Thursday, April 3, 2014

DIY Mismatched Nursery Letters

I promised this to you guys a long time ago, so I apologize for my tardiness, but better late than never!

DIY Mismatched Nursery Letters

When I was designing BK's nursery I had a specific vision in mind, and while I wanted to keep it fairly tame I do enjoy a bit of whimsy - but sophisticated whimsy. As you may know I am obsessed with typography and fonts, so I got an idea to have BK's name spelled out in all different font-ed (is that a word?) letters. Getting inspiration from something very cute (and expensive) I saw on Etsy, I took the mismatched concept a bit further and decided to stencil each letter in various geometric prints, since his room also had various geo prints, but all in the same color palette.


I started by buying the letters at Hobby Lobby and Michael's. Their selections were limited so I had to think carefully about how to coordinate all the letters together so they wouldn't look too random. Some of the letters were white, but the ones that weren't first had to be painted white so we could stencil the mint paint on top. I got various stencils at Michael's, as well as some sponge brushes and of course the paint. In total I probably spent $10 on those supplies, plus about $2-$3 for each letter. Not too bad so far!

DIY Mismatched Nursery Letters

I enlisted the help of my personal assistant Mama because BK was still very small and needed constant attention/feedings. Once I had gathered all my supplies together we spent a lovely day together hunkered down and painting/dabbing away.

DIY Mismatched Nursery Letters

It was tricky to get the technique down, especially because I have some PTSD from a previously failed wall stenciling project we won't get into. If I have one bit of advice about stenciling, it's to take it WAY slower than you think is necessary. Start with barely any paint and keep layering until it looks covered. Otherwise your shapes turn into huge blobs, which I guess is a shape too, but not good if you wanted a square. Make sure to let the paint dry before picking up the stencil, too.

DIY Mismatched Nursery Letters
DIY Mismatched Nursery Letters
DIY Mismatched Nursery Letters

Another thing we learned the hard way was how important planning out the pattern for the whole letter was before diving in. For geometric prints this is important because you want the whole thing to look symmetrical. I'll just let you try to guess which letter we made that mistake on....

Our support staff for the day, doing what he does best. 
Once we finished the stenciling I thought it would give the letters some pop to paint the edges grey.

DIY Mismatched Nursery Letters
DIY Mismatched Nursery Letters

Job well done! Using some liquid nails we stuck those babies onto BK's wall and they haven't moved since! I really love the way it turned out, and it wasn't too hard nor did I have to shell out a bunch of dough.

DIY Mismatched Nursery Letters



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