Did you know that numbers are supposed to be lucky? The Chinese believed in Numerology, the science of predicting the future and/or forecasting what the person’s personality is using numbers. The number 8 meant “power” while 0 meant “everything”. Your house numbers may not have a number 8 or 0, but it could save your life. Aside from the fact that it is a state policy to have your house identified by its number, just imagine the police looking for your house number and not finding it because it wasn’t there or wasn’t clear. In addition, you don’t want to risk losing (and waiting unnecessarily longer for) your mail.
Depending on who comes first, you may have to paint your own house number or pay a helping artist who decided to be paid for effort.
- Check your local authorities for rules and regulations. Once you decide to paint your numbers yourself, you must first check your local rules and regulations for what paint to choose as the background and the paint as to what color the numbers will be. Usually, the background is black or dark green (it’s not as lucky as red though).
- Prepare your materials: the paints, the stencils or some reflector stickers, if possible and/or fast drying paint spray (for your numbers). Refer to your local requirements for more details regarding the colors, and how big your house numbers will be. The stencils should be formed into your house numbers.
- Paint the background. Generally, this shape should be one to two inches larger than the numbers, with a height as tall as the curb.
- Dry. Let the paint dry overnight for maximum effect.
- Stick the stencils. Tape it with masking tape or whatever tape you have. Just make sure it will stick as long as it can without damaging the background paint.
- Paint or the spray the numbers. Make sure you have properly aligned the stencils so it won’t come out sloppy. Gradually take off the stencils by holding the other end.
- Dry. Set everything to dry. Do not touch the paint.
You may purchase house lights as house signs (it’s not the latest but there’s nothing like flashy numbers to get attention at night). Generally this is allowed. But always, always check your local authorities regarding this. Address numbers may be done differently than just pure painting. They may be put up as address plaques or address signs. You can buy a tile, plain, decorative & etc. to be placed beside the doorpost. There are several stores online or offline that are selling this kind of products that can be customized.
In case you would want to paint other house numbers, too, just remember to paint first then ask for a contribution. It only makes polite sense if you ask first if the neighbors would like to have their house numbers painted, but people will be more willing to reward you with a few loose coins or a few dollars if you’ve already done the deed. After all, a reluctant dollar is better than nothing at all. Well, have fun!