Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Anthropologie Inspired Letters

I've always loved the zinc letters at Anthropologie, but never took the plunge to purchase any at $18 a piece.  I have a secret obsession with monograms and letters on the wall, so I'm actually quite shocked that I've been able to hold off every time I see them stacked up so nicely at the store.  Luckily, I've seen so many tutorials on DIY zinc letters and I finally got around to trying one out. 

I started with three letters: B, L, C.  The B for B.J., the L for Liz, and the C for Charley.  I love the cardboard letters from Joann's (you can see some in our playroom here), but  I wanted different styles and fonts so I only purchased the cardboard B and the L and C are wooden letters, also from Joann's.

Most of the tutorials that I read said to use metallic spray paint to cover them, but I took a different route.  To start, I propped the letters up on nails so I could paint the edges without the towel getting in the way. 

Next, I gave the letters one coat of black acrylic paint.

Once that coat was dry, I topped it with a thin layer of metallic acrylic paint.  I tried to be careful not to leave globs of paint and to use even brush strokes. 

As you can see, I tried various angles to capture the end result, but the lighting wasn't on my side.  I'm not sure if you can tell, but the metallic paint over top of the black paint gives the letters that rustic zinc look that I love so much about the ones from Anthropologie.  The cardboard B is my favorite and looks most "real", probably because of its boxy shape with simple edges.


This was such a simple project and very inexpensive.  I spent less than ten dollars on the letters and a couple dollars on acrylic paint.  Easy peasy.  I can't wait to get them up on the wall, mixed in between some family photos!
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