How to Make a Tile Number House Sign


Tile house numbers are durable, attractive and practical. Placed in an easy-to-see location, house numbers can help visitors find their way to your home. You can create your own custom tile house numbers and choose colors that complement the hues in your abode. Customize the style of the numerals to reflect the architecture of your house. For example, a Victorian "painted lady" may call for an ornate font, while bold block numbers may work best for an industrial loft. Tile house numbers also make excellent and affordable housewarming gifts that you can personalize for the recipient.

Things You'll Need

  • Tiles
  • Tile primer
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Paint for the background
  • Contrasting paint for the number
  • Number stencil
  • Small paint roller
  • Strong adhesive
  • Disposable paintbrush (optional)
  • Orbital sander (optional)
  • Sand the tiles with fine-grit sandpaper. You can do this by hand or make use of an orbital sander if you happen to have one. Sanding tile helps the paint stick.

  • Wipe off the tiles with a wet cloth to remove any sanding dust. Let your tiles dry.

  • Apply two thin coats of tile primer, letting the tiles dry between coats. Two thin coats is better than one thick, gloppy coat. Use primer that is intended for tiles or glossy surfaces. Generally, oil-based paints and primers stick to tile better.

  • Sand the coat of primer lightly and wipe off any sanding dust.

  • Paint your tiles in the desired background color using your roller or disposable paintbrush. A roller will give you more even results. Allow your tiles to dry completely. This could take a couple of days if you are using oil-based paints. You can speed up the process by aiming a warm hair dryer at the tiles.

  • Place your number stencil on the tiles and make sure that it is tightly secured to the surface.

  • Apply a layer of paint in a color that contrasts with your base color. You could also forgo the stencil and paint the number freehand if you wish. Repeat this step for each number that you need.

  • Attach the tiles to your chosen spot using a strong exterior adhesive. These number tiles will hold up best if they're installed in a location that is not constantly wet, such as a covered porch.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may also want to check out your local paint-your-own-pottery store. They often have tiles that you can emblazon with your address. Once you've painted your selected tiles, they will fire them in a kiln and you can pick them up later. Kiln-fired glazes will be more durable than paint, and you can even put them in a location that gets wet.

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