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Faux Zinc Block Letters

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I’ve told you before that I am a little slow on the trend uptake. I don’t always like to jump on the bandwagon of trendiness. You won’t find me wearing the neon colors that were all the rage this summer {I remember wearing that trend the first time around in the 80s!}. I’ve also been very slow on the chevron trend. I eventually embraced it, but I took my sweet time.

Now, I’m finally jumping on the metal letter trend. To be more specific, the knock-off Anthropologie zinc letters trend. They have been all over pinterest and the blog-o-sphere the past several months. I finally decided to jump on board and make my own faux zinc block letters!!

One may ask, “why the letters ‘P’ and ‘Q'”? Well, the “P” is for our last name. Easy. The “Q”? I’ve always had a special spot in my heart for the letter “q”. It is often a letter that is over-looked and under-represented. It’s like a cute little “o” with a tail! Plus, I remember helping one of my baby-sitting kids with his alphabet and instead of singing the “ABCs” I sang the “ABQs”. He got quite a kick out of it. 😉 Plus, for some reason, the “Q” was 50 cents cheaper than every other letter.

I was actually very surprised at how easy it was to make my pretty letters! Here’s all you need:

  • Paper Mache Letters {you can find them at Hobby Lobby!}
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Metallic silver acrylic paint
  • Foam brushes
  • A paper towel {not pictured}

Start by painting your letters black. I had to do 2 coats to get good coverage.

When the black paint is dry, apply 1 layer in of silver metallic paint. You will have to work in small sections {see next step} so only paint a little at a time.

After applying silver metallic paint to a small area, dab with a crumpled paper towel to get a more texturized look {and to get rid of visible brush strokes}. As I said before, you need to paint small areas at a time because otherwise, the silver paint will dry and you will not have gotten the texturized look we are going for.

If you accidentally remove more silver when “texturizing” than you intended to, don’t worry! The whole look is imperfection! Just go with it!

I had to do 2 coats of the silver with the “texturizing” techniqe to get to my desired color. You could do more or less depending on what you want.

And there you have it! Faux zinc block letter and for a fraction of the price!! The ones from Anthropologie cost $18 each while mine only cost $2.50 each! Score! Cheap DIY-er: 1. Anthropologie: 0. {OK. Not really. Anthropologie wins because they have awesomesauce stuff. But let’s pretend I won this one.. k?} And they seriously do look like metal!

My little “Q” currently looks quite at home on my bookshelf {don’t judge me because of my books}. Though it may travel around our home a little because I love it so much!

Now I’m curious. Does anyone else have a favorite letter? If so, “y”? {HA HA! I crack myself up! I’m sorry. I had to.}