Hastings Old TownWe have been getting caught up on lots of landscaping and outdoor projects this year. So, while we are on a roll, I said yes to a lovely invite from the peeps at B&Q to take part in their Make an entrance project – to give the front of our home more ‘kerb appeal’. Well, any appeal would be good – when you see the before picture below you will understand why I said yes to this project without hesitation!Front door beforeAfter we redesigned and rebuilt our large front garden – and shovelled thirteen tonnes of shingle! We ran out of steam and were happy to sit back and watch all our new shrubs grow. But after two very wet winters, the front of our house has started to look drab and feel neglected. The walls need freshening up (north facing algae) and the steps need something to happen too!Hastings Old TownOur grey front door is new – so that just needs a good scrub and something pretty hung up on the hook (under the letter box). I love the idea of making the entrance glow with an abundance of plants and somewhere nice to sit on sunny evenings – or in the morning awaiting the postman. The picture above is from my favourite B&B in Hastings old town – The Old Rectory.Hastings Old TownHastings Old TownAnother couple of Old Town doors above – I have been stalking stoops, steps, paths and more to gather inspiration for our entrance makeover. Below are some of the items at B&Q I have had my eye on. A new light to replace the heavily corroded and rusted one we have – pots and troughs for aromatic herbs to awaken the senses when we leave and arrive home – paint to spruce up the masonry and steps – a table and chairs to enjoy some evening sun (and somewhere to rest when we are tending the garden) – and plenty of country style plants to make us and visors smile. B&Q-Make-an-entrance-1For more fun ideas that are achievable in a day or two, check out these easy ways to smarten your front door/garden on this B&Q board over on Pinterest. I hope you’ll come back next week for the reveal – (rain permitting)!Hastings Old TownHastings Old Town

This post is a creative DIY collaboration with B&Q. All words and images my own :)

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