Curb Appeal. It’s ‘For You’, not just ‘For Sale’!

Curb Appeal. It’s ‘For You’, not just ‘For Sale’!

You hear so much about curb appeal in today’s world of home staging, a slower real estate market, and of course, on every social media and home improvement channel going! Don’t get me wrong, curb appeal is an absolute must if you are selling, but what about if you’re not?

This is where I notice the little touches are often overlooked. You know how it is, coming and going on a daily basis and suddenly things disappear?

Enter my Dad’s home.

Dad's House Lanterns - Before

It’s hard to see in this shot, but the house lanterns are brass and badly pitted. Once Dad was on board to let me give them a quick refresh, he had them down before I could take my usual ‘before’ shots. That’s just the way he works!! πŸ™‚

Here are some close-ups in preparation for the quick makeover.

Before - Lanterns

Before - House Lanterns

See what I mean about pitted?

There was also a set of house numbers by the main door needing some TLC, too.

Before - House Numbers

Ignore the GRAPES lettering, there’s nothing sour about this DIY, lol!

Love projects with my Dad – he set everything up so all I had to do was arrive and start painting… since this was my idea, after all! πŸ˜‰

Here’s a little peek at the project in progress…

After - Lanterns

After - House Numbers

I used two variations of Rust-Oleum flat black spray paint.

Rustoleum Flat Black Spray Paint

I started off with the Universal paint & primer in one. I used the whole can to do all three lanterns and the house numbers, so I think it provided great coverage, and it definitely went on very smooth. I used the Painters Touch for the second coat and a few touch-ups here and there, but this time I only used half a can.

Here’s a look at the ‘afters’ with everything back in place.

Lanterns - After

Lanterns - After

Sharp, right?

Lanterns, House Numbers - After

Notice the doorbell? When I left, Dad painted that too! Way to go, Dad!!

In this overall shot, it’s hard to see the difference…

Dad's Lanterns - After

But when you get up close and personal there’s no comparison!

So my point is just a reminder that the little things in everyday living matter. Take the time for basic upkeep, and enjoy your home while you’re in it! Trust me, there’ll be lots of other projects if the day ever comes to sell, that you’ll be happy you stayed on top of these! And no, Dad’s not selling!

I have to say, my Dad is a master at staying on top of the little things. There’s never too much out of place, or needing to be done. Yah, that’s him scouting for weeds!!

Do you have any warm weather projects on the go? Any that you’ve scratched off your list of ‘to do’? And how about you, do you agree, it’s better to love your home while you’re in it??

Thanks for stopping by!

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Photographs by Sheila Zeller



10 thoughts on “Curb Appeal. It’s ‘For You’, not just ‘For Sale’!”

  • What a great post! I think you’re right about how people totally don’t notice the “little things” as time goes by. Love your dad’s hat.

  • Hi Sheila!

    What a great project, I’m so glad your dad helped too. I beg my family members to let me do projects for them and all they say is no! I’m like “Umm, don’t you know I’m a blogger and I do this kind of thing!” Ha!

  • Little details can make you fall in love with your house again, I find. This looks great Sheila!

    We are in the middle of window installation and will be having the whole house painted next month… not exactly small changes, but I can’t wait to see how it all looks in a month! πŸ™‚

  • Those look amazing with a fresh coat of paint – I must have been on your wave length because I painted my bathroom last weekend – a project that never got attention because no one see’s it yadda yadda. Even though it’s not done, it feels so fresh and new – wish I had done it long time ago. Looking forward to what you tackle next!!

  • Huge difference. It’s so true Sheila. We sell houses so often and it’s usually about 2 weeks that we get to live in our “perfect” home just before we sell it. It always makes me sad. That reminds me, I should get back to work on our master bedroom project:))

  • It looks fantastic, Sheila! And I especially like this sentence: “Enjoy your home while you’re in it!”

    So so true.

    With that being said, we’re in the process of freshening up our own front door. It’s my first foray into spray paint and I’m loving it (:

    • Thank you so much, Dajana! Spray paint is so easy – way less clean up… but I have to admit, I might just be a little too heavy handed when it comes to spraying, because I always seem to finish the can! πŸ˜‰

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