Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Pretty Distressed Wooden Letters

I love entertaining my friends and family, especially when it's for an extra special occasion. My littlest girl is having her first birthday this fall and I'm seriously going all out for this one.

I'm not kidding; I'm sewing throw pillows to match the party decorations. Oh yes. I might be going a little insane.

But one thing I love especially about birthday parties is that they give me a chance to really be creative and to create some really beautiful (and memorable!) decor. And as a general rule of thumb, I try to stick with classic and simple details that I can use again and again.

Case in point: this sweet distressed wooden letter. Wouldn't it just be the cutest hanging in a little girl's room? Plus Katie's party is going to be cowgirl themed, so the rustic burlap ribbon and distressed paint work really well. I wanted this baby to look like someone just pulled it out of a barn!

I scored the wooden "K" from Michaels for less than a dollar! So great. The burlap ribbon (20 ft) cost about 3 dollars but I only used about 2 ft so I'll get to use it again and again (and what CAN'T you do with burlap?!)

Here's the how-to:

1. First, I spray painted my letter pink. I used Krylon Satin Spray Paint in Ballet Slipper. Let that dry for about an hour....

2. Next, I painted the "K" with some leftover crackle medium from my Distressed Sofa Table project I did a few weeks ago. Let that dry until tacky. 

3. Once my crackle medium was tacky, I painted the letter with some diluted white paint I had laying around (also left over from my sofa table revamp!). See that crackle? I love it!  

4. After that dries, distress your letter to your liking. I like to use a medium grit sandpaper and (my personal favorite distressing tool) the flat end of a metal bottle opener. 

5. Here comes the fun part. Grab yourself from scrapbooking distress paint. You heard me. I know it sounds crazy, but I couldn't resist this cute little blotting bottle. And the instructions say "for porous materials." Well, that includes wood, my friends! Just dab away at your letter, paying close attention to the distressed spots and the edges. 

6. Keep dabbing...

7. ...and blotting...

8. ...and blending in any hard edges with the leftover white paint if necessary...

9. ...until you love it!!! Add a little burlap ribbon...

And voila! I love, love, love, love it! Very country, very chic, and very, VERY easy :-) . 

 The thing was so cheap to make that I'm going to head back to the craft store to get more letters as soon as I can! Maybe spell out "Giddy UP?" or "Howdy?" What do you think? I can't wait to hang this over the dessert table at my little monkey's cowgirl bash!

Have a wonderful day!!

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