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Roughed Up

I have to confess I am addicted to distressed paint and much prefer a distressed and faded wall on a derelict house to anything fresh and fancy. I love the patina that age gives to wood, collect painted driftwood and zoom when when I can see paint peeling on a surface.  There is something special about knowing that an item has lived and breathed before.  That hands have touched it, chosen it, saved it, enjoyed it.

It’s true that letters have been around as a decorating item for years.  I don’t know about you – but I always keep an eye out for my kids initials and never seem to find what I’m looking for, so it was quite exciting to see a new range of paper mache letters kicking around the Lincraft office.  They are not wood, but that’s Ok to me because with a little care you can fake it and they are so lightweight you can stick them up with blu tac and move them around when you feel like it without damaging the wall.

You will need:

  • Paper-mache letters
  • Acrylic paint in a number of different colours
  • Brush
  • Sandpaper.

Paint the letters in a few different colours – layering one colour over the other and allowing enough time for them to dry properly.  Don’t worry if the paint is uneven or if bumps are present – they will add to the final look once sanded.  Finish with a coat of white.

Once thoroughly dry, take some very fine sandpaper and working carefully (because the paint is thin and we are working on paper) reveal the paint under the top layer, paying careful attention to the corners and edges where wear would naturally occur.

When you are happy with your letters, spray with a Matt Finishing sealer to protect them and affix to your wall.


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