If you've been hanging around Pinterest or the blogosphere, you've probably run across a few knock-offs of these fun Zinc Letters from Anthropologie. (Like: here and here and here and here and here.) This is understandable because, a) those letters are pretty cool and, b) they're also $18 a pop. (Which is kind of pricey if you want to, oh, I don't know, maybe spell something with them?)
As much as I enjoyed those projects, I never really planned on making my own. It just wasn't on my project radar, so to speak. That is until one day when I spied these in Target's "One Spot" bins. (Curse you, Target! I cannot walk through your doors without getting sucked into the One Spot's vortex.)
The letters are three dimensional and made of cardboard. They cost a dollar apiece. The weirdest part is that there were exactly two left.
And they happened to be my initials.
If that is not a sign from the One Spot Gods I don't know what is.
I brought them home and they sat in the garage for awhile while I pondered their fate, but in the back of my mind I knew what I wanted to do. You see, some friends of mine are having a little party. It's a spray paint party. And while I've already established that I am kind of a lousy spray painter, I also love a good party. So I decided to start with a small project, something that would at least get my foot in the door.
How fortunate that I already had these cans of spray paint in my garage. The one on the right is gray primer. On the left is a silver metallic.
I poked some thumbtacks in the letters to keep them elevated while I spray painted. (Yes, they left little holes. No, I don't really care.)
Then I sprayed a thin, even coat of the primer. Unfortunately there must have been some dry paint in the nozzle because the first spritz blasted my "E" with little flecks of paint. I was able to sand most of them off but since part of the charm of zinc letters is their "imperfections," I wasn't too worried.
After the primer I sprayed a few coats of silver....
And this was the end result. (That spot on the left side of the E isn't as noticeable in person.)
I love them and can't wait to find them a permanent home.