I mentioned in my previous post that we were giving a baby shower for one of our nurses. She is having a boy, and is going to name him Austin. I wanted to make something personalized for her that could also be used as a part of the table decoration. I bought these cute unfinished wooden letters at Michael's.
I decided to paint them alternating colors of blue, yellow, and green. I sanded them a little first to smooth them out.
Then I painted them. It required 2 coats of acrylic paint. It dries quickly, so it didn't take long to complete this process.
After they were completely dry, I sanded them again, especially around the edges. This makes them really smooth and it also prepares them for the next step.
I painted over each letter with brown paint, then quickly rubbed off the excess with a damp cloth. This gives them an antique look.
Gil had a nice piece of wood that he gave me to use as a base, and he glued the letters on with Gorilla Glue.
This is a fun, easy, and inexpensive way to make a very personal gift for someone special.