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Update Your Curb Appeal

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Tools & Materials

Metallic spray paint
Detergent and water
Very fine grit sandpaper
Drop cloth
Painter’s tape
Plastic sheeting
Metal, wall-mounted mailbox
Metal house numbers
Power drill

Tips to Update Your Curb Appeal

TIP: Dress up the front of your home with simple paint projects.

1. Remove front door knobs, locks, and kick plates.

2. Clean with detergent and water and thoroughly dry.

TIP: Stick screws into cardboard to they won’t get lost.

TIP: If finish is glossy, lightly sand with very fine grit sandpaper.

TIP: Suspend kick plates with wire through screw holes.

2. Tape off parts not to be painted, like lock mechanisms.

3. Spray paint them to look like brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze.

4. Tape off hinges with plastic and painter’s tape and apply spray paint.

TIP: Don’t remove hinges; no need to have to re-hang door.

5. Spray paint exterior light fixtures.

TIP: Disassemble them before painting.

6. Hang wall-mounted, metal mailbox.

7. Spray paint new brass house numbers from hardware store.