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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