Industrial Home Gets Curb Appeal Makeover

This home has added curb appeal after a few simple changes.

Greg DeLuca and Morgan Hastings share a 50-year-old brick home with their fur baby, Ringo. They rented it for three years and thought it had potential, so they decided to buy it from their landlord.

Now they’re tired of the red brick exterior, industrial-looking carport, brick planter and overgrown landscaping, and they’re ready for a curb appeal makeover.

Here are the projects we’ll tackle:

Tear Down the Carport

This eyesore has to go.

Greg and Morgan’s leaky carport is barely functional and it’s certainly not pretty — the homeowners themselves say it’s ugly!

Plus, it contributes to an overall industrial look. We’re going for ‘rustic’ with this makeover, so we removed it.

Remove Extra Columns and Brick Planter

The home doesn’t need this many metal columns, so we’ll remove the extras.

The front porch has two too many columns, so we’re getting rid of those and building some wood wraps, from treated 1X6’s, to hide the two remaining metal columns.

Nailing boards together on the sawhorses is easy enough. The tricky part is fastening those assemblies to each other around the steel post, so all the edges are flush and square.

Once the “box” is complete, we make sure it’s “plumb,” or perfectly vertical, and secure it to the porch ceiling with nails. The bottom is held in position with wedges from underneath.

Finally, we give the columns a coat of Behr waterproofing stain and sealer in Valise.

Paint the Bricks

Many homeowners are choosing lighter exteriors.

More homeowners are painting or limewashing dated brick. We took years off this home just by painting it with a mineral paint from Romabio. This paint allows the brick to breathe without peeling or chipping over the years. The color we used was Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige. (We pressure washed the bricks to prepare them for the paint).

The airless sprayer we used essentially “pumps” the paint onto the bricks. In just a few minutes, we’re able to cover a lot of wall space!

We back-brushed to force the paint into the gaps and cracks in the surface. This process is only necessary on the first coat.





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  • Rick Natral Says:
    July 16th, 2019 at 11:06 am

    Amazing transformation! What kind of paint sprayer and tip did you use for the Romabio Masonry?


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    Thomas Boni Says:
    July 18th, 2019 at 11:49 am

    Hi, Terry,
    It depends on the door’s material. You said it looks like fake wood — can you please elaborate?
    Also, please include a photo with your question so we can better understand the issue.
    We accept photos at [email protected].
    Thanks so much!



  • Terry Says:
    July 8th, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Ugly front door is made of a material that’s glossy & looks like fake wood. How do I prepare it for painting?


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    Thomas Boni Says:
    May 24th, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Hi, David! Full episodes of “Today’s Homeowner” are available on livezoner41.info after they have aired twice nationwide.
    This episode should be available on livezoner41.info the week of July 1.
    You also can catch classic episodes on Amazon Prime Video!



  • David Niblett Says:
    May 17th, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Thanks for providing the episodes to watch online. I have watched all up to episode 951. When will episode 952 and beyond be available to watch online. I live far away from Atlanta’s antenna towers and iTunes and Google Play do not have the new episodes for sale. Thanks for a great show and podcast. I enjoy both of them.



  • Debbie Parker Says:
    April 21st, 2019 at 4:53 am

    I loved this …i so need you at my home


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    Thomas Boni Says:
    May 12th, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Hi, Jeanine,
    It sounds like the paint is oxidized, so painted metal may be your best bet. First, clean it thoroughly with soap and water — then you can revive the luster with an automotive spray-on wax/cleaner. Good luck!



  • Jeanine Dorow Says:
    April 17th, 2019 at 11:45 am

    hello Danny & Chelsea,
    My garage door has faded terribly. It’s either vinal or metal? Is there a product on the market to restore the luster it once had?


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Industrial Home Gets Curb Appeal Makeover