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15 House Painting Ideas That Improve Curb Appeal

There's more to curb appeal than a freshly painted front door. Here are 15 ways to improve your curb appeal with a coat of paint and a little imagination.

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Paint the Fence

Paint the Fence

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It doesn't matter how good your home looks, if you've got a picket fence, and it's in need of a little TLC, it will reduce your curb appeal by scores. If you don't have a picture perfect fence or a big budget, you can easily build one out of reclaimed wood.

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Refresh the Door

Refresh the Door

Photo: Courtesy of Bella Tucker Design Finishes

As it's the first thing welcoming visitors into your home, the front door is paramount when it comes to curb appeal. And if it's not in your budget to replace your exterior door, painting it is the next best thing. Before deciding on a color, take a walk through your neighborhood for inspiration and choose a color that complements the main color of your home. Learn tips for picking the best front door paint. Photo: Courtesy of Bella Tucker Design Finishes

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Renew Exterior Lighting Fixtures

Renew Exterior Lighting Fixtures

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This house painting idea is one many people forget. Fierce weather throughout the year can take a toll on outdoor lighting fixtures. And although you may not notice when those lights get a little rusty, visitors (or potential buyers) certainly will. Luckily, a can of spray paint and an afternoon is all you need to get your outdoor lighting looking like new. Photo: Courtesy of The Scrap Shoppe Blog

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Mailbox

Mailbox

Photo: Courtesy of Krylon

A freshly painted mailbox is a simple, easy way to make your home attractive on the market. And it ups your homes curb appeal. Even if you're not selling, keeping your mailbox in tip-top shape says you take care of your home. Photo: Courtesy of Krylon

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Porch Floor

Porch Floor

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Whether wood or concrete, keeping your front porch maintained doesn't just make it look good for curb appeal, it's essential to the longevity of the structure. And when considering paint, be sure to do your research on the best exterior paints and stains for your porch floor. Photo: Courtesy of Homestead 128

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Flower Planters

Flower Planters

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Whether you buy them, or build them yourself, planters are an important part of curb appeal. And should be regularly maintained to ensure your blooms are put to their best effect. Spray paint is an easy and durable way to change planter colors to match your outdoor color scheme. Photo: Courtesy of Krylon

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Paint the Brick

Paint the Brick

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Painting exterior brick is not a house painting idea to be taken lightly, but if done right, it can be a showstopper for curb appeal. And proper cleaning and repair of mortar joints is essential for paint adhesion, as is letting your brick dry thoroughly before applying paint. Photo: Courtesy of Beneath My Heart

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Shutters

Shutters

Photo: Courtesy of Krylon

Decorative and functional shutters are the perfect way to enhance the beauty of your home, while adding a splash of color to large expanses of exterior walls. And whether you match the shutters to the door, or create an accent color all its own, a fresh coat of paint on shutters is always a good house painting idea. Photo: Courtesy of Krylon

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Garage Door

Garage Door

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You may only give your garage door a thought when it needs repair, but a weathered, peeling garage door has a big impact on curb appeal. So paint the door(s) and consider replacing the weatherstripping while you're at it.

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Porch Ceiling

Porch Ceiling

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You don't have to live in the South to benefit from a front porch that invites long sits with sweet tea. A soft blue porch ceiling will up your curb appeal game. And it looks good with virtually any other paint color scheme, making it the perfect accent for any porch. Photo: Courtesy of I Should Be Mopping the Floor

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Siding

Siding

Photo: Courtesy of One King's Lane

One of the best ways to get high marks for curb appeal is to update the color of your siding. So replace or repair broken siding first, then don't be afraid to get away from basic neutrals and paint your home with a color that will truly stand out. Photo: Courtesy of One King's Lane

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House Numbers

House Numbers

Photo: Courtesy of Rust-Oleum

If your house numbers are metal, and your home is more than a few years old, it's likely that they are rusty, worn or faded. Liven them up in an afternoon with a bit of rust protecting spray paint and some minor prep work to make it stick. Photo: Courtesy of Rust-Oleum

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Hardware

Hardware

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When it comes to house painting ideas and curb appeal the details are the crowning touch. And painting your decorative hardware is an easy way to boost the appeal of your home. Also, this allows you to modernize out-of-date hardware without having to replace it. Photo: Courtesy of Rust-Oleum

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Trim

Trim

Photo: Courtesy of Mosaic Design + Build

Use our exterior painting tips and tricks to make sure your trim is in tip-top shape. And windows, doors, railings and porch supports will all benefit from a fresh coat of paint. Photo: Courtesy of Mosaic Design + Build

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Furniture

Furniture

Photo: Courtesy of Krylon

There's nothing more inviting than a conversation set or porch swing that beckons visitors for a leisurely visit. ut if your outdoor furniture is worn or rusty, you'll want to give it some new life with a fresh coat of paint. Photo: Courtesy of Krylon