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Up­date your home’s curb ap­peal with pops of color that add a cheer­ful touch to off­set the on­com­ing gray weather.

Step up rail­ings. Chipped, tired rail­ings can make a home look out­dated and un­kempt, but mak­ing those pieces look new again is a rel­a­tively quick and easy project. If paint has chipped or there’s dam­age to the wood or metal, you’ll need to sand and re­pair be­fore adding fresh paint. Keep­ing the rail­ing monochro­matic in a color that com­ple­ments the rest of the house paint cre­ates a clean look. For va­ri­ety, use a sec­ondary shade in the same color fam­ily and ap­ply it to the main posts or spin­dles.

Cre­ate DIY doormats. The en­try is a fo­cal point of most homes, so spruc­ing up the front of your house can make a big im­pact. An af­ford­able and unique way to cre­ate a wow mo­ment is to craft a DIY door­mat with spray paint. A chevron pat­tern is an easy way to make a state­ment by us­ing painter’s tape and two dif­fer­ent col­ors. Con­sider Kry­lon ColorMaster Paint and Primer for in­door and out­door use. Spot­light light fix­tures. Small splashes of color can go a long way, es­pe­cially with a fea­ture such as ex­te­rior light fix­tures. For safety pur­poses, it’s a good idea to re­move the fix­ture com­pletely be­fore start­ing your project, and be sure to turn off the power sup­ply be­fore dis­con­nect­ing elec­tri­cal cords. For light fix­tures to stand out against a neu­tral-col­ored home, spray paint­ing them a bold hue, such as bright yel­low, for a burst of color.

Pretty up planters.

A pot filled with vi­brant blooms is an easy way to bring some bright­ness to your home’s ex­te­rior, and one al­ter­na­tive that works year-around is to make the planters them­selves the fo­cal point. You can up­date any planter or pot with the right paint. Make sure to look for a prod­uct which ad­heres to plas­tic, metal, wood or what­ever your project re­quires.

Af­ter your planter is dry, you can fill it with the veg­e­ta­tion of your choice, sea­sonal flow­ers or ev­er­greens, which are hardy enough to last all sea­son long.

Re­fresh fur­ni­ture.

Over time, out­door fur­ni­ture loses its lus­ter. If it’s still in good shape, you can bring it back to life with a fresh coat of spray paint. All the an­gles, grooves and de­tails can make it dif­fi­cult to cover ev­ery sur­face, so choose a prod­uct that pro­motes easy ap­pli­ca­tion and in­cludes a primer.

With a wide va­ri­ety of col­ors avail­able on the mar­ket, you'll have lots of choices.

Re­mem­ber to tilt fur­ni­ture back and ap­ply color to the feet and legs for an all-over fin­ish that’s ready to weather the sea­son.


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