If you are looking for inexpensive and easy ways to update your front entry...I've got you. Here are a few ideas that all come in under $30 each. Or, combine some for a major change!
Front Porch Update Ideas:
- DIY Address Sign---> see below for instructions. An address sign is a great way to update your entry. Buy one or make your own. Try the one I made or you can find all kinds of easy ideas on Pinterest.
- Mailbox. A simple black mailbox is always a classy (and inexpensive) option. We also needed a larger mailbox and this one better serves us.
- Pot of plants, evergreen, etc
- New entry rug. I layered a large plaid rug with a smaller traditional rug, both inexpensive, for an interesting and pretty look. THIS SET combines the two without you having to do it yourself. Handy!
- Fresh paint on front door
DIY Address Sign Materials:
- Round Wooden Circles (6inch) You can have a similar effect using another shape other than round. Just be sure they are large enough to attach your address numbers to.
- Black address numbers (4inch) These are the most inexpensive option I could find (other then stickers which I wouldn't recommend).
- White Baking Soda Paint (mix 4-6 tablespoons of baking soda with your white paint (use outdoor paint if the sign will be exposed to the elements) to create a thicker paint perfect for this project): Baking Soda Paint Tutorial can be found HERE, if you would like more instructions.
Note: you can absolutely use traditional paint WITHOUT the baking soda. You will probably need to use several more coats to achieve a nice finish.
- Black Sharpie. I used a King Size Sharpie for clean lines and ease.
- Materials to attach address numbers to sign (read the instructions for clearer instructions and which option is best for you. Options are: nails from the house numbers or super glue or similar glue
DIY Address Sign Instructions:
- Paint your wooden circles with your chosen paint. If your address sign will be in outdoor elements and not covered use an outdoor paint and paint BOTH sides of your circles. This will help your project last longer.
- Use your Sharpie to outline your circles. Line up your circles and numbers BEFORE you create your half-circles on each end to ensure that you like the placement.
Note: to create the half-circles, use a ruler or other straight edge to help guide the line. Fill it in with your Sharpie.
- Attach your address numbers to your sign. There are two ways to achieve this and you should take into account where you want to place your sign and how each might look, when choosing:
The first option (and the one I used) is to attach your circles to a 2 inch board the same width as your sign and then nail the address numbers to the board with the included nails. This option allows a great way to hang your sign away from the house using a traditional picture hanger, as well. However, you will only be able to nail with one of the included nails and not the second. The second option is to use super glue to attach the numbers to the circles and super glue to attach the circles to each other. This also makes for a very light weight address sign easily attached with an outdoor command strip.
In just about an hour I was able to update our front entry...on a budget. Let me know if you make any changes to your front entry. Pictures are always welcome :).
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- easy DIY Barn Quilt ANYONE can make!
- DIY Song Lyric Art (canvas & Sharpie!)
- DIY Photo Display Board
- Painted Dropcloth Rug
- easy Shoe Organizer Vertical Indoor Garden
- Hi DIY Doormat --no crafting skills needed!
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