Wooden Address Sign

9 Materials
4 Hours

A simple way to dress us those boring numbers on the front of your house in just a few hours.

I was lucky to have lots of scrap wood laying around so this project was free except the cost of the numbers I used.

Cutting your “Base”

I am making two so I cut two pieces of scrap 1x8’s I had down to 15” long. They were previously stained on the front, you don’t need to do this.

Creating the Faux Shiplap

Then I used scraps of primed 1x2’s and cut the ends at 45 degree angles to form a chevron pattern. I used wood glue and brad nails to attach each piece to my base. You can certainly lay these as horizontal or vertical pieces for a different look.

Continue The Opposite Direction

Lay another round of faux Shiplap running the opposite direction. Then I filled my nail holes with wood filler and sanded the face of the Shiplap to make it smooth and around all four sides quickly.

Time for Paint

I used white Rustoleum Chalk Paint and sanded lightly in between 2 coats. You can choose any color or paint you would like!

Let’s Add a Frame

Next up I cut some scrap 1x3’s to size for my frame. I was using a butt joint so I didn’t have to cut at an angle. Super easy! I cut two pieces at 15” and two at 8.75”. I sanded them smooth and added a coat of stain. I used the stain color Early American.

Finishing the Frame

I used wood glue and Brad nails to attach the frame to my Shiplap base and caulked along the inside edge to give it a clean look.

It’s Complete

My final step was to drill holes and attach my house numbers following the directions on the package. So worth a few hours of work to add a little interest to the front of our home!

*How to Hang Your Sign

I used a masonry bit because I drilled into mortar and used Tapcon screws and sawtooth hangers on the back of my sign.

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 4 questions
  • Butters
    on May 6, 2020

    How did you attach to your house?

  • Walt
    on May 8, 2020

    What if your house number is not 136?

    • RC Leach
      on May 31, 2020

      The easiest way to resolve the problem, is to start looking for a nice home for sale that has a number of 136, or any combination. This way, you would have the added benefit of living closer, or farther from the center of the city, eg. 631= farther away from the beginning of the numbering system, and 136= nearer to the beginning. You could utilize the same system in order to live either farther north or south, or even farther east or farther west.

  • Lee
    on May 8, 2020

    Would your project get wet? And if so, have you account for this?

    • Melissa
      on May 9, 2020

      Mine will be under my covered porch but you can seal your sign

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  • Brianinbc
    on May 8, 2020

    Already did mine twice. acquired wooden numbers and paint a contrast to the house colour and placed on lower trim of elevated deck that faces road. Just be sure to space evenly. My numbers are 6 inch height for ease of reading from road.

    The second I used brass finished metal numbers, mounted on a slab of pre-varnished pine and screwed on large rock at 30 degree angle to road beside driveway entrance. Easy to read, for any driver. Hint, if you have much two-way traffic. you may want to make two of these to face each direction.

    We live in the country and so, a more natural look is preferred.

  • Melissa
    on May 8, 2020

    Awesome! We love on a super quiet street but we do have a second set of numbers above our garage!

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