Monday, April 21, 2014

Address Plaque

Well, I still don't have a studio reveal for you.  The last, main part of pulling the room together was putting up the gallery wall.  I did that a couple of weekends ago and wasn't happy with it.! So, I took it down and quickly formulated Plan B.  Plan B required a few new projects to be done, so I've been working on those and hopefully will get this darn gallery wall up soon.

But, I did get this project done!

Like most of my projects, I bought the supplies awhile ago, but finally took the time to get it done. I already had the numbers on hand - they were the original gold/brass ones that were on the trim of my house, but I took them down because I bought this solar one at Big Lots.
Yeah... I forgot to take a picture of it while it was still up on the garage wall.  And I didn't bother to clean the bird poo off of it before taking the picture.  Oops.  The solar batteries never worked and I had to use regular batteries.  And they would only last 2 weeks at a time, so I gave up on replacing them long ago.

I bought a wood plaque at Home Depot - I think it was a few bucks - maybe $5?   The gold/brass numbers were spray painted satin nickel.   I arranged them on the plaque and used the painter's tape to make sure they were fairly level.

While I had the numbers on the plaque, I made sure to start the screw holes so I would know where to place the numbers after I was all done and ready to screw them in.  Thinkin' ahead!

I then sanded the plaque and stained it in Minwax's Dark Walnut.  This is after the first coat.

I ended up doing 3 coats.  I also used Minwax paste wax on top after everything was dry (I should have used Polycrylic since this was going outdoors, but I really wanted to try that wax).

I used these Bench Cookies to hold up the plaque - it made it a lot easier to work with the stain.  If you are interested in buying these, I found this link on Amazon here.  My dad actually gave these to me - he's a tool junkie!

My previous address sign had recessed holes in the back so when hung, it sat flush against the garage wall.  This new plaque didn't have anything on the back at all, so I bought these hangers from Joann.  I was worried about it staying on (it often gets super windy out here), so I added the velcro Command strip on the bottom to help keep it from moving when it does get windy.

So far, it seems to be holding up fairly nicely, but it hasn't been super windy yet.  That will be the true test.

It looks so much better than the other sign and it's clearly visible from the street (which is the point, right?).   Another little project completed!

*I blurred a couple of the numbers for privacy reasons - my big brother would be so proud!  :)

Originally posted by Adventures in DIY


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  1. I'm surprised you got a solar address plaque at Dollar Tree at all! Not surprised it didn't work well, though the solar lights I've gotten there have worked just fine. The new plaque looks good!

    1. OOPS! My bad! I meant that I got it at Big Lots. I must have had Dollar Tree on the brain. lol And thank you!

  2. Love it! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

  3. What a lovely plaque! It's simple in design but still adds a lot to the house.

    1. Thank you, Jennifer! I love seeing it when I come home everyday. :)

  4. Hi Chrissy- This is a personal favorite and a Friday Favorite at
    Thank you for the button on your blog! Means a lot ! Please link up this week- goes live tonight!! laura

    1. Thank you so much, Laura! I've linked up my Studio Reveal this week. Thanks for hosting!


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