Lowe's Home Improvement

Prepare Your Home's Exterior for Holiday Guests

Dining Room Table With Holiday Decorations

Nothing brings people together like the holiday season. Start preparing now with some easy home improvement projects to welcome your guests in style.

Spruce Up Your Entry

Front Door With Fresh Paint

Your home's front entrance makes an important first impression. Spruce up your entryway with a fresh coat of exterior paint on the front door. If the trim is starting to look weathered, scrape and repaint those areas as well.

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Deck Out Your Planters

Planter by the Front Door

While you have your paint can open, paint decorative planters or window boxes in the same color as your trim or door. Fill the window boxes with real or artificial holly branches, pine boughs or bay leaves. Add a decorative — and helpful — touch by painting your house numbers on one of the planters using a stencil and spray paint.

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Clear the Clutter and Light the Way

Outdoor Lighting

Finally, test the bulbs in your exterior light fixtures to ensure they safely illuminate pathways and steps. Sweep leaves and other debris away from the entrance and finish it all off with a door mat that extends a warm holiday greeting even before you open the door.

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Get the Right Amount of Paint