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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Make Your Own House Name Plaque

When we moved into our cottage in 2012, I knew straight away that I'd like to give it a name. I've always wanted my home to have one, but somehow our last place (a 1930s semi-detatched bungalow on a big estate of other 1930s semi detatched bungalows) didn't seem worthy of one.

Our new house is a gorgeous little Victorian terraced cottage in the Surrey Hills and when we bought it we decided to call it Autumn Cottage. Autumn is my favourite time of year, both of our girls are Autumn babies, we got married in Autumn - plus it was when we moved in - so it was perfect. 

I'd looked at buying a name plaque but found the options out there very limited. I could have commissioned a stone, slate or glass one, but I thought they were far too smart and modern for our little cottage. There were some lovely hand painted wooden ones but the prices were ridiculous (starting at around £60!) and I knew I could make one myself for a fraction of the price. Which is exactly what I did.

I bought an oval wooden craft shape (with ovolo edge) from this chap on eBay for the bargain price of £4.30 (including postage) and a tin of Ronseal Exterior Varnish and was ready to get cracking. I already had acrylic paints and brushes - but you could get these for just a few pounds from any art shop.

To start with I painted the whole plaque black - both sides. Then, with Glastonbury on the laptop in the background, I spent a Saturday night writing the name in my best, swirly writing.

The following day I gave it two coats of varnish (again, both sides - essential to stop the wood getting damp and warping, or the paint running!) and my little masterpiece was ready to be hung next to our front door!

It took me a full twenty months of nagging to actually get my husband to put it up, but at long last it is - and I love it! Next I have to work on him to give the front door a fresh lick of paint!

What do you think? Does your house have a name? xo


  1. Can I ask how you named your cottage? Was there a number before? Did you register the change with th post office? We currently have a number but think our,semi detached cottage needs a name too!

    1. Hello hello! It wasn't named before, no. So long as you keep the door number as part of your address and it remains displayed on the property (as we are doing - our number is on the door) you don't need to do anything with the Post Office. If you want to lose the number altogether, or change the name of a house, you have to obtain consent from the Post Office and your Local Authority xxxx

  2. wow! fantastic job at a bargain price! :)


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