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Instant Curb Appeal For Under $100

There are dozens of small, inexpensive home improvements that you can do to your house to add instant curb appeal. Adding curb appeal to your house not only makes it easier to sell, but it also gives your house that nice and finished look in which you can take pride in. When deciding on how to add instant curb appeal to your house, make sure your consider what your house currently looks like and what will look best with it. Also, consider how much time you have to put into your home improvement project and what your budget is.

Here are a few DIY home improvement projects that all cost under $100 and will add instant curb appeal to your house.

Paint Your Front Door, Trim, or Shutters on Your House

Most exterior paint will cost you approximately $25 a gallon. To paint your trim, shutters, or front door it on your house, it should not take you more than $100, unless you have a very big house. Painting your home can definitely add some brightness and revive your house while adding curb appeal. Pick a bold color that makes your house stick out, but just make sure that you match it to the rest of the colors on your house. This home improvement project may take several hours depending on how much you choose to paint, so plan for at least a day of painting.

 

Upgrade Your Mailbox

It doesn’t matter if you have a regular mailbox by the road or if you have a box mounted to your house for mail, adding a new and upgraded mailbox can make your home feel upgraded, which adds curb appeal to it. You can find a new mailbox for your house from anywhere from $10-$100. When you install your mailbox, make sure that you are following the regulations that are set forth in the city that you live in. If you have a simple mailbox mounted on your house, this home improvement project should take less than an hour to complete. If you have a full-size mailbox at the road, plan for at least 2 hours or so to complete the home improvement project.

Install New House Numbers

If your house has old or faded house numbers on it, purchase some new numbers to spruce up the curb appeal of your house. Look for modern house numbers that are made from stainless steel, brass or aluminum. Try to match your new house numbers with the finish that is on your exterior light fixtures to add the best curb appeal. Simple house numbers can start at $2.00 for a number or you can look into customized plaques that can cost $50-$100.

Plant a Tree

Planting a tree is one of the most common ways to add curb appeal to your house. It is a simple home improvement project that can really liven up your house. Before you plant a tree in your yard, make sure you consider how big the tree will get and how it will affect your house. If you have enough space, try planting two trees to frame your house or your entryway into your house. You can find trees to add curb appeal to your house starting at $25. Planting a tree does not take very long and is a short home improvement project.

Replace Exterior Light Fixtures

When buying new exterior light fixtures to add curb appeal to your house, be sure to consider both the style of the light fixtures and the function of them. You want your light fixtures to be able to adequately light up your entryway to your house and make it safer. Also, look for light fixtures that have the same mounting system as the current ones that you have to save yourself some time on this home improvement project. Exterior light fixtures can be found anywhere from $20 and up.

Install Flower Boxes

If your house is lacking curb appeal and color, then try adding some flower boxes to your house. Install the flower boxes in the windows of your house or on the front porch railings. Flower boxes are relatively cheap and will only cost approximately $25. The thing that you have to remember with this home improvement project is that you will also have to pay for the flowers and soil for inside the flower boxes and you will also have to maintain the up-keep of the flowers to actually add curb appeal. If you rather not add flower boxes to your house, then consider buying some container gardens in pots and placing them on your front steps or porch.

31 Insanely Easy And Clever DIY Projects

These are the kind of simple projects for the laziest and most inept of crafters.Even if you can barely operate a drill, you can do most of these projects — and in less than an hour.posted on 

1. Make a Sharpie Mug

2. Turn a T-Shirt into a Work-Out Tank

Turn a T-Shirt into a Work-Out Tank

3. Ombre Nails with a Sponge

Ombre Nails with a Sponge

Click here for the full tutorial.

4. Use Bookends as Floating Bookshelves

Use Bookends as Floating Bookshelves

5. Transfer a Photo onto a Slab of Wood

Transfer a Photo onto a Slab of Wood

6. Make a Heart-Shaped Ring Out of Wire

Make a Heart-Shaped Ring Out of Wire

7. Nail Polish Key Covers

Nail Polish Key Covers

So you can easily tell your keys apart.

8. Make a Travel Flat Iron Holder Out of a Pot Holder

Make a Travel Flat Iron Holder Out of a Pot Holder

9. Make Your Own Spray Paint

Make Your Own Spray Paint

You can make your own small batch spray paint: mix 2 parts acrylic paint with 1 part water in a spray bottle.

