Below is a pic of the latest Restoration Hardware Block Letters
from the Baby & Kids Catalog
The typeface style of these letters are fabulous!
~Looove that catalog~
$90 plus shipping for those block letters above the bed!
Price for the wall decor below?
Take a guess....
No, it's not $50...
No, Try again it's not $18...
You guessed it - $6.20!!
I had the letters to spell PARIS just laying around and I have TONS of craft paint! :)
All I had to buy was a short and wide artists canvas from the local discount store.
(The canvas was originally 12.99 but it was on sale for 40% off and then I had an extra 20% off coupon they let me use- Let me tell you, I was smilin' when I walked out of there!)
So, above is the canvas,
and below is after brushing a coat of chocolate brown craft paint on.
(You're gonna want to do 2 coats of this, it doesn't have to be completely solid brown.)
The letter below are what I had laying around,
you aren't going to want to attach the letters until after you finish painting both the letters and the canvas!
Paint the letters in the same way as you paint the canvas.
Add a layer of black craft paint to both. Let some brown show through.
Add a little more brown on to the black.
You will alternate between the black and brown layers a few times. This adds depth to the project.
Easy Peasy cuz you can just add until it is to your liking.
Next, you glue the letters on, (I used hot glue but gorilla glue would hold better for long term because of the weight of the letters.) Then brush a light coat of a grayish tan over the face of the letters. (Keeping in mind that you are always letting some of the previous layers show through) Last of all, lightly brush some black on the edges as shown in the image below. This will fool people into thinking it is professional and gives it a worn look.
Depending on your preference, you may want to seal it with a clear coat, I did not because I like the dull faded look it has.
So, above was $6.20,
below is $90 + shipping
I saved $83.80!!