DIY Slate House Number
This weekend I made a house sign using a piece of slate. I started by measuring the letter height I wanted and then went online to finding some stencil templates. I then pulled each of the letter and number stencils into a Word document using the margins to help guide me with the dimensions I wanted. I spent about 5 minutes trimming the numbers out of the printed paper when it dawned on me - a piece of paper isn't going to hold up to spray paint. The paint would likely seep through the edges. So I reprinted the image on half a folder which was a little sturdier. Had this project been thought out in advance I may tried to find something impermeable like a piece of mylar. I also would have purchased a hobby knife to make the cutting easier. After taping the stencil to the slate using painters tape, I applied two thin coats of white spray paint and let it rest about 30 minutes. Finally I removed the stencil before the paint was completely dry and hung our new addition by the back door. If you want to see more photos of this project and other DIY projects, please visit me at www.designingmainstreet.com !