You know what my least favorite part of my house is? My front yard.
It is U.G.L.Y. and one day I plan to change that, but I haven’t won the lotto (yet.) So for now I have to give it a “budget spruce up” if you will.
I started last spring by painting the front door and the shutters a nice smoky shade of blue. They were a not quite maroon color before and it all just sort of melded together with the slightly peach color of my house and the rocks in the front yard. Did I mention it is ugly? It is. It has no color (until after this post) and it has no softness. But I plan to fix that with a little bit of spring decorating and thought I’d start with a unique house number idea to up my curb appeal.
So I whipped out my paints and hand painted house numbers on my new flower pot, which hides the electrical outlets quite nicely don’t you think?
I had been looking for a tall planter to go in this spot for so long and I finally found an affordable one at IKEA! It is perfect for this space cause it is tall and narrow enough and hides my ugly outlets. And of course adding some plants and flowers brings it to life.
Then of course in full spring decorating mode, I had to add my own little touch with some Ombre Painted House Numbers. This was such an easy little project and my little lady loved hanging out in the front yard and coloring rocks. I guess she thinks the house needs some color too 🙂
Here is what I did:
step 1: Draw or trace a border for your numbers. You want it to be about 1/2 inch thick depending on the size of your pot.
step 2: Tape your label onto a piece of contact paper and cut it out so that you are left with all 3 pieces in tact.
step 3: Peel off the back part of the contact paper and stick your outer edge on first in the spot where you want your house numbers to go.
step 4: Now do the same for the inner portion so that you only see the outline.
step 5: Paint the border. I used Martha Stewart paint for indoor/outdoor use. This pot is in a covered area, so I don’t plan on it getting too wet anyway. I let the first coat of paint dry and then added a second coat. Then I carefully removed the contact paper while the paint was still wet and cleaned up any little mistakes.
step 6: Make a stencil for your house numbers. I hand drew my numbers and then made them block numbers to cut them out. Again, you want a reverse stencil, so that you see the pottery when it is placed.
step 7: Place your number stencil on the pot and paint.
To do this Ombre technique, where the colors blend from one to another, I just started by applying a little bit of my darkest color. Then without cleaning the brush all the way I added my next color and dabbed into my darker color until it was blended the way I wanted. I just worked my way up.
step 8: Carefully peel off the contact paper to reveal your painted house numbers!
And that is it! I love the pop of color that it gives and the flowers and plants have already added some softness to this space.
Isn’t it such a simple little touch? It makes me happy every time I walk up to the door and it was just so easy!
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I hope you all are having a great week and have some fun plans for the weekend!
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