Remember way back when, when I didn't have any door numbers and was doing chalk house number mock-ups on my sidewalk for an eventual design in paint?
Well I finally got around to that. I did love the organic nature of the chalk and they were fun to make but keeping up with them was a hassle and then we'd have no number identifying the house.
This was a multi-step process that was made possible and exponentially easier by a laser-cut stencil that my sister helped me make.
We designed the graphic in Adobe Illustrator and then she plugged it into her laser cutter at work -that's why this thing is so friggin pro-fesh-on-al...She did all the work!
This is what a laser cutter actually looks like in action. My sister took this video when Ethan was visit NYC last summer (I told you I've been sitting on this project for a long time!!) Talk about aunty extraodinaire, btw.
Choosing a good color combo was excruciating. It took several samples to get it right. The trick was to find something that popped but didn't clash with the house trim. For paint, I used Montana Black instead of a hardware store brand for a couple of reasons. First, there are obviously many, many more colors to choose from and secondly, it comes in a very low luster sheen (it's flat but not chalky looking like a hardware store brand flat spray paint). I wanted this project to look really good and cohesive with the house -I mean, I'm spray painting the sidewalk in front of my house... that could go really wrong in a hurry. A glossy paint, in the wrong colors could look very kindergarten in a bad, bad sort of way.
Montana cans cost about 9$ a can at my local art store, btw. So, about 2 times as much as Rustoleum, for example, but well worth it.
In a spot that I knew would be covered with the final design, I tested to see how clean the edge would be on the fairly rough sidewalk. I did this with BIN 1-2-3 primer, because I thought it would be prudent to do a base coat anyway.
The edges were fine. Had this not been the case, I was going to use a concrete patch kit to create a smooth area for the stencil and am SO glad I didn't need to do that.
This is the first stencil that creates the blue background.
After the blue coat, a white boarder was added by placing a smaller ellipse inside this one. (sorry no pic). I did 3 coats of blue, over 2 days, to make sure I covered all the divots in the sidewalk.
The numbers. I used coke bottles to try to hold the stencil down in as many places as possible. In this picture I have the largest ellipse on top to make sure my alignment was correct.
What do you think? Do tell.