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After: Exterior

Plants and paint add curb appeal.

H&H style editor Michael Penney transformed the façade of his Oshawa home with affordable plants and flowers, new shutters, and a freshly painted door and garage. He transplanted the iris from a seller on Craigslist and picked up peachy poppies from Walmart: smart ways to spend less when you're starting a garden from scratch. He wanted to soften the stucco archway with a vine or climber, but didn't want a trellis sticking out like a sore thumb all winter, so he opted for annual morning glory vines. Cheap yet durable painted-vinyl shutters and a few coats of Martha Stewart's Spring Melt (MSL114) paint on the front door and garage add invaluable curb appeal. Read more about his front yard upgrade.

Read all about Michael's new house — including before shots and DIY projects — in his blog, tour through each floor on Online TV, see the full story in our June 2011 issue, and browse all before and after photos in the online gallery.

  • Photographer: Donna Griffith
  • Source: House & Home June 2011 issue
  • Products: Shutters, garden plants, trim colour, Martha Stewart Living Brook Trout (MSL244), garage and front door colour, Martha Stewart Living Spring Melt (MSL114), The Home Depot.
  • Designer: Michael Penney

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