On several occasions I have used these Land of Nod letters for party decor, walls, and just recently for a shower I am hosting this weekend. I thought I’d give you a quickie guide through the process of painting these pups.
First, get yourself some letters. You can spell a name, a short phrase, or in my case for this project, I was spelling the word TWINSIES for my sister-in-law who is currently carrying two baby girls in her teeny tiny belly. She has about a month left, and is smaller than I was in middle school. Some people just don’t know how to blow-up like I did in pregnancy. Geez.
Unpainted Letters Ready for Action
Then, choose what color spray paint you want to use. I love the way gold looks on these letters. For some reason, I feel like metallic paints adhere better to everything, so I always use metallic for these letters as well. I also added a light and a dark pink.
Assortment of Sprays
Place a drop cloth, or old sheet down to reduce paint on the garage floor, and avoid the following asphyxiation that ensues after spraying in your garage. I would normally paint outside in the open air of the world but the snow is just so piled up, and I was too lazy to move the operation outside. I was hurling and palpitating, but that’s what DIY is all about right?
Sprayed Letters Drying
Start spraying the letters about 10-12″ away for the best coverage. I am like an overzealous kid who gets way too excited and close, and puts way too much paint on, but since I am trying to give you advice to do things the right way, just keep your distance. That is best. Slow and steady wins the race.
I chose hot pink, light pink, and the metallic gold. Unfortunately, my brand new light pink was horrible. It was gloppy and drippy, and didn’t cover well. The letters stuck to the sheet, and overall they look pretty bad. Guess what? I was too lazy to sand them down and paint over, so I left them. I’m hoping no one walks too close to my mantel and sees my poor workmanship.
Let your letters dry. For me that’s 30 minutes. The minimum time where they don’t stick, and I don’t lose patience. Then, flip them over and paint the other side. You don’t have to, but I like both sides painted. Wait again, then move to them to their perm/semi-permanent location. For this occasion, that is the mantel in my living room, where the shower will be held.
Finished Letters Awaiting Scrutiny
How’s the light pink looking? Bumpy, shabby? Too bad, they’re staying. I like them with all of their flaws. They’re like a scar on Brad Pitt’s face. You can’t help but love it.
I think it’s a subtle piece of decor since I’m keeping things on the lighter side with flowers as the focal point, statement tablecloths, and a kick-ass cake. I’ll post all about it when it wraps this weekend.
Here are a few pics of how I’ve used these letters before in our basement gallery wall of memories and keepsakes. My girls decorated these letters with paint, marker, silk flower petals, eyeballs, and glitter.
The top gold and orange “Trent” started it all. I used those for my hub’s 40th bday party food table, and the whole wall was built around those letters. Used gold on those too.
Letters in Basement Close-Up