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You don't have to break the bank to get that new-house-love feeling all over again. For under $100, try these tricks for boosting your home's curb appeal in a snap.
Lay out a new doormat
Nothing is more welcoming to guests than a cheery doormat, and a pretty patterned, printed or monogrammed one shows well all the way from the street.
To buy: Striped door mat, $24.95 at Pier 1
Paint the front door
There might not be any easier, more affordable way to spruce up curb appeal in a major way than by painting the front door a wow-worthy new color. Try it with shutters and trim, too.
DIY a set of window boxes
Thrifty Decor Chick
Refresh your curb appeal with a set of window boxes that you -- yes you! -- can make yourself for just about $4 a pop. Thrifty Decor Chick has the tutorial, and says each can be done in about 30 minutes flat.
For more detailed information, visit Thrifty Decor Chick.
Get a new mailbox
A new mailbox contributes a pulled-together look for the front porch or yard. Bonus: It may also may spare you any lost-in-the-mail drama that comes from a worn-out old box that doesn't properly close.
To buy: Envelope-style mailbox, $49 at Pottery Barn
Express yourself with garden decor
Add individual flair to the front yard with a trickling fountain, cheerful bird bath, a set of colorful outdoor lanterns, or any garden sculpture you love -- and is so you.
To buy: Mimosa lantern, from $7.95 at Z Gallerie
Hang new house numbers
Spiff up the whole place with a shiny new set of house numbers -- a teeny tiny investment for a big, see-from-the-street impact.
To buy: Mission house numbers, $6.99 on sale at Restoration Hardware
Add a patio set
Patio furniture has tons of functionality for sipping that morning coffee while watching the world go by out front of your home. And a pretty new set can spiff up the look of the entire yard to boot. (Or, just replace faded cushions on existing furniture for a brand new look.)
To buy: Mainstays three-piece bistro set, $98 at Wal-Mart
Place stepping stones
Garden.comA set of stepping stones -- even super simple ones -- can lend a finished, manicured and cozy feel for an instant front yard upgrade.
To buy: Natural stepping stones, $76.95 for eight at Garden.com
Update outdoor lighting fixtures
1 Stop Lighting
You may not even realize how dated and tired your existing lighting fixtures look -- until you install a couple of budget-friendly new ones and notice the instant wow factor. Of course, any outdoor lighting you install is also an investment in your home security.
To buy: Maxim Lighting wall lantern, $79.20 at 1 Stop Lighting
Hang a pretty porch swing
the porch swing company
Is there anything more comforting or idyllic than a porch swing? You might be surprised at how cheaply you can score a basic one -- then make it your own with colorful cushions or pillows to suit your taste and house style.
To buy: LA Swings roll-back porch swing, $79.99 at Porch Swing Company