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SPRING RENEWAL: Ways to improve home’s curb appeal
Metro Creative General Finishes Milk Paint — Klein Blue gives this home’s front door and shutters a brand new curbside appearance. - photo by Special Photo

An attractive front entrance area gives a home curb appeal that invites both guests and potential home buyers. Upgrading a home’s exterior can be as simple as painting or as complex as installing new windows or adding a patio. 

Inspiration for a curb appeal “makeover” that reflects the owner’s budget and decorating choices are easy to find online. Stop by the nearest Woodcraft store for tools and supplies, along with helpful advice from the staff, or visit to shop and read how-to blogs and articles. 

One of the easiest and quickest ways to boost curb appeal is to paint (and repair if needed) a home’s front door, molding and trim. Painting garage doors, porches, shutters, doorsteps, flower boxes, furniture, mailboxes/stands, and window trim are other potential projects, as is changing the front door hardware. 

For front door and shutter painting inspiration, visit these informational blogs on Front Door Klein Blue Redo and To Thine Own Self Be Blue.

Repair & Paint

Woodcraft offers these products and ideas for more repairing and painting.

• General Finishes Milk Paint is a premium interior/exterior mineral-based paint premixed in more than two dozen colors. It is so durable it does not require a topcoat. However, Woodcraft Product Development Manager Kent Harpool suggests using General Finishes Exterior 450 as a sealer for exterior uses. The 450 is fortified with UV absorbers to stabilize the finish and built-in mildewcide to retard mold and mildew growth. 

• Krud Kutter TSP Substitute will clean and degloss almost any surface prior to painting so that paint adheres better.

• System Three Sculpwood Epoxy Putty is a two-part epoxy putty that can be used indoors or out. Mold it, shape it or use it to repair carvings, antique picture frames or even windowsills. Be sure to add a coat of General Finishes Exterior 450 to seal your work.

• Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue is waterproof, yet it cleans up with water. It allows eight minutes of open assembly time and offers an application temperature as low as 47 F.

• HOMERIGHT Super Finish Max and Finish Max Fine Finish HVLP Sprayers spray most solvent or water-based products — latex paint, milk paint, chalk paint, furniture paint, stains, and finishes. The Finish Max is ideal for small- to medium-sized projects, while the Super Finish Max is more powerful and covers a wider range of projects and thicker paints and varnishes with less thinning required.

• HOMERIGHT Spray Shelters are good for furniture projects (large shelter), as well as smaller accessories (small shelter).

Remove, Replace & Build

Replacing windows, gutters and downspouts; adding molding to a door; building — outdoor furniture, a unique mailbox and stand, or flower containers; and adding or expanding a patio area/porch require a large investment of time and money. Look for these products to help with these replacement and building projects. 

• Lightweight and quiet, yet easily portable, the Rolair AB5 Air Buddy, 1⁄2 HP Compressor is a durable companion for your weekend projects.

• Use the GREX Green Buddy 18-gauge, 2” Brad Nailer for trim and moldings, light wood assembly, window beading, scribe molding, and door and window casings. 

• For precision sawing, efficient sanding, power cutting, accurate filing, scraping, cleaning and polishing, and more, consider the Fein MultiMaster Start Q with a pinless Starlock mounting system and easy snap-in accessories.

• Take SawStop safety, quality and precision directly to your project work area when you choose the portable SawStop Jobsite Saw with Cart.

To learn more about these and other products, stop in your local Woodcraft store, call (800) 535-4482 or visit