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diy wednesdays: address numbers w/ pancake & franks

by Grace Bonney

sure we love the whole DIY thing, but it’s infinitely more fun and inspiring for us to collaborate on creative projects with friends, something we often refer to as “DIT” (do it together, get it?). well this week we had the perfect opportunity to drop in on our good friend stacy of pancake & franks, one of our favorite letterpress companies ever (check out some of her new card designs after the jump!). stacy had collected a fun assortment of address numbers, so we headed over with our tool kit in tow and set to work making this custom address plaque to hang outside her studio. click here for the full directions or just click “read more” below.

so much fun! thanks stacy!!
derek & lauren

[photo of stacy pancake by lenny gonzalez]

Address Numbers with Pancake and Franks

Here’s what you’ll need:
-Assorted (found) address numbers in different fonts and sizes
-Sandpaper in various grits
-Interior/exterior acrylic gloss enamel (available in 2 oz. jars)
-Piece of plywood for mounting numbers, cut to size
-Screws for mounting numbers
-Appropriate hardware for hanging wood plaque
-Drill and drill bits


1.Prepare numbers for painting by giving them a light sanding with 150 grit sandpaper.
2. Apply two coats of enamel to numbers, allowing them to dry completely between coats.
3. Sand down plywood and apply two coats of polyurethane, sanding lightly and allowing to dry completely between coats.
4. Place numbers onto plywood and mark placement of screws with a pencil.
5. Pre-drill holes for screws and attach numbers using a drill or screwdriver.
6. Mount wood plaque using appropriate hanging hardware.


[a sampling of some new pancake & franks designs]

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