#MyOSHProject: Upcycled House Numbers Sign

It’s a Saturday. And as is often the case, you’re wondering what you can do to make your home a little more uniquely you. Something that will let you express yourself artistically in a single afternoon. Well, we’ve got just the project for you an upcycled house numbers sign. All it takes is some wood and screws to make a set of house/apartment numbers (or anything you like) for your home.

While you can absolutely head to your nearest hardware store and pick up everything you need for this project, this is also a great way to make use of material from past projects. Using scrap wood you may have around the home or anything you might be able to pick up in your neighborhood or at a local construction site or store (sometimes small businesses will be all too happy to get rid of pallets, for example) is a great way to make this project your own. Using different kinds of screws and nails you may have around the house can help achieve the same goal, giving your sign a unique and eclectic look. Of course, if you want to achieve a more uniform and cleaner appearance, using new material is the perfect way to do that. Either way, the steps are the same, so let’s get started.

What you’ll need for the Upcycled House Numbers Sign:

Step 1

Prepare the wood. Cut it to the desired size, if necessary. If you picked up some stain or paint, now’s the time to apply it. There are many different kinds of stain, and each will work differently on different sorts of woods. Pine stains very differently from cherry, for example. If you have extra scrap wood of the same kind you’ll be using for the project, it’s a good idea to test it out on that first. If your chosen stain is a little too light or you just want to play around with different effects, you can apply multiple coats to give your wood a darker finish.

Step 2

Once the stain is dry, take your stencils and arrange them however you’d like your finished sign to look, then trace them with pencil so you can use the outlines as a guide. With the shapes outlined, take a ruler and make regular grid-like marks for where your screws will go. This will ensure a neat and attractive final product.

Step 3

If you’re using a small piece of wood or you’re planning to have your numbers close to the edges of the wood, it’s a good idea to pre-drill the holes for the screws you’ll be using. Using thin or dry wood, or drilling screws too close to the edges can cause the wood to split. If this happens, you can use wood glue along the split and hold it together with clamps to repair it. You can prevent the wood from splitting by drilling through the board with a bit that’s a little smaller than the screws you’ll be using. Providing a pre-drilled path for the screws makes it easier for them to enter the board, and by using a drill bit with a smaller diameter, you’ll ensure that there’s still plenty of wood for the threads of the screws to bite into. TIP: Use a Drive Guide to help steady the screwdriver!

Step 4

Begin screwing in your screws. If they require a special bit, make sure to use that to prevent any issues. By following the guide lines you drew back in step 2 and sinking them all to the same depth, you’ll ensure a uniform look.


With a little bit of careful planning and a leisurely weekend afternoon, you can create an unique set of address numbers for your home. Of course, you can make any kind of sign you like, or even use different colored screws and stain to recreate some of your favorite pieces of art.

Whatever you decide to do, we hope you feel inspired, and of course, share the results of your creativity on social media using #MyOSHProject so we can applaud you!

50 Ways of Clean: Top Ways to Dominate Dirt This Valentine’s Day

Is your floor looking a bit off-color? Doorknobs a little dirty? White linens turning a few different shades of gray? To help you whip your place into shape, we’ve put together 50 ways to get a good, deep clean to refresh your home before summer and the company starts pouring in!

1. Dust the light fixtures
2. Wipe down the table and chairs
3. Sweep the floor clean
4. Put the dishes away and organize
5. Clean the dishwasher
6. Replace the water filters
7. Wipe down the kitchen cabinet faces

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9. Scrub the kitchen sink
10. Scrub out the trash cans
11. Take out the trash and replace the bag
12. Wipe down the front of the refrigerator
13. Clean the refrigerator shelves
14. Sanitize the refrigerator handle

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16. Sort the mail
17. Dust the furniture
18. Dust the shelves

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20. Replace the vacuum filter
21. Vacuum the blinds or curtains
22. Vacuum the couch

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24. Wash the clothes
25. Wash the towels
26. Wash the sheets
27. Wash the pillows
28. Wash the blankets
29. Clean the washing machine
30. Clean the lint filter
31. Wipe down the dryer
32. Fold the laundry
33. Put the laundry away
34. Vacuum the mattresses
35. Make the beds
36. Organize the linen closet
37. Wash the bathroom mirror
38. Sanitize the bathroom sinks and counters
39. Scrub the bathroom or shower

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41. Remove any hair from the drains
42. Wash the shower curtain or door
43. Clean the showerhead
44. Wipe down the bathroom cabinet faces
45. Clean out the bathroom cabinets
46. Clean the toilet
47. Mop the bathroom floor
48. Wash the dishes
49. Sweep the porch

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Get the tools to make cleaning painless and hassle free.  We have everything waiting for you at your at your neighborhood Orchard Supply Hardware store or online at osh.com.
Some items may not be available at all stores. Call your neighborhood Orchard Supply Hardware store for availability. Coupons and/or offers cannot be combined with any other discounts off of merchandise being offered at store closing sales.

Rainy Day Project: Tips For an Efficient and Cool Kitchen Space

Glidez™ 12-in Sink Sliding Organizer

First step to a cool and efficient kitchen space is to clear out your drawers and cabinets. Get rid of anything you don’t need, YOU KNOW that grater from college let’s toss it!  Have things that are expired or broken?  Donate or trash.  Then, clean everything you’re keeping with disinfectant wipes (they come in handy with built up grime). Now it’s time to get organized.

Plan your every move.

Think about your kitchen routine, and try to keep everything you need for regular tasks together. Keep glassware next to the sink or refrigerator. Store cookware and utensils by your food prep area. Organize your spices and cooking oils so you can reach them from your stove. Get handy sized trash cans with smell good liners to make your kitchen smell nice even when the smelly hits the can!

Use specialized items.

Helper shelves can elevate an otherwise out-of-reach corner. Lazy Susan’s in the refrigerator keep your leftovers rotating so nothing can hide in the back and spoil. Cupboard dividers make it easy to separate out miscellaneous items and keep them from getting lost.

Glidez® 11.5-in D Sliding Organizer

Go vertical.

Free up valuable drawer and counter space by hanging long-handled utensils, oven mitts, aprons, and more on hooks. Serving platters can do double duty as art when displayed on your kitchen walls. Create a cookbook stand on your wall with railing, or an adhesive ledge.

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Until this rain lets up we suggest a fun and inspiring project! Visit your neighborhood Orchard Supply Hardware® store to find solutions for your  cool and efficient kitchen makeover!

#MyOSHProject: Tape-a-palooza: Projects with Designer Tape

Tape is so much more than an adhesive. You can accent a room, customize your gadgets, or even build useful everyday items.

With decorative tapes in a crazy range of colors, textures, and patterns combined with all the materials you’ll need available in our store, the number of projects you can wrap your mind around has no limit.

Check out the wacky wrapping experiments we came up with here or view our strip selection and roll with your own.

Tape-A-Chair

What you’ll need:

  • Single roll of Duck® 10-yd tape
  • Steel-backed folding chair
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Cut a single 15-in or so strip
  2. Starting from just behind the chair back, wrap around front till the other end meets where you started. Cut off excess.
  3. Apply next piece without overlapping the tape strips. Repeat step 1 until chair back is covered.

Washi covered light plate

Washi-covered light plate
Washi-covered light plate

What you’ll need:

  • Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape
  • Leviton® Toggle Switch Wall Plate
  • Fiskars® Amplify 8-in Craft Shears

Instructions

  1. Liberally stick strips of tape across face of wall plate one at a time until covered. Smooth out all air bubbles.
  2. Flip over and use scissors to trim excess, leaving a ¼-in remaining.
  3. Fold the remaining tape around the back edge of plate. Use included screws from wall plate to poke through tape covering holes for when you fasten it to wall.
  4. With plate still facing tape-side down, use tip of scissors to cut an X into the toggle hole. Flip over and peel off the 4 triangle shaped pieces and voilà – you’re switching in style.

Tip: Stick a paperclip where you tore off the last piece, and never lose your place again.

Show off your projects and creations  by tagging #MyOSHProject Series and we’ll share the best ones on our social media. Let’s get taping!