Tuesday, February 17, 2009

House Numbers...

I was looking through some blogs last night and seemed to stumble upon a theme: front doors. Your front door can and should be a personal expression of you and your home! Through the use of color and decor you can set the tone for friends, family or anyone that you welcome into your home!

But before you can welcome them into your home you first have to make sure they can find your home! This is where the ever important house numbers come in! Where you place them is up to you...

photo courtesy of Cottage Living

photo courtesy of BHG.com

photo courtesy of BHG.com

When we first moved into this house the numbers were attached to a lamp post in our front yard that sits near the street. It was fine during the day, but at night you couldn't see it! I can't tell you how many of our friends drove right past our house on their first visit! It was clear the numbers had to be moved. So we put them above our garage doors. Much better! And it has served us well!

But little did I know that last fall my mother-in-law would discover a super easy and attractive idea in one of her many decorating magazine's! As soon as she saw it (and I'm almost certain that it was in a 2008 issue of Better Homes and Gardens) she was on the phone asking if I could paint numbers on her front door. She made the quick jaunt over (we live three houses apart!) to show me the picture and I was immediately on board!

I picked up my white paint pen and got to work.
This is the result:


My front door...


and her front door...


I love how they turned out! I think it is charming and a bit unexpected and never again will we have the issue of someone not knowing where our house numbers are!

The best part is that this idea can be adapted to suit any home! Your numbers could be large or small, traditional or funky, white, black or any color of the rainbow! And you certainly don't have to paint them yourself. House numbers are readily available at home improvement stores and your options are limitless online!

Just have fun with it! After all, it is your front door!

14 comments:

DesignTies said...

You know Karla... I love it when people bring a beautiful emphasis to their homes with fab front doors! And your front door (and your mom's of course) are not exception... so inviting! Unfortunately my front door doesn't face the street... but we're working on ways to make the walk up to the house as terrific as any fantastic front door!
Thanks for sharing these great pics!
Victoria @ DesignTies

janet said...

karla, i love what you and your motherinlaw did with your front doors. Very inviting too!
hugs
janet

Tara said...

I have been thinking of ways to make the front door more personal...this is a fun idea! love it and I love that your front door is red...gorgeous!

Nick Klaus said...

That's quite the good idea. Simply change the font, and I can see it working in a number of different ways.

Holly said...

I've been looking through your blog and really enjoying it! I love your door; in fact, I just did the same thing, using contact paper!
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Anonymous said...

Karla, pretty please... I must know the paint color of your front door! Also love the painted numbers, so clean and fresh. Love it!

Karla said...

Sure thing! The color is by Behr and is called "Cherry Tree" #ECC-32-3

Thanks for visiting!

~Karla

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

That is too clever, I love it!

solsticehome said...

Just found your blog and very happy I did! Great job on the front doors and the numbers!

Hannah said...

Just had to say I love your front door! I didnt know you are from WA like me. How cool! Anyways, your moms established sign above her door reminds me of a birdhouse I created for my parents front door. I went to safeway one day and saw this darling big wooden bird house and used white paint to write their wedding date on it "etablished in 1977". It made a great gift that now sits on their front porch.

Great job and I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful ideas!

Susan said...

I am so glad I found your blog! And you live in WA! :) I live in Bothell. Or as I like to call it, "The Brothell".

--Susan @ www.peanutpetunia.blogspot.com

Jenny @ DIY Newlyweds said...

Hi Karla. I love this project, your front door looks so inviting. Hope you don't mind, but I shared it on my blog http://diynewlyweds.blogspot.com/2009/09/diy-house-number-projects.html

Katie said...

love your blog...you have great taste!

TheVirginiaHouse said...

I saw your front door a few months ago and have been wanting to do the same thing so badly! My husband just put in a new door for me last week and my fingers are just itching to get painting. Thanks for the great idea!!!