Add Curb Appeal to your Front Door with this House Number Signboard.
The front entry to any home gives visitors a first impression, whether it be bad or good. Our entry needed a big makeover this year and I wanted to add a house number signboard to my list of summer projects.
My husband and I have been busy the last few months giving our front yard and entry some much needed curb appeal. We trimmed our boxwood bushes, planted new garden beds, added a DIY hose pot, and gave our shutters a new look with a fresh coat of paint. The mailbox got a makeover and we replaced our front door. All that was left to add some extra curb appeal was to add this DIY house numbers signboard to the entry wall. It balanced our shutters and tied in the new colors nicely, as well as announcing to one and all our house number.
This project could not be easier to do. All that is needed are a few basic supplies and a bit of elbow grease. This is what I used: Note: Some of the links in this article are affiliate links for products to complete the project.
- A Walnut Hollow Sign Board (size 6″X23″X.63″)
- 4 Hillman “Distinctions” Flush 4″ house numbers
- Behr exterior premium paint and primer in one. I love the way this dark navy blue color looks against my brickwork. Since my front door and shutters are also going to be painted this color, I wanted the signboard to match.
The pine signboard was quite smooth in finish but I gave it a rub with some sand paper anyway to make sure I had a good key. I gave it several coats of the Behr paint, being sure to let it dry completely between coats. I used a 1/2″ artist’s brush for the sides and a good quality 2″ horse hair paint brush for the top surface. I wanted a very smooth finish and find that horse hair’s brushes do this consistently.The color was Sherwin Williams “naval” very popular for doors and shutters that I had tinted in a Behr paint. Why not use Sherwin Williams paint for the project? I prefer Behr to Sherwin Williams after my shutter painting project. The SW paint was quite thick and harder to paint with, and I had used Behr paint on my mailbox and loved it. It was easy to get the Behr paint tinted to the SW color. I had paint left over after painting my front door, so there as plenty for the signboard.
I put three coats on the signboard. After the second coat, the pine had sort of “burled” a little and the finish was not smooth, so I gave it a light sand with some fine sandpaper and then finished up with the last coat of paint.
The house numbers come in both flush and floating varieties. My numbers were 4″ tall and I needed four of them, so they fit my signboard perfectly. I chose the flush numbers because they were a little less expensive and I still liked the look of them. If your house has more or less numbers in your address, you would need either a different size letters, or a different sized signboard.
The next step was to measure the placement of the sign board next to a shutter and to drill holes in the signboard and the brick work using screw anchors and a masonry drill bitWe measured the top number to make sure it was centered, and marked the screw placements. The top and bottom signboard screw will be hidden by the top number. Tip: Numbers and letters are quite hard to position so that they look correct to the eye. We only measured the top number. Doing so allowed for the differences in the shape of the letters and made them look better on the sign board. When we measured each one and tested that position, they looked “off” visibly.
The numbers come with screws, so they were easy to attach to the pine board. We attached the board first to the brick, and then tightened up the top and bottom number on the signboard, and voila – instant curb appeal with our house number signboard! I love the way the plaque balances the space that was left after the shutters were attached. It will also balance out the front door and opposite shutter where the new light fixture will be placed (stay tuned for additional photos when this is done!)
An added bonus is that the house numbers are easily visible from the street, which emergency vehicles love. And all for less than $40! A bargain.
How to you tell the world what your house numbers are? Please leave your comments below.