Curb Appeal Chronicles – Lights
I probably took this one too literally.
Let me explain. Our monthly challenge from Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine was to improve our curb appeal.
And of course, me being ultra-literal, walked out to the street and looked at our curb. Appealing? Not really. Just a standard ole curb…if you can call the transition from asphalt to our faux paver concrete driveway a ’curb’. It’s funny how we have a really really big lot in a neighborhood, but the amount of true curb is about 20 feet. That’s it. Living in a culdesac gives us a pie-shaped lot and the point of our slice meets the street…not giving us a whole lot to work with when it comes to curb-beautification.
On one side of the driveway we have a stone pillar that has our green mailbox (urgh) and a light that is fine in function and pretty standard for looks. Yes. I know you can see our house numbers. I realize that you crazy stalkers might be thinking this is a fine time to come to our house to get your crazy on. Let me warn you. I am Italian. I live in Loganville. We go to church armed. And there is no question in my mind that I am more psychotic than you. So please do not email me about my house numbers. Do not come to my house. Do not come in my yard or my streeet. This isn’t a threat…this is a promise.
Good. Now that I got that outta the way…let’s move on.
Besides the light fixture and the green colored mailbox with the ugly stickers, we also were dealing with a broken stone (you can see on the far right side where it fell off and left a spot with lots of dots) and of course, the wonky transition between our pavers and the neighbors (not my choice but hey….you can’t tell your sweet also armed neighbor how to hardscape their yard, right?!)
The other side of the driveway has a flanking stone pillar…this one with only a light.
So when Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine gave us this curb appeal beautification challenge – one of the first things I thought of was to improve the looks of the lights. The lines and the style isn’t old or horrible or anything….it just looked dingy. And also there was an issue with the birds. as in…they kept using these as their personal litter box. So I figured that with a quick cleaning, a coat or two of spraypaint, and the removal of those weird putrid-colored plastic thingies at the bottom – it would give us an entirely subtle but updated loook.
Jeremy (and the Tinkler) were able to get the plastic things out in a jiffy. They were actually really brittle and broke and just fell out… so I was able to grab a smaller ladder (c’mon, you know there is no way I am getting on anything higher than a stepstool!)…and pull out my favorite Frog Tape and an Xacto knife to cover the glass.
Okay….about an hour later, I had both lights looking like Halloween decor.
Then I laid out some paper and pulled out my spraypaint of choice – Rustoleum’s Indoor & Outdoor in Hammered Black. I went with this because:
- I already knew flat spraypaint would end up looking like dingy again
- The hammered texture would cover any imperfections of an older light
- The black would really pop off the stone and would be easy to touch up
- This particular spraypaint brags on stopping rust (which we have!)
A quick couple of coats later, we have a much shinier light fixture.
Note – if the inside arms of the light fixture were really dingy, I probably would have taken the glass out and spraypainted the fixture completely disassembled….but since they were pretty protected from the lid and would have a layer of glass making them harder to see, they were not as vital to get shiny with a new coat. But if you plan on doing this at home - you gotta assess the situation for yourself, know what I mean?!
Then came time for the lids. The little finials look like pineapples, don’t they!? Which is funny because I keep finding little pineapples all over the house (not real ones…although, I wouldn’t put it past me to overlook some old fruit laying around somewhere).
Anyhoo….as you can see, the hammered paint really puts a bunch more shine onto the finish. It looks so much newer and nicer.
And here she is all cleaned up and appealing to curb-walkers.
Yes – the difference is subtle and not really high impact but I’m thrilled with how they turned out. Totally worth the $5 of spraypaint and the $6 roll of FrogTape. Set of new lights for $11? Yes please and thank you.
The best part about this driveway makeover is that there is more to come. We gotta tackle that mailbox, the broken stone and hide that drainage paver transition…plus, I gotta show you how we made our house numbers pop on a new plaque.
p.s. See the plantings behind the mailbox? Those are the same ones we put in the ground less than a year ago! Click here to see em as newborns