10 Simple "Under $60" Curb Appeal Updates for Any Home

Sometimes little changes can make a big difference. Here are ten ways to liven up a drab entry without breaking the bank.

  1. Ring My Bell

    Ring My Bell

    Wow your guests from the get-go with a new doorbell. The starburst shape of this solid brass ringer comes in brushed chrome, lacquered brass, or polished chrome. $33 from Rejuvenation.


  2. Numbers Game

    Numbers Game

    Even house numbers can look striking, especially when they are four inches tall and boast a dark, aged copper finish. Against a light-color house, these would really stand out. Starting at $6.39 from Target.


  3. Wipe Your Feet

    Wipe Your Feet

    Made from recycled float rope and hand-woven in Maine, this doormat comes in a variety of colors and will bring a little brightness and cheer to your front porch. On sale for $39.95 (down from $49.95) from The New England Trading Company.

    The New England Trading ltd.

  4. Knock, Knock

    Knock, Knock

    An old-school knocker makes it fun for visitors to let you know they’ve arrived. Here, a cast brass woodpecker version does so with a sense of humor. $40 at Anthropologie.


  5. Shine a Light

    Shine a Light

    Installed on either (or both) sides of your front door, lights canmake a home's facade look warm and inviting. This aged bronze wall lantern (with its glass shade reminiscent of a jam jar) uses vintage style to achieve a cozy look that's on-trend. $14.85 from The Home Depot.

    The Home Depot

  6. Plant It

    Plant It

    A galvanized planter box near the front door, or on a windowsill, offers the opportunity of seasonal planting while adding a welcome dose of countryside loveliness to the front of your home. $59 from Pottery Barn.

    Pottery Barn

  7. Please, Mr. Postman

    Please, Mr. Postman

    This bright and bold mailbox asserts its functionality with a no-nonsense combination of slots, one at top for letter-size envelopes and another for larger pieces of mail, e.g. magazines. On sale for a splurge-worthy $58 (down from $78) from Chiasso.


  8. Twinkle, Twinkle

    Twinkle, Twinkle

    Add some extra sparkle to your front porch with strings of caged lanterns. Whether framing the front door or hanging loosely over railings, these lights offer layers of charm. $24.99 from Smith & Hawken at Target.


  9. Say It with a Sign

    Say It with a Sign

    It's important for guests to feel welcome, so let them know that they are! This welcome sign in a warm copper finish does the job with great style. $14 from Rejuvenation.


  10. Add Color

    Add Color

    Few things transform an entry more dramatically than color. Premium Grand Entrance interior/exterior door and trim enamel from Benjamin Moore offers a rich, weather-resistant finish in either Satin or High Gloss. Pick up a quart (all you may need) for $34.99 and spice things up!

    Benjamin Moore/ ColorChats

  11. For More....

    For More....

    If you are interested in more about curb appeal, consider:

    10 Eye-Catching Options for Your Front Door

    Porch Style

    Selecting the Right Front Door


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