It's spring (or almost spring, depending on where you live), and everyone's thoughts are turning to the out of doors. This seemed like a good time to round up a few little projects you can do to improve your backyard, or just add a little curb appeal to your home. And best of all, they're all things you can finish in just one weekend.
Above: A great way to add curb appeal without spending too much money (or time) is to paint your front door a fun color, like the yellow above. Love, Pomegranate House has a great DIY for this.
Modern house numbers are charming, and so are succulents. Combine them, as with this DIY from A Beautiful Mess, and you have an entry that's sure to please. If just the numbers is more your speed, try out this DIY from Curbly.
This New Orleans homeowner painted numbers right on her front steps. It's a cute plus functional upgrade to your home exterior.
Give your shutters a fresh coat of paint. Or even better, paint both your shutters and your door. (That might take two weekends.) We love these shutters—painted the Benjamin Moore color Split Pea—which offer a lively contrast to Megan and Sam's classic white New Orleans home.
Spring means flowers, and flowers in window boxes are especially nice. Build your own with this tutorial from Maggie Lois.
If you want something a little bit bigger, check out this garden trellis from Love Grows Wild. It's both a privacy screen, and a great way to grow plants on a small patio.
This painted rug DIY from A Beautiful Mess is a great way to add a bit of color to your outdoor space.
This firepit made from an upcycled washing machine drum not only looks cool — it's also very budget-friendly, since you should be able to get one secondhand for a fairly reasonable price. Find the full DIY at House & Fig.
You can make a built-in fire pit with landscaping wall stones with this DIY from eHow.
Get the most out of your garage with a planting station, as seen in this DIY setup from Maillardville.
Replacing your garage door is a great way to add character to your home, but if that's not in the cards, you can dress up the one you have with some decorative hardware, like this package from Coach House Accents.
An outdoor bar will make your backyard or patio the place to be all summer long. This design, from Merry Mag, is a snap to make in an afternoon.
For a slightly smaller space, try this fold-down bar table that mounts to your outside wall, and is great for all those parties you're planning this summer. Get the DIY from HGTV.