Monday, July 11, 2011

DIY Project: Modern House Numbers

House numbers are a way to set your house apart from everyone elses and show a little personality at the same time. We wanted something bold, modern and a bit different when it came to the numbers that would identify our house. We've actually had the supplies for this DIY project since about a week after we moved in, but due to every other thing seeming more important we didn't get around to it until this past weekend and I am kicking myself that it took me 6 months to do it because I am beyond thrilled with how it turned out.

We started with a piece of black plexiglass that Jeff snagged from his previous job ($25). It was a bit too big so we used our chop saw to cut it to size.

We got these great mod-ish numbers from Lowe's for $8 each. Do you know how hard it is to find reasonably priced modern items? Hard! At one point we thought we'd have to order something online which would have set us back over $75. Luckily Lowe's had just what we were looking for.

We figured out the placement of the numbers and using the handy drill guide we made our holes for the posts.

Using the holes on the plexi as a guide, we marked on our brick column where we needed to drill and Jeff got to work.

Next we attached the screw posts that came with the numbers and popped them into place on the plexi.

We used construction adhesive to fill the drill holes and smeared a bunch on the back of the plexi for good measure...

That sucker is never coming off now!

I actually jumped up and down in the driveway and did a little happy dance when the numbers were finally on. They are exactly what I was hoping for - totally custom house numbers for around $40.


  1. HI There,

    This comment doesn't have much to do with your house number, although I must say it looks great, I just wanted to comment that I was at your house today! Does that sound creepy? Well no creepy intentions! I came by with my husband and bought your "pile o' bricks"!

    It was the strangest thing, I recognized your husband when he answered the door, and I knew he looked familiar. It took a little while for me to realize that I recognized him from your wedding by colour blog! So I checked in to see if you were still blogging and I came across your last post about this blog!

    So anyways, I just wanted to say thanks for the big pile of bricks! (We are making a walkway up to our house with them). Your new house looks great and is such an inspiration! Look forward to seeing the rest of your updates! And I must say, your backyard looks like it's going to be a a haven one day!!


  2. What a small world! Sorry I couldn't be there to help haul all those bricks to your car...hope the walkway works out well for you guys!

    And yes, I cannot wait to get started on the backyard...seems like it's definitely missing something in the hammock theme...

  3. Love your blog and love this project. It turned out fantastic! I was looking for mod numbers and did not know Lowe's sold them. Thanks for the tip!

    Saw your inspiration page...the second pic (with the painted brick and coffee table with the lucite legs) is from an episode of "Design Inc" (Sarah Richardson's old show), and the third pic (laundry room (blue/grey)) is from the first season of Sarah's House. Hope this helps!

  4. Thanks so much for the sources - I had no idea they were both Sarah Richardson...can you tell I'm a huge fan of hers?

    Lowe's surprised us too with the house numbers, though they may not be in all stores because we had to go to 2 different Lowe's locations to find them.

    Good luck with your search!

  5. Yeah, I live by the one at Castlefield and I saw them there when I visited the store. I made a costly mistake by buying "aged bronze" (charcoaly) ones at Urban Mode at $25/piece, and they practically disappear against my red brick. :(

    So since I have a black mailbox, I was wondering if I could pair it with stainless steel numbers, and I was led to you blog :). The bottom half of my home is clad in grey stone so I think mixing the two would work.

    I see you do love Sarah :) I appreciate her design sense and have learned a lot from her when it comes especially to mixing fabrics of the same colour palette.

    On a side note...I really admire your enthusiasm with your renos and redesign. You seem to take everything in stride and look at the glass as half full as opposed to half empty.

    I love your main bath...I thought I had the world's smallest main bath until I saw yours. It is exactly the same layout and size as mine (I even I have wood (bamboo) flooring in the bathroom too...just when you think you are the only one. I also have a love hate relationship with mine but now focussing on saving to update my dysfunctional 1950's kitchen which only has 2 feet of counter space

    Good luck with your future design adventures...look forward to reading about them!


  6. Thanks so much! I think if I was a 'glass half empty' kind of person I just wouldn't get out of bed in the morning!

    It's nice to hear that someone else has a tiny main bath too. Right now we're sorta 'discussing' the idea of renovating it this christmas/winter, but we're idealists after all and might not quite get around to it this year. I just don't know what we can do to make it feel bigger. Good thing we have lots of time to plan :)