Wednesday, June 29, 2011

SweetMakes: Instant Curb Appeal

We can't afford to paint the outside of the house. 
We can't move or sell. 
We can't buy new furniture.
Let's focus on what we CAN do. 

Our family has found ourselves in a place where we must stay in our home for at least a year or two more ( if we can sell someday) I have spent way too much energy focusing on what I can't do to our home for reasons of finances, time etc. I had an epiphany a few weeks ago that if I used all that negative energy towards changing what I could it would be much more productive. I was right! 

For example, our entry way. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to paint it a lovely color ? Or paint the concrete? A lovely bench and some pillows? Those things aren't in the cards at the moment. SO, enter lots of little freebies. 

Ahhhhh. We have loved to sit on our porch and watch the world go by. 

Everything I brought in was from the basement or garage. We did purchase the flowers a few weeks ago  for the hanging basket. I love to pick up galvanized containers when I see them at garage sales and thrift stores. The chairs add a homey feel even though they are a little old, they are still comfy. 

Have I told you how much I love old window panes? Paired with an old planter
 it makes a cute little table. They make for great decor and you can usually find them for free on craigslist. 

I think the key is focusing on what you do have. I myself am working on this, although its hard! We are currently painting our LEAST favorite room in our house. I'll be sure to update you.

Do you have any projects you are working on in your home?


  1. Love what you did with this porch!!

  2. I love what you said about focusing on what you do have. I have been learning to do this while I stay home with my new son. I have actually been able to accomplish WAY MORE with a nearly nonexistent budget. I don't waste time and energy shopping for the perfect new fix. Learning that a project/need/want doesn't require me to go out and buy new things has helped me become a more creative problem solver and I feel good about being less wasteful of resources.