Updated House Numbers

This year, even though I’ve lived in the same spot for over 20 years, the county decided to change my house number.  Evidently, there was a mistake made all those years ago.  So I’ve had to change the address on all my bills, my drivers license, and I needed new house numbers.  I just added a new front porch to my house so I wanted something pretty, and my house is far away from the road, so it had to be visible.

I found several options that I liked and was just about ready to order a customized plaque online for $65 when I stumbled across this tutorial on The DIY Playbook.  Her plaque is a little more modern than I wanted, so I just added a simpler type of number; but the process couldn’t be easier and it looks amazing!

Materials Needed:

Piece of wood cut to the size you want –  Mine was 18 x 6 inches and about 1/4” thick.

Paint sticks – I asked the paint counter at Walmart and they gave me about 12.

Stain – I used MinWax Provincial that I had on hand.

House numbers – Use whatever style you like.  These are just the plain plastic numbers you can get for around $1 each.

Wood glue

Picture hanger – I used a cleat type hanger, but you could also use D-rings on each side.

Water Sealant  

Small brad nailer

Begin by preparing your paint sticks.  Most paint sticks have a dimpled end where your hand would fit when stirring.  Remove that end of the stick with a circular or chop saw.

Measure your board and cut your sticks in different lengths that add up to the total length. Be sure to place your sticks in a random pattern so the seams do not line up from line to line.  You may need to leave a small gap in between the rows to make the width work out. 

Once you have your pattern figured out, remove the sticks and number the back in the order they go on the board. Tip: Be sure to use a dark or permanent marker that will show through the stain.

This is when you will stain the board and the sticks (front and back).  Let the stain dry overnight or at least for several hours.

Once the stain is dry, glue each stick on the board in chronological order.

Let the glue dry for several hours, then use a small brad nailer to nail down each piece.  You may need to touch up the stain with a Q-tip where the brads go in.  Once everything is dry and secure, flip over the plaque and attach your picture hanger.

Spray or brush on a water sealant covering all off the wood.

Figure out where to place your numbers and attach as directed.  My numbers used small tacks that just hammered in.

Attach your finished sign to your wall and give yourself a huge pat on the back.


Since my house is on a hill and has a covered porch, I attached my sign at the top of the lattice under the porch so it can easily be seen from the road.  This project costs me less than $5 because I had the board and stain and the sticks were given to me.  The only thing I had to buy were the numbers.  I think this one looks even better than the one I was going to buy and I did it myself!

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  • Sherry

    Looks great! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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