Wish List: DIY Block Letters: Success!

So its about time I had something fun to post, I’ve only been telling you about projects that I’ve been working on,  but nothing to show.  Well this little project was occupying my time in between coats on the armoire ( I know still not finished but after my 3rd 4th coat and still needing more paint) and trips to find baskets to fit in the right places.  But this is something I’ve been eyeing for awhile now, I’m so glad it is finished and I can’t wait to show you how it turned out!!

I was so excited with the results, and outside of drying time was easy peasy.  First, a look at what it began as, a door off of the entertainment repurpose project, cost ($0).

Before the wood filler....

Then I filled the holes in with wood filler (already had $0), sanded it down, and added a coat of primer (already had $0)….

Wood filler had dried, all sanded down, I then added Primer after I took this picture

….and several coats of heirloom white (alread had $0).

I found an “&” that I liked in my font library, blew it up, printed it off, cut it out and then traced it on the center. And then I painted it in a tinted black acrylic.  After everything dried I got my sandpaper out and went to town on the edges, distressing the heck out of it.  Then I pulled out some minwax stain I had left from our floor project and added little discoloration in spots.  I think the thing that made this project such a success was distressing the actual letter and making it look worn too.  I’m just so happy with how it turned out.  If you want to protect this piece, I would suggest putting a coat of poly/sealant to make sure that all the goodness you worked so hard on stays exactly where you want, but it’s certainly not necessary.  Love this piece, and you can’t beat $0.

Here she is! In a temporary home until we get our Ikea Lack shelves hung

Stay tuned for the armoire reveal, I really think I will have it finished soon.  I FINALLY found two baskets that fit, so that will help make this armoire project a reality!  So far I’ve spent a little money on paint, and hardware, totalling about $13 and I only spent $12 on the baskets so I will have a completed piece for only $25, I’m already in love with this piece and I cannot wait to show you all its final look! Have a  great week ( I won’t be posting much with the Holidays)!

I’m linking this to Metamorphosis Monday, so head on over there to check out other great transformations!

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9 Responses to “Wish List: DIY Block Letters: Success!”


  1. 1 Jeannine Wayman November 23, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    This is a clever use of the leftover panel! It fills in your vingette so well. Thanks for sharing.

  2. 2 Susan November 23, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Katy…love this! Thanks for telling us how it’s done! I love that you chose the & sign to put on it…says soooo much, doesn’t it. 🙂

  3. 3 gail November 23, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    That is so cute, I love how you did it!
    gail

  4. 4 Eric Hegwer November 24, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Great job, it looks amazing. I think your choice of using an ampersand was perfect.

  5. 5 cha cha December 28, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    You did a great job I love it. I will have to try it on an old piece of wood I have. THANKS FOR SHARING AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

  6. 6 Anna See January 20, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Super cute! I am a huge fan of ampersands!

    • 7 Katy January 20, 2010 at 8:02 pm

      Thank you:) I think I am going to take the other cabinet door and do something for our master bedroom, but I had a lot of fun with this one and I too am a huge fan of ampersands. I chose what I did because of the many that I have seen in Pottery Barn. Love them:)


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