Sunday, July 11, 2010

House Numbers Safety Project

Have you ever gone to a friend's house only to discover that it wasn't so easy to figure out which house was theirs? Many homeowners do not have their houses marked clearly with their house number. Even those house numbers that are easier to find during the day might not be so easily found at night. Have you ever thought what would happen in an emergency if an ambulance or the police had a hard time finding your house? We have house numbers on our home above our garage. However at night if the lights on either side of our garage are not on, these might not easily be seen. To make our home more easily identifiable, a former owner had painted the numbers on the curb. It wasn't looking so good these days though. So, I finally completed a safety and home improvement project that I have been meaning to do for quite a while. This is what our curb has looked like for quite some time.














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.
Newspaper
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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19 comments:

  1. OMG, that is genius...and pretty.....I must point people in your direction and show them your idea, its simple and clever..well done.

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  2. Wow, that looks awesome!! You did a great job and love that stencil!

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  3. You are right about that being a serious safety issue! I wish that we could do something like this- but the neighborhood association would probably frown. Still, it is a brilliant idea!

    Over from Tater Tots and Jello! :)

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  4. This looks so great, Susie!! Love how you are coordinated from the porch all the way out to the curb!

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  5. oh...I forgot to ask if you're in California. I live very near Castroville, the artichoke capitol of the world ...and I have noticed that many people don't like artichokes (my favorite veggie) as they didn't grow up around them and learn to appreciate them like I did. Poor souls!
    Nancy

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  6. I suppose my first comment didn't go through because I didn't type in the blasted security word. Hate that! Anyway...saw you on Between Naps on the Porch and thought your idea was great. I can't even find my own brother's house cuz they all look the same. I will have to pass this idea along to him!

    Nancy

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  7. Beautiful!! I love how perfect it looks! So much better now

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  8. That looks great and much more personal!!

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  9. That is beautiful. I love it. I wish we had a curb to do that to. I bet you have the most decorative address on the block.

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  10. Talk about curb appeal! You did an awesome job and I love that you added colors to the stencil! My stencils never turn out so perfect.

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  11. like it alot I think I may try this on my front steps as I have no curb

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  12. What a great idea, I'm going to do this....when my back stops hurting!

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  13. Oh how cute! I love what you did - very creative!! :)

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  14. Great idea! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

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  15. It looks great - love the colors!
    Rhonda

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  16. I absolutely LOVE this and since I don't have an HOA..I'll add it to my list of 'To-Dos'. Great idea & it's so pretty. Jen

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  17. Thanks so much for sharing this! It would be a great summer job for some big kids to offer this service to all the neighbors!

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