Inspiration Cafe ~ Metal Look Typography

Hi!  I'm Sherry from Pondered Primed Perfected.  We are so excited to be a part of Inspiration Cafe and we hope you've been enjoying the creative projects of my fellow Cafe Mates!

We are very privileged to be finishing up this first round of Inspiration Cafe!  Thanks so much for joining us!!!
My Handyman, Scott and Me, Sherry 
We love to work on projects around here.  Big Projects.  Little Projects.  Quick Projects.  Long Projects.  Easy Projects.  Difficult Projects.  Copycat Projects.  Unique Projects.  Alone Projects.  Together Projects.  Some projects are finished and scrapped and started over again.  But the end result is that we are improving our space and having fun.  Many times we are recycling unwanted and discarded items into new and useful objects for our home.

One of our big projects is the upstairs nook.  It's not a finished space.  There are tons of little details left to do.  And all of that will be revealed when we are done.  But for now here's what I'm up to....all of those little details...

I found these cardboard letters on sale at the Joann's Fabric & Crafts for .99 cents each.  I wanted to put some typography into our upstairs nook and these would work great but they needed to be something a little more special and dramatic than cardboard.

I like these zinc letters from Restoration Hardware:
But we don't have a Restoration Hardware kind of budget!
 So I grabbed some Metallic spray paint in a silver tone and gave them a quick coating in silver.

Fronts and backs 'cause I'm all about the details!

 Once the first coat was dry I added a little bit of oil rubbed bronze.

Looking Better!
Hmmm, maybe a little more oil rubbed bronze...

...and some more metallic silver.

Sand them a little...

Add stain for some "patina"...

Whatever suits you and how you want them to look.

Lay them in the sunshine to get a nice reflective picture!!
What do you think?  I absolutely love them!!!

Here they are in the actual NOOK:

Oooooh....I cannot wait to show you our little nook when it is all finished!
Seriously, it's all in the details.

Thanks for joining us at Inspiration Cafe!!!  Have a fantastic week.
Come by Pondered Primed Perfected anytime and check out some of our Mini Projects and Big Projects


  1. Wow, Sherry!! These are fabulous!! I always drool over the anthro ones {but not the hefty price tag}. Loving that I could create them now!! Fabulous idea! Would be super delighted if you could link up with us over at Mop It Up Mondays: http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2012/07/mop-it-up-mondays-24.html.
    Thanks so much!


  2. I'm excited to be a new follower. I would love if you stopped by to check out my baby design ideas and followed me back at www.iheartpears.blogspot.com

  3. I LOOOOVE THIS!!! I am way too cheap to buy the super expensive ones from Restoration Hardware. I love that you used different spraypaint too. I wonder how it would look with the silver then use wood stain to make it more rustic? Hmmm! I am so excited to be following you! Lets be blogger buddies! HouseandHone.com I am in the middle of a move so I am randomly posting but hope to do better! I love your blog! :)

    Emily @ HouseandHone.com

  4. They look great and they really look like metal! I've been wanting some but the real metal ones can cost a pretty penny. I'm going to have to try this! Thanks for sharing.
    ~ Terrie (your new follower)

  5. This is an awesome project! I am your newest follower from Thrifty Decor Chick. :)

  6. These are really fantastic!! You've inspired me.

  7. Those really do look like the ones from Restoration Hardware. Very cool. Thanks for sharing at DIybyDesign.

  8. These are wonderful! been wanting to do this for my son's room! Love the added oil rubbed bronze! :)

  9. Great knock off! This is on my list of projects to do!

  10. So cool, I really like that you added the oil rubbed bronze, give move depth. The look so like the restoration hardware ones. Great job! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday's Best!

  11. I stacked the letters of our last name. As soon as the weather warms up, I'm going paint them. I love metallic look, but I think we're going to put it on our gray wall, so I'll end up painting them white, even though I bought the metallic paint thinking I would put it in our plum bedroom.