5 Ways to Add Christmastime Curb Appeal

Light fixture before and after painting.
The brass light fixture pictured on the left is outdated and dirty. The light fixture on the right is cleaned and painted black for a timeless, yet on trend, appearance.

3. Paint the Light Fixture

The light fixture is an often overlooked — and neglected — item at the home’s entryway. For older homes, chances are good that spider webs surround the fixture, which may be dirty and even outdated.

Painting a front-porch light fixture is another affordable way to upgrade your entryway.
To paint brass light fixtures:

• Turn the power off to the light fixture.

• Remove the screws holding the light fixture.

• Use an electrical tester to make sure the power is off.

• Remove the wire nuts and wires from the light fixture.

• Disassemble the light fixture and remove the glass panes.

• Clean the parts of the fixture with denatured alcohol.

• Sand the fixture with 00 steel wool to remove any corrosion.

• Clean the parts with denatured alcohol again.

• Cover any parts of the fixture you don’t want painted with painter’s tape.

• Spray several light coats of exterior paint for metal.

• Reassemble the light fixture.

• Attach the wires to the light fixture, and screw it to the electrical box.

• Turn the power back on, and test to make sure the fixture works properly.

Watch the video, “How to Paint Outdoor Light Fixtures,” to learn more.

A new front door is an instant conversation piece for holiday visitors.

4. Replace the Front Door

If your budget allows, replacing the front door is a surefire way to add curb appeal to your home.

ThermaTru has an online tool that makes it easy to match a door with your home’s color scheme.

Just take a photo of the front of your home, upload it to the website, and then drag and drop photos of front doors to determine which one best suits your home.

Imagine guests arriving at your Christmas party, facing a new door with decorative glass, a dentil shelf and a beautiful mulberry finish!

Can’t afford to replace the front door? Consider painting the door instead.

House covered in Christmas lights.
Now you can add Christmas lights to your home without damaging its exterior.

5. Add Christmas Lights (Without Damaging Your Home!)

There’s no better way to display the Christmas spirit at home than with festive lights. But mounting them could cause permanent damage to your home — unless you use this Simple Solution.

To keep from damaging the eaves or siding on your home when mounting holiday lights or other decorations, attach self-adhesive, plastic mounting bases to your house, then use removable plastic cable ties to attach the decorations to the slots in the bases.’

Self-adhesive, plastic mounting bases and plastic cable ties are available in the electrical department of home centers such as The Home Depot, so this project is low-maintenance, affordable and easy on your home’s exterior!

Watch, “How to Attach Holiday Lights and Decorations to Your Home” for more information.

So many homeowners add Christmas lights on and around their house but forget to add holiday cheer at their guests’ feet!

You don’t need a green thumb to care for these topiaries. They’re artificial and easy to make!

Creating a Christmas topiary couldn’t be easier, but the finished product will fill a big void on your front porch.

To make a holiday topiary you’ll need a tomato cage, a pot and some garland. In this case, our tomato cages were too large for the pots so we cut off the largest bottom hoop. The remaining legs can bend in as you press it into the pot. Join the three legs on the other end of the cage with a large rubber band so they form a point.

Wrap the cage with garland, working from the bottom up. The garland we’re using has a flexible wire core so we can occasionally twist it around the tomato cage to keep it in place. Continue wrapping until the cage it is completely covered.

After the addition of some holiday lights and some colorful bows, the topiary is ready to display. Watch the video for details.

Watch, “How to Make Holiday Topiaries” for more information.


  1. Hello, I have an Angel I usually put on the tree. I have bought new lights. The new lights do not accommodate the plug from the Angel(one prong larger than the other). Is it ok to file down the larger prong to fit the new lights? Will it damage anything?

  2. These tips and tricks are fine, if you live in California. But when you live in Minnesota, you need to do these things in September or October. It’s a little late to fill cracks and paint now. It’s 10 degrees and a foot of snow on the ground.

  3. Your daughter once made an artificial topiary on your show. Can you please direct me to the sight where I can see the video? I would be appreciated.

    Thank you.



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