$100 Front Yard Makeover

We moved into our house 3.5 years ago, and have been redoing what we can when we can due to financial constraints. The thing is that I like doing it little by little I get to be a huge part in every detail. It feels like a piece of art. Tweaking it here and there until it’s done.

With $100 I was able to liven up my front yard enough to feel like I made it pretty for the summer.

The first order of business was this tiny ugly tree, that did nothing to the house. We pulled it out and replaced it with 2 Bougainvillea bushes. I wanted to add color to the front yard, and have something that would grow up the wrought iron and cover it’s ugliness.

While I did not use garden wire to make sure they grew up and around the posts, I will need to when they get higher. If you are planning on putting Bougainvillea in make sure to have eye hooks and garden while to help them grow up the fence or wall you intend them to be on.

The other big thing was to paint the wrought iron in front of the front door and around the retaining wall. I chose the color that we eventually intend to use as the trim color when we finally paint the house. The transformation from just a coat of paint always astounds me.

Of course our painter du jour made an appearance.

We added some impatiens and solar lights to the walkway for the summer lift my front yard definitely needed.


After it was all done I spent more than the $100 only because I didn’t realize I’d need to 2 gallons of paint and 2 bags of soil. Otherwise I’m really pleased with the way things were done. I’m especially happy with the color of our wrought iron. Now we have to continue that color all along the side part of the gate.


Lowe’s Creative Ideas is giving one Fashionably Organized reader a $100 gift card.

MANDATORY ENTRY: comment with what you plan to do to make your outdoors feel more like summer.

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All comments must be posted by June 3, 2012, 8 PM PST. The winner will have 48 hours to confirm after receiving the e-mail from Fashionably Organized. This giveaway complies with FTC guidelines, and FB promotions rules. Please see OFFICIAL RULES, for this giveaway. For the purposes of this giveaway the “Sponsor” is Lowe’s.

As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Bloggers & Influencers Network I was given the $100 from Lowe’s to give my front yard a face lift.

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  1. I’d plant some flowers along my walkway.

  2. I follow you on twitter @hewella1.

  3. I’d love to add some flowers to my yard!

  4. I’m a new follower on twitter – @mcbblog

  5. I want to plant some flowers in my front yard

  6. Follow you on Twitter @ElenaIstomina

  7. Mami2jcn says:

    It would be neat to add a water feature to our front yard.

  8. Mami2jcn says:

    I follow you on Twitter–mami2jcn

  9. Mami2jcn says:


  10. Mami2jcn says:

    2nd tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/207655905704153088

  11. I want to plant some flowers in my front yard. Thanks that you’ve shared this with us.

  12. I would like to paint my little fence and add some colorful flowers =] Thanks for the opportunity!!

  13. I follow via twitter (yamiyali)

  14. Laura Royal says:

    I want to add a new flower bed for tulips

  15. Deanna G. says:

    Hang some colorful flower baskets! :)

  16. Deanna G. says:
  17. Deanna G. says:
  18. I would get some patio chairs. Thanks.

  19. Mami2jcn says:

    5/30 tweet #1–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/207810082900160513

  20. You done a terrific job! It really looks so nice and fresh, I think you have proved that you don’t need truck load of money to manage something.. It can be done intelligently!!

  21. Rachel Travis says:

    I plan to put a new sliding glass door in and redo the patio flooring!


    rachelmarietravis at gmail dot com

  22. Jennifer Marie says:

    I want to get the brown out of my grass and make it green to look more like summer!

  23. Jennifer Marie says:
  24. Mami2jcn says:

    5/30 tweet #2–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/207816724555374592

  25. Tabathia B says:

    I plan on planting flowers near my urban garden and adding small patio set
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  26. Tabathia B says:

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  27. Ellen B says:

    I’ve got some great flowers planted this year

  28. Ellen B says:

    I follow on twitter @elliebunny24

  29. Ellen B says:
  30. Marilyn Wons says:

    I plan on getting a hammock!

  31. Ellen B says:
  32. I would love to clean up our vegetable garden. Our new house has had one for many years, but it is currently in such a state of disrepair/neglect! It needs a big overhaul – new chicken wire, fresh soil, stakes, etc.

  33. Heather Girard says:

    Would LOVE to add a stone pathway… handmade with stones found with my children. Then decorated very colorful

  34. Shannon Baas says:

    plant some flowers.

  35. Margaret says:

    I’d spruce up my patio with flowers, an umbrella, and lounge chairs! :)

  36. Danielle T says:

    i would love to plant some more bushes and start a little veggie garden

  37. Danielle T says:

    i follow you on twitter, @realiamazing

  38. Richard Morris says:

    I planted a lilac tree, dappled willow, two dozen sunflowers, 3 different clematis plants, a ground covering juniper, and two off-shoots of lilac bushes. I got tired of my yard being plain

  39. Richard Morris says:
  40. I definitely need to plant some flowers out front, and get some solar lights for my porch stairs.

  41. Julie Lynn Bickham says:

    We already have our garden going, so maybe some new patio cushions and pillows.

  42. Julie Lynn Bickham says:
  43. Laura Lynch says:

    i plan on a veggie/herb garden


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