It’s week #3 of the Curb Appeal Blog Hop 2016!
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If you’re new around here, or just haven’t visited in awhile, let’s recap. I’m participating in a 5-week mini challenge to transform the front porch of my home, together with the lovely Deb at Seeking Lavender Lane and a group of fun and talented bloggers! You can catch up on their work at the bottom of this post!
This week, we’re at the halfway mark, and I’m sharing a fun DIY build project for a house number with a planter box.
You may remember on my original board I wanted to add house numbers to the front of the house.
I’ve played around with some different ideas, but it was during all that thinking – I’m still recovering, believe me – that I remembered that we already had a set of numbers. A unique set at that! These tiles have been living in our garage collecting dust since we moved in. The Mexican tiles were original to the house and were left to us by the previous owners, who were the original owners. We thought they were kind of nifty, but we didn’t have a use for them.
Fast forward 9-10 years and a blog and curb appeal challenge later, and voila! Instant use for them. I love that they have a history behind them. I like to add bits and pieces of history or sentimental value to our home and decor.
For a great tutorial on creating your Mexican Talavera tile house numbers, take a look at Paint and Pattern’s tutorial on stencilling Mexican Talavera tile. Or, if you’re looking for a quick turnaround, you can find them here and here, as well as through numerous vendors on Etsy!
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My tiles were already adhered to a thin piece of MDF, but I wanted to frame them out to give them, even more, wow factor.
Given that I’m a commitment-phobe when it comes to things like that – I always think I might want to change the project later or re-do it, etc. – I decided not to glue the numbers in but instead used command strip photo hangers.
These babies are like a heavy-duty velcro that you can use to adhere pictures to the wall without a nail and therefore without damage. If I ever want to remove the tiles, it’s as easy as pulling them off the frame and removing the command strip!
I used 1×1 pieces of scrap wood that we had hanging around and both glued and nailed them to a 1/2″ board of MDF. After a quick coat of paint, I adhered the tile to the frame with the command strips. I used d-hook picture hooks to hang them on the outside of the house.
I used the masking tape trick to hang the house number frame. The idea is that you put a piece of masking tape across the back of your picture and mark where your nail holes go on the tape. Then, you place the tape on the wall, level it, and drill your holes into the masking tape, remove the tape and hang your picture.
Here is the completed frame hung on the front of the house!
For the planter basket, I used a wire wall basket that I’d picked up at Home Goods some time ago. The fern came from Walmart – $7.
I removed the fern and placed the root ball in a plastic bag. I added drainage holes all around the bag then wrapped the bag in sphagnum peat moss before placing the entire package into the wire basket. Although you can place the root ball right into the peat moss, it eventually looks untidy, as the roots grow into the peat moss!
Once we have our new lights in, and the door painted, it’s going to look just fabulous! I can’t wait! For it to be done that is.. anyone up for painting a front door?
In other news, not much has been removed off of the list, but I’m determined to make more progress this week!
Here is where we ended up:
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