WIP­ING STAIN

Do It Yourself - - TRY IT -

For pro­jects that need to stand up to the el­e­ments, an self-prim­ing ex­te­rior stain is a time-sav­ing choice. This pig­mented-yet-trans­par­ent stain pro­vides color while still show­cas­ing the wood grain. WoodS­capes Ex­te­rior Polyurethane House Stain, $56/gallon; sher­winwil­liams.com

AD­DRESS BOARD A white pine board serves as a bold back­drop for an ad­dress, above. Choose a board width and length to suit your cho­sen house num­bers and avail­able space, and sand. (Our 1×8 mea­sures 47 inches to ac­com­mo­date four 8-inch-tall house num­bers from mod­ern­house­num­bers.com.) Us­ing a cloth, ap­ply stain in a cir­cu­lar mo­tion. Wipe away the ex­cess stain af­ter a cou­ple of min­utes; let dry. Spray three coats of spar ure­thane to pro­tect the wood for ex­te­rior use. Af­ter the top coat dries, drill holes for house num­bers as di­rected by the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions and sup­plied tem­plates. Ap­ply epoxy to the num­bers’ posts and in­sert into the drilled holes (A). Hang plaque with a French cleat.

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