Dreaming of a major home makeover this spring but dreading the cost and undertaking? The solution is a whole lot simpler than you’d think! From small-scale projects to eye-catching transformations, all you need is paint to conquer these 10 outdoor upgrades.
1. Simple Siding Gets a Serious Upgrade
Siding can start to look drab and dilapidated over time, so painting it is a cost-effective solution. With a fresh coat of paint you increase the longevity of your siding while boosting your home’s curb appeal.
2. Yes, You Can Even Paint Stucco
A textured surface like stucco will require the special attention of a professional to paint, but the investment is well worth it. The nooks and crannies of stucco tend to fill with dirt and grime over time, leaving your home looking less than lovely. By treating and painting stucco, the decade’s worth of dirt will be a thing of the past.
3. Take Brick from Mundane to Modern
Is your home’s brick facade in need of a revamp?You should never paint brick (it’s harmful to the surface and can lead to cracking and peeling).
4. Colours Fit for a Window Frame
Sometimes it’s the smaller changes that have the biggest impact. Changing the colour of your windows can alter the look of your home. Why opt for costly replacement windows when all they require is a cosmetic update? P.S. Black is definitely a trending new shade for windows!
5. Accessorize in Colour
While we tend to stick with traditional colours for the exterior of our home, accessories are the perfect way to introduce a favourite shade or coordinating hue. A flower pot by the door in a vibrant shade of blue, or invigorating green, can aid in dictating the style of your home, and sends the message that you’re not only a homeowner with style, but one who takes pride in their property.
6. Paint Your Front Door
Aside from the house itself, the first thing people notice when they visit, or even as they’re walking by, is the entrance. If you want to give your exterior a new look but a full-on overhaul is too big a job, revitalize your front door with a fresh coat of paint. But make sure to get it professionally painted, as this is probably not a project you want to redo every year. The quality of the paint and the application process is extremely important in ensuring you get a smooth finish that won’t peel.
7. Garage Doors
Just like your front door, the garage door directly impacts the visual style of your home (maybe even more so because it’s so large!). If you’ve been living with the builder’s boring finish for too long, or it’s simply seen better days, paint it! You’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.
8. Shed a Little Creativity on Your Shed
Sheds house some of your most trusted belongings — from lawn mowers and gardening tools to bikes and seasonal furniture — so they deserve love and attention, too (and often experience a lot of wear and tear). A fresh coat of paint will be the motivation you need to get outside and open up your yard for spring and summer! If your shed is situated towards the back of your lawn, nestled among trees and flowers, take a walk on the wild side and paint it something unexpected and bright. It’ll make your garden feel playful and enchanting.
9. Perk Up Your Patio Furniture
Patio furniture offers a great opportunity to showcase your personality without a huge investment. Consider the colours of your home’s exterior and select a shade of paint that’ll really pop against that backdrop, or flex your creative muscles further and paint colourful patterns.
10. Colourful Fences Make for Great Neighbourhoods
They say good fences make good neighbours, but we’re all for colourful fences that set the tone for a neighbourhood. It’s easy to take your fencing for granted. As it deteriorates over time, so too does your curb appeal. Painting your fence will instantly boost your home’s image, both from inside and outside your home!
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