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Adding House Numbers to a Steel Door

I decided I needed to take a break from my giant, headache-inducing, all consuming, often satisfying, sometimes delightful, yet never ending garage makeover in order to tackle a small project that has been on the back burner for a while now:  Installing address numbers on my front door.

We do have numbers both on the mailbox as well as on the front side of the house, but our front door is located on the side of the house (Can it really be called a front door then?) It does get confusing, on more than one occasion visitors were relieved when the right person answered the door since they were not positive they were at the right place. 
I settled on the silver reflective plastic numbers since 1) they were cheap (99 cents each) and 2) they were grey, which matches the paint and stone around the front door.  I could have painted numbers on the front door, but that would have required HOA approval.  Because I only nailed these up they are not considered "permanent" and I could forge ahead without a whole lot of nonsensical paperwork.

To get started, I taped the numbers up exactly where I wanted them to go.  Since I have a love for wreaths (for all seasons) I decided to keep them low so they would remain visible if anything was hung on the door.
If this had been a wooden door, at this point I could have just nailed them up and called it a day, but instead I have a steel exterior door which required a few more steps.  The first thing I did was use a nail and hammer to gently tap marks into the door where the nails were supposed to go:
I then took the numbers down and was left with four indentations indicating the proper nail placement 
 BRING ON THE POWER TOOLS!  I used my smallest drill bit to puncture the steel coating of the door.  (Don't drill too far, since you do actually want to drive the nail in, you just are making a hole in the steel.)
Hold up the numbers and drive the nails into the door:
Beautiful!  And now no more confusion! 
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  1. I've been wanting to add numbers to my door too!! Looks great!

  2. Love it. I've wanted to do this for so long - we have a "storm door" on the outside of our front door...but more and more I'm thinking to get rid of it. Love the idea...and we have the same kind of front door.

  3. This looks very nice, and I'm so impressed that you did it yourself!

  4. Very nice! Yet another project I'd have to get permission from the city to do LOL Gotta love having a historic home ;)

  5. Great tip and tutorial!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Thanks for linking up this week to the Creative Inspirations party! So glad you did!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  6. These are some great tips! I'd never really thought about how you'd have to adjust for a metal door.

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