Welcome guests -- and reassure them that they're ringing the right bell -- with a mat displaying your house number.
Martha Stewart Living, September 2003
Create a border around its perimeter with 3-inch tape, positioning it 1 1/4 inches from edge. For a second border, affix 3/4-inch tape, leaving 1/2 inch between borders. Print out figures (ours are 650-point type), then photocopy onto card stock, and cut out with a utility knife; or choose 6-inch numbers from a hardware store. Use a ruler to center numbers; pin paper ones to mat.
In a well-ventilated area, hold spray paint (in a contrasting color) 4 to 6 inches over mat and work in small circles; bring closer to paint edges of mat.
Let dry at least 2 hours before removing tape and numbers.
Coir doormat (18-by-30-inch coir mat, which is made from the stiff fibers of coconut husks)
Masking tape in 3-inch and 3/4-inch widths
Enamel spray paint
You can easily embellish an inexpensive doormat with hardware-store supplies to create an accent for your entrance that is both functional and decorative.