Entryway Spruce Up

by Jane VanOsdol on July 25, 2011

What’s your front entryway saying to people as they drive by or enter your home? If it has been a long time since you’ve really looked at your entryway, you may want to consider what kind of an impression it’s leaving with people.

First of all look over your entryway with a critical eye. What are the strengths of this area that could be enhanced and improved upon, and what are the defects that need to be fixed? Let’s consider a few problems that are easy to overlook but fairly quick fixes.

  • Weeds. Weeds always grow faster than plants, and it doesn’t take long before your front flower bed is brimming with these pests. Fortunately the only cost that this involves is one of your time. Invest a few hours in weeding your flower bed, and you’ll be amazed at the difference that a tidy landscape makes in the look of your home.
  • Overgrown patches. Do you have an area that just needs to be ripped up and replanted? Sometimes that’s the only solution for a bed that’s been taken over by an invasive planting gone wild. Rip it out, replace it with a spreading annual like petunias for instant color and then mulch it heavily. This will instantly fix the mess, but it isn’t permanent, so you have time to plan what you want to do long term with the bed for the next planting season.
  • Cracked cement steps. If unsightly cracks are marring your front steps, you’ll want to fix this problem. Small hairline cracks are a quick fix. If you have larger cracks, you may want to consult with a home improvement specialist to do the work if you’re not sure of your ability to handle it, or if there is a deeper underlying issue as  to what’s causing the cracks.
  • Dry-as-the-desert area. Sometimes because of a partially enclosed area or the sun reflecting off the side of the house, you may have an area by your front door that is just so dry nothing will grow there. If you’ve fussed over this spot for years, it may be time to come up with a new plan. Instead of wasting any more time and resources on planting in this area, why not cover this ground with white marble stones? You can first lay down landscaping fabric so weeds don’t pop up and then put down a couple of inches of marble stones. If you don’t like hassling with heavy bags of stones, this is a good job for a home remodeling expert to handle for you. Once the stones are in place, add an interesting element such as a gazing ball, decorative flag, bird bath or small fountain. Depending upon what you’re going to add, you may want to install a shepherd’s hook or other accessory before you lay the stones down.
  • Fresh coat of paint. Perhaps your front door or some wood trim t needs a fresh coat of paint. Get a small can of outdoor paint and watch this area pop with color.
  • Focal point. Make sure that the landing area of your front doorway has an interesting element that accents the rest of your home. Even if your entryway is tiny, a cheerful pot of colorful flowers will brighten up the space. If you have more room, a small iron table with a pottery bowl full of river rocks is a nice addition. Look for something that  draws your visitors in to your home.

Sprucing up your entryway doesn’t have to cost a mint. These few simple fixes will turn a dull, drab entryway into a cheerful, welcoming space that leaves a good first impression.

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