June 28, 2009

House Numbers...Finally

I have had an empty, rusted frame hanging on the outside wall of our courtyard for one year. That's right,a whole year!! It had been lying around for a year before that. I just couldn't decide where to put it or what to put in it. I finally decided to use if for a house number feature. I purchased a special masonry drill bit and masonry screws and got the thing mounted. I was so proud of myself. A year later, I'm not as proud of my mounted, still empty, frame.

I knew that it was time to do something about it so I immediately went into brainstorm mode and decided that ceramic tiles would be perfect. I was very fortunate to find hand painted numbered ones. They fit nicely into the frame, but there would be a 2" blank space on each side and that would just not do. So, I measured carefully, and off I went again. This time I purchased a solid white tile and had it cut to size at the store. I did a mock-up trial run and I hated it. Wouldn't ya know it?? So, nothing got done for another three months.

I don't know why I sometimes get bowled over with an idea, but it happened last week.

We had a couple of rusty pieces of tin in the edge of the woods. I grabbed the tin snips and a pair of heavy duty gloves and off I went!


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Before:The sad empty frame


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Getting all set up in the 100+ degree temperature!!


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Snipping away at the old tin


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I used self adhesive copper foil for the numbers. I like them shiny, but I think I will leave them unprotected to see if nature will verdigris them for me.


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After: It looks good from the street, especially in the morning when the sun reflects off the copper


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That is my little make-over for Metamorphosis Monday. Go on over to "Between Naps on the Porch" and take a look at how busy everyone has been.

Rhon



22 comments:

  1. Hi! What a great idea! I would have thought of doing something like this! Your rusty frame and numbers look fantastic!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;0

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  2. Awsome ! I love art and this is art !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  3. I am soooo impressed! What a woman! I love the look of the old tin. I would have never thought to use it. I love the frame you put it in too. So cute. You have a beautiful place.
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  4. What a great idea! It looks terrific!

    Jane

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  5. Great ideal, my own are so plain and boring...love yours.

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  6. Very cute! So creative! I'm like you, I come up with the great ideas, but I don't always get the time to get to them like I would like to. ~ Robyn

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  7. I love it!!! Love the old tin. Beautiful!

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  8. I am so impressed with your handiwork! Your skills are quite impressive. I love your wall with the vines and the new frame!

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  9. How cute is that Rhonda! I wish I could put pretty house numbers on my condo, but alas. They cannot be different from anyone else's...

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  10. LOVE the house numbers... very clever!

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  11. What a great little project... I love that pretty vine climbing on your wall too! Stop by my blog for my 100th post giveaway if you get a chance!
    Have a great week!
    ~Really Rainey~

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  12. WOW! That's great!
    ~angela @ peonypatch

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  13. Oh, I like it just the way it is! I think it looks great and quite natural, as though the elements have rusted it, rather than a shiny look. I do this: plan a project that gets put off and put off. And then one day I get wind in my sails and a brainstorm hits me and off I go! I give you extra-extra points for getting out in that horrid heat, girl!
    Brenda

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  14. What a fabulous project. It looks gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

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  15. Don'tcha hate when you've got something like that just hanging around forever, mocking you? I have about 100 little things I'd like done and they mock me every time I walk by.

    Anyway, I LOVE what you did with the frame! I probably never would have tackled that project (and in the smoldering heat!) on my own, way to work the tin snips!

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  16. I love it, great recycling, very clever!

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  17. Charming - great idea! Linda

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  18. I have a frame very similar to yours; I spray painted mine black, then used ceramic number tiles. My frame isn't quite as long as yours, so my house numbers filled it up without a spacer. If I get tired of the tiles, I'm glad to see I have an alternative!

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  19. Thanks for coming by--my house numbers are on my house in Louisiana, and I'm in Georgia right now, but as soon as I get back, sometime the 1st or 2nd week in August, I'll take some pictures of them!

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