Sometimes we’re so busy decorating the interior of our home , we forget about the view most people see first…the outside! Perhaps we think curb appeal ideas are usually expensive. Nope! At least, it doesn’t have to be. There isn’t a better place to showcase your clever creativity than where every passerby can see, using DIY curb appeal on a budget. Try these curb appeal projects!



Using house numbers that don’t suck are a great way to enhance curb appeal without spending a lot of money, or time. This DIY house number planter from ‘Ana White‘ is made with inexpensive cedar fence pickets! Free plans for this project at her site.


We love these DIY window planters made from cedar, from ‘Shade of Blue Interiors‘. This is an easy woodworking project, and they have free window box plans included in their tutorial. They add so much charm to the front of the home! Need window box ideas? It doesn’t have to be all petunias. If your home is more modern, try ornamental grasses. Add some mixed annuals to your planter box for a wildflower look, or use all one type and color flower for a more formal approach. Play with ideas on paper, and keep in mind the style of your home. You get a lot of curb appeal bang for your buck with a DIY window box.


BHG‘ shows us how to amp up the charm on our existing front door- makeover style! Here they painted the door a new and fresh color, and added oversize house numbers directly onto the door. Some privacy and pattern in the window pane comes from a self stick window decal. Add a DIY planter, and voila! Your front door makeover is an eye-catcher even from the street!


This DIY mailbox makeover really makes a statement! This trendy modern screen with house numbers is from ‘Homemade by Carmona‘, and this is just our style. Forget that boring mailbox post… this curb appeal idea brings attention to itself, and is inexpensive to make. Full step by step tutorial.


From Lisa at ‘Farmhouse on Boone’, learn how to cover concrete steps in wood. This is such a warm and welcoming look, and it would amp up any curb appeal! Full tutorial with lots of step by step photos. Is this the most inspiring farmhouse, ever?


‘Little House on the Corner’ shows us how to replace a broken concrete driveway with a gravel driveway. This tutorial covers everything, including how to address drainage and edging. Way more affordable then having new concrete laid! This is one of those curb appeal ideas that is a big job, but worth every sore muscle!


Do you have an ugly garage door, like this? Read on!


So did Kelly at ‘The Lily Pad Cottage‘. And then they did a garage door makeover that anyone can do to increase their curb appeal! A gate handle kit and some paint. Done! This project made such a huge difference in this homes first impression. Check out this after photo!


Stone Art Blog shows you how to create mosaic stepping stones out of broken tile. Use these for your front yard landscaping to create some one of a kind DIY curb appeal.



Finally, learn how to make The Friendly Home’s upcycled planters! Add these to a front porch makeover with bright, eye-catching flowers for the best effect from the street.


Curb appeal on a budget! Seems like a win win to us! We think you will also love our posts One Day Curb Appeal Ideas and 12 DIY Ideas for Patios, Porches and Decks!

Image Credits: Homemade by Carmona, Ana White, Shades of Blue Interiors, BHG, Farmhouse on Boone, Little House on the Corner , The Lily Pad Cottage, Stone Art, The Friendly Home

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  1. Deebi27 December 15, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    These are some really great ideas!! Love the address mosaic! Maybe for my hubby’s house!!!

  2. Kasandra November 21, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Love all the ideas!

  3. Cate Jordan November 26, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Does anyone know what the exterior paint color is on this house?

  4. Richj March 6, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    These are great ideas. I am always looking for quick inexpensive ideas to add curb appeal to the houses I buy and sell. Thanks for ideas.

  5. Bonnie E. January 28, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    What kind of wood would you use to make the address mosaic?

    1. Kathy Woodard January 29, 2018 at 5:45 pm

      We would use something pressure treated, or naturally weather resistant like cedar. We checked out the instructions for this project, and they suggest coating your wood with a layer of exterior rated glue to seal it, whatever you use. Hope that helps!

  6. click here May 7, 2020 at 6:46 am

    The mosaic stepping stone is a great idea. I think I would like to try it. Thanks for sharing your creativity.


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