DIY Kitchen Decor – Wall Letters

DIY Kitchen Decor – Wall Letters

I have recently developed an obsession with wall letters. I especially love them staggered throughout a gallery wall or hanging in a baby’s nursery. Currently, I cannot put up a gallery wall (in the process of selling…no one wants to see a wall of personal items!) and I don’t have a baby to dote on.

The next best place to showcase some letters seemed like the kitchen. We spend most of our time in there – yes, we love to eat! I shopped all around for letters that I liked but most were either too expensive or not my style, which meant I was going to have to make them myself! I picked up some wooden letters at the local craft store for about $3 each and then did nothing…

A few weeks later I stumbled upon a stencil at the home improvement store that I had to have. Yes had. I had no idea what I was going to use it for, but I knew it was meant to be mine.

Letters, meet stencil. Stencil, meet letters.

I found these amazing letters at Pottery Barn Kids that became my inspiration for the “printed” look.

I started with basic craft paint that is made for all surfaces, and painted each letter a solid teal and then let dry. I used a foam brush and left brush strokes in the paint to give the letters a bit of a lived-in feel.

The stenciling was fairly easy, the big key is to hold it in place! I had a big oopsie and had to repaint the “E” because I was too vigorous with my painting! I found that it was a lot easier to dab the brush, as if you are sponge painting, so that you don’t bump the stencil. You could also use Elmer’s adhesive spray – but that seemed like way to much work for me.

So in love with the outcome! Fancy and fun, but still a bit rustic and imperfect. I am so excited about the way these look in my kitchen! What do you think?

Leah Marie

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  1. so cute!

  2. Stephanie says:

    Stumbled onto your blog via the blog hop and just wanted to show you some blog luv! def enjoyed this post!! def a super cute idea!! new follower :)

  3. Stumbled across your blog somehow and I am glad I did! Love this idea! Turned out so cute and buying those stencils was a great idea :)

    Have a wonderful Sunday evening!

    Amanda @ Bullfrogs and Bulldogs

  4. Sara says:

    So darling!! Hope you can link this up at my turquoise lovin’ party!!

  5. Tamsyn says:

    These look great, well done!

  6. Natalie says:

    Wow just gorgeous – totally my style too! I have a wooden word thats been sitting waiting for me to be inspired – I think this stencil idea is the way to go…. thank you so much for sharing xxx Nat

  7. maggy says:

    Your letters look fantastic! I love the colors you used and the stencil. How did you get the thin parsts of the stencil to stay in place. I have the same stencil set and can’t seem to get it right, my paint bleeds under. I’m putting it over chalkboard paint, not sure how the adhesive would affect the chalkboard paint, I’m using the stencil you used on your E.

    • V says:

      The first time I did the E I messed it up and had to re-do (it was going to be white with light teal, but I had to paint it all teal!). I just hold it really tightly with two fingers, but the real key is to use a foam brush or sponge, and barely get any paint and just dab it on. When I used it like a brush I got it everywhere! I am not sure about the adhesive (if it leaves residue or anything) but if you get Elmers it says to spray it on and let it sit for a minute, then the adhesive should be re-usable, if you just stick it right on it might stick to the letter for life! Check out Cutting Edge Stencils for their tutorials – that is how I learned about the adhesive.

      Hope that helps – good luck! Don’t be afraid to re-do!

  8. Danielle says:

    So pretty! I like yours better than the PBK letters!

  9. SimplyMe says:

    Beautifully creative.

  10. Those turned out awesome! I never would have thought to stencil on them, but what a great idea!

    Thanks for linking them up!

    @ Creatively Living

  11. Andrea says:

    Very pretty color choices

  12. Kristi says:

    Can you tell me where you got your $3 letters?

    • V says:

      Hey Kristi! I used a coupon and got these at Michael’s for just a few dollars each. Wait for a coupon for sure – they always have them! Thanks for stopping by.

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