in my imaginary shopping spree at anthropologie, one of the first things i'd stock up on is several letters to monogram pretty much every room in the house [i also have a big thing for ampersands]. i really liked the heft of these zinc ones, but of course, didn't want to shell out the $18.
luckily, i had a papier mache B just waiting to be "anthropologized" [haha!]. remember the letter from the middle of this wreath?
i pulled all the hot glued flower petals off of it, and flipped it over to the smooth side. i started with krylon brushed metallic satin nickel, just because it looked pretty!
it looked quite a bit like the original, but i wanted it to have more of a [faux] metal look rather than a spray-painted-silver look.
so i thought i'd try a hammered metal spray paint and see how that worked. there were three different metal colors in the store and i had a really hard time picking, so i asked my husband which one looked the most like real metal and he picked rustoleum hammered in dark bronze. i liked how it turned out much better:
but, knowing me, at some point i will probably get indecisive and spray it the lighter shade of silver again. my little collection of B's is growing!
as for the price, the letter cost about $2 on clearance because they're apparently not going to carry them at michael's anymore. i guess i'll have to order from joann's... or, here's a great tutorial on how to make one from scratch if you want a unique size or specific font! the spray paint was a little over $3 for the first can [bought with a coupon] and $5 for the second. already cheaper than the anthropologie version, but it could be almost free if you already have a big spray paint stash with options to choose from.
next, i want to try a padded fabric one for my little girl's room [also an anthro-esque idea] and there is a wonderful tutorial right here by prudent baby... and i want to get a ginormous one and cover it in twine for our front door in the spring. although, since i already know how long that kind of wrapping could take, after making those decorative twine balls last week, i might just "anthropologize" the big one too!