Whether you own, rent, or are selling your home – curb appeal is everything.
Having a beautiful looking house on the outside invites guests in, and entices potential buyers to dream about their future dream home. But if your home needs some work or upgrades, the cost can add up – unless you’re using these affordable hacks.
Here are 24 low-cost, simple, and creative DIY ways to instantly give your home a facelift.
From your garage to your front door – these ideas are genius.
1. Address post with hanger
Many houses have their address number printed on the side of their home, but if your house sits back from the street, or you have a long driveway, the numbers might be hard to see. Create a beautiful way to show off flowers while elegantly displaying your address with this DIY address post. Head to Hello Farmhouse for the tutorial.
2. Fancy planters
Transform two ordinary pots into beautiful planters by flipping one upside down and gluing or cementing another pot, upright, on top. They look elegant, beautiful, and they are perfect for lining a walkway or a front patio. Plus, you can find inexpensive terra cotta pots and paint them whatever color you’d like.
3. Hide your garbage cans
City garbage cans aren’t exactly the most attractive looking things on the planet. Luckily, you can hide them with a simple enclosure. Head to the hardware store for lumber and supplies to build your own, or purchase one that is already manufactured.
4. Upgrade columns with stone veneer
Boring wood or metal columns can instantly be upgraded by using a stone veneer that wraps around them. The DIY Network has a fun, affordable tutorial on how to create this gorgeous look on your own. It’s much easier than you’d think!
5. Stenciled house numbers
Instead of a traditional look of having your house number on the side of your home or a column, try this beautiful idea. Create your own stencils using paper in a thick stock, then paint the numbers on a planter pot sitting on your front patio. So simple, so eye-catching.
6. Build a pergola over your garage
Bring the Italian countryside to your home by creating a pergola over your garage doors and adding some climbing plants or vines. Head over to the My Weeds Are Very Sorry blog for a full tutorial on how to easily build your own with a quick trip to the hardware store. Your neighbors’ heads will turn.
7. Lay a brick path
Lots of homes tend to opt for a standard concrete path, but wouldn’t red bricks be so gorgeous? Luckily, bricks are inexpensive, and so are the other supplies needed to build a beautiful brick path to your home. Then, all you’ll need is a little elbow grease! Head to This Old House for the full tutorial.
8. Spout run-off river
Where do your water run-off spouts go when it rains? Into a rainwater collector or onto your lawn and yard? Why not transform it into a beautiful stone river bed? Just dig out a trench from your spout leading to a drainage area, and line it with river rock.
9. Create colorful flower beds around trees
Create a vibrant pop of color in your front yard by making a flower bed at the base of trees and planting vividly-colored flowers and plants. Head to The Home Depot where you can find flowers for just a couple dollars. Not to mention, gardening is a great way to spend a sunny day.
10. Car wheel hose reel
Repurpose an old car wheel and turn it into a unique way to store your hose. No need to spend a lot of money on this project, just visit a u-pull yard to search for the perfect fit for your yard and hang with simple hardware.
11. DIY porch swing
If you have a front porch, it simply won’t be complete until you have a front porch. Buying a pre-built porch swing can be costly, but if you build it yourself, it will be just a fraction of that total. Simply Designing has a surprisingly simple tutorial on how to make your own.
12. Faux garage windows
Upgrade your garage by adding windows – but don’t fret, you don’t have to install them or purchase a brand new garage door, just paint them on! Using a little tape and some black paint, you can give the illusion of windows for just a few bucks.
13. Spray paint unsightly vinyl gutters
Old, dirty vinyl or metal gutters don’t really turn heads when people are walking by. Make this small detail of your home stand out by spray painting them with a metallic or hammered spray paint. A can costs less than $10.
14. Add brick edging
Adding just a simple brick edge to your flower bed or walkway can be a major improvement to the curb appeal of your home. The best part? Bricks are so inexpensive! You can pick up a bunch of them, averaging less than $0.50 each.
15. DIY solar lighted walkway
How many people do you know that have a solar-powered lighted walkway that they built themselves? Probably not many. Building this colored blocks for your walkway might seem like a difficult task, but Instructables has an easy tutorial to follow.
16. Add window box planters
Adding window boxes to your home is a classic way to instantly boost your curb appeal. The Rehab Life has a fun tutorial for you to create your own for just $20. It really doesn’t get better (or cheaper!) than that.
17. Build a picket fence
If building this is your strong suit, this is a fun weekend project that will completely transform the look of your front yard. True Value has a tutorial that teaches you how to build your own picket fence in just six steps. Head to their website to find out how.
18. Brick tree ring
Once again, inexpensive bricks are coming to your curb appeal rescue! Using bricks and a bit of mulch, you can add tree rings around the trunks of the trees in your front yard. It’s fine details like this that can be so eye-catching.
19. Install a lattice around your porch
Adding a simple lattice that wraps around your front porch is a lovely way to disguise the crawl space underneath. Dagmar Bleasdale has a really easy-to-follow tutorial on how to create your own.
20. Stain your concrete
Did you know that you can stain your concrete? You can! And it’s so easy and inexpensive! For around just $25 you can find a can of concrete stain and create beautiful patterns on your front walkway or entryway. Such an easy way to upgrade your home.
21. Transform your front door
It’s incredible what a little molding and paint can do for a front door. Not to mention, this project can be completed in just a few hours. The Jilly and Mia blog did this fun project at their house and shared their step-by-step instructions.
22. Pallet wood porch
If you have a concrete porch that’s lacking in character, you can give that look a 180 by creating a pallet wood deck right on top. Redo Redux came up with this beautiful project and thankfully, they put it all in a tutorial on their website.
23. Hide your air conditioner
A/C units might be one of the ugliest things that we have outside of our house, and it seems like they’re always in plain sight of the street. Help hide your unsightly air conditioner by planting a few bushes, shrubs, or flowers around it. Spirals and Spatulas bought these oleanders for just $6 each.
24. Marble fence cutouts
Take a boring wooden fence and make it a magical art piece in your yard with this fun project. Garden Drama created this colorful project and shared the details on their blog. The best part is that it just costs a little time a few bucks.