$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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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. Stephanie A says:

    I’ll get some hanging pots with strawberries and flowers!

  2. Cynthia Munkelt says:

    I would buy more potting soil and mulch to redress my gardens

  3. Ann Council says:

    I will get some more veggie plants add them to my veggie deck garden.

  4. Brittney House says:

    We will be planting some flowers in the garden.

  5. kelley c says:

    I plan on getting a firepit for those chillier nights. I can’t wait.


  6. I would plant a lot of flowers and also paint the shutters.

  7. I Follow Fashionably Organized on Twitter. ladyt64

  8. I would get some feed for my grass & stuff to kill the weeds that are currently running the front yard. I’d also like to replace the trim around our rose bushes, put in a nice little white picket border.

  9. Terry C says:

    I would make a nice bed and plant some flowers

  10. Terry C says:

    I follow on Twitter- tlcfromtn

  11. Terry C says:
  12. Melanie MOntogmery says:

    We want to get inexspensive patio furniture, and I wanna do one small little flower bed! We live in a townhome and just have a small backyard, but its bare since we just moved in and I wanna make it more homey.

  13. Sarah L says:

    I’ll plant more flowers.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  15. Sarah L says:

    Twitter follow you: slehan

  16. I would plant new shrubs and assorted plants. Thanks

  17. I would like to get some hanging flower pots to put on the front porch

  18. Jennifer Marie says:
  19. Heather S says:

    Plant flowers and trim up shrubs

  20. Heather S says:

    follow you on twitter @buzz8

  21. Heather S says:
  22. Debra F says:

    I’m thinking of putting in a raised bed this year in the front yard

  23. Lauen U says:
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  25. Debra F says:

    I follow you on twitter

  26. Get a garden ready!

  27. Debra F says:
  28. James Coyne says:

    I try to plant some flowers

  29. Nicole C. says:

    Plant a lot of flowers.

  30. Nicole C. says:
  31. we really need to repaint the exterior of the house

  32. i follow you on twitter


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  34. I Follow Fashionably Organized on Twitter (@JAIVIANSMOMMY)

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  35. Richard Morris says:
  36. I want to add a water feature to my backyard with koi and lilypads!!!!

  37. I follow you via Twitter as MsTofuFairy.

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  39. Ellie W says:

    Daily Tweet @eswright18
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  40. I would purchase plants for landscaping.

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  44. Pamela Jaenke says:

    I would get outdoor lighting for our pergola.

  45. naomi c says:

    I plan on planting some new bushes to cover up the sadness 😉

  46. naomi c says:

    I am following you via twitter @delightcreative

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