aged, vintage inspired wall letters

DIY Aged/Vintage Inspired "Read" Letters – a tutorial

DIY “READ” letters tutorial: I recent shared where I read and what I’m reading…

DIY Show Off reading nook

See that sliver of bare wall to the left? GASP! I’m not a minimalist so I decided it needs something. A quick trip to the craft store and I had an idea…

Aged/vintage inspired wall letters


  • Cardboard letters spelling R-E-A-D (or “D-E-A-R” if I want to change them around)
  • Deco Art’s Americana craft paint
  • Dark brown glaze (I use Rockler’s TransTint dye)
  • Command velcro hangers
1. I painted my letters and let them dry. I love this beautiful red (Deco Art Americana Tuscan Red)…
painting vintage inspired wall letters2. Once dry, I sanded the edges for a distressed/worn look.
sanding vintage inspired lettersafter:
vintage inspired wall letters3. Next I brushed on a dark glaze and wiped it off. I love the aged look it gives.
vintage inspired wall letters4. Once the glaze was dry, I applied velcro hangers since the cardboard is so light. (And no holes in the wall…that usually doesn’t stop me though. Holes can be patched.)
aged, vintage inspired wall letter tutorial
5. My letters are centered and spaced evenly and secured to the wall with the velcro.
reading nook beforeAFTER
aged, vintage inspired wall letters
What do you think?
In other news:
Apartment Therapy Homies 2012 Best Home Design Blog
I have to beg share!
Woo hoo! I’m so excited, you guys! I just learned that I’ve been nominated for the Best Home Design Blog at Apartment Therapy’s Homies 2012 and I’d love your vote! Chances are slim, but a DIY girl can dream, right? I NEED your vote! I appreciate and thank you in advance if you’ll Visit AT Homies 2012 here. Thank you SO MUCH!
Ready or not…
It’s coming!!!
{It’s bigger and better this time around, too}
Stay tuned for more details.

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