How to Update a House Facade

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How to Update a House Facade
Seasonal accents can add colour and pop to the facade of your home. (autumn halloween front porch image by palms from Fotolia.com)

Even if you're not thinking of selling your home, you want it to have curb appeal --- a clean, welcoming look. The quickest, easiest and least expensive way to update a home's facade is with paint. By changing the colour of even part of the front of your house, you can freshen it up and give it a cleaner, more modern look. Landscaping can also make a home look tired or out of date. Be sure to update it to create a cohesive look with the fresh, new paint.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Paint
  • Rollers or brushes
  • Rake
  • Shovel
  • Planters
  • Dirt
  • Plants

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Paint your front door to give your house a new look. Choose the appropriate type of paint depending on whether your door is wood or metal. Choose a bright colour if you want the door to stand out or something more subdued if you want it to blend in with the rest of the house.

  2. 2

    Paint the window trim, eaves and garage door a colour that coordinates with the brick or siding, but not the same colour you've chosen for the door. Many home improvement stores offer free pamphlets with suggested colour schemes if you're not sure what to choose.

  3. 3

    Clean up the landscaping. While this is technically not part of your house, it makes a big difference in how your home looks from the curb. If you have overgrown trees and bushes, trim them neatly so your home is more visible. Add smaller bushes or plants with different textured leaves or flowers in different colours so your garden pops.

  4. 4

    Add accents to your front step or porch. Add the dirt to the planters and arrange the plants inside. This creates a focal point, and you can change the plants seasonally so the look is always fresh and appropriate. Choose plants that will thrive with less than full sun if your front step or porch is covered. And water the planters regularly because they tend to dry out more frequently than plants in the ground.

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