We’ve seen the real deal at Flea Markets and pricey Antique Shops, and we’ve seen the reproductions at trendy stores like Anthropologie. We could hardly contain ourselves when we saw the DIY version by Sugar and Charm!
We were ridiculously excited to make our very own Zinc Inspired Letters!
Please click here to visit Sugar and Charm and see the instructions that we followed!
Reviewer #1 – Sarah
- The hardest decision was determining what word I wanted to create. With my kiddos help, I ended up getting “Hello” and a large “M” for Mason and “S” for Stella. They each wanted one to adorn their bedroom.
- I used Martha Stewart Satin Acrylic Craft Paint in Beetle Black and the Martha Stewart Acrylic Craft Paint in Pearl. As far as I’m concerned, any brand would do the trick for this project. I am just a sucker for darling packaging!
Tips & Tricks Learned:
Since I had a free moment while my husband watched the kids, I painted the first coat of the black paint the night before to guarantee that they would be dry and we’d be ready to rock and roll with the pearl paint the next day.
In addition, I used the small sponge style paint brusheswhich worked well for my painting style.
A group of us got together to craft on this project, which made it even MORE FUN! My favorite thing about this project is that everyone’s turns out slightly different – it is all in your paint strokes and style.
Awesome project and really happy with the outcome!
A little messy (but nothing some newspaper and a wash cloth can’t cure) and a little difficult to do with my young tikes running around.
Love it! Now I just need to decide where I am going to put my word “Hello.” I’m toying with my nursery for baby #3 or our future home office space!
Reviewer #2 – Maren
Mission: I almost peed my pants when we found this project on Sugar and Charm Blog! I couldn’t wait to test out this neat faux-zinc technique!
- Delta Creative Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Black – Only used one coat!
- Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint, Pearl Finish – Two coats
- Cardboard Letters from JoAnn. Since I’m not sure what is going to work in our new house, I stuck with our last initial since I know that I’ll be able to use it anywhere!
- For my first coat of pearl, I used a rough brush and a “curvy X” brushstroke to get a vintage zinc/galvanized look. I used a 1″ Chip Brush. Only problem with these brushes is that you occasionally have to pull a hair out of the object that you’re painting!
- For the second coat, I used a smoother brush to soften my previous strokes. I like the Loew-Cornell Flat Wash Brush 1/2″
Tips & Tricks Learned:
As I mentioned, I embraced my very distinct brush stroke (the reason I was fired from painting my own kitchen) to get that textured look that you see in vintage zinc and galvanized metal. I really like how it turned out!
These are SUPER lightweight, too! You could easily hang them on your wall using a 3M Command Strip!
Incredibly easy to do! Gorgeous results!
None! I didn’t even think that it was messy!
I couldn’t have loved this project any more! Not to mention, a few of us gals did this one together which made it a million times more fun! Everyones turned out fantastic!
After doing this project, I went home and painted “Zinc” rooftops onto my birdhouses!
Reviewer #3 – Kristy
Mission: Enjoy a day with friends making a cool project and learning to paint!
- Cardboard letters, I was boring and went with EAT
- Coat first with Folk Art Acrylic Paint in Pure Black with 1″ Foam Brush
- Second coat of Martha Stewart Acrylic Pearl Paint gives that zinc finish
Tips & Tricks Learned:
My gal pal, Maren, taught me on the job that using random strokes with the second coat of Martha Stewart pearl paint gives that zinc like finish.
The pearl paint is white in appearance, AND YES, this is what you are looking for. I had purchased a metallic silver acrylic paint thinking that this would work for this project but you need the pearl! My amazing friends let me share.
So much fun, especially with a great group of gals to complete the project with!
Very quick, it took just a few minutes to dry between coats. The cardboard seams give the allusion of welding seams.
Overwhelmed by the paint selection, there are soooo many paint options!
Great fun and will do these again for sure for a gift! Very versatile, can use the letters in any room of the home.
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