Monday, October 25, 2010

DIY Architectural Letters For The Bedroom Art Wall

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I've been searching for architectural letters to place among images on an art wall as part of the Master Bedroom Redesign. This was inspired by the above image I included in a recent Ideabook written for Houzz, 'Bedroom Art Walls'. Having no luck finding any, I decided to make them myself with the goal of creating authentic looking rusty and worn metal letters.


The supplies needed for this project are letters, tinted primer, metallic and orange paint. I found these paper mache letters at Joann Fabrics, just what I was looking for. Even better they were on sale, spending under $5.00 for both, and I selected "M" for Max and "I" for Isabella.


When I laid out the supplies to get started, Max wanted to help...gotta love some free assistance! With this project, the messier you are with the painting, the better. A six year old boy certainly fits that bill.


To make these DIY "Metal" Architectural Letters, begin by covering the letters with tinted primer.


Let dry to touch.


Then brush metallic paint over the letter surfaces.


Rub in the paint and wipe away with an old cloth.


Next mix or find a deep orange paint to add some instant age with "rust".


Brush accents of "rust" paint on the letters.


Rub in the paint and wipe away with the cloth.


Finally brush on and wipe away another layer of metallic paint to cover the "rust" paint, making the effect appear more authentic.


I love these letters! This was one super easy project and won't they look great hung on the wall among art or photographs?

68 comments :

  1. Really nice treatment that could be used in a lot of different projects, thanks for sharing!

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  2. They look awesome! You added so much depth to the color too. Glad Max was able to help!

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  3. These look great, Janell! I used the A for my son's room and painted it with a deep orange by Martha Stewart but of course you know that! Max is a great helper by the way!

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  4. Those are fantastic! Love the finish!! :) They are just beautiful!

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  5. I'm soo glad you did this tute! I've been craving some industrial letters around the house, but haven't wanted to shell out major money for them!

    You are so brilliant!

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  6. These look fantastic! you would never know that they weren't actual metal! Great find with the papier mache letters to start with - I've never come across any in any craft store, just the wooden kind that just don't have the same clean, simple edges. :)

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  7. These look fantastic! Have you done this before, or how did you know what to do? Your art background must come in handy!:)

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  8. OK...that looks like a project I can do. The step by step instructions were perfect...can max come and help me?????

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  9. Those look great, you could never tell they weren't metal. I can't wait to see the wall!

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  10. The final product has such a authentic look - They look like they would be heavy and solid. Funny to think that they are really cardboard. Tell Max that he did a great job!

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  11. I love this project too! The final result looks like the real thing. Isn't it nice when the kids get involved?

    -Rene

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  12. I love them too - great great great job!!! I so love monograms of any sort.

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  13. Love this idea!! Now I wanna try it! :)

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  14. Great post. But what I really want to say is how much I love your new profile picture. Gorgeous.

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  15. Great post. But what I really want to say is how much I love your new profile picture. Gorgeous.

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  16. I really love the finished look. What a great paint effect.

    It looks so real in the photos. I can hardly believe what you started off with!

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  17. I love the size of that M. I never find them at Jo Ann, I need to look again. Love the metallic look too!

    Megan

    1funkywoman.blogspot.com

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  18. wow...great tutorial...definitely going to copy this idea. My little boy is getting is own bedroom this winter and when I asked how he wanted his room decorated he said he just wanted a big "D" in it. So I have been trying to figure out how to accommodate his wishes. This is it!

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  19. Michiganhome...yes, it must be my background in painting, I just experiment and things usually turn out.

    And Chassity, Isabella took my new profile picture, cool huh?!

    Janell

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  20. Oh, and A of an Aquagirl...these paper mache letters come in a really big size too, might be just right for your project!

    Janell

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  21. Fantastic. I love that you got help. The letters are perfect and the rusted finish is gorgeous. Great tutorial. Hugs, Marty

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  22. Thanks for this wonderful post, I've been looking for these letter and now I know where to find them.

    Thanks!

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  23. Thanks for this wonderful post, I've been looking for these letter and now I know where to find them.

    Thanks!

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  24. I was just looking at these at Anthro the other day, and fell in love with them. What a great alternative to buying those expensive ones!

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  25. Excellent, Janell! I've been looking for an inexpensive version (who wants to spend $250 per letter?!) of these large letters too! Linking these up on our site!
    Shannon
    www.akadesign.ca

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  26. Love the faux metal treatment!

    BTW, are your countertops St. Cecilia granite? Just wondering : )

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  27. WOW! What a money saver too. I was going to buy one already done, but not any more

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  28. These look great and love that they are simple to do. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. I love those letters. They look great! I'll definitely be making some.

