I have adored, over the years of blogging, seeing all the different alphabet walls in nurseries and playrooms. It adds a little whimsy to the room and, as an added bonus, helps preschool age children learn the alphabet. I wanted in on the action to create an extreme impact on a wall in our playroom. This “alphabet I heart you sign” is four feet by almost five feet! It was a fairly simple project with a whole bunch of Krylon spray paint involved.
Wood Letters: ITC Bookman Demi Font from Cut it Out
Primer (I sprayed mine on with my paint sprayer)
Krylon Spray paint: Natural Stone: Limestone, Mambo Pink, Shimmer Metallic:Green, and Citrus Green
Heavy duty adhesive (I used Loctite Power Grab)
48” x 56” piece of 1/4” luan (any big box home improvement store can cut it for you)
Two picture hanging rings
Heavy duty hardware to hang it
black paint and paint roller
Minwax English Chestnut for frame
1” x 3” wood
1. I got all of my letters from Cut it Out. They can cut out letters in a bunch of different fonts. The font I chose is ITC Bookman Demi. They can do custom letters if you want another font, just email them for more information. The only thing weird about the font I chose was the Q’s tail. So I chopped that off with my saw so that it would fit.
(close up of the Krylon Limestone paint – it adds a bunch of texture and feels just like stone!)
2. I laid out all my letters and spray primed the letters. It was cheaper than buying spray can of paint since I already had it on hand.
3. Once dry, I sprayed all the letters with Krylon’s Natural Stone in Jasper. The “I” was sprayed Shimmer Metallic Green, the “heart” was Mambo Pink and the “U” was Citrus Green.
4. I got 1/4” luan cut at Lowes and then rolled on two coats of black paint for the background.
5. Then we lined the letters up trying to measure and squeeze them in as best as we could. We used Loctite Power Grab (since I had great luck with it on my Wood Shim Starburst Mirror) to glue the letters on.
6. I put another piece of luan with weight on top overnight so it would dry nicely.
7. Next we attached picture rings to the back of the luan making sure they aligned with a letter since the board is so thin.
8. My husband and I hung the frame in place using the studs in the wall since it is so heavy.
9. Next I made a frame from 1” x 3” wood using the same process as the magnetic wall display. I stained it Minwax English Chestnut to match since they are on kiddie corner walls from each other.
10. Using a small air nailer I attached a nail in each corner to hold the frame in place.
HOLY COW does this make a huge impact in our playroom. It is huuuuuge! And heavvvvvyyy! And I love it!
I will give you a grand tour of the playroom soon. I have one more project to complete before I show you.
Click here to see the full playroom reveal.
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Krylon. All opinions and ideas are my own.