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Monday, September 3, 2012

DIY {Faux} Metal Letters

In keeping with the whole vintage/industrial look I'm going for in Max's nursery, I knew I wanted some of those nice, big metal letters to spell out his name somewhere in the room.
Here's what I came up with:

So, why did I GO FAUX, you ask ...?
Well ... have you ever shopped for those suckers!?

Let me show you what I found on my shopping endeavor:

These are from Anthropologie, for $18.00 PER LETTER.
 These are from The Land of Nod, for $34.00 PER LETTER.


And these are from Pottery Barn Kids, for $14.00 PER LETTER.

I thought to myself, "Thank the Lord, MAX only has THREE LETTERS!!!"
But then I thought ..... hmmm ..... how could I do this myself?  (aka: CHEAPER!?)

And here's what I came up with:
I went to the craft store and purchased these giant papier mache letters and a can of RUST-OLEUM Satin Nickel Metallic paint.
(The letters were around $5.00 each, but I had a coupon, so they ended up being about $4.00 each.)
I used a gray primer (which I already had at home) first ... then the metallic paint.
I didn't love it.
This particular paint was a little to "sparkly" for what I was going for ....
Luckily, I had this MODERN metals paint in my paint closet already:
(If you haven't tried this brand of spray paint .... you're missing out!  Aaahh!  Love it!  And I even love the smell!  ... okay, maybe that's a weird pregnancy-related thing, but seriously, it smells GOOD!)

Anyway.  This was a much better option in this particular project. :-)
Here's an after shot:
And one more:

They're lookin' pretty darn metal-like to me ... how 'bout you?

I decided to take it one more step and add some distressing to my "metal" ....
I just used my walnut Distress Ink and a paper towel and smudged them up a bit.
Kinda more the look I was going for!

And here's the finished product!


And the best part .... for LESS than $5.00 per letter!
SO easy to do.
Gotta love a cheap 'n' easy project that looks cool and expensive!

See you tomorrow for a baby update! :-)

15 comments:

  1. so so sooooo cute!!! I have been wishing for letters like these for a long long time! Thank you for the inspiration!!!! :o) I hope you had a wonderful long weekend sweet friend!!!
    Jaime

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  2. Hi, Bec

    They look great! Love! Hope you and the baby to be are well

    Vanessa

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  3. Becca, you are so darn CRAFTY, Wow, love these letters too!!! JoNell

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  4. lookin good. the distressing was just the right touch. can't wait to see the rest. BTW, I just love his name, meant to tell you that before. so cute!

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  5. Easy peasey - and effective. Love them and so will MAX (someday!)

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  6. :~) As I'm reading this in my office, the green on Max's wall is almost a match to the green in my office! Now when I think how much I still love my office green (after 8+ years!) I will think of you and sweet Max. Too cool!

    Kim Cathcart

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  7. $34 per letter insane, yours look better! I have a Max although the M fell off so it says Ax, about to change it! Love the letters, love the name :)

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  8. These look really neat!! And super affordable, love it!

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  9. I love this! Visiting from the linkup!

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  10. awesome looks really sharp and charming come see what I shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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  11. Wow - those look great! I love the idea since I am into anything monogram lately!

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