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.
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