We have companies that will paint your house numbers on your curb, but I thought that they charged too much for something that I could do myself and do prettier!
Here's what you will need to complete this project.
Blue Painters Tape
4" or Larger Number Stencils
Decorative Stencil of Your Choice
Can of White Spray Paint
Stencil Brushes (1 for each color)
Craft Paint in Desired Colors
Paper Towel (to off load paint from stencil brush)
Paper Plate (to hold craft paint)
Decorative Paint Brushes (if painting design and numbers by hand)
Here's the steps I took to do this simple safety project:
1. Wash your curb with a scrub brush and rinse. You won't believe the amount of dirt.
2. You can do this project one of two ways. Either buy the 4" number stencils at an office supply store or print up letters in the desired font and size on your computer and use transfer paper to transfer to curb and paint by hand. I went the stencil route since it is 110 degrees outside in Arizona and I wanted to get this done as quickly as possible.
3. If going the stencil route, tape the number stencils together and then tape the decorative part of the stencil to the left. You need this all together so you can figure out how big your square paper template needs to be. If you are painting by hand, print out your decorative design out on paper and tape together to figure the size you need.
4. After I had my decorative stencil and numbers laid out, I made a paper template from newspaper inserts and laid them out around the numbers and taped together with blue painters tape. Leave space on the inside for you tape the template to the curb. It was a little windy the day I did this. You will want to pick a calm day. I got a little over spray on one corner because of the wind. I will go back and clean this up another day.
5. Take your can of white spray paint and paint inside your paper template. This is what it will look like. Let dry to touch.
6. Lay your decorative stencil and number stencils down and tape using blue painters tape. Stencil using a dry brush stencil technique. It does not take a lot of paint on a stencil brush to get the job done. Your brush should have just enough paint on it so that when you pounce on a paper towel, you get a powdery effect. If you use too much paint, paint will seep under the stencil and look messy. Better do to a light coat of paint and build up your color rather than over do it. If you are using a pattern instead of stencils, transfer your design with transfer paper and paint by hand with decorative paint brushes. Here's what it looked like while I was stenciling.
7. Take the stencil off and admire your new curb. It's beautiful and could protect your family in an emergency!
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