I love most things Anthropologie.
And I've always loved these zinc letters and have always wanted one...or several.
I was browsing in the Paper Source (love this store) and came across their "craft letters". I snagged a lower-case "f" in honor of our last name. I knew I wanted to experiment with it. And for the $3.75 price, I thought it was a bargain!
I bought some silver paint at the craft store for, get this, $0.59 cents. Practically giving it away, right? I was on a mission to make my "craft letter" to look like one of Anthro's zinc letters. So off I went to paint the cardboard letter with my silver paint.
After 2 coats of the silver paint, it looked like this. Not bad! But it was a bit too...bright.
I needed to tone down the silver paint a bit. So I took some brown paint that I already had and watered it down a bit. I was going to do a "glaze" over the silver paint.
I painted on the watered down paint and then dabbed
it off with a paper towel.
This was just the trick to tone down the bright silver paint. It gave the letter more of an aged look and made it look like metal - and not the actual card board. You can see more of the glazed detail here...
I just love the final product!
Here is the project breakdown:
Paper Source Craft Letter.............$3.75
Foam paint brush (already had).....$0
Brown glazing paint(already had)...$0