.

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Learn how to polish antique brass at Marcus Design.

9. Put in some new porch lights.

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Learn how to replace your lights at Two Twenty One.

10. Or, just upgrade the ones you have.

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This radical makeover cost $1! See how to do it at Style With Cents.

11. Add tile to a plain concrete entryway.

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See instructions at Decor and the Dog.

12. Or, make faux tiles with concrete stain.

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Get the tutorial at Beneath My Heart.

13. Adding layers of plants will give more dimension to your porch.

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See how to mix and match at House and Home.

14. Add some hanging planters.

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Learn how to make these DIY hangers at A Beautiful Mess.

15. Make an inexpensive planter tall by glueing two pots together.

See how at Brady Bunch Remodel.

16. For a small porch, try a vertical planter.

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See how to make this one at Cape 27.

17. Start a container garden with these DIY planters.

See how to make the gold-dipped one here, and the cedar one here.

18. This chart will tell you how to mix and match colorful plants:

19. Wood stain your aluminum garage door for a more rustic feel.

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See how here.

20. Or class it up with DIY carriage house doors.

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All you need is $10 worth of hardware and a drill. See how at Garden of Love.

21. Take it up a notch and add a pergola with climbing vines.

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The pergola is quick, but the vines might take a while. See the full transformation here.

22. Make a faux stair runner with paint.

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It gives stairs a little more character, PLUS you don't have to paint the whole thing. Get the directions at The 2 Seasons.

23. Cover an exposed foundation with ready-made panels.

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Get them here.

24. Camouflage your ugly electrical boxes.

Just paint them the same color as your house! See more here.

25. And hide your AC unit.

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See how to camouflage this necessary eyesore at Spirals and Spatulas.

26. Give your mailbox a makeover.

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This one is from a pre-packaged kit. See how to do it at Beneath My Heart.

27. Revamp your welcome mat.

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You can give new life to a ratty door mat with this easy tutorial from Smart Schoolhouse.

28. Or, personalize a cheap natural mat.

29. Add faux shutters to your front windows.

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If you get the boards cut at the hardware store, you won't even need a saw. Get the instructions at House Logic.

30. While you're at it, repair any torn screens.

Learn how from Martha Stewart.

31. Pressure wash everything!

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You can pressure wash bricks, wood decking, concrete, stucco, windows, vinyl, metal, plastic garbage cans, grills. Everything looks better with a little hard scrub.

Look how satisfying it is!

32. Add some window boxes.

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You can buy them or DIY them.

33. Hang up your hose.

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See how to make this convenient hanging post at Shanty 2 Chic.

34. Or, stick it in a cool copper pot.

35. Get rid of weeds with this DIY spray.

36. Create your own flower beds with this easy tutorial.

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See the full instructions and photos at Funky Junk Interiors.

37. Create a flower bed around your trees for another well-contained pop of color.

38. Add some simple edging to any flower beds that will protect them from the mower.

39. Top it all off with a porch swing.

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Nothing says "Sit down, stay awhile" like an outdoor swing. Learn how to make this one at Shanty 2 Chic.

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