Thursday, May 27, 2010

It's all in the numbers

We're continuing with our outdoor theme this week (even though outside is the last place we've wanted to be -- Mid-westerners aren't prepared for the high 90's temps!).

We've been wanting to do a little something with our front door area for a while.  We wanted to spruce it up without spending too much.  On top of that we didn't have the option of doing anything too permanent since we need to have our sun room roof replaced this summer (can I just say what a pain hail is?!?) and we're sure anything that is in the vicinity of the roof will be wrecked.

Well that left us with a few options.  We put some potted plants out...definitely a plus.  But there was something missing.  And that's where my little paint project began.

Here's a peak from earlier this spring (please excuse the shovels and rakes):
Blah -- just too drab!

The main thing we needed was a great house number sign.  The one that came with our little hand me down wasn't exactly making us fall in love with it, but we didn't want to get a brand new sign if this one already had our address on it.  It was time to put our creative hats on.

I picked up these from Home Depot (over by the millwork and moulding) -- they were only $3.00:

I taped the address numbers, since we were going to keep that part the same.  And you can see the new "flourishes" on the sign.  (I used some extra-strength outdoor wood glue).

Aaaaaand it's ready for paint!!

It definitely helped our front space a little.  But we needed to do a little bit more.  Then I had another idea......

EDIT:  We weren't loving the green (pictured above) -- luckily we were able to do a quick change with another can o' spray paint.  Blue was the color of choice this time:

Here's our little planter stand -- I think I had gotten it at Michael's for $10.00 several years ago....and it was really time for an update.  We gave it a new coat of blue paint to match our sign:

I did tape off the edges so I didn't get paint on to the metal parts.

Check back Monday because we'll do part two of our "Numbers" makeover -- that's right, there's still more!

I'm also linking up to the CSI Paint Challenge -- which was a total inspiration for this project!:


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Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am in LOVE with your house number sign! What an amazing transformation. I am now a follower!

~Crystal~ said...

That is so cute! I love how it transformed. And thanks for your comment on my glass chore chart, btw. :)

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Love that pop of green! Wonderful transformation!
take care

Molly said...

Great, great, great. I, too, have been struggling with house numbers. I actually don't have any and can't find anything that I love, but that is a great idea!

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

The perfect green! So cute!

KatrinkaJane said...

Awesome idea! We just picked the least offensive choice of tile at Lowe's four years ago, but I'd LOVE to paint over the thing. What kind of paint did you use?

Jen @ said...

it looks great! That green is wonderful!

Thanks so much for linking up to the CSI Project! We really appreciate it. I hope you will come back next week for our Hardware Store challenge!


Sara said...

You could paint the mailbox blue and tie that into the mix too. Super cute!

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