craft: serving up creativity

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I'm so honored to have Michelle from The Whole EnCHELLEada as our guest Pinterest-a-thon blogger today. She is no stranger to IHB and you will find her credited in a majority of the posts on this blog (like here, here and here). This woman is my crafting soul mate and recently left the great state of California for her home state of Colorado, so I miss her tremendously! Luckily for all of us, she is more inspired than ever now that she's settling into her element.

I love a good craft challenge and especially one prompted by Debbie. Having just moved, my biggest project has been unpacking. As you can imagine I welcomed the opportunity to stop pinning, err unpacking, and get back to crafting! To keep my guilt at bay, I worked on a project for our new kitchen.

I've always loved the look of the Anthropology zinc letters and was so happy when I stumbled upon a DIY to make my very own!

I picked up the supplies at Hobby Lobby (sorry California, I know that hurts to read) and spent $10 TOTAL versus the $18 per letter price tag at Anthro.

  • Cardboard letters
  • Foam paint brush
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Gun Metal Gray Paint
  • Trash bag to cover your table (keep it clean, ladies!)
I followed the easy instructions found here, waiting one hour between each coat of paint (one black, one gray). I choose a darker gray (Gun Metal) than my inspiration photo (pearl Gray). I was hoping it wouldn't be too dark and still create the same metal effect. Once I did the first letter, I was so happy I'd chosen the darker gray. Definitely creates the same effect. Here's an in-progress photo:

After waiting another hour for the letters to dry to dry, I found a spot to hang them in our kitchen. I love how they turned out! As my fiance, B, says "now we know what we're supposed to do in the kitchen." True that.

One more up-close of the color. Delish!

All this crafting in the kitchen has made me hungry. Off to make a perfectly pinned dinner! Until next time..
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