Chez Newb: Shut the Front Door!

Remember how on Tuesday I was raving about how my friend had the foresight to actually spot light his house address? And then do you remember how I lamented that I never gave my house numbers a second thought?

Well, call me a cab and pick me up because my address is now in the spotlight! (Yes, I was told by a cab driver that my address wasn’t visible. Boo!) I decided today was the day for my first Para Paints Blog Crew project and I painted my street number on my front door right under the light. But let’s start from the beginning and I’ll share a few tips along the way.

First, this is my door as of Wednesday morning. She’s fairly plain right now, but in the next five minutes she’s going to look a lot better and then in the Spring I see big things!

Before Front Door

First things first…check the temperature and if it looks anything like Ottawa in the winter, go back inside and check again in six months. Sort of like Wiarton Willie, but with a paint brush instead of a shadow. Next, measure the door and decide where you want your numbers to be placed.

I decided to place mine in the middle of the door near the handle, so I got my level out and drew a chalk line horizontally and then marked my center point. There are no pictures of this process because a) it was too cold, b) you’d really just get to see a picture of my back while I stared at a door and c) I have a huge Bagster in my driveway so the less you see of my driveway the better these days.

If you have a stencil that you can print, or have already purchased, use that. I am an unlucky lady who had her printer blow up in a power surge last month so without the ability to print the script that I wanted, I instead sized it on my monitor and traced it out very carefully. Call me cheap or call me creative — it worked!
trace your template

Now this is where it gets awesome! I learned this trick from Emily at Jones Design Company. Once you’ve traced your template, simply rub chalk all over on the BACK side of the paper. Then once you trace the template onto your door, voila, there’s a chalk outline that you can rub right off when you’re done. Brilliant, I thought!

chalk the back of the template

Align and tape your template to the center point and the horizontal chalk line and then trace the template onto your door using a sharp pencil or Sharpie.  tape up template

When you peel off the paper you should see a pretty great chalk outline of what you’ve just traced. Make sense?chalk template reveal

I carefully outlined my lettering in a fine-tip chalk pen.

outline of numbers

Then I pulled out my paint and artist’s brush and carefully filled in the lines. I used a white Para Paint that I had handy from a previous project. Keep in mind that you’re subjecting these numbers to the elements so to keep it there for awhile, use an exterior paint. A secret I learned from a professional painter years ago is that Porch and Floor paints work really well for projects requiring durability. Para Paints has a new FloorGUARD product that I’ll be using for a front door touch-up in the Spring.

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Here’s what my front door looked like after just one coat. And trust me, the only additional coat I wanted to put on yesterday was a goose down winter coat; man it was cold!!!! So I was glad when it turned out to only need one coat.
painted house numbers
And because a plain Jane black door with awesome numbers isn’t enough to be fun in Ottawa, I hung my wreath and called it Christmas in my front yard…finally.

After Front Door

The true test though will be when I call my next cab and see if s/he can figure out where I am. Although truthfully, I am not too sure if anyone will be reading my door for the number. It might just be a little bit of fun just for me.

Black door with street number painted

In the Spring I really want to spruce up the front of the house. It’s definitely going to require some planning and warm weather. But for now, I think this adds an air of pretty.



*We were selected by Para Paints to be part of the Blog Crew 2014. We have been provided with the materials needed for specific DIY projects. However, the creativity is entirely our own and we have not been paid to publish positive comments.


5 Comments on Chez Newb: Shut the Front Door!

  1. Sonia
    December 12, 2013 at 10:54 pm (3 years ago)

    Wow, that is some funky crafting going on!! Nicely done, Newberry! :-)

  2. Lisa Goulet
    December 13, 2013 at 11:26 am (3 years ago)

    I love written house numbers and have wanted to do this for ages. Good on you for getting out and doing this while it was freeeeezzzzzzing outside. I will wait for Spring :-)

    • Meredith Newberry
      December 17, 2013 at 5:34 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Sabrina! I’m so glad you like it :-) M


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