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The Curb Appeal Series: THE BIG REVEAL!

In this post: We’re going to switch up this Curb Appeal thing a bit and give you all what you’ve been asking for – THE BIG REVEAL!

While we still have two tutorial/DIYs for you – the Concrete Foundation Refacing and the Cedar Window Boxes, which are coming – we thought it was about time we showed you the whole shebang! Good idea, yes?

the curb appeal series reveal

Are ya ready?!

Here’s our pretty little bungalow after a whole lot of sweat and hard work (mostly by Dean)!

And here’s a recent before just to jog your memory:


And a “way before” (about 2 years ago):

And if you want a really old one, the realtor listing from before we bought the house in 2009:

I know, what were we thinking, right?!

To recap, with lots of goodies from The Home Depot, we redid the Walkway

The Garden (which still has lots of growing and filling out to do – we’ll post update pics for sure!),

Refaced the Foundation (we’ll link to the how-to after we write that post!),

And built some Cedar Window Boxes (ditto on the linking thing).

We are SO happy with the finished result.

Here’s a run down of what we did and the costs involved.

Easy Fixes $55*

  • repaint the shutters $0
  • repaint the mailbox $0
  • took down the broken Christmas lights (hanging head in shame) $0
  • over-seeded and fertilized lawn $55

*(In the past two years we’ve also replaced the front door to the tune of about $200 by deal hunting and the house number sign with a Home Depot house warming gift certificate from my sis)

Accessories $140

  • barn star (Thanks, Kim!) $0
  • wicker chair & paint (kijiji & paint on hand) $10
  • bike chain to secure chair to porch $12
  • birdcage (Walmart) $20
  • burlap and candle in birdcage (already owned) $0
  • basket, natural balls, faux fern, dragonfly and flower garden accents (Homesense) $65
  • red and white pillow (Etsy) $22
  • “no soliciting please” sticker on mailbox (Etsy) $11

Home Depot Sponsored projects $1055

For a GRAND TOTAL of $1250

There are still more things we could do, like new siding, resurfacing the porch (there must have been railings at some point because you can see the rust spots!) and porch steps (they’re chipped and cracked), replacing the door awning, etc. But each of those projects can be done at another time to improve the curb appeal further.

Right now we are thrilled with the perk-up!!!

How about a side-by-side before and after?

That’s the big reveal – we sigh with happy sighs that we’re done and that it looks so pretty!!! Like we said, we’ll be back with tutorials/how to’s for the Concrete Refacing and the Cedar Window Boxes. (We’ll also link them into this post when they’re finished for easy-peasy reference!)

More curb appeal

For more of our current house’s curb appeal projects, visit these posts:

To see our previous house’s curb appeal projects, visit these posts:

Update: We sold the house in 2012

After working on the wee bungalow for a few years, we sold it to move into the back split in 2012 (and then sold that to move to the two-story in 2016). Here’s what the bungalow’s curb appeal looked like when it was sold later:

little white bungalow

What do you think? Improved Curb Appeal? What do you like best? What curb appeal projects could you do on your own house?

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    1. Thanks Duane! She ain’t perfect – but we can’t expect her to be at 70 years old, now can we?!

    1. I’m trying to decide if I want to paint or stain them dark/black…what do you think?


  2. Wandering how you went about painting the wicker chair? I have a rundown wicker chair set that I want to paint but not sure how to approach it. I would love to know the steps you went through, type of paint used and did you use a hand brush or air brush it? Sam
    BTW nice curb appeal!

    1. Easy peasy! I just cleaned the dust off and gave it a few coats of outdoor black spray paint!

  3. Love your charming cottage. Is your foundation concrete block or poured foundation? I have just purchased my very first home (a homely 1965 ranch) and it has the block foundation. I love your idea of the stone laminate. I’ll be socking that idea away.

    And do you really have to chain your chair to your porch? 🙂

    1. Our foundation is concrete block and had been painted at some point. The paint was chipping and peeling pretty badly.

      And maybe for the chain. Our previous barn star was stolen off the front of the house, so I didn’t want to take any chances. We live on a great little street, but it is a walk through from the main road.

  4. Great job Shannon! My favourite of course is still the red door – but my new fav is the foundation refinishing – really NICE!

  5. Everything looks fabulous! The hard work really paid off. Your home looks well cared for and the window boxes and wreaths, front porch seating area, and pretty garden shows your pride and love for your cute little cottage. I just love it!

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  8. Cute! Cute! Cute! But I was shaken back into reality when, in the cost breakdown, you mentioned a bike chain to secure the chair to the porch! Guess I’ve just lived in the country so long I’d forgotten that in some areas you have to protect EVERY thing from thieves! Awesome job on the reno, do what ya have to to protect it, hahaha!!!

    1. Lol. Yes, our old street was a walk-through from a busier street so we didn’t leave doors unlocked or leave anything out front we wanted to keep. Someone stole my first barn star right off the front of the house! We wired the second one on!