There are a few a lot of things I’d like to accomplish outside before it gets cold. Two involve improving the curb appeal of the outside of our house.
This is our front entrance now. Our new sidewalk and porch landing has made the biggest difference in the entrance to our home.
Now for what I’d like to accomplish as soon as possible before fall. The light was a cheap, temporary solution years ago. It is too small and has seen better days. I haven’t found a mailbox nicer than this one so I may keep it. The hearts and ivy look a little bit 80ish but I can live with it.
We added the roof over the porch a long time ago. There are remnants of paint on the brick from the small covering that used to hang over the door. I’d really like to remove the paint. Anyone know a trick or a product to use?
We had a new door made in May and haven’t gotten around to painting it and installing the hardware on it so that we can hang it. Soon.
The mail slot is sturdy but pitted. I wouldn’t mind painting it but we’ll see what Mr. SP has to say about that.
I actually painted the threshold last fall with what I thought was the correct paint. It was something the previous owner left in the basement and it ends up that it’s not the paint for the threshold, it’s paint for the floor on the screened porch. I’ll need to buy paint that is a more pleasing color.
A new doormat is needed. I haven’t had one there in a long time!
Our side entrance needs some added curb appeal, too. I love planting annuals for seasonal color and would like to have a planter on the porch landing. Sweet Mr. SP is crafting one for me and should soon be finished with it. We bought a new hose holder and Mr. SP installed it just after I snapped this picture. You can see it below. I’ll worry about the rest of the landscaping next spring unless I think of something that would look great here. I’d love to have a Japanese Maple in this spot but the deer would eat it all too quickly.
A few stepping stones will make a nice path from the sidewalk to the hose. I could buy some or I could use Greenstone from my stash. I hadn’t noticed how black our brick is in this area. I’ll have to consult with Mr. SP on that. Yuck!
One thing to check off the list! This hose holder looks a lot better than our old one.
I like having goals and having them makes me work to accomplish them. I should be able to accomplish everything on this “to do” list before it is truly fall. We’ll see!
Do you have things you like to accomplish before fall?