Good Morning! The time has come around again for the Monthly DIY Challenge! If you are new around here, let me first start off by filling you in on what the Monthly DIY Challenge is. On the second Wednesday of every month, my bloggy friends and I take the same item and create something unique out of it then share it all with you!
This month we decided on scrap wood. I was certainly happy about that! When I first started blogging I stopped by a yard sale and bought a whole box of scrap wood, knowing that I would definitely use them. The hubby wasn’t too pleased, and thought it was just going to take up space and never get used. Well wasn’t he wrong! I’m sure he is thanking me now 🙂
The hubs and I have been busy these past couple of weeks sprucing up our yard and giving our front porch some more curb appeal. After painting our front door, shingles, trimming up our tree, and adding some window shutters, it was still just missing something. After looking at it, and looking at it, we realized that after adding the shutters to one of the windows, the other side needed something to balance it all out. That is when we had an aha (not 80’s band) moment, and decided that a unique address plaque would be the perfect addition to the other side to complete and balance the look.
We had just the perfect size of scrap wood sitting there waiting to be used (thanks to me :)) hehe! It just needed a few inches off the length, which the saw easily took care of!
This wasn’t just going to be your ordinary address plaque, we wanted something that was definitely going to stand out! I have seen address plaques on Pinterest that have a planter box as well, so we decided to add one at the bottom for the perfect added touch!
To make the planter box, we used the left over scrap wood that we cut off and cut them to size. Then nailed them to the plaque and drilled a couple holes in the bottom allowing draining for the flowers.
Once we had everything cut and ready to go, I painted all the wood. Since this was going to be outside, I primed it all first using KILZ primer. Then painted all the wood in black (the same color and finish that we used for our front door, and shutters). Then of course a coat of polyurethane to seal it. The picture shown below is only one coat of paint. Once the second coat was on, it looks much better than this.
Now time to put the address numbers on. We found our house numbers at The Home Depot. They can be used two different ways, flat or floating. We decided to have them lay flat on the wood.
Once it was mounted on the front of our house, I just added some fresh flowers. I really can’t tell you what they are either haha! Can you tell I am not much of a gardener?! I just pick out what I like! I do however check if it needs full sun or shade, that much I do know 🙂 I must say though, I think I picked out the wrong ones as they have already died on me, womp womp 🙁 That is why I really just need to stick with succulents, as they are seriously the only things I can keep alive!
We have received so many compliments from neighbors, friends and family about our address plaque and are so happy to hear that other people love it just as much as us!
It’s amazing what a few minor things can really do to give your front porch that added oomph!
Ugh I am so glad to finally glad that my husband finally fixed that Direct TV wire that was smack dab in the middle of our house. Those Direct TV specialist that wired that up should be FIRED! Doesn’t it just look ridiculous?
I have to tell you, I really enjoy these challenges with my friends and always look forward to seeing what everyone came up with! Let’s go take a look at, shall we?!