Creating curb appeal (one pretty little decal at a time)

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in The Great Outdoors | 4 comments

Curb appeal is coming slowly (very slowly) to the old mauve house.  I have to keep looking back at the before pictures, particularly from the rather disasterous day we moved in (while the previous owners, who apparently didn’t fully understand how the whole Closing Day concept – ie: moving out so that new owners can move in – really works, rather obliviously took their time packing things up and were still picking up their belongings FOUR DAYS after we gained possession of the house) (true story) to fully appreciate that our house HAS come a long way in seven months.  Especially considering that we were buried under several feet of snow and darkness and cold for five of those seven months.

The newest addition to our create curb appeal campaign?  Pretty new house numbers.

I present to you Exhibit A: the old house numbers…

Some rather ugly brass house numbers

The old brassy numbers

Brassy and rusted and old.  Gross eh?

And, now, the snazzy new mailbox decal numerals (courtesy of etsy seller WelcomingWalls)…

White mailbox house number decals on mauve or pink house and front porch with geraniums

Mailbox house number decals from etsy

I never imagined that a set of sticky little house number decals affixed to a plain black mailbox could make me so unbelievably happy.

And, just for comparison’s sake, let’s take a look at a couple of rather disturbing before pics, shall we?  Here’s the picture from the original house listing…

Mauve or pink sided older house with gray roof

…and here’s what the house looked like the day we took possession, with all the previous owners’ stuff strewn all over our newly acquired lawn…

The moving day mess

Yep.  We bought THAT house.  We’re rather brave (or foolish?) peeps, Sweetie and me.

And now the after…

Mauve pink old farm house with front porch and burgundy shutters

See?  Progress.  Slow progress, mind you (we still need to dig out that ugly stump in the front garden and plant some more appropriately sized cedars or boxwoods and – oh! – some flowers in those flowerbeds would look pretty and the shutters and front door could definitely use a lick of paint and that deck would really look far lovelier if it was stained and gee wouldn’t it be awesome if our entire house was re-sided in any colour except for mauve?)

But, still, progress nonetheless.  :)

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4 comments on “Creating curb appeal (one pretty little decal at a time)

  1. Cleaning up the yard, to me, is a lot of progress! I think it looks great so far. I’m excited to see what else you have up your sleeves since this “after” is called progress. :) PS – love the mail box!

    • Thanks Autumn!!! I’m currently working on one of those “I thought this would take a few hours, not a few days” sort of front porch projects. I’ll update soon! :)

  2. I just stumbled upon your blog. I love the difference you made in the look of your house. Using the stick on numbers on your mailbox is a great idea. It looks very professional.

    I stage properties for a living and am always looking for ideas to pass on to my customers as I am hired for many consultations before the property goes on the market.

    Keep posting. My site is

    • Hi Joanne! Thank you so much for your lovely feedback regarding the progress we’ve made on our home’s exterior so far (there’s lots left to do, but it’s definitely better than it was!) We made some more (much needed!) improvements over this past summer – I’m hoping to put a post together to show off those changes shortly (now that the Christmas hustling and bustling and merriment and craziness is all over.) I’ll definitely check out your site too! Thank you again! :)

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