The front entry of our house needed help. It was so plain and, to me, it screamed, "We just moved in and haven't decorated yet!"
The first step was a welcome mat. We started off with this $5.00 mat from Home Depot.
I then added tape and and a freezer paper monogram.
(The font for the letter H is called Plantagenet Cherokee.)
I attacked it with black spray paint, peeled off the tape, and voila.
Not too bad for five bucks.
We've already seen the effects of having a welcome mat. Not one hour after I put that outside, this little ball of fur walked into the house:
He literally just strolled right in through the open door and made himself at home. He actually stayed here for about six hours before someone claimed him. I guess there's something to be said about having a welcome mat!