Living in the obscure, bizarre, superficial, and often shallow land we call Los Angeles (home sweet home), I can’t begin to tell you how many botched face-jobs (or is it face lifts?) I have seen. I often try not to stare but often times it is just so bad that you can’t NOT look. After my initial shock, then comes the realization that this poor person has to walk around with that face every single day of their life. I would bet that they didn’t go into the surgery hoping for their face to look like that, but the reality of it is, it now does and that face is what they are stuck with. Fortunately for us, and this post, giving a facelift to your home is much easier, less invasive, and for the most part can’t be botched. Although I have seen some pretty terrible paint jobs recently while walking the streets (keep reading for some good ones).
When thinking about home improvements it’s easy to focus on the interior spaces, after all we spend a lot of time living in it and looking at it, and it is often the easiest thing to change as it usually requires a quick run to the store or some online shopping to grab some new items. However, it’s a little harder to change the look of your home from the outside – no plush rugs or fancy throw pillows are going to make a difference here. It is also typically WAY more expensive, time consuming, and arduous. But that doesn’t mean that you can just forget about it and have your neighbors thinking you are a recluse that lives in a disgusting old house from the outside. That’s not a good way to make friends with the neighbors. I mean what happens when you need to borrow a cup of sugar? Do people do that in the real world or was that just in my sweet little Mormon Utah neighborhood where we would walk across the street to borrow things if we ran out.
So let’s start with a few of the easiest ways to freshen up the outside so it can be as beautiful as the inside. (que the analogy to you being beautiful from the inside out)
The easiest and most satisfying place to start is the garden, if you’re lucky enough to have one (which I definitely don’t – but one day hopefully will). If your house has terrible architecture, sad lines, and just doesn’t have a lot you can work with then plant some ivy or flowering vines. After all Frank Lloyd Wright did say, “A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.” So in the spirit of bad architecture and easy band aids let’s all go get some flowering vines and call it a day.
If you don’t have a garden (or don’t have the patience for it) it doesn’t mean you can’t bring some life to your place. Pot some plants on the doorstep, add some window boxes, or line your walkway with some easy to care for shrubs like these guys did above.
Moving on down the list to a slightly more time consuming process but one that can drastically change the face of your home. Paint. It is cheap, fairly easy and can work wonders on giving life to a drab exterior. It’s like those makeover shows where they grab someone off the street have someone apply new makeup and do their hair differently and instantly they look younger, thinner, fresher, and like a different person. (I secretly have always wanted that to happen to me to see what the “experts” would do). But the same concept applies to your house, so grab some paint and start with your front door. In case you need some inspiration check out this insane redo by McGee and Co which was basically all done with paint.
The before ain’t bad, but that after is insane!
And in case you weren’t convinced of the power of paint, let’s walk through a few more examples:
Ok, that one may have been a little more than paint but still very impressive no?
Next up is windows/doors which are a LOT more expensive than just painting them but can again drastically change the look. People often spend a lot of time and money choosing the right curtains but what about the windows themselves? I am a huge fan of steel framed windows and doors, but high quality windows such as Anlin replacement windows, or something from the local home depot can also increase the security and energy-efficiency of your home. This job is best left to the professionals so check out some good ones here, to make sure you don’t get yourself in a big window mess a la Patrick Swayze in Ghost (RIP).
Last but not least would be resurfacing the outside of your house. I would leave this one up to the pro’s but it can drastically change the exterior of your home without actually having to start over. IE the ultimate facelift for your home and just as you would with a facelift, you should go to the professionals for this.