Friday, May 1, 2015

DIY Faux Metal Letters for the Kitchen


Happy Friday! If you've been following along, you know that our kitchen renovation is pretty much complete now that I've refinished the laminate counter tops, painted the cabinets white and installed the subway tile backsplash.

Of course I'm still dreaming about new flooring and creating an open pantry, but for now I'm pretty happy with the progress that we've made. And because I'm so happy with our new kitchen, I thought I would create a little something special to put above the pantry.

It seems like "EAT" signs are a hot trend right now. Even though the hubby at first poked fun at the idea, I knew that we had to have one.

I like the big chunky metal letters, but I don't like their price tag so much. So I did what I always do, I made my own.

I knew that I wanted the letters on some type of base rather than each by themselves. I originally was going to do one long set of planks, but I was determined to only use scrap wood in the garage, so each letter ended up with their own. In the end I think I like this better!

I began cutting 9 planks out of 1/4" plywood that I had left over from the board and batten. Each plank is 3" wide and 9" long. I arranged three planks per letter.


I then cut out 6 skinny pieces of plywood to hold the planks together. I marked with a pen where they would be attached.


Then applied wood glue within those lines.


I also attached a skinny piece along the top to use as a hanger, and although I didn't get a picture I also added one along the bottom to make sure that it sat flush against the wall.

I also didn't take a picture of the staining process but you can read my methond in my IKEA dresser hack post.


For the letters, I used paper mache letters from Hobby Lobby. I've been wanting to try Rust-Oleum Hammered spray paint(side note--I just realized that I've been spelling Rust-Oleum as Rustoleum my entire blogging career haha...). I knew that it would be perfect for this project.

The texture that this spray paint makes is neat! It only took one quick coat and they were done.


Once the planks and the letters dried, I used liquid nails to attach each letter as evenly as I could. I used too much on this first letter and it squished out the sides, whoops! I used some paper towels to clean up the excess.


I allowed them to dry for a few hours before hanging them over the pantry.



You may notice that I left the planks on the "A" white washed with no stain. After I stained the first two, I really liked how the last one looked without the stain, so I left it. I'm so glad I did because I really like how it looks.





And yes, now that it's up on the wall, the hubby agrees that it looks good and no longer makes fun of the idea haha.

I hope everyone has a very happy weekend, I don't plan on doing much other than a little bit of yard work. :)

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20 comments:

  1. Great job, they look like real metal!

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  2. Lovely job! I, too, like the color variations in the pallet pieces.

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    1. Thanks Audra! I'm glad that I decided to very them a little, it definitely makes them more interesting. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  3. These are great, they look fantastic! They have so much character. I must recreate this. I'M OFF! :)

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    1. Thank you Beth, I really appreciate it! I'm sure you will be pleasantly suprised how easy and pretty these turn out :)

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  4. I love those metallic letters on a wood background. How creative!

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    1. Thanks Jessica! I'm really glad that I decided to give them a background. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  5. Genius idea, Angela!! Who would have known your letters weren't actually metal!!! LOVE them-and the wood background!! A definite pin and share! Thank you for sharing on The Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!!

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  6. Divine! I'm all about wood signs right now - very neat idea!
    Linked over from Oh My Heartsie Girl's WW Linky!
    -Shannon
    www.dailydiyer.blogspot.com

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  7. Thank you for joining our Oh my Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday! The signs look amazing! Evija @fromevijawithlove Co hosting OMHG Wordless Wednesday

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  8. That looks like something I would do! I can get very crafty when I want something reasonably-priced for my house!

    Shellie
    www.thefabjourney.com

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  9. Hi Angela, your finished letters look great, always enjoy new ideas and glad your hubby likes them as well.

    Thanks for joining on The Oh My Heartsie Girls WW this week!!

    Happy Mothers Day!! Hope you enjoy your weekend!
    Karren
    xoxo

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  10. I am in love with this idea! I too love the metal letters...price, not so much! Thanks for giving us a cost saving alternative. We would love for you to share with us over at Party in Your PJs, our weekly link party!
    http://www.thecookiepuzzle.com/2015/05/party-in-your-pjs-54.html

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  11. I {adore} white and your kitchen is beautiful, Angela!
    I'm visiting from You're Gonna Love It Tuesday Link Party. I would be so honored if you would share this at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206 ~ every Monday at Midnight.
    ~ Megin of VMG206

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  12. They look exactly like metal. Very cute!
    ~Lynn @ Riggstown Road

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  13. So pretty! I kinda want to try making them now... Love the look of both the stained and the whitewashed together. Thank you for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in this week's issue.

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  14. Dreaming for a new flooring is really an amazing idea. In most of the occasion, we need proper renovation for our house to get an amazing look. So, we need different types of flooring ideas and interior decorating plans. Here also, we can get some plan about how to decorate our kitchen especially in the case of tiles and renovation.
    Haro flooring

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I appreciate all of your wonderful comments :)

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