Lowe's Home Improvement

Curb Appeal Makeover Under $1000

Ranch Dressing

1. Refaced Columns

Treated pine was used to box in the existing columns and create a more substantial look, fitting the scale and style of the home.

2. House Numbers

Updated numbers placed above the door add to the entry‚Äôs traditional appeal  and complement the new color scheme.

3. Color Palette

The updated columns, eaves, and shutters were painted a warm brown, and deep blue brightens the front door.

4. Pair of Benches

Two black aluminum benches placed on each side of the door provide a comfortable spot to sit and visit.

5. A Lighted Path

Energy-efficient solar lights lead visitors to the front door and illuminate the path after dark. Shrubs and potted plants make the home more inviting.

6. Wall Lanterns

A pair of traditional bronze outdoor lanterns flank the door and provide extra light when the busy family arrives home at night.



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Project Details

  • Skill level: Intermediate
    Rough cost estimate $975*
    Lighting $220
    Lumber $130
    Exterior paint and stain $95
    Accessories $530
    Rough time estimate: 1 week**
  • Lighting
    • wall lanterns (Portfolio, Bronze, #262469)
    • solar coach lights (4-pack, Portfolio, black, #158000)
  • Lumber
    • 18 treated pine boards, 1 x 8 x 8***
    • 4 treated pine boards, 4 x 4 x 8***
    • 4 treated pine boards, 2 x 4 x 8***
  • Exterior Paint & Stain
    • exterior primer (Valspar Ultra Premium, #165218)
    • trim (Valspar Ultra Premium, Humboldt Earth 3003-9A, satin)
    • door (Valspar Ultra Premium, Classic Teal 5011-8, semi-gloss)
    • concrete stain (Quikrete Semi-Transparent, Vaquero Brown)
  • Accessories
    • benches (Waterbridge, Aluminum, #275487)
    • house numbers (5-inch, Gatehouse, Zinc, Aged Bronze)
    • outdoor pillows (Sunbrella; Solid Canvas; Flagship Ginko; Pacific Blue; #112686)
    • 2 terra-cotta planters (14-inch, #94454)
  • *Does not include labor costs or applicable taxes, which vary by market, or the cost of tools and plants. Pricing for commodity items may vary due to market conditions.
    **Does not include lead time for Special Order materials.
    ***Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.