You can add a great architectural element to your house by displaying your house address on a wooden plaque. You can get all the pieces and parts at the home improvement store. Also, craft stores will likely have a larger variety of wood plaque styles to choose from, too.
This wooden plaque came in this classic style with routered edges. All that needed to be done was to paint it and attach the numerals, and then place it on the house. The numerals came in a couple of font styles, sizes, and finishes like satin brass, zinc polished brass, and brushed or satin nickel. I choose the 4” size in the aged bronze finish for its traditional appearance.
The paint I used was left over from the exterior paint used for the trim on the house. Staining it would also make a beautiful address display. When picking colors for the plaque and the finish for the numerals, select colors that work together and that will be easily readable from the street.
Parts Used for This Project:
Numerals – (weather resistant; also, check with your local building code for any height requirements for the numerals – many local building departments have their code online)
Exterior paint or stain
2 – 1/2″ wood button
2 – exterior grade screws, to connect to house – I used 1 1/4″ screws and the thickness of the plaque was 3/4″
2 – plastic wall anchors
Things like the screws, anchors, and paint I already had leftover from other projects. I had to buy the unfinished wood plaque (just under $6.00) and the metal numerals (just under $4.00 each).
Before you paint or stain the plaque, drill the countersink holes for the connecting screws and the 1/2” wood buttons. Position (but do not attach) your numerals on the plaque so that you can determine the location of the countersink holes. Center the countersink holes lengthwise on the plaque, and equal distance from its sides. I let just the pointed tip of the paddle drill bit go through the back of the plaque to create a very tiny opening so that I could make marks on the siding with a pencil to locate where it needed to be drilled for the anchors and screws. Be sure to make your countersink holes only as deep as needed. Measure and use guide lines to help keep things level.
After drilling the countersink holes, use primer and paint, or stain, on the plaque (on the back also – it protects the wood from water and moisture). Be sure the plaque is completely dry before attaching the numerals (the numerals came with screws). Use guide lines to attach the numerals so that they are in line with one another.
The siding on my house is cedar and it is deep enough to where the plaque would comfortably fit on it. Make your marks on the siding for locating the screws and anchors.
Many times driving a screw into siding won’t make a good connection because the siding and the plywood sheathing beneath the siding may not hold the screw securely enough and overtime the connection will become loosened. If you can’t attach the plaque using wall studs, you’ll need to use an anchor to grip the screw. I used two plastic hollow wall anchors, which would be enough for a strong connection since the plaque was lightweight. I drilled the two holes in the siding (at my marks) a bit smaller in diameter than the wall anchors, and only deep enough to accommodate the length of the anchors. Push the anchor into the hole – it should be a snug fit. Use a rubber mallet if necessary, using light taps.
I used exterior grade screws to attach the wooden plaque to the anchors in the siding. The screws were slightly larger in diameter than the anchor opening. As the screw is installed in the anchor, the anchor expands in the hole for a tight fit. Finish by gluing the 1/2″ wood buttons into the countersink openings.
This is a simple and easy weekend project!
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