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  30. I love those letters. They look great! I'll definitely be making some.

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  31. I LOVE those letters! I have a huge one in my son's room, but it's still unfinished. I was going to Mod Podge fun stuff on it, but I like your idea too! I also just picked up his soccer number in the cardboard. We're covering those in soccer programs.

    LOVE your new profile pic too...you are a seriously pretty gal!

    xo

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  32. These turned out smashing and little Max is quite the dashing right-hand man ; )
    Happy Monday, Alcira

    thenerochronicles.blogspot.com

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  33. You're always so incredibly clever! Great job on those letters...they really do look metallic!

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  34. looks so cute, love the those large letters they have at Joanns or Michaels can't beat the fab price! We have a 'S' in our living left natural for my sons bedroom we paint his letter

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  35. This is a wonderful idea. Letters are so fun. I have one in the gallery wall above my bed. I love that Max did it on his own! (: Looks great

    ~Michaela

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  36. I would never have know that those were paper mache. They look like metal. I love those, Janell! I think Max did a fabulous job! Looks like he is following in your foot steps.

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  37. These turned out so great and how lucky you are to have such a cute helper!! I recently bought a paper mache letter also but painted it with chalkboard and magnetic paint for my daughter's room, she writes notes and hangs photos of her friends on it!

    http://housetoyourhome.com/2010/10/05/tackling-the-tween-bedroom/desk-and-snowglobe/

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  38. You would never know that they weren't really rusty old metal letters. Love that the Max got involved too.

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  39. So, cool Janell!! I would've never thought to do that!!

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  40. Yes yes yes, love this! I adore a mixed metallics look and you pulled this off to perfection. How delightful Max was able to help making your creations all that more precious!
    xo
    Kate

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  41. WOW! It really does look like metal. Please tell Max he did an amazing job. I'd hire him ;-)

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  42. Great project and just in time--I've been looking for something similar for my kitchen and I saw they sell the 24" size. How do you plan on hanging them?

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  43. Great question Emily!! I will probably stick on some hanging product from 3M on the backs and then pull out my OOK hardware and nail a hanger into the wall.
    Janell

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  44. I have to say I didn't think those could be transformed into a true aged metallic looking letter. Boy was I wrong. LOVE THEM. I had seen some cute ones at anthro {for way too much}. I like this!

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  45. Smashing! I have heavier signs hung on my kids doors...I used 3m's picture velcro to hang them. It works great, no nailing whatsoever.

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  46. They look fantastic! What a great inexpensive project and one that looks fairly straigtforward- I might actually have to brave this one and give it a whirl- love the finished product! Your little one is adorable btw:)

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  47. Those do look fabulous, perfect for wall art!

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  48. Gosh, I love what paint can do! These look wonderful!!

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  49. love love love. how do you come up with this stuff? And.. how cute is Max??

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  50. LOVE em....You are just SO dayum Good, girl!! Love the little helper gnome!

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  51. What a great project! Not too many materials, easy to do in a day. BTW, your kitchen looks great in these photos -- looks like a great DIY space!

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  52. Such a great project! You and Max did a fabulous job!

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  53. nice! i've been meaning to do this for a while, myself, but haven't found letters in the size/style i wanted. your's turned out great! i might need to check out joanns!

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  54. ok, this is now yet ANOTHER project of yours on my to-do list. I think that like totals 20+ projects. I better get moving

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  55. I never would've guessed that those are paper mache letters! They look so good and will have that much more meaning since Max helped create them!

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  56. Your letters turned out fabulous! I have a large "P" painted black...now I now exactly what to add to make it look fantastic.

    Chelsea

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  57. Perfect way to disguise the fact that they're paper mache! They absolutely look like metal letters, and the paint treatment you did gives them so much dimension. I love them!

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  58. just stumbled upon your blog. love idea and that this was a mom + son project!

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  59. Janell, the most perfect metallic color! Perfect.

    And to think that they are made out of paper mache.

    You inspired me - again, again and again!

    ox Mon

    http://www.splendidwillow.com

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  60. Thank you! I have the letters HOME on a tall narrow wall in my front entry. They are gold and I have been trying to decide how to make them fit better. You nailed it with your M and I...now I can't wait to get started. You just rocked my day!

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  61. I remembered a friend showing me this post of yours about a year ago and I loved it! It has stuck with me all this time. I just recently started my own blog to document our families first home and knew that I needed to find you! And I did! (thanks to the chalk lamps that you did). Anyways; thanks for the great idea!

    http://prezidentiallife.blogspot.com

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  62. Love this idea...hoping to translate to a piece of furniture. Great detail. Thx so much. Heather

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