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Anthropologie-inspired zinc letters {a tutorial}

 Several months ago, I was looking for something new to display on my kitchen wall over my cabinets. I remembered seeing some gawg-eous zinc letters at Anthropologie, but at nearly $20 a pop, they were faaar out of my price range. A quick trip to Hobby Hobby later, and I had the supplies to recreate my own…

…and here they are at home in my kitchen…

Want to make your own? Here’s what you need…

If memory serves, the paper mache letters are about $2 a piece. You can choose just one color of paint, but I found that adding a second just gives the letters another dimension and some added visual texture.

I don’t even have pics of the rest of the steps, because it’s that easy, folks.

Just paint your letters with whichever color you choose for the base coat (I chose the darker color-Wrought Iron), and, once dry, lightly brush the second color (I used Metallic Gunmetal) over the first. I used a paper towel for this step, but a dry brush would work as well.


Tuesday 1st of May 2012

So cool! Loved this idea so much that I ran over to Hobby Lobby and got everything I needed. So far it looks great,just waiting for the paint to dry so I can finish with the last step. Thanks so much for sharing this great tutorial! :)


Thursday 19th of April 2012

Wow so close to the true metal letters. I have plaster walls and these would be much easier to adhere, thanks for the post. Saw you on Knock off Decor too. I think I might do "vintage" for the dining area.


Friday 20th of April 2012

Ooo...great word! Thanks so much for commenting-you have a lovely shop! Have a great weekend! xo

Beth@the daily paragraph

Tuesday 17th of April 2012

This is a great idea. I just saw these letters the other day, and wondered what to do with them. Now I know!! Saw you on Knock Off blog.


Tuesday 17th of April 2012

Love this idea! I actually have the 'A' from anthro -I'll have to make some more imitations!! Thanks for sharing!


Tuesday 17th of April 2012

Those are great! I'm just curious -- what section of Hobby Lobby are the letters located in?


Wednesday 18th of April 2012

I found them in the unfinished wood section! Thanks so much!