Barn window sign with landscaping still in progress.
Barn window sign with landscaping still in progress.
The small hill and entrance to the property as it stood in Oct 2010.
We taped off the old window frame and then used double sided tape to attach cthe cut out numbers – we printed off the numbers on simple copy paper.
Next step was to attach the finished window sign to two old oak posts from the barn – we just used simple rafter brackets.
The “new” address sign at the front entrance. For now – we planted some grasses – later on we will add more stone and landscaping.

Our little farm is actually easy to miss as you drive by the main road.  Nestled down in a small valley – and surrounded by some other barns, a couple houses and open land – it’s pretty easy to drive right by the little hill of a driveway entrance that welcomes you in.  Not to mention – all that marked it was a 3″ x 8″ high home made address marker that fell over more than it stood :).

So a few weeks back – after someone coming to pick up a pergola drove by a few times before finding us – we decided we had to finally mark the entrance a little better.  Of course we always want to try to keep with the recycle theme – so Mary came up with the idea to use one of the old windows we had sitting around  out of Dad’s barn.

It turned out to be a relatively easy project.  Mary simply brushed off and roughly sanded the old wooden frame – and then added a few coats of exterior black paint.  She left all of the details of the window – the little swinging lock at the top – and the thin little lift handle at the bottom.

After that – she laid out and printed off some 8″ letters on our printer and cut them out – attached double sided tape and centered them on the window.  After taping off the painted wooden frame and a couple of coats later of window frosting – and whalaaaa…instant unique address sign!   To make the numbers stand out even more – she then outlined the numbers with a thin coat of black paint.

To finish it off – we sunk in two of the old oak posts left over from the barn on either side -and then attached with brackets.  I love pulling into the driveway in the early morning as the rising sun comes up behind the sign and lights up the numbers for all to see.  For now – we planted a few of the leftover grasses we had in the holding area – and then early next spring – we will finish off with rock and landscaping to create an inviting entrance for visitors to the farm.

– Jim and Mary

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18 thoughts on “Making A Unique Address Sign From An Old Window

  • May 27, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Maybe you could put a solar light behind the sign to light it up at night!

    • May 27, 2015 at 11:14 am

      That is so incredible that you would say that!!! We JUST talked about that this weekend!!!

  • August 25, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Very impressed! Thanks for the inspiration.

    Thanks for sharing on The All Star Block Party!

  • August 21, 2012 at 9:25 am

    What a great idea. I am so NOT crafty, but I’m thankful that creative people like you share your great ideas for the rest of us to copy 🙂 Visiting from Be Not Weary and glad I did 🙂

  • August 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    The sign looks great, as does the initial bit of landscaping around it. It’s an idea we may decide to implement on our farm in Ladysmith, B.C. Canada! Our address sign is from a reclaimed piece of wood, with black plastic numbers purchased from the ReStore, affixed to the neighbour’s fencepost. The hay eventually obscures it, however, so your “new” sign would be a viable option for us. Thanks for sharing.

  • August 17, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Seems fitting to have something so cool to lead the way to your farm. Love that it was made from the old windows you had.

    • August 18, 2012 at 11:19 am

      Thanks Liz – we had several windows that we had saved and were not quite sure how we were going to incorporate them – Mary came up with the idea one day and ran with it.

  • August 17, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    How cute! And easy to read too….

    • August 18, 2012 at 11:18 am

      Thanks Nancy – the black outlining of the numbers really helped it to stand out.

  • August 17, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Love how it turned out.

    Your blog is being featured today in my post. Tryin’ to spread the word!
    Enjoy your weekend!

    • August 17, 2012 at 9:14 am

      WOW! Thanks so much and so appreciated!!! You have a great weekend as well!!!

  • August 17, 2012 at 7:10 am

    I love your use of things you had on hand for this sign. Great re-purpose! And it looks good too.

    • August 17, 2012 at 10:02 am

      Thanks Holly – we just thought it was far better than putting up a boring road sign 🙂

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