Remaking Our Modern House Number Sign

Donna Powell
by Donna Powell
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3 Hours

A couple of years ago I created a modern house number sign that included a small bucket planter.

It was a unique and fun project and I hung it up outside our front door.

I have shared it on Hometalk in the past.

It lasted about two years before the glue finally deteriorated and the metal bucket fell off. Instead of reattaching the metal bucket, I decided to remake this modern house number sign instead.

As a visual for those who may not have seen the first post about the modern house number sign, below is how it looked before.

I probably should have brought the sign inside this winter and it wouldn’t have fallen apart.

Thankfully, when the bucket fell off the wood canvas it didn’t do any damage to either the wood canvas or the bucket.

You are probably wondering why I didn’t just reattach the bucket back on the canvas?

To be honest, the idea of planting flowers in the bucket didn’t work out so well.

Both my front entrance and back entrance have covered porches. No matter where I hung up the modern house number sign it didn’t get any sunlight at all.

Needless to say the plants didn't thrive.

I finally decided to just use faux flowers in the planter this year but it fell apart before I could do that.

Recently, at Hobby Lobby, I found a wood craft project – at half price – for a vintage truck design with 5 different cutouts for each season for the bed of the truck.

There is a wood cutout for Spring, Summer, 4th of July, Fall, and Christmas.

A vintage truck is perfect for some of the vintage décor I already have in my home, and on my custom mailbox decorations. (Never mind the fact that we still have a 1960 vintage Ford truck in our garage – although in pieces at the moment.)

These cutouts were very easy to paint with acrylic paints.

I added in the line details with craft markers to finish off the look of each one.

In just an afternoon, while binge watching a Netflix show, the wood cutouts were painted and detailed.

This was such an easy project and only cost me $4.50 to remake the modern house number sign for my front door.

Before attaching the truck cutout to the wood canvas, I quickly sprayed each piece with two coats of Minwax Polycrylic spray in Satin Finish to seal them against the weather. Thankfully we had some days with some beautiful weather and I could spray the cutouts outside.

The vintage truck cutout was made to either hang on a wall or on a wreath and had a length of twine as the hanger.

But I didn’t want it to hang on the wood canvas but instead needed some sort of way to attach it and still be able to slide in the different truck bed cutouts.

I found the solution by using a small piece of trim leftover from the renovations of our modern sunroom last year.

I glued the square piece to the back of the truck cutout and then glued that to the wood canvas sign using a combination of Gorilla Glue and hot glue.

By using the trim piece to attach the wood truck cutout, it extends the cutout away from the actual wood canvas backboard. I think it makes the truck really stand out and give the whole sign a three dimensional effect.

I am looking forward to changing out the little wood inserts each season.

I hope this time our modern house number sign lasts more than two years, but if not, I haven't spent a lot of money on the makeover either way.

This was a fun and expensive way to makeover an old project.

Suggested materials:
  • Truck Cutouts   (Hobby Lobby)
  • Acrylic Paints   (Walmart)
  • Paint Pens   (Walmart)
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