Whenever I see vintage metal letters in antique stores my instinct is to buy them all…that is until I look at the price! I was determined to figure out a way to make them myself for a fraction of the price. Here is what I can up with.
The first step is to create a stencil.
Trace the letter onto the MDF with a sharpie. When you are cutting you