Make Your Own Midcentury-Modern House Numbers

Ride the wave of retro revival with this trendy and practical DIY entry accessory.

Ride the retro revival trend with this pretty and practical entry accessory.

Popularized in the '50s and '60s, the midcentury modern design style embraces clean lines and natural elements. The retro-cool aesthetic is making a comeback in today's home decor. Bring a touch of the egg chair era to your home with these DIY house numbers mounted on a backdrop of stained wood. The easy home improvement project will add instant curb appeal.

What You Need

  • Wood lath
  • 1x6-foot board cut to 12 inches long
  • Measuring tape
  • Saw
  • Wood glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Wood stain
  • Spar polyurethane
  • Self-adhesive house numbers

Step 1: Line Up Lath Strips

Arrange lath pieces into desired pattern, alternating seams. Cut a 12-inch long piece from a 1x6-foot board and place on top of lath strips. We made our backdrop a rectangle, but you could try a funky shape like a hexagon or triangle. 

Step 2: Cut Lath to Fit

Mark the edge of the 1x6-foot board on the lath pieces, then cut lath along the marked lines using a hand saw. Use wood glue to attach cut lath pieces to board. Let dry. If desired, use wood clamps for a tight seal.

Step 3: Stain Wood

Stain the sign with a color of your choice. Most midcentury designs opt for natural wood colors. Remove excess stain with a paper towel. Repeat on all sides. Let dry overnight.

Step 4: Seal and Finish

Once dry, seal the stained wood with spar polyurethane. Allow to dry over night. Once dry, remove adhesive backing from house numbers and mount to center of wood backing. If you don't have adhesive house numbers, considering gluing or screwing the numbers into the wood. 


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