Monday, April 27, 2015

Make Your Own House Numbers




 A few years ago, I wanted to replace our worn out house numbers and make it easier for people find our house. I saw an idea that I liked.

These just use old ceramic  tiles...  like from a kitchen or bathroom... you can also buy new ones... they aren't too expensive and you only need one for each number in your address.

The ones I used are 4 1/4" x 4 1/4". They are already sealed by the factory because they are meant to use in places that get wet or need a lot of cleaning, so they are sturdy.

I liked it that this project is very inexpensive and yet it turns out to be so appealing and inviting.


I used acryllic paints.... just paint a large number on each tile and add any decoration you want that will enhance without making them difficult to see.

I also added the blue stripe around the edges... I wanted it to show up from the road and also look nice. 

After painting on them, I sprayed them with a clear lacquer meant for outside. I gave it a couple of coats. Then we made a wood frame for it, glued the tiles it and hung it outside the front door.

It has worked very well and we have been so glad to have them. You can see up close here... it isn't perfect, but they look nice

I made mine to hang vertically, but they could also be made to stay horizontal.

This idea would also work to make a sign... maybe the family name... or a statement.. sports team ...  or cottage business name.. 

These have been up for several years... I can't remember how many and am guessing maybe 5 or 6... and we have not done anything else to them. They have held up very well, although the lower ones (near the doorbell and more exposed to the sun/weather) need a little touch up, as you can see.

It is a great project... not hard, but well worth doing.

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope you have a wonderful week. :)




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40 comments:

  1. Those are so cute! I love tile-numbers. What a great idea for gifts as well! Remember to link-up again tomorrow for another Tuesday Talk!
    Sarah (co-host)
    www.sarahefrazer.com

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    1. Thank you... that's true, it would be a good idea for gifts... I will have to remember that. :) I will be sure to see you tomorrow. :)

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  2. I love your beautiful house numbers! Great idea and perfect way to personalize your home's entry!
    Mary Alice

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    1. Thank you... that's why I liked it... a way to make it OUR house, unique from what it was when the people before us owned it. :) Thank you for visiting.

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  3. You are so talented. I would never attempt anything related to art. Love what you have done, though. Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you... there would be really easy ways to do this with stencils also..... thank you for the sweet comment.. I'm glad you visited. :)

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  4. What a great idea! These look so pretty hanging outside your door! Thanks for sharing your creativity today :)

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    1. Thank you... I enjoy seeing them and like having something pretty there.. without it being too busy. :) Thank you for visiting.

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  5. I really need to do this! We don't even have house numbers on our home right now, which make it difficult for first time visitors or pizza delivery drivers to find us sometimes. I am constantly running outside and waving people down, lol. Thanks for the great idea!

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    1. You're welcome! It is a pretty easy project, inexpensive... and it looks nice when done. It is nice when people can find your house... :)

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  6. I love the project and will probably do a beachy theme for my home. I'm excited to get started!

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    1. A beachy theme sounds fun! I hope you enjoy making your sign. :)

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  7. HI Gentle Joy!

    These house numbers are so very pretty! I have been complaining about my house numbers for a couple of years now and these would be something I could do as I am far from artistic! I have several different types of stencils around here that would work perfectly! Thanks for the great idea and for linking up to the #BigTopBlogParty! Wishing you a fabulous week!

    Much love,
    Lysa xx

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    1. I hope you find that you love these new signs... it is satisfying to get a little job done... and especially to do it on your own. :) I hope you have a great weekend. :)

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  8. What a neat, creative idea! I love how you walk the reader through the process so they can see how easily it can be done. We are moving into our new home this summer so I'll have to try this one. Thanks!

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    1. Oh, good... it is a nice project... and now that I have done this post, I can think of other possibilities... favorite sports team, child's name plaque for wall, and more. Thank you for visiting. :)

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  9. Oh my goodness, your house numbers are truly pretty! You did an amazing job! Thank you for sharing beautiful and creative idea, and for linking up at the #OhmyheartsiegirlWW party! Pinned onto my DIY board for later and tweeted! Have a fantastic week! Looking forward to seeing you next week! xo Christine@CherishingaSweetLife

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    1. Thank you! I appreciate the party and enjoy visiting... and thank you for pinning and tweeting. :) Have a great weekend.

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  10. Hi there, thanks for stopping by to share on Oh My Heartsie Girl this week. These are wonderful, I love using tiles, but I dont have your artistic ability!! Hope you have a great day! Karren

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    1. Thank you.... there are stencils that could be used also, making it easier, but not everyone enjoys such do it yourself projects. Thank you for visiting and encouraging. :) I hope you have a great weekend!

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  11. Your house numbers are so pretty, my friend! We have a small little number on our home and it's quite boring and blah. I think I need to make a house number for our home :) Thanks for the inspiration and thank you for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you! :) It is fun to have some pretty addition for our home.... I hope you enjoy making one.. . Thank you for visiting... so nice to hear from you. :)

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  12. I love them. They're very pretty. I like the twine.

    Momfever

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    1. Thank you... I like how delicate they look and yet they are very durable. So many possibilities for designs. :)

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  13. You are amazing and your ideas and creativity are wonderful. I really like this and it is so doable. Thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

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    1. Thank you.... what a sweet thing to say! :) It is a great project and I have recently begun to think of other ways I could use this... so I may come up with some new ideas soon. I need to watch for more tiles to experiment with for the project. :)

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  14. What a great idea! I love this! Thank you for sharing your creativity on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! :)

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    1. Thank you... I sure like it for our house. :)

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  15. Really great idea! I have a bunch of tiles around as I made coaster sets out of them. I think I will give this a try!
    Popping in from the Funtastic Friday Link Party.
    Alexandra
    EyeLoveKnots.blogspot.com

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    1. I hope you like them as much as we do... it is a fun project. :)

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  16. This is a great idea and it is good that the numbers have lasted so long. As I was reading your post I wondered if putting a coat of glow in the dark paint would be a cool addition to your lovely numbers. I have only used this paint once, on a project that was for a child's present. The paint does not cost much and it is very effective.
    Kathleen
    Fridays Blog Booster Party

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    1. What a great idea!!! I wonder if it would work... the idea sure gets my creativity flowing w/ ideas. :) Thank you for sharing this.

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  17. These are terribly cute. You did an excellent job. Visiting from Home Sweet Home blog party at The Charm of Home.

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    1. Thank you... I find I am thinking I would like to make some more after reading so many wonderful comments! I do have more ideas for them... :)

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  18. Cool! Love working with tiles! Thank you for linking up with us on Idea Box link up party!

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    1. I haven't done much with tiles except for some flooring... but this project was a good introduction to working with them. :)

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