What you'll need
- a level, preferably 2-3 feet long
- a sharp pencil
- a power drill
- a set of small drill bits
- masking or painter's tape
- an adjustable square or ruler or other tool for measuring length
take a look at your existing house numbers from the curb and from up close and ask yourself; what size should the new numbers be? What finish should they have? Is there a theme in progress that they need to conform to?
Now that you have an idea of what you want, let’s see what we really have to work with. Unscrew and remove your old numbers from the wall. This is easy and shouldn't require any detailed instructions from me; just do it. Take note of the condition of the wall. Are the old screw holes eyesores? If so, you need to be prepared to fill them, maybe with acrylic caulk or wood putty, then dab some paint on top. Speaking of paint, when you pulled the old numbers off the wall, did they pull any paint or texture with them? If so, you'll need to consider making a small cosmetic repair to the patches of missing paint and texture. Take your numbers with you to the hardware store
At the hardware store
take a look at the different ways you can replace your house numbers. You can buy decorative numbered tiles, frame them and stick them on the wall. That's not what I did. You can also buy vinyl numbers and stick them to the wall or a support beam. Those are simple and go on like stickers, but that's not what I did either. I took a look at the different styles of individual metal numbers available and found my ideal numbers there. I compared them to the old numbers; the new numbers were a little larger, simpler in style, and brushed nickel. Perfect!!!
it's time to begin installing the new numbers. Let’s make sure these numbers go in as level and balanced as possible. First, you need a level base-line to reference off of. The bottom of each number will just barely touch this line. Of course, you don't want to draw a line on the front wall of your home, so take a long piece of masking or painter's tape and place it horizontally (parallel with the ground) whereabouts you want the bottoms of your numbers to be. You don't need it to be perfect. It's just there so you can draw a line on it then peel the line off when you're done. Get your level out and draw a level, horizontal line on the tape. This will be your accurate base-line, where the bottoms of your numbers will touch. Draw a small intersecting line (cross-hair) where you want to center your numbers. This can be measured or just decided by eye. It's your choice.