Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner

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Comments - How To Make Mid-Century Modern House Numbers

Christine on May 26, 2017:

I purchased the 4 inch numbers in this style of font that are available in most big box stores. Somehow they just didn't seem to have enough of an impact while viewing from the street. I think I'll try making 6 inch numbers with the street name in the same font but in a 2 inch size underneath. Your post has been most helpful.

Anonymous on Mar 24, 2015:

Could you tell me what font is it? it would be very helpful Thank you

Ben on Sep 27, 2014:

And despite reading the comments, I still can't work out how these are fixed to the wall....?

Ben on Sep 27, 2014:

Sadly the link is broken to the bit where you explain the jointing compound (what is that?) and the primer.

alete on Aug 06, 2013:

I've been looking for these for a long time, but couldn't justify the cost either.   Where I live now, I have 2 O's in my address. (100)  It doesn't do the font justice, but I LOVE the other numbers! Maybe I'll give it a try anyway.  But the 0's are the hardest, huh?  I just finished installing a prarie style door and framed it with wide trim- they would look great on the top 6" board.

Louise on Aug 18, 2012:

These look amazing... nice job!  Do you mind telling me, how thick the numbers are that you made?  thanks so much,


Denise on Feb 10, 2012:

Thanks for another project (like I need one). But I really have wanted these numbers for a long time and couldn't justify the $$.

Brian on Jan 19, 2012:

Thanks for the posting. This fits my mid-century modern house perfectly. Admittedly, the 0 was difficult to do (I was ready to move to a house with a different address!), but I think I got it right on the third try. I have attached a picture. I just need to attach the piece of wood to the fence in the front of the house. Thanks again.


kmj on Oct 30, 2011:

hey, what typeface is this? i've been seeing it everywhere and  love it! but i don't know what it is :-(

Pete on Aug 29, 2011:

Can yo please elaborate a little more on how they were aligned and fixed to the house?

Housesignman on May 10, 2011:

Great tutorial, once you've done the house number why not try a house name!

Chris Gardner on May 09, 2011:

They're attached by inserting the threaded rod into anchors in the wall, and then spinning them into the nuts in the back. As OrangeSugar mentioned, there's a series or two (non-Neutra) at the home improvement store. Have a look at the fasteners on one of those. They can be seen without opening/destroying the packaging (wink!)

jet on May 09, 2011:

awesome, love it, great idea and great cool tute as well!!!!

orangesugar on May 09, 2011:

Home Depot sells floating house numbers for way cheaper than $50 per number

ModHomeEcTeacher on May 07, 2011:

Chris-I'm with Anonymous, how do you attach them to the house? I've wanted to create these for the longest time, but couldn't get past the metal issue. Thanks for a great tutorial and please tell me how to attach them to my concrete block shop wall.

Anonymous on May 06, 2011:

You are a talented woodworker.  I don't really understand how these would affix to the side of a house.  Thank you for your originals.  I like them a lot.

Marina on May 06, 2011:

Hi! This is Marina from Barcelona, Spain. I love these numbers. I'll try to work on it, but I need a "B" as well. Please, do you want to tell me how could I get it a template? Thank you very much. I can imagine these number (15 B)  in front of my house. When I finish  this work ( well, I try) , I send you a photo ;D

Chris Gardner on May 05, 2011:

@Jay - I put the numbers on a piece of plywood to use as a baseline, and then traced the ends of the rods, which I then drilled out. I bet the offical ones have all the female inserts in the same line, which would make it easier. If not, they should!

@ElseaJane - these numbers were designed by Richard Neutra, for use on his mid-century structures (See opening paragraph)

Jay on May 05, 2011:

I would be interested in how you got all those threaded rods so perfectly aligned when you mounted the numbers to the wall.  I am pretty sure even if I made it to that point, I would fail miserably at that.

elseajane on May 04, 2011:

Your right Chris they do look just like the expensive ones. But now I need a lesson in MCM, I understand Eames and atomic and can recognise most at a look, but, what exactlly makes the numbers Mid-Century? They look like pretty classic Arabic Numerals in a great font...please educate me. EJ

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