After: Exterior

Plants and paint add curb appeal.H&H style editor Michael Penney transformed the façade of his Oshawa home with affordable plants and flowers, new shutters, and a freshly painted door and garage. He transplanted the iris from a seller on Craigslist and picked up peachy poppies from Walmart: smart ways to spend less when you're starting a garden from scratch. He wanted to soften the stucco archway with a vine or climber, but didn't want a trellis sticking out like a sore thumb all winter, so he opted for annual morning glory vines. Cheap yet durable painted-vinyl shutters and a few coats of Martha Stewart's Spring Melt (MSL114) paint on the front door and garage add invaluable curb appeal. Read more about his front yard upgrade.

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