Antiqued Letters

Antiqued Letters

I can’t believe it’s been one year since I started Breadsticks and Gluesticks! Goodness how time flies. I’m very proud of myself for sticking with it. As I’m sure you can tell with the frequency (or lack there of) of my posts, it’s difficult to balance life and a blog, but I’ve tried my best. I appreciate y’all sticking with me and my crazy self! 🙂

Speaking of life getting in the way, I’ve been trying to get this craft project done for months now. I just never found the time or energy to get it completed (even though it’s the easiest project ever!). Finally, I was just fed up with the bare wall above Matt and I’s bed and I decided to get it done. I’m glad I did because it turned out awesome and looks great as an alternative to the headboard we used to have.


Funny story: we used to have these wooden boards hanging from the wall as a headboard. I had gotten the inspiration from Pinterest and the original pinner had hung the boards up with super duty command strips and didn’t have any issues. I thought that this surely would work for us too. I was so wrong. I went through numerous packs of command strips and they kept falling. It was so frustrating! The final straw was when one hit Matt in the head while he was sleeping (fortunately I had just gotten up to get ready for work)… Needless to say, Matt was not pleased and we quickly took the rest of the boards down. *sigh* Maybe when we get a house, I can properly secure them into the wall with some heavy duty screws. Until then, we have these adorable antiqued letters and frame, and if these fall, at least it won’t hurt as bad!

Antiqued Letters 2

This project really is super easy! The hardest part for me was making the design since I’m a horrible artist and butcher everything that I attempt, even this tear drop pattern. I managed though and think it turned out pretty great.


What you will need:

  • Cardboard letters
  • Tan acrylic paint
  • Silver metallic paint
  • Maple gel stain
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue
  • Pencil

Now for the fun part:

  1. Using the pencil, sketch out the design you would like to make on your letters.
  2. Once you’re satisfied with the pattern, trace over the pencil with Aleene’s Tacky Glue. Let it dry and repeat three times (this is to make the pattern stand out more).
  3. Paint the letters with the tan acrylic paint. Let dry.
  4. Paint the letters with a light coat of the metallic paint and let dry.
  5. Paint the letters with the gel stain and let dry.

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