We recently had our exterior painted white, and it COMPLETELY changed the appearance of our home. Now I get excited every single time we drive up. It’s much more modern and vintage all at the same time. It’s definitely the most shocking before/after moment we’ve had! We noticed our neighbors driving by veeerrry slooowwly. Haha!
So now that the paint is on, we’re working on tweaking the details of our exterior. This past week we planted two peony bushes, we’re creating a landscaping plan, we swapped out all the light fixtures for simple/modern designs, and of course—I wanted to add some fun GOLD details to the front of the house. I haven’t blogged about it yet (I will, I promise!), but here’s a photo where you can see the hardware we chose for our entryway—
Anyway—I could go on all day, but let’s get into the project!!
–modern brass numbers (5 inches tall)
-wood pieces (guide for measurements below)
-drill and drill bits
Step One: Measure and cut.
Start by choosing what size you want your sign to be. You can customize it for your space, or if it fits, you can make yours exactly the same size as ours. Ours is 30″ x 16″ with a 17″ x 5.5″ planter. It’s fairly large, but it fits the space nicely. They can cut all the wood pieces for you at the hardware store if you don’t have a saw. Just make sure you take correct measurements with you!
Using wood glue before the nails will create a more secure, sealed box. This is best for a planter. Depending on what you plan to plant in it, you can add drainage holes in the bottom of the box. We did not. When you attach the box to the front, be sure to drill pilot holes through the base. This will prevent your wood from splitting. Screw the box on from the back of the base.
Step Three: Paint.
We used the same white paint as the exterior of my house, to match. If your house isn’t white, we suggest bright white outdoor paint, but you can use any color you like!
Place the numbers where they will go on the sign, then cover the numbers with a cloth and tap them down with the hammer. This will leave indentions where each hole should be drilled. After you drill the holes, just stick the numbers on the front of the sign by pressing them into the holes.
Depending on your climate or the time of year, you can choose what you want to plant in the box. I will probably do flowers next spring, but since cold weather is relatively close (like I’ll blink and it will be here), I decided to go for faux plants since they will last longer. Most craft stores have a pretty legit selection of faux succulents these days. If you need help finding places to buy them online, check out this post.
I know a lot of you REALLY hate faux plants, but I stand behind the idea that there is a time and place for them. Obviously I love real plants even more! But there’s no shame in using a few fake succulents here and there!
Here are a few more images of the finished project…
I’m so happy with this project! It looks a LOT more expensive than it really is, and it’s an afternoon project (meaning it only takes a few hours to make!). Win-win all around.
Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Project Assistant: Collin DuPree.