Updating an Address Plaque: finally!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Since we moved into our house five years ago, our house number plaque has looked like this:

That tarnished 7 has been tarnished as long as I've known it and the brassiness finally just got to me... I couldn't take it anymore!

First, I took the plaque down thinking I could just spray paint the numbers for a cheap and easy fix, but the screws were totally stripped so there was no getting those things out of there.  Darn.

I mentioned in this post that I might buy a new one but now that I had the thing down, I couldn't wait to replace it because it made that side of our house look totally naked.  So I went to Lowes and found the exact same piece of wood that the builder of our house used - how lucky was that?  By using this, we could just use the same screw holes (and anchors) that were already in our brick.  Hooray! 

Yeah, that black plaque had seen better days as well.

Poor tarnished 7... but not for long!  Enter beautiful new satin nickel house numbers.  

It was as easy as painting the plaque with an interior/exterior black gloss paint (that I already had), screwing the new numbers in, and hanging it back up on the brick.  Seriously, why did I not do this sooner?

Ahh... so beautiful.

I think it really makes our house look so much more polished.  Steven doesn't really notice it, but I do and that's all that matters. :)

While I was at Lowes, I also picked up some mailbox numbers (as our mailbox has never had any, which has never really been a big deal because it sits on the opposite side of the street from our house and thus looks more like it belongs to the neighbors, but I had finally tired of the little "2027" label the mailman had put on the front).  I went out to put them on and decided I was going to do something once and for all about that terribly faded flag.

It was easy enough to unscrew, and then got a coat of glossy red (which I already had - yay for cheap fixes!).  The numbers went on the side (try to tilt your head a little so they don't look as crooked.  I swear I used a level but somehow they ended up a little wonky.  Oh well, as Sarah would say, if anyone notices, they get a cookie. :)

Sorry I didn't clean the bottom of the mailbox for you.  It's a mailbox... what's the point?  Oh, and those dents in the front occurred from some teenagers taking a baseball bat to it last 4th of July.  Yeah, that was fun, coming home after dark to our mailbox in 5 different pieces, the largest of which being in the middle of the road.  Luckily it's plastic and it all snapped back together just fine.

Both of these fixes were pretty cheap ($22 for the house number plaque and $2 for the mailbox numbers) and took about an hour.

Have you done anything lately that you just don't know why you didn't do it sooner?


  1. its always the little changes that make such a difference! great job--youve inspired me to get cracking on my own house numbers and mailbox, THANK YOU! :)

  2. That looks so good! Love quick and easy fixes like that!