I've had it out for the house number plaque on my house for a couple of years, now. It was cheesy, plain, and completely fulfilled my daily allotment of "blah". If someone's looking for my house, that's the first thing they'll look for, so that's worth making it unique, right?

So, I found a style of house numbers that I liked at Home Depot for pretty cheap, but I have brick exterior and didn't want to just stick them to the wall. I looked for a plaque or something similar to mount them on, but everything commercially available looked cheap and tacky, and remember, we're going for unique. Then I remembered that chunk of Lexan sitting at home in my garage...


Check out step five for a description & pictures of my second attempt at the project which is, in my opinion, a huge improvement over the original.

Step 1: Stuff You'll Need

So, in order to pull this off, here's what we'll need...

Drill (or drill press)
Assorted Drill Bits
Orbital Sander w/ 150 & 220 grit sand paper*
Saw (just to cut the lexan to size. I used a jigsaw, but a table saw would work much better.)

*You may be able to sand this by hand, but the orbital sander would give you a much more uniform finish.

A piece of Lexan
#10 Lead Shields x 4
#10 2 1/2" Screws x 4
House Numbers

And off we go...

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