13 DIY curb appeal projects to help you kickstart spring.
Friday, April 9, 2021
Celebrate the beautiful weather by giving your home's curb appeal a little pep. Try one of these easy spring curb appeal projects and celebrate your hard work.
1. Cedar planter » Shanty2Chic
A cedar planter box is a quick way to add some color and sophistication to any porch. We especially love how Shanty2Chic added house numbers for an extra personal touch. Another idea is to add caster wheels to the planter, especially if you plan on filling it with a large pot or oversized foliage. It will make it easier to move the box as your décor changes with the seasons and to keep your porch clean.
2. Vertical garden wall » The Handyman’s Daughter
Vertical gardens are a great way to add some greenery without taking up a lot of space. That means they’re especially perfect décor for small front porches. This one not only gives you a stylish way to display smaller plants and flowers, but the base could double as a bench or storage for your gardening supplies. No more hauling tools from the garage or shed, just to tend your garden.
3. Ocean stone mat » Tattooed Martha
There are all kinds of creative ways to DIY a doormat, but we’re highlighting this one made from stone because we love the natural look. We see this as a perfect fit for a variety of homes, from Craftsman-style to Scandinese. Tattooed Martha made this mat for her bathroom, but there’s no reason you couldn’t re-create your own for the porch or mudroom.
4. Recycled rubber doormat » Hoosier Homemade
This is a good DIY project for kids that, when they’re done, the whole family can use. We’ve all seen these institutional-looking rubber doormats. They’re effective but not very attractive, so Hoosier Homemade used paint and a sealant to add color and fun. You could do a simple pattern like she did, or get more creative, adding a message in block lettering or creating a picture.
5. Outdoor bench » My Daily Randomness
We love 2-for-1 furniture and this bench with planters has us excited for spring. Who wouldn’t want to welcome guests with this there to greet them? This carpentry project is great for taking your front porch décor to the next level.
6. Porch swing bed » Plank & Pillow
Come springtime, you’ll be ready to spend plenty of time outdoors in the fresh air. In the summer, you’ll love to luxuriate in the cool evening breeze. For both of these “activities,” you need someplace comfy to sit, so we recommend a porch swing bed. Deeper than a traditional porch swing, this bed is perfect for soaking up the season with family and friends.
7. Faux tile stenciled floor » Homestead 128
You might think that changing the floor of your porch means tearing the whole thing down and starting over. Think again. Homestead 128 painted their concrete patio with stencils to create a tiled look. Don’t be intimidated by this DIY front porch décor project. Our tips for how to paint flooring can help, too.
8. Straw tote spring “wreath” » Sadie Seasongoods
Wreaths don’t have to be round or even true wreaths at all. What’s not to love about Sadie Seasongoods’ second-hand tote bag turned into a gorgeous spring floral arrangement? She chose artificial flowers, but you could use anything from your garden as well. And when you choose colors that complement your front door, your neighbors won’t be able to stop talking about your front porch style.
9. Mailbox makeover » Beneath my heart
There’s nothing wrong with a simple mailbox post, but the one in this “before” picture was a bit of an eyesore. Don’t worry about the expense and heavy lifting of the new stone post, though. Beneath My Heart used a stone cast mailbox post – sold as one piece that slips over a wooden beam – to boost her curb appeal.
10. Wrapped porch posts » Addicted 2 Decorating
If your ugly posts happen to be porch columns, this one’s for you. Addicted 2 Decorating wrapped her existing porch posts in lumber and built out some architectural detail to give them a more substantial and finished look. She learned a few hard lessons along the way, so be sure to check out her entire series. We’d say the effort was worth it, though.
11. Flower bed edging » Garden World
Stone pavers give any garden bed a more refined, finished look. They also help to keep the grass of your lawn from creeping into your beds, making maintenance easier in the long run. You might need a little muscle to complete this project, but you won’t regret the sweat.
12. Chevron Lattice » Remodelaholic
Making a lattice trellis or screen became a good skill to have in 2020 as we looked for new ways to create privacy at home. Remodelaholic was ahead of her time with this outdoor living tip. It’s beautiful on its own, but some climbing vines or flowers would take the look over the top. Build one for your porch or in your backyard for some added shade and privacy.
13. Side door upgrade » Four Generations One Roof
The most-used entrance in your home isn’t always the front door, so we wanted to show you how Four Generations One Roof made over their side door. A spring-y tulip wreath and the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt helped take this door from boring to both stylish and secure.