Curb Appeal (aka the May Lowe’s challenge)

This month’s Lowe’s Creator challenge was “curb appeal”.  The budget was small ($100) and the next couple of months involve the yard, so I wanted to focus my efforts elsewhere.  I chose my front porch.  Here are a couple of “before” shots:

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So, we headed to Lowe’s where I picked up a new front porch mat ($14.95), some teak oil (for the table makeover I shared yesterday),

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a small bag of “coarse sand” (also for the table makeover),

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and I spent the rest on succulents (again, for the table project) and flowers and plants.

The first thing we did was clear the porch completely.  Then we power washed the porch and the porch furniture.

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The dead plants in my paint bucket planters (still one of my favorite projects) were removed and replaced with new ones.  The antique white thing (sink? basin?) in the corner found a new home on the back deck and the dead plant was junked.  That whole situation was replaced with an aqua pot (also from Lowe’s) filled with flowers.


The glider was an anniversary gift a few years back and the green side chairs came from Lowe’s 2 or 3 years ago.

I swapped out the front mat


and hung some summery décor.


And the whole place feels much more “come and sit a while” instead of “throw your junk here”, which is TOTALLY what I was going for.  Winking smile



And here’s a friendly reminder to head on over for your FREE Subscription to Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine:


It really is a good one.  I loved so many of the ideas is this month’s!

Disclosure:  Lowe’s provided me with a gift card for this month’s curb appeal challenge.

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  1. I am in love with the new welcome mat!

  2. Cokette says:

    So jealous that you have a front porch! I Love everything you did! That glider is seriously awesome

  3. The porch looks great! I thought it looked great before too :-)

  4. Love the table… want a close up.:)

  5. This looks great! Great job.

  6. My front porch is full of small piles of dirt. My children are always excavating my flower beds. Maybe there is a career opportunity in mining, i’m not sure? Anyway…Supercute front porch. I love it. I wouldn’t throw any of my junk on it.

  7. If you find me sitting on your porch tomorrow morning don’t blame me…blame your awesome curb appeal skills! Looks amazing!

  8. I think you’re table makes this space! It looks so neat! And the plants (alive) ;) really freshen things up!

  9. Um, hello! This looks amazing …and it is totally inspiring. Love it!

  10. The curb appeal project I will undertake is staining the front porch floor and get new cushions for the glider/swing. I really like your coffee table redo.

  11. If I hard a $100 gift card to Lowe’s, I’d purchase a new mailbox and post. My property has 3 mailboxes on it, one is fancy and isn’t mine, and the other 2 are on one crappy wood post and are cheap plastic. They look so terrible, I tell everyone the fancy one is actually mine. Essentially, I’d have to buy 2 mailboxes, since my neighbor and I share a post.

  12. Nice transformation of the front porch

  13. LOVE that table you upcycled!!!

  14. Lindsey says:

    Powerwash; Paint front door and shutters; new mailbox; new hardware for doors; new house number sign; new door mat; and new summer wreath. I’m already putting all of this in motion so the gift card would help so much! Love what you have done with yours; simple yet perfect! Where did you get the door mat???????? I NEED IT! ;)

  15. I love your table and I think that I may need your glider. ..

  16. great job on your curb appeal project!

  17. I just love your porch. What a nice place to sit and enjoy a summer afternoon. Great job!

  18. potted plants make such a huge difference!

  19. I like it when individuals come together and share views.
    Great site, stick with it!

  20. Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular article!

    It is the little changes that will make the greatest changes.
    Thanks a lot for sharing!


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