Sunday, February 28, 2010

Get your numbers on...

Stopped by The Red Shed  for their Saturday Sale this weekend and picked up a few great things.  One of my favorite things was this metal box.  I think it just needed a little something to make it perfect.  I decided to put some numbers on the front.  Two things you should know here; one, I rarely put anything in my house that doesn't have some sort of personal meaning for our family and two, I rarely do things the way I probably should.  I've seen on other blogs various ways of making stencils and transfers or even handpainting things.  I either can't figure out how to do those things or don't have the talent or steady hand to do it.  So, here's my extremely simple way of putting numbers or letters on items around your house

Here's the box.  Pretty cool, huh?.


I chose the numbers "9116".  Those are our house numbers.  This is the house we chose to be our family home.  We moved in when our son was very young and we'll retire here.  Using the computer and our regular ol' printer, I chose the font and size I wanted and printed out the numbers on regular paper.

Using an exacto knife, I carefully cut along the lines.

Be careful to save the middle of the numbers like 9, 6, and 0.  Put those pieces back in place when you are ready to paint (use a piece of doublestick tape to hold it).  Using craft paint and a foam stencil brush, dab on the paint. 

There you have it.  That's all there is to it. I"m sure there are better ways to do this but this is cheap and easy.

Before.....
After!

19 comments:

  1. I love that box! What a great find. And I love the idea of putting your house numbers. Beautiful piece, thanks.

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  2. That looks great! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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  3. Loved that metal box before but it looks fabulous with the addition of the numbers.
    Jane

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  4. Voila...perfection! I love it, has plenty of charm!

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  5. So cute and I love the stenciling tip! Thanks!

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  6. Very neat! So in right now with the numbers. I like your monogram pot, too!

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  7. I love your box, you did a great job!
    Stop by and visit me sometime!
    http://songberries.blogspot.com

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  8. G,
    That is adorable!! Sometimes the simple projects can have so much PUNCH, plus the instant satisfaction. So GLAD we could help...thanks for coming by the Red Shed
    Valarie
    www.redshedantiques.blogspot.com

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  9. That is very cute. I like the simplicity of it. I wish I could find cute things like that around here. ;) What will you put in the box, you think? Or will it just be decoration?

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  10. Cute! You could put it on the front porch.... like an old milk box!

    ~Liz

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  11. Oh that is adorable!!! What a great idea. And that box is awesome!!!

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  12. I love this!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. I have to try this one! Tried becoming a follower but Blogger won't let me. =( I will be back!

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  14. It reminds me of the old metal milk boxes we used to leave outside our back door when I was little. Everyday the milk man would come and put a milk bottle in it!! What a great find

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  15. Very cool! I love that box and the numbers on it. Thanks so much for sending me the link. :)

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