DIY Chevron Door Number

Yet another home décor DIY project! I’ve been hooked on sprucing up my new apartment because for the first time since graduating college, I actually see myself staying in one place for more than a year. I’ve loved living in a new Boston neighborhood each September and getting to know all the area has to offer; but moving is such a pain, and I am so excited to make this current apartment less of a temporary place to sleep and more of a home.

While my apartment itself is great, the building I’m in is old and in need of some serious TLC. When I have guests over I feel like I always need to add a disclaimer: Ok, so don’t judge my apartment by the building and stairs up to it. I swear Precious doesn’t live here. I promise my apartment is a decent, clean place to spend time. You don’t need a tetanus shot before coming over. Just trust me.

I’m exaggerating, but still. I want to do everything I can to make the entranceway to my building look nicer, and since remodeling the entire stairwell and re-shingling the outside of the building isn’t within my financial means or legal rights, I decided to start small: with a chevron apartment number sign for the outside of my door.

A.C. Moore has a great wood crafting section online and in their stores, so this was my starting point in the project.


  • A wooden base (I chose an oval)
  • Wooden number or letter
  • Oil-based paint (three colors of your choice) and small paint brush
  • Thin cardboard or construction paper, ruler, pencil, scissors
  • Wood glue
  • Twine
  • Hot glue
  • 2 small screws

Start by painting the base piece of wood (the lighter of the two colors you’ll use in the chevron pattern). Apply two coats.

Make a chevron pattern stencil out of stiff paper or cardboard. Using a ruler, make a zigzag pattern (about 1” thick depending on the size of your wooden base). Cut it out and place it on your painted piece of wood, tracing the pattern down its length.

Carefully paint within the lines with your second color. You can use painter’s tape to outline the pattern if you’re scared of smudging.

Use your third and final paint color on the number/letter. Two coats.

Add a twine boarder to the base with hot glue.

Add a twine hook with hot glue, securing with two small screws.

Using wood glue, secure the number to the center of the wooden base. Allow to fully dry.

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  1. I bought something similar to this at Michael’s – a wooden plaque and then an “S” for our last name. I haven’t done anything yet, because I’m still deciding where I want it to go – living room or front porch. I am a DIY-er and fitness addict too – we’d get along great!

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