Wednesday, February 27, 2013

By the numbers - Pinterest Challenge

It's Pinterest Challenge Time!!

Here is my front door. (Please ignore all the bikes, umbrellas, rakes, bike ramps, clutter.) I love my front door. I hate my house numbers. They are ugly, old-fashioned, diagonal, and very hard to see from the street, especially at night.

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I've been thinking about house numbers since we moved into this house six years ago. In my mind, I've pinned house numbers out the wazoo. Tonight I only found one pin

My dream house number/mailbox combo (since I hate my mailbox too) is from an Etsy company, Steel House mfg.

I pinned some their house numbers now too.

So nice, but not affordable for me right now.

Months ago I decided something had to be done about the ugly numbers. It was after S#5's birthday party when half the guests went to the neighbor's house on accident. I started searching for options that were in my price range. I found something I liked at Home Depot. I had to wait because they didn't have all the numbers I needed. A month or two later, I bought my last number. I was ready. Except I let it sit there until tonight.

Nothing like a Pinterest Challenge to get me moving on a project. Tonight was the night.

First up, lining up the templates.

I'm anal about precision. This took a long time with rulers, tape, level and lots of re-doing and re-taping until I was satisfied.

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Second, marking the template holes.

I was suppose to have a special tool to mark the holes to drill. I didn't have one, so I used a screw I found on the garage floor.

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Third, drilling holes.

This part was difficult. I tried to use painter's tape to hang the board in place. It didn't work. I sweetly asked DH to help me out. He held while I drilled. I must have been too slow because he took over.

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The fourth step, putting the numbers together.

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Looking great so far

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Now to hang it up.

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So very nice!!!

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They are modern. They are bigger. They are lit by the front porch light. They look fresh and new, I really love my new house numbers.

Now it is imperative that I get rid of that old mailbox and hang a new one on the other side. I might have to go shopping today.

Don't forget to check out the projects by the Pinterest Challenge hosts, Young House Love, Bower Power, The Remodeled Life, and Decor and the Dog.


Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART said...

The numbers look terrific. I love how they a bit off-set from the plate. Love the font of the numbers too. Very modern and updated!

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The Remodeled Life said...

We need new house numbers so bad!! Love this idea!! Thanks for linking up!

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

Love the modern font. They look great by your entrance.

Liz Haynsworth said...

Aren't those house numbers the best? They look great!