It’s the little things

Outdoor DIY projects that are fast and simple but make a big difference

All projects don’t have to be BIG

Or Expensive

Or time consuming!

Sometimes it’s the little things that make you feel good! Working around the yard and exterior of the home can seem be daunting but it doesn’t have to when you see such little things you can change that make a huge difference.

For instance…

Crawl Space Door Before


Crawl Space Door Before


The door that leads under our house is smack dab in the middle of the wall on our patio.

Where everyone can see it. (Mostly me!)

It just needed a coat of paint…easy.

Now it’s not an eye sore anymore.


Crawl Space Door After


Crawl Space Door After


See…How much better that looks.

I just used some exterior paint I already had on hand and it was completed in no time at all.


Iron Planter Before


I bought this iron planter last year at Goodwill for $4. (Yes, I’m slow…)

It is hanging by my back door so we can store outside supplies like mosquito repellent and sunscreen. It comes in really handy for summer time outdoors.


Iron Planter After


Some white spray paint and now it pops against the brick.

AGAIN…easy and fast!

Maybe not AS fast…I painted it yellow first, didn’t love it, then went with white!


Painted Flower Pots


Seriously…anyone can do this!

Rust-oleum Hammered paint was perfect for this little project. These plastic pots have sat outside for a few years and had faded. Painting them a darker color made them look heavy and more substantial. I’d love cast iron planters but those can be very expensive. Spray painting the pots I already owned allowed me get a great look quickly at a budget friendly price.

Painted Flower Pot


Painted flower pot with flowers


Now my flowers are growing and the pot looks great!

So, what little things do you have around your house you can get done quickly? and easily?

What are you waiting for?

Now that we have our outdoor shed finished I think I will add the pots with flowers to the deck. I will post some final photos of the shed very soon.


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  1. The door looks so much better. This summer we’ve been tackling many small projects. Spray paint has definitely played a big part in those projects. 🙂

  2. It was amazing the difference it made and how little time it really took! Thanks for stopping my blog, I really appreciate it! ~Sonya

  3. I love the way you are using the hanging planter. I need to start looking for one of these at our local thrift shops. You have solved our guessing game of where those outside essentials are hiding now. Great idea!

  4. Thanks Nancy! It is crazy how we look at things for so long we miss the little things! Hope you have a great day!

  5. I painted my vanity in the bathroom from black to butter yellow yesterday. I loved it, but for the first time in 5 years I noticed it didn’t have knobs on the little top drawers. I had some that matched the doors and when I put them on it was like “wow, now THAT is what it’s been needing (besides paint ;). Took me about 5 minutes to drill the holes and put them on. Your underthehouse door looks much better. 🙂

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