Hi Everyone 🙂
This easy project can revamp your house and takes less than 2 hours to complete in total. Many people don’t know this, but I love working on DIY home projects! They add a personable touch to your living space and create wonderful memories in the process. Your home is a reflection of yourself, so why not let your personality shine through?
I came across the blog “A Crafted Passion,” and found this great project. It’s a DIY Modern House Number Sign and I think it’s looks expertly done. Below is a link to the official post, but here I will summarize what crafter and blogger Amanda writes in her post.
For this project, you will need:
1/4” birch plywood, Wood shims, 5″ floating mount house numbers, 1×2 common board, Wood stain,
For tools, you will need:
Sanding sponge, Rag, Mallet, Drill, 5/32 drill bit, Measuring Tape, Saw, Micropinner
Here are the steps as outlined by Amanda, including some awesome . Again, I think this is such a fun and easy project that will really add to your porch, or wherever you decide to place your house number. The finished product is modern yet also just home-y enough to be suitable for any kind of home and family.
1. Cut Base
First, cut your base plywood that you will glue the wood shims to. Amanda’s was about 15×26. This will get trimmed down later, so it can be a rough cut.
2. Glue Shims
Place your wood shims one by one next to each other with the fat edge of the shim flush with the edge of your base plywood.
Some wood shims come a little more beat up than others so pick and choose until you have them placed the way you want. As you can see below, the bottom shim would need more work to look smooth, so if you have enough shims just set that one aside and grab a different one.
Working a few shims at a time, pick up your shims and use wood glue on the plywood to attach the shims to the board. Continue until they are all glued down.
3. Trim Edges
Once the glue has dried, run your wood shim board through the table saw to make the sides even. If you don’t have a table saw, you could also use a circular saw, band saw, or jigsaw.
Sand all your edges and the top of your shims now to smooth everything out.
Clean off your shim board to make sure there isn’t any sawdust and then stain your board.
6. Add Numbers
Alright, now time to add your numbers. I got these 5″ floating mount numbers off Amazon and they look great. They are made to just go directly into your exterior, but they work great for this project too.
Twist the mounts onto the back of the numbers and use a measuring tape to center your numbers. Once you get them placed, put some pressure on them to mark where you will need to drill. Since we’re working with soft wood shims, it should be fairly easy to see where the holes go as you can see below.
I found a 5/32 drill bit worked best for the house numbers. With a scrap board underneath the plywood, drill all your holes and then use a mallet to softly pound the number mounts evenly into the board.
I love how they appear floating and will be easier to see from the road.
7. Miter Frame
Next up, the frame.
Since the floating mount numbers are designed to go into the exterior of your home, there is about an inch sticking out the back of the sign that we need to hide.
Take your 1×2 common board and cut your wood at 45 degree angles using a miter saw or miter box to fit perfectly around the shim board.
Sand all the edges as needed once they are cut to size and fit around the board perfectly.
I gave my frame pieces two coats of matte black spray paint.
9. Attach Frame
Now, it’s time to attach the frame. Start with the long sides. Add wood glue to the long edges and then set your shim board on a flat surface. The goal is to have your frame as far back on the board to hide the screws that are sticking out the back.
Set the side boards and then pin them on the edges and middle with a micropinner to hold it until the glue dries.
Once the long edges are pinned, you can add the end pieces with a little more glue and a pin in each corner.
If you’re a messy worker like I am and get wood glue all over, just give your frame a quick sand and touch up paint and you’re done.
Now, you just need to hang your house number sign. I would suggest attaching a picture hanging wire to the back of your frame and then a screw into the exterior of your house. Just be sure to silicon where the screw is to make it waterproof.