10. Build a Bookshelf With Two Ladders and Planks of Wood

Build a Bookshelf With Two Ladders and Planks of Wood

11. Create a Couch From Wooden Pallets

Create a Couch From Wooden Pallets

12. Or Make a Bike Rack out of Those Wooden Pallets

Or Make a Bike Rack out of Those Wooden Pallets

13. “Fireflies in a Jar” Night Lantern

"Fireflies in a Jar" Night Lantern

14. Ramekins, Coffee Beans and Tea Lights

Ramekins, Coffee Beans and Tea Lights

The warmth of the candles makes the coffee beans smell amazing.

15. Glitterize Anything With Mod Podge and Glitter

Glitterize Anything With Mod Podge and Glitter

Mix the Mod Podge with glitter and paint it on stuff.

(Glitter wine glass source: The Sasse Life)

16. Turn Clothes Hangers Into Shoe Hangers

Turn Clothes Hangers Into Shoe Hangers

17. Screw Cheap Furniture Knobs Into Wood for a Necklace Holder

Screw Cheap Furniture Knobs Into Wood for a Necklace Holder

Click here for the full tutorial.

18. Use a Window Shutter as a Mail Holder

Use a Window Shutter as a Mail Holder

19. Stack PVC Pipe/Paint Cans as Shoe Storage

Stack PVC Pipe/Paint Cans as Shoe Storage

20. Cut Up an Old T-Shirt Into a Tie-Front Tank

Cut Up an Old T-Shirt Into a Tie-Front Tank

21. Make a Lamp Out of a Water Jug and a Headlamp

Make a Lamp Out of a Water Jug and a Headlamp

22. Wrap a Scarf to Make a Draped Skirt

Wrap a Scarf to Make a Draped Skirt

Click here for the full tutorial.

23. Turn Inexpensive Frames Into Chalkboard Signs

Turn Inexpensive Frames Into Chalkboard Signs

Paint the frames, and then paint the glass with chalkboard paint.

24. Color Your Shoe Soles With Nail Polish

Color Your Shoe Soles With Nail Polish

Click here for the full tutorial.

25. Make a Stool Using Old Magazines, Two Belts, and a Pillow

Make a Stool Using Old Magazines, Two Belts, and a Pillow

26. Letter Bottles With a Hot Glue Gun

Letter Bottles With a Hot Glue Gun

27. Sew Five Pillow Cases Together to Create a Body Pillow

Sew Five Pillow Cases Together to Create a Body Pillow

28. Make a Braclet with String and Hexagonal Nuts

Make a Braclet with String and Hexagonal Nuts

Click here for a more detailed tutorial.

29. Glue Corks into a Picture Frame to Make a Bulletin Board

Glue Corks into a Picture Frame to Make a Bulletin Board

30. Fill a Mason Jar With Christmas Lights

Fill a Mason Jar With Christmas Lights

31. No-Sew Pillow Cover

No-Sew Pillow Cover

Learn How To Make A Hand-Painted Vintage Sign

 

What You’ll Need

 

Find a piece of salvaged wood. If you can’t find the right size, buy a new one, paint it, then distress it by sanding and banging it up with hand tools. You will also need a utility knife and scissors; drill; measuring tape; hand saw; paintbrush and red paint – sample size (we used Lowe’s Valspar Claret); shop vacuum; face mask; salvaged wood board (about 70″ to 75″ x 20″ to 24″); shellac (all natural sealer); two D-rings with screws and picture hanging wire; three large paper bags; painter’s tape; and sandpaper.

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Prep the Board

 

Wear a mask. Clean the board with a shop vac to get any paint flakes off. Wipe down with a damp rag. Measure the board, and plan out your design on paper.

 

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Create the Design

 

Create a template for the letters on three paper bags. For a 70″ x 24″ salvaged board, letters should be at least 16″ square.

 

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Trace Letters

 

Tape letters onto board and outline with marker.

 

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Outline With a Knife

 

Remove templates, and use razor knife to cut along the marker lines. Go over it a few times to make the lines wider and deeper.

 

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Go Over With Saw

 

Go over them again with a hand saw to create a rough-line look. Vacuum to remove all dust and wood chips.

 

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Paint Letters

 

Paint inside the lines, but leave some of the finish/paint underneath exposed. Let dry. If necessary, put on a second coat and let dry. Use sandpaper to scrape away the paint in some spots to give it an aged look.

 

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Apply Finish and Add Hardware

 

Shellac wood, front and back two times. Add D-rings to the back of the wood. Hang with wire, and enjoy your hand-painted vintage sign.

 

Glittered Snowballs, Snowmen and Ornaments

Snowballs

Materials and Tools:

plastic foam balls – any size
1 cup of all-purpose glue
2 teaspoons water
large canister of white or clear glitter
2 Medium-sized plastic bowls
wax paper

Steps:

1. In one bowl, mix together approximately 1 cup of the all-purpose glue and 2 teaspoons of water.

2. Roll/tap the foam balls in the glue and water mixture to give each a light coat. Working over the second plastic bowl (to catch the excess glitter), sprinkle the glitter over the glued ball.

3. Place the glittered balls onto waxed paper for drying. You might want to turn the balls on the wax paper every 30 minutes so that the glue does not clump in one area.

Stand-Up Snowmen

Materials and Tools:

2 glittered snowballs (as created above), one slightly larger than the other
Scrapbooking eyelets and brads (for eyes and details)
3 small buttons
2 toothpicks
felt scraps (for the snowman’s scarf and hat)
2 two-liter soda bottle caps
permanent marker
orange acrylic craft paint
tacky glue
embellishments

Steps:

1. Secure the larger snowball (the body) to the smaller snowball (the head) by pushing a toothpick into the body and placing the head on top. Flip the snowman over and push one of the two-liter soda bottle caps into the bottom of the body to form a firm base.

2. Use the permanent marker to color the other two-liter soda cap. This will be the top of the snowman’s hat. Cut a small circle of felt to form the brim of the snowman’s hat. Glue the soda cap to the brim. Once dry, glue the hat in the desired position on the head of the snowman.

3. Working on the face of the snowman, place and push eyelets or brads into the foam to form the eyes, mouth, cheeks, etc. You can use tacky glue for extra security.

4. Paint the second toothpick orange and allow to dry. Cut the toothpick in half and push into the nose area of the face to form the carrot nose. Tacky glue can be used for extra security.

5. Cut the felt into a long rectangular shape and snip fringe at the ends to make a scarf. You can layer up many shapes and colors of felt to add details. Wrap and glue the scarf around the snowman’s neck. Add buttons and any additional embellishments.

6. Working on the body, glue buttons down the front or push brads into the body for extra details.

Snowman Ornaments

Materials and Tools:

2 completed glittered snowballs, one slightly larger than the other
1 yard of fishing line
bamboo skewer
tape
jingle bell
scrapbooking eyelets & brads (for eyes and details)
3 Small buttons
toothpick
felt scraps
1 Decorative 2- or 4-hole button
orange acrylic craft paint
glue

Steps:

1. Thread and tie the jingle bell at the mid-point of a one-yard length of fishing line. There will be two tails of fishing line of the same length. Tape the two ends of the fishing line to the tip of a bamboo skewer.

2. Push the skewer through the bottom of the larger snowball (the snowman’s body) and out through the top as straight as possible. Skewer the smaller snowball (the snowman’s head) in the same manner. You will have two snowballs threaded onto fishing line anchored at the bottom with a jingle bell. Remove the fishing line from the skewer and tie the line in a knot at the top of the head.

3. Cut a small round hat shape from a piece of felt. Use a toothpick to poke two holes in the felt. Thread one end of the fishing line through one poked hole and repeat for the second piece of line and hole. Tie in a knot to secure. Thread the fishing line through the decorative button and tie in a knot to secure. Tie the fishing line in a knot at to the appropriate hanging length. Trim off excess fishing line.

4. Working on the face of the snowman, place and push eyelets or brads into the foam to form the eyes, mouth, cheeks, etc. You can use tacky glue for extra security.

5. Paint the toothpick orange and allow to dry. Cut the toothpick in half and push into the nose area of the face to form the carrot nose. You can use tacky glue for extra security.

6. Cut the felt into a long rectangular shape and snip fringe at the ends to make a scarf. You can layer up many shapes and colors of felt to add details. Wrap and glue the scarf around the snowman’s neck. Add buttons and any additional embellishments.

7. Working on the body, glue buttons down the front or push brads into the body for extra details.

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