outdoor decor

Before and After: The Outside of the New Rental House!

Hey, friends! I've missed you guys so much! It has been an insane month around here, but I think I'm finally settling in and getting adjusted after the move. If you don't know what I'm talking about, read When God Messes Up My Plans and this update to get caught up.

After everything my roomie and I went through to find a house, I'm super thankful for this home. Even so, as I shared in the New House Tour,  there's lots I would like to do to make it feel more like home. The hard part is finding a balance between making it feel like home and the reality that it's not a permanent home.

We've been decorating and such, which helps, but we finally caved on investing a tiny bit into the outside. Here's what it looked like when we moved in:

I don't know if you can tell, but there are little shrubs hidden among all of the lovely weeds. Again, we didn't want to put too much money into the parts that we can't take with us, so we cleaned up the flower bed area (pulled up all of the weeds/grass) and filled it in with mulch. We also added solar lights around the edge of the patio.

Then, we filled the two large planters from the old house with small shrubs. We also bought a new welcome mat that is oh-so-cute.

I styled a small patio table that I painted with the thrift store lantern, a small plant, and a bunny of hope, too!

As I've shared before I have a black thumb, so here's to hoping that I remember to water all of these lovely plants.

As silly as it sounds, I also bought a Magic Eraser and attacked the front door with it. It was pretty filthy, and simply cleaning it with the Magic Eraser helped sooo much. If you're considering painting your outdoor or indoor doors, try cleaning them first.
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The lawn still looks a bit of a mess (the grass is pretty patchy), but I think it looks better already. Our neighbors have even noticed the improvements -- they drive by slowly and look at it... which is kind of creepy, but still.

We didn't spend very much at all and a majority of the improvements we can take with us. So yippee! I think you guys will find that the key to this house is using what we already have and making it awesome.

Can't wait to share more!

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