Have you gotten bit by the summer bug yet? This one is so much better then the winter bug, which is what we call cold and flue season here. The Summer bug is when the sun is out, the windows are open and you cannot help yourself but be outside. I have a case of this bug bad! I want to spend all of my time outside, and need to be forced to come in when the streetlights come on, just like when I was a kid. Today I am introducing you to Curb Appeal Challenge, the before to the front yard.
This new challenge will be going on for the next few weeks, all about adding curb appeal to my home. Not just mine, but a big group of talented bloggers are all redoing their front yard. From massive overhauls, so simple updates. Each lady is sharing their before pictures today. You will be able to see their blogs and go to their links at the bottom of this post.
I shared my backyard patio reveal just yesterday on the blog. It is fresh, bright, bold and sooo relaxing. The space just oozes comfort and we have proclaimed this our new living room all season long. I have not shared any of the project and DIY steps featured in that post yet. First, I have to get this curb appeal ball rolling. Let you all see the hot mess that is the front of my house. I want it to match my backyard in appeal.
As you can see, I have a long way to go in regards to my front yard. Which is really bad, because I live in a nice neighborhood, with very nice neighbors that spend hours perfecting their yards. I am that house. The one bringing the rest of them down.
OK, I am being a little dramatic. I think that my home is like a Monet, to quote Cher from the movie Clueless “full-on Monet. It’s like a painting, see? From far away, it’s OK, but up close, it’s a big old mess.” My house is OK-ish from far away. The architecture of the home is cute, the columns on the front porch are beautiful. I have great green grass, but up close the flower beds are over-run by weeds, the columns are peeling the paint off and the front door is in a sad state. See, it is a Monet. You get extra credit if you know the movie and quote I gave about it. 🙂
The front door is going to be painted to match the interior. I painted it a dark gray a few weeks ago. It has been a slow process because I had to wait for it to stop snowing before I could paint the exterior of the door.
The dark green color of the door matches the shutters on the house. Neither has ever been updated. I am not a fan of this color, nothing wrong with it but I want to give the front door a dark gray makeover. Get rid of this faded color.
I also want to either replace the shutters or paint them a different color. I am either going to go with the same gray as the front door or paint them white. Our house is a light brown color or beige. I am not sure if I want to keep the shutters dark or go super light. Let me know what you think I should do!
These columns are going to be repainted white, they are beautiful and I love how the look with my arched front porch. But they are in need of a little revamp.
To the right of my front porch are three Hydrangea bushes that were given to me for Mothers day a few years ago. It was such a sweet gift because they are my favorite flower. I am impatiently waiting for them to bloom this year!
This is another sad feature to my front area. We have had this bench forever, it was given to us secondhand from family. I cannot believe with my decorating obsessed self, and with this being in the front of my home (where everyone can see it) that I have let it get this bad. I plan to either repair and paint this, or replace it with something else. It needs some repairs and I am not sure if it is salvageable as of right now.
I like to have a seating area in the front of our house, my kids like to play in the driveway or on the street. But I am a Mommy that cannot let her kids be alone, ever so I Helicopter parent from a distance. All view able and I am able to step in when needed.
The biggest overhaul will be these two planters. The one by my mailbox and the center one. We have tried small fixes, new plants, but never done it the right way. I am currently doing research on the best plants to use, with varying heights and all that can last in -30 temperatures. Yes, it gets that cold here in Winter, it amazes me any plants (or people) survive that frigid cold. What are some of your favorite plants or bushes to put in large flower beds?
I believe I have covered all of what I am going to do to add some much needed curb appeal to my home. Let’s see what the other blogging friends of mine are going to do!
The other blog’s linking up for this Curb Appeal Blog Hop Challenge
I don’t have a huge to-do list for this Curb Appeal Challenge, the before to the front yard. But to recap for you all my plans are-
Paint the columns
Paint the front door
Possible new screen door
Paint or get new window shutters
New light fixtures in porch and on either side of the garage
Fix or replace the front bench
Redo two flower beds
Nothing too much, I am eager to get moving on it. I am not a patient person, and once I decide on something I want to start on it right away. I was ready to go with this and get to working on it last night, but my kids had their normal activities, homework, had to make dinner, blah, blah, blah…. why must responsibilities get in the way of my home decorating, redoing and DIYing?!!!
Let me know what color you think my shutters should be. Also any tips or recommendations for plants in my two flower beds would be amazing!