It all started when our mailman delivered my textbooks to the house across the street. We quickly realized we needed to put address numbers somewhere on our property, but attaching them to the house isn’t a perfect fix since it sits back so far from the road. We decided to do something at the corner of our front yard that meets the driveway. It previously showcased a barrel planter that we may have let get overrun with grass and weeds…
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Doesn’t exactly say, “Welcome to our farmhouse” does it?
What You’ll Need
- Your choice of address numbers
- Minwax stain (recommended if you choose white or light-toned metal address numbers) OR
- White paint or primer (recommended if you choose dark address numbers)
- 4×4 lumber
- Solar light cap
- Plant hook bracket
- Hanging basket
- Concrete mix
I loved the idea of an address post planter, so we set off to get our materials. We began by digging a hole for our post and setting it in concrete (sorry, I spaced and didn’t take photos of this part!). I chose dark bronze numbers and a medium brown stain for this project.
After a quick coat of stain, we realized we hadn’t made the best decision ever… The post and numbers were almost the same shade, and you could hardly make out our address from the road!
We ran to the barn to get a can of white primer left behind by the previous owner. (Thanks, previous owner!) Painting the post white worked out much better!After painting, we added a plant hook, a basket full of lovely purple asters, and a solar light cap to the top since it’s really dark on our street at night.
We simply placed some stones around the base of the post for now, but we’ll probably plant some flowers around it come springtime.
This is the very first step we’ve taken to fix up our home’s exterior… It’s a baby step, but one that’s a big improvement to a weedy barrel! Next step, freshen up those doors!