Ok, so my latest project around the house – I wanted to add some cool, industrial style metal numbers to my living room decor to update the look a bit, and give it some edge. Those cool zinc metal numbers and letters Anthropologie sells are great, but I figured I should be able to do something similar for a lot less. So here it is, call it what you want, my version of DIY decorative metal numbers (or letters) with a vintage industrial edge… and we can kinda, sorta call it an Anthropologie hack. Hey, they are similar! (Yea, those cool canvas photos are a project coming next week! So easy!)
- Paper Mache Numbers or Letters (I got mine at Hobby Lobby for $1.75 on sale.)
- Chalkboard spray Paint
First, I spray painted the numbers with two coats of chalkboard paint, letting them dry a couple of hours in between coats… this was no easy task, since at the time, it was less than 30 degrees outside and I had to paint in the garage. Once they dried to the touch, I brought them into the laundry room, turned on the fan and let them dry the rest of the way in there. Turns out chalkboard paint doesn’t have much of a smell! Yay!
Second, I took a stick of chalk and gently rubbed onto the edges, using my fingers to smear chalk lightly over the surface until it looked “aged” enough for me. I used a light yellow chalk, mostly because it’s all I had, but I like the warm touch it gave it, definitely doesn’t look “yellow”. Use white if you want more of a zinc appearance. To get more of the Anthropologie look, rub chalk all over the surface with your fingers. I liked the way mine turned out though. Remember, it’s your project!