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Colorful Delivery Helpers

Before home delivery, pretty much all anyone needed to send a letter was the addressee's name and city. But once mail carriers started making rounds door-to-door, in 1863, house numbers became a requirement for home postal service. One way to make a virtue of this practical necessity is with tile numbers that can add a touch of color and craftsmanship to virtually any style of home. Many include holes for hanging or a frame option to create a plaque. For those that don't, make your own frame by cutting tiling backer board to size, mounting the numbers with construction adhesive, and trimming out the sides with cedar strips. Here, 16 of our favorite takes to boost your curb appeal with an artisan look.
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