Nutty for Numbers

I can't stop numbering things in my house. There are numbers in the bathroom. On the screen porch. On napkins. And pillows. So it should be no surprise where numbers popped up next ...


I’m addicted to numbering things in my house.  There are numbers in my powder room …

… and on my back porch ...

… and I toyed with numbering the stairs in my entryway, but was worried it would look too busy.  

H  o  w  e  v  e  r   .  .  .  our  front porch steps offered the perfect canvas.

Hmmm ...

I scoured multiple craft stores in search of a stencil, but couldn’t find a font I liked in the size I wanted.  That may have turned out for the best because I’m not a “stenciler” and there was a good chance it would have turned out sloppy.

Then it dawned on me that vinyl house numbers could work. They’re made to withstand the outdoor elements, right? And if the harsh Chicago winter gets the best of one (or more) of them, they’re cheap and easy to replace. The package of 3” Hillman vinyl letters & numbers -- I picked mine up at Menard's -- contained multiples of each letter/number for just under $5.00.

The best part:  this project is quick and easy.  All I did was find the center point of each step, peeled off the number, affixed lightly at first so I could re-adjust as needed, and then firmly pressed into place.  Five dollars and fifteen minutes later: Voila!

And now we’ve provided some entertainment for all the toddlers in the neighborhood who like to stop and look and linger and count along …


Linda is a wife, mother, Chicago homeowner … and creator and author of it all started with paint blog.  You can find the complete tutorial on how she numbered her porch steps by clicking here …

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