Painted House Numbers

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We don’t currently have a very pretty house number sign, and I decided to make one.  This was a terrifically easy project.

I painted a piece of plywood white.  I had some household paint sitting around, there is nothing special about this paint.

Using MicroSoft word, a printer, and regular printer paper, I made a stencil using a font that looked good, and roughly stenciled in the numbers.  At this point I wasn’t sure what colors or patterns I’d be using, so I just grabbed the first dark paint I could find, which happened to be Burnt Sienna.  Remember if the number has a center circle in it, like a Zero or Six, you need to leave a bit of paper there as a “bridge” to hold that center in place.  You just paint over it later, once you lift the stencil.

I let that dry, and put the stencil back in place and started daubing in bits of bright colors – hot pink, magenta, copper, yellow, a couple of blues, some purple.  I then put black paint in a Fine Liner Bottle, with a Fine Line Tip, and outlined the numbers, and added some ZenTangle-like shapes.  Again, this is just regular Artist Quality acrylic paint, either Golden or Liquitex brand.


Once that was dry, and the board was cut to size, I taped off the edges and painted them black.  I think that really finished it off nicely.

I’ll put a coat of varnish on it.  I’m not sure how well this will hold up in the rain, snow, and sun, but we’ll see.  Worst case scenario is it fades out and I do it again.  All in, doing it in bits and starts, I probably spent about 1.5 hours on it.  Pretty Fun!

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7 Responses to Painted House Numbers

  1. Lou says:

    They look great!

  2. The favorite one says:

    What a great idea and it’s so you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Lorna says:

    Turn out great

  4. Maureen says:

    Pretty cool. ..and unique.

  5. Louise says:

    Very cool! Looks great.

  6. Jen says:

    Really creative and well done.

  7. Susanne says:

    Love it .. nicely done !! Great colours …. some of your favorite colours!! Good description of the process xox

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