Make | Anthropologie Zinc Letters

February 20, 2012

I have a love affair going with Anthropologie.  Their zinc letters make me particularly weak in the knees.  After running across this easy-to-follow tutorial on one of my favorite blogs {Isabella and Max Rooms}, I decided they really could be recreated. Now, here’s what you’ll need to make some for yourself:

:: Paint brush

:: Paper Machete letters or numbers {found at JoAnn’s or Hobby Lobby}

:: Old rag – or I found paper towels worked great too

:: Black Base paint {must be “base”, so the other layers of paint don’t seep right through}

:: Rust colored paint – I mixed red, yellow, and brown paint

:: Metallic Silver Paint – the one in the above photo was cheapo and did NOT work.

Use something like this from Hobby Lobby with a %40 off coupon kindly used from someone in front of you at checkout…

Step One: Completely cover your letters/numbers with the black base paint…

Step Two:  Once dry, use a paint brush to paint the silver over top.  Leave brush strokes in varying directions.

Looking like this when covered…

Step Three: When silver layer is dry, mix some paint together to get a rusty color…

…and paint on the edges or any deep areas leftover from smudges of the silver.

Note: mine may have been a tad orangey.  I would suggest making your “rust” color a little more brown.

Step Four: Rub in your rust paint with a rag or paper towels…

Step Five: Cover with silver layer of paint, leaving heavy brush strokes again.

Step Six: While still slightly damp, rub the silver in with a rag or paper towel…

The finished effect of these 4 layers of paint will look like this…


  • Reply Amanda February 20, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    So Cute! I think I’ll make a W.

  • Reply Sarah{Handbags*N*Pigtails} March 26, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I need to make a G! Thanks for sharing:)

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