Curb Appeal Project

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This post is brought to you by Lowe’s. Although they sponsored our curb appeal project, we were not paid to write this post 🙂 

When we first moved into our home last January, we knew down the line we were going to want to do something with the outside. It was a pretty boring, old, plain-jane house but I guess we saw potential…or something.

The first year and a half, we focused our time and attention to the inside {like renovating our kitchen…in the same week we brought Blake home from the hospital…hehe, or Brooke’s room.} But things were starting to shape up nicely, so we decided to tackle the outside with the help from our friends at Lowe’s.

Here are our results 🙂

house before and after

As you can see, things changed pretty drastically. We painted our house all in Allen & Roth colors, available at Lowe’s. The blue is called Jazz Club, the white trim is called Subway Tile and the red door is actually called Front Door Red. How perfect is that?


My husband was going for the red white and blue theme. I personally wanted a yellow door, but had to settle for yellow flowers. Womp womp. You win some, you lose some.

front door

I’m sort of glad that our door is red now though, because it looks so good! Our old door was dented, had peeling paint and just looked unfortunate. NOT TO MENTION those awful glass blocks that were used as a side light. Eew eew eew.

The 90’s called. They want their door back.


So we purchased a new fiberglass door, painted it red and installed that bad boy with a new side light. I think our entry is my favorite part of this whole revamp. It just looks so much cleaner and neater now.


I really love my lanterns and herb garden planters too 🙂 The larger black planter is Allen & Roth brand as well.


I never took a before photo of the old light and house numbers, but just trust me….these ones look so so much better 🙂 We definitely are loving silver accents. #numbers #light #lantens

side of house before and after

Right out front before we added anything, we had a lovely rock and weed garden. So pretty I know, but I thought some Boxwoods and flowers would be much prettier! {Thanks, Big A for the boxwoods!}


When we first were looking at the house even before we amused the thought of buying it, I thought these rocks were the dumbest thing in the world. Why put a strip of rocks right beside the driveway? Why not pave it? Who was the wise guy who made THAT stupid decision? Geeze.

I clearly have my certain likes and dislikes. Don’t mind me!

Anyways, our friends Troy and Stephanie {see this post} came over to help us pour and finish the concrete this weekend. Actually, Troy did most of the concrete, Stephanie and I make homemade pasta.

Best decision I made all week.


The only thing I don’t like about this concrete is how new it looks compared to the rest of the driveway. I just wish it all could have been new, but holy shnikes, concrete is expensive stuff! We also added a cute little garden next to the concrete with solar lights and flowers. I love it all!! We’ve even had people drive by and tell us how good they think the concrete looks. Why thank you, kind stranger.


The solar lights work…incase you were wondering.


And before I forget, we added our handprints into the concrete before it all set! Precious I know…it was Gordon’s idea. Blake’s tiny handprint is pretty much the cutest thing ever. #bestillmyovaries


To the right of our house was this hot mess. Weeds, rocks and more weeds. We took everything out and just laid down some sod. And by we, I mean Gord.


It’s still growing in, but it looks SO much better than it did before. Also, we went on vacation to Miami right after this was laid, soooo we’re trying to still fill in those lines and cracks! Lol!

Overall, we LOVE the changes we’ve made! It’s still an old house, but definitely cuter than it was before. We’re still not quite the best looking house on our street, but certainly not the worst anymore! Lol!

We spent about $1700 total on everything, including:

-all the paint

-new front door

-new side light

-new planters




-house numbers


Thank you Lowe’s! We love that your store is so close to us, that your employees are so friendly and that you have military discounts. Thank you thank you thank you 🙂

For more inspiration on cute curb appeal ideas or indoor design ideas, check out Lowe’s on Pinterest.

So guys, whaddaya think? Better than before, right?


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15 Responses
  1. Crystal

    Love it…especially the red door (which is the same as mine…hee hee). The blue color really pops! Handprints are precious. Great job!!

  2. Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen

    We’re in the process of renovating a rental home so your post was very good timing for me 🙂 I love the red door! I’ve got my eye on those planters because the backyard is the next thing we are working on. Nice job!

  3. Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog

    It all looks so great! Can I just say I thought you lived in some giant mansion from your kitchen photos? lol. It is so incredibly nice to see what you’ve done with the space and curb appeal! I live in a tinnnny house and am always looking for ways to make it look nicer, definitely pinning this for inspiration 🙂 Love your red door btw!

  4. Tanya B

    It looks great. I love the red, white and blue theme. I think you can pressure wash the old concrete so that it is not such a drastic difference in color. Either that, or you could paint it if it really bugs you. 🙂 Then again, it would bug me until it finally fixed itself. I have an amazing tolerance for things that annoy me.

  5. Rebekah

    LOVE the red door. I may be a little biased… our front door is also red and I will never change it unless I repaint it red.

  6. Karen

    Great job on your curb appeal! And, just a suggestion for your “old” concrete…you might try power washing it to get it to lighten up closer to color of the “new” concrete.

  7. Marilyn Brennan

    I was hoping to catch this post about the curb appeal. This is so fun to see. What a difference! My favorite picture is you on the front porch in the dark with the solar lights on. Ta dah! Great work, Gordon! You guys are a great team.

  8. Karen

    Very nice!!!! Love your kitchen too! I really like the light above the house numbers and the hand prints…great idea! You should really feel settled now.

  9. Shannon

    Love the candles outside in the lanterns thing. Wish we could do that here but considering some times in the summer our actual temp is over 100 it would be a melted mess.

    They might have done rocks because of a water pooling/irrigation problem. It’s called a french drain or something like that. We had to do that will ours in a section. With out the gravel water pools and it ices up in the winter. Fallen many times on that ice rink. Love the handprints in the concrete. When we get a new drive way laid and the drainage problem fixed where we can hopefully have all concrete (unless the fix cost an arm and a leg) I want to do handprints.

    Great job, owning a home is hard work and sometimes costly but so worth it!

  10. Katie | The Surly Housewife

    Love, love, LOVE!! It all looks amazing. The door and house color makes such a big difference. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