House Numbers – Números para la casa

It is hard to believe that it has already been two weeks since I asked you which project I should start next for the house. They were little ones: hang some house numbers, paint the living room door or finish painting the kitchen. A number of people took the time to respond, and the numbers won. Here are the ones that we removed from the house before we had it painted.

Es difícil creer que ya han pasado dos semanas desde que pedí a todos sus opiniones sobre qué proyecto empezar. Eran obras pequeñas: colgar unos números en el exterior de la casa, pintar la puerta de la sala o acabar de pintar la cocina. Muchas personas tomaron el tiempo de responder y los números ganaron. Aquí están los que sacamos de la casa antes de pintarla.

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The blog Design Dreams by Anne provided me with an idea for mounting the numbers. Anne used a plaque that she purchased. I did not have a plaque, nor did I want to purchase one, but I did have this old scrap of wood.

El blog Design Dreams by Anne (Sueños de diseño por Anne) me dio una idea para la montura de los números. Anne usó una placa que compró para montar los suyos. Yo no tenía ninguna placa ni el deseo de comprar una, pero sí tenía este pedacito de madera.

Scrap of wood

Here is my design idea. I like the idea of attaching the numbers haphazardly rather than measuring.

Aquí está la idea para el diseño para mi proyecto. Me gustaba más el concepto de fijar los números al azar en vez de medir y darles simetría.

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Douglas made me a bet that it would take me longer to remove the paint from the old numbers than it would for me to go down to the hardware store to buy some new ones. I took him up on the wager saying that it would not take me more than five minutes of work. I did not want to buy new ones unless I had to, preferring to renew, recycle, reuse.

Douglas me apostó que me tardaría más sacar la pintura de los números viejos que ir a comprar unos nuevos. Decidí jugar y le dije que no me tomaría más de cinco minutos de trabajo. No quería comprar unos nuevos si no tenía que hacerlo porque prefiero renovar, reciclar y reusar.

Boiling metal to remove old paint

Boiling the numbers in baking soda allowed me to remove the old paint with minimal scraping. If you do this, make sure that you use an old pot that you are not going to use to cook food. The paint flaked off fairly easily. Douglas argued that it took a lot longer than five minutes. My defense is that I was only scraping paint for five minutes. Who do you think won?

Hervir los números en bicarbonato de sodio me permitió quitar la pintura sin raspar mucho. Si empleas este método en algún momento, tienes que recordar de no usar un sartén que vas a usar para cocinar comida. La pintura se quitó bastante fácilmente. Douglas sostiene que tardó mucho más que cinco minutos, pero mi argumento es que sólo tuve que raspar por cinco minutos para quitar la pintura – cinco minutos de trabajo. ¿Quién ganó – él o yo?

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The board I painted purple to match the front door. It took one coat of primer and two coats of paint.

Pinté la madera de morado para combinar con la puerta principal. Usé una capa de imprimación y dos capas de pintura.

Scrap of wood painted purple

Then, I painted the numbers black. I also used the primer on them before giving them a couple of layers of black.

Después pinté los números de negro. Usé la imprimación antes de pintarlos.

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I am pleased with the results. Unfortunately, we have still to hang the numbers on the house. Once I had finished affixing them to the board, Douglas pointed out that I should have painted the back side of the board so that it does not rot. Oh well, maybe this weekend I will get them up.

Estoy feliz con el producto final. Desafortunadamente, todavía hay que colgarlos afuera. Después de haberlos montado en la madera, Douglas observó que yo tenía que haber pintado la parte trasera de la madera para que se conservara mejor. Buenos, a lo mejor podremos montarlos este fin de semana.

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Happy Homemaking!

¡Espero que todos tus sueños caseros se cumplan!

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I am a teacher, traveler, artist, writer, homemaker and a whole lot more. In January 2009, I bought the Cape of Dreams. It was the second house that I had ever owned, but it was the first that I bought by myself. I now live in the house with my husband Douglas, our dog Kahlua, and Crème de Menthe, the cat. Because, what life is complete without a little Kahlua and Cream? I love arts and crafts of all kinds, and I refinish furniture as well. We are slowly redoing our entire house. You can read about my projects on my blog

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10 comments on “House Numbers – Números para la casa
  1. Alison says:

    Nice! great job with the baking soda. I didn’t know that trick. Can’t wait to see them mounted on the house! And I’m SO GLAD you got to spend some time with batman & spiderman. I have been wondering how you and they have been doing. Glad to hear you can still be in their lives!

  2. Dear Husband says:

    For the record she had to boil the numbers at least 3, and maybe 4, times to get the paint off and it was a process that lasted a couple of hours. She may not have had to do much physical work, but it was a lengthy process. That being said, they do look good.

  3. The baking soda trick is great: I’m with you, you won on this one. And the end result is really nice.

  4. Great you have the numbers all but finished. Home improvement is not a sprint but an endurance event. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

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