It was a weekday like most of my weekdays. I was buzzing around the house trying to do 12 things at once, all the while telling myself that if I did not slow my mind down and focus on one thing, I was not going to accomplish anything! That would however, mean that I would have to STOP ! everything for a moment and try to prioritize my projects. In my estimation each one is as important as the next but what is really difficult is the STOP! part. Stop? even long enough to try to choose which task to focus on is in itself a project! As I was trying to convince myself to take the time to focus, the door bell rang……….
I opened the door to see my friend standing there with a Hobby Lobby bag, her hand inside, pulling out a cute metal letter. She wants to paint them to hang on her Granddaughters walls and what type of paint would I suggest she use? Of course I was still in my own head. I asked her to repeat what she had said to me(not telling her I was not paying attention of course) because I had not caught a word of it. (I find myself asking people to repeat themselves a lot these days. Often I am in my own head, planning out a new project or trying to come up with a solution to a problem with an old one).
After focusing intently on her words I became excited that there was a fun new project on the horizon. Hearing the word “Paint !” my ears perked up like a German Shepherd hearing the word “Squirrel !”
And we were off………………….
My friend had purchased these at Hobby Lobby and they were 40% off so that makes each letter about $1.49 each. They are about 6″ by 8″ and have hangers on the back! I say about because al though I measured them, I don’t remember where I wrote that info down! Squirrel !
I told her that of course we would spray paint them and she said that one girl wanted pink and blue and the other pink and brown. (Did you see how quickly I got involved in her project?) She also was going to paint dots on them. By hand . I, of course, said “phhhht!” You don’t hand paint dots, you use stickers ! Stickers ? say’s she. yes, Stickers ! said I.
Not to be detoured by the fact that I had a bajillion other things to do, we headed off to Hob Lob to get some little round stickers the size we wanted the dots to be. (I have now embedded myself as a full on partner in crime, smack dab in the middle of what I believe she thought was going to be a quick and simple loving gesture for her Granddaughters). HA!
Rummaging around Hob Lob and In the course of conversation she mentioned that their chosen colors were the colors in their sheets. One had them in polka dots and the other in stripes. Stripes? said I. Stripes ! said she!
At that point we reasoned we also needed to have a couple of striped letters in each name so we also searched for some tape in the width we thought we would need for the stripes! I had all the paint in the desired colors so after an hour or so at Hobby Lobby (no affiliation, by the way),we decided that we would get together Saturday in her garage to do the painting. We believed, naively, that we would do the project in one day. HA! and double HA! HA!
Above see the stickers we used to block off the dots and stripes.
It was a warm but highly humid Saturday afternoon with very little breeze. Humidity, as anyone who has painted anything, anytime, East of the Colorado River knows is not a painters friend. It makes the paint drying time slooooooow. If you are using a clear coating to seal, it can turn some of those white.
My friend had placed some newspaper on the floor of the garage on which we would paint the letters. I did not think too much about it at first but later wished we had been in the driveway where the albeit faint breeze would help the first coat of letters to dry.
We had picked out every other letter in each girls name to do one of their chosen colors in , the odd letters would be in the opposite color of the combo. This first coat was of course the base coat which we would then apply in the pattern we wanted, the round stickers and tape to, then spray in the opposite color. So we quickly applied the base color. Then we waited………..and waited………and found something to look at in her house, checked the still wet letters, and waited……………Went out to the side yard and talked to the neighbors for like an hour. Then we checked the letters again and still wet, we waited………………….Here is where I wish I had thought to say,”lets do this out in the driveway, where there is a breeze!”. But I had not, so we waited…………….
Oy Vey ! Those darn things were not drying! My friend was going out of town for a short trip the next day, we had waited hours for the first coat to dry so we………………CALLED IT A DAY !!!!!!!
As my dear friend was somewhat frustrated, really wanting to get this done for her sweet Grandbabies, I (completely manage to take over HERE) volunteer to paint them while she is gone. Now she and I are very much alike. our motto: “Git er Done!” We don’t like to goof around. We are always trying to do 12 things at once and when we set out to do it, we “Git er Done”! She relented but with hesitation as she really wanted to do these for them. I reasoned that she did do most of the work, it was her idea and that I was just assisting her.
below is the paint that we used as well as the touch up brushes I will splain in a minute.
Below you see on the top row, the base color of pink for the pink/blue set with dot stickers and paper tape applied where we wanted them to stay pink. we will then spray over with the blue. (actual color Teal called “Lagoon”).
The second row of letters is the second coat for the pink/blue set. These had a base coat of the Blue, stickers applied, then topped with the pink. You can still see where we need to remove the stickers for the Le’ Grande Finis !
In this picture below we have, on the first row, for your viewing pleasure the Brown/ Pink set with the base colors opposite on every other letter and before applying stickers for dots and stripes.
In the second row we have the Pink/Blue set with the base coats on every other letter and the dot and stripe stickers in place ready for the second coat. Which will be the opposite color from which it is here.
An up close and personal view!
All Letters, first coat, stickers applied, ready for opposing color coat!
I just love up close and personal….don’t you?
Mint ? anyone….anyone…
Now it gets exciting!
Below are some of the letters, up close and personal, finished !
So I told you that I would explain the touch up brushes…….
Taking of the tape for the stripes is relatively clean and easy. The dot stickers on the other hand like to take paint off with them. I use the tip of a super sharp, pointy exacto knife to lift, not pull, the round stickers off. sharp is key here. I delicately get the tip of blade just under an edge of the sticker and pull upwards towards the center of the sticker. Just the edge of the sticker. If you jam that blade in, wherever you jam it, you are going to nic the paint and have to touch up.When I can grab the edge of the sticker with my fingers I pull it off by also pulling in a circular motion following the edge.
Once you do one , you will understand what I mean. you want to work with the stickers edge so as not to let it pull up the edge of the circle we just made with it. Now the ultra sharp tip of the exacto may leave a small nic in the paint where you can see metal and you may not always get a super perfectly round edge .
This is where I take the color spray paint i need to touch up and spray a small amount on the newspaper and dab the paint on with the brush where i want touched up. It only takes a few extra minutes and makes a world of difference on the finished pieces but there is one draw back……….KISS THOSE BRUSHES BA BY !!! I can not , to save my life, get the spray paint off the brushes so I use cheeps and throw em away after!
and here we have a finished set!!!!!
Ready???? wait for it!!!!!!
TA DA !!!!!!!
Both sets !
I do spray them with a seal coat. I seal coat everything one way or another! On these I used Gloss because they look so purdy and shiny! It also helps keep things from rusting, these will be less likely to chip, easier to clean and dust as well !
I hope you try this at home with your near and dear wee ones name! They will love it!
I did take a picture of them on the wall but my I Phone eats pictures. No really ! I take pics and they completely disappear into oblivion, never to be seen again!
Does your phone eat your pics? Tell me in the comments!
Comment below to tell me what you think of this project, if you are going to try it or even if you have a few helps and hints to make this project easier or better!
Questions? anyone……..anyone……….Squirrel !