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6 Budget Friendly Ways to Update the Exterior of Your Home

Update: This was one of the more popular posts that I shared back in October, but I thought with the beautiful spring weather we've been having and our tendency to spruce up our outdoors this time of year, it would be fun to highlight this post again. Reading back through this post has me excited to make some small changes to our entryway to make it a more happy and welcome place to come home to. I know I swore I'd have a yellow door someday, but I'm thinking it wouldn't look so great with the brick we have going on. I'm thinking of painting it a blue color instead. I think a blue will contrast well and pop against the brick and black shutters. What color would you like to paint your door?

p.s. It was fun to go back through and read this and just for the record, Kendall was on board with yellow door idea. Sometimes that guy surprises me. 

6 Budget Friendly Ways to Update Your Exterior

The exterior of your home is the first thing people see when they drive by or pull in to visit you. It should say welcome and make your guests eager to come in and share some coffee and chat or watch Friends reruns with you. If you'd like to give your house a facelift but can't afford a total makeover right now, I've got 6 simple and relatively budget friendly ways for you to update the face of your house. 

1. Paint the door. I can't wait until we have our own home someday and I can paint the door. I dream about it. I haven't decided yet if I want a white house with black shutters and a yellow door or a charcoal grey house with white shutters and a yellow door, but I know one thing. The door will be yellow. I haven't told the hubs this yet, so I may have some convincing to do between now and than, but I'm sure it will happen ;) I just love a painted door. It adds a lot of visual interest to a home without costing a fortune. I've thought about painting our apartment door, but we've been in good standing here so far, and I'd kinda of hate to ruin that.

2. Hang a wreath. Hanging a wreath on a door is like hanging a necklace around your neck. It just adds a little bit of something special. The hubs says he hates wreaths so I haven't hung one on our door yet, but I've got DIY fever, and I feel a wreath coming to our door in the near future. Wreaths are nice in that they can easily be changed out with the seasons to give your house a quick little update. 

Image via:  On Sutton Place

Image via: On Sutton Place

Image via:  Houzz

Image via: Houzz

3. Add some plants and flowers. Plants and flowers just breathe life into a space and make it feel alive. There are a million different planter options you can choose from to complement your home and style and like wreaths, plants and flowers can be changed out with the seasons to keep your entry looking fresh. One tip I would suggest when adding a wreath and flowers to your entry is to choose colors that complement the color of your door. It can make a huge difference and really make your entry way sing.

Image via:  Freshome

Image via: Freshome

4. Add some lighting. If a wreath is the necklace to the door, than lighting is the earrings. Lighting can really draw a space together. Not only does it look pretty during the day, but at night it gives that warm welcome and glow that says people are loved and welcomed here. You can add your lighting overhead or to the sides of the door or both.

5. Update the hardware. Hardware can definitely add some visual interest to your entry way. Design is in the details. You can add a unique knocker, update the hinges, and of course update the door handle itself. You can go with something totally unique or something classic. Just ditch the builder grade accessories and add a little special touch to your door. Also, make sure the all the hardware complements each other and doesn't compete for attention.

6. Add a rug.  This is super simple, and no one will necessarily see it from the road, but it spruces up the space nonetheless. A rug is not only functional, but adds visual interest and is a small way to express your personality and style. Plus if you get tired of it or it gets worn out, it is a pretty cheap update :)

Image via:  HGTV

Image via: HGTV

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Also I'd love to hear your tips for updating your homes exteriors, Leave them in the comments below!  

Credenza Before & After

We have this credenza up against the wall as you walk into our apartment that serves as our dumping ground for keys and change and papers and holding the cookbooks I rarely use because, well, ya know, Pinterest. I've been wanting to style this thing ever since we moved in because it's one of the first things you see when you walk in the door and it just look blah.See what's I mean?

Wood Credenza

 I wanted some little plants to put in the cubby holes but hadn't come across any planters I liked, and I will hold out 'til the end of time to find something I love instead of just settling for something I kind of like. Once i spotted these copper colored candle holders in the dollar section at Target, I knew I'd found what I was looking for.

Copper Planter

I bought some succulents from Lowes to plant in them, and love how they turned out. I chose succulents, hoping I can keep them alive and plus, they just look good.

Copper Succulent Planter

Everything else, except the pumpkin my sweet mother in law gave me, I pulled from stuff we already had in the apartment.

White Platter and Birds

The doves that look like they're necking were on our wedding cake and I love them despite the fact they look like they're necking. ;) The platter is one we received as a wedding gift as well as the little silver salt and pepper shakers, and the other little bird is one I snagged in a local shop shortly after we moved here.

Styled Wood Credenza

I love how the copper and white elements come together, and now I'm trying to decide if I want to paint this credenza. I'm thinking either white, which I think will be too bland for this space or a black or dark navy with some awesome new knobs, What do you think? I'm also working on a piece of motivational word art for above this space to motivate us as we leave for work each day.

I actually like looking at this piece now instead of squinting as I walk by it to pretend I don't see how boring it is. ;)

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