There doesn’t seem to be a huge selection of affordable – and attractive – house numbers out there.
It’s a bummer when you spruce up the landscaping and fluff up the exterior of your house only to have a huge whomp whomp feeling when you look at your dated house numbers. Luckily, we happened upon the best house numbers a few flips ago – they’re cheap-ish (just 5 bucks each), sleek and modern-looking, easy to install, and simple to find at your nearest Home Depot. (No, Home Depot isn’t sponsoring this, they just happen to have some great house numbers. Although with all the good press I’ve been giving them with The Big Box Kitchen Series they should give me a call! Wink wink.)
Anyhoo, these are the pretty house numbers I was talking about. Hello there, hot stuff.
If you’re feeling intimidated about installing them yourself, don’t be. I did it armed with just a power drill, a pencil, some tape, caulk and a level. Easy.
The first step is to tape up the template to make sure everything is level, lines up, and that you like the spacing. You might want to use a level to make sure everything is level. Obviously. If everything looks good, go ahead and use your pencil to mark the location of each screw. (The template shows each screw location, so I punched through the cards at those locations using my pencil.)
Once you have your screw locations marked, you can start drilling. The instructions tell you to predrill with a smaller bit (I forgot the exact size) and then drill again with a larger bit (again, the exact size escapes me). These house numbers have the option of being installed flush to the surface, or raised – which drill bit size you use for the second round of drilling will depend upon which “look” you decide to go for.
(Random aside – I have these drill bits and I love them for two reasons: (1) each bit size is labeled in the case so you can actually find a 1/16 drill bit when instructions call for it, and (2) the bits all have a hex shank which keeps the bits, even the tiny ones, from slipping out of your drill because the shank gives the chuck something to hold onto.)
Once the holes have been drilled you’ll be left with this lovely Swiss cheese effect:
Prepping the numbers for installation is as easy as screwing in a few bolts.
Then you can do a dry fit of the numbers. I originally opted for the “raised” option, but the holes were a bit too large and didn’t look very cute (as you can see below). So, I then decided to give the flush-mount option a try and did another round of drilling and dry fitting.
Tip: If you go with the “raised” option, first try a smaller drill bit than the one recommended in the instructions.
Once you’re sure everything is fitting as it’s supposed to, squirt a little caulk into the holes and shove your house numbers into place. (The instructions recommended silicone but I’m a rebel and the white caulk matched my wooden post.) You can wipe off any extra caulk with a cloth before it dries.
Next, tape everything in place while it dries.
What kind of house numbers is your home rockin’?