Curb Appeal for Less

In the June 2014 issue of Better Homes and Gardens, there’s an article featuring tips on how to do a quick curb appeal makeover. I love all the tips, but I’m wondering if this look can be achieved for less than the items they’re suggesting.


You can take the curb appeal quiz here.

  • Sherwin Williams does offer great paint choices, but instead of paying full price, you can use a coupon like this one found here.
  • Always check the clearance plant section at Lowe’s and Home Depot before paying full price on plants.
  • Garden Ridge and Big Lots are good sources for inexpensive plant pots


This light from Lowe’s  for $97.90 is a decent knock-off for the one from Shades of Light.

Kohl’s sells this trellis coir doormat on sale for $19.79, which saves almost $10 compared to the Kendra Trellis Doormat by Pottery Barn.

Kohl’s also sells this chevron one that costs $19.79.


Front Porch Makeover

When we first moved into our home, around 2.5 months ago, it was still cold outside and the front porch got a little neglected with our trying to get the inside of the house in order. I brought some potted perennial plants with me from Atlanta, but I wasn’t sure if they were going to come back this spring because the winter had been so cold, especially days before we moved (and my poor plants sat inside the freezing truck). And it seems that we brought the cold weather with us because we had the joy of experiencing the ice storm in Charleston that caused a power outage for 2 days! So, here’s how my poor plants  and porch looked:





I took a visit to Lowe’s and bought some potting soil and packs of flowers that were marked down from $9.98 to $.63 (yes, I even buy plants on clearance, too!) and some coconut liners from Big Lots to use on the plant stand.

After I trimmed the dead parts of the plants (I didn’t mess with the roots just in case my perennials came back), I planted the new flowers in my old pots and added coconut liners to the 3 tier plant stand and added flowers to that. Here’s the end result:

Better, but the seat cushions were old and dirty and the chairs looked dingy. So, I spray painted the chairs and found some new cushions at Ross to go with these 2 I had found at Target before we moved.

I also added some solar lights to our walkway that I bought on clearance at Target before we moved.

So here’s how the front porch looks now. I moved some things around and added a potted mandevilla plant bought on clearance from Lowe’s and a pillow from World Market that I got for $11 after coupons. I re-used the 2 pillows I bought from Old Time Pottery around $8 each a couple years ago. And my perennials are coming back, too!

Now we’re ready for spring, and the front porch looks so much more inviting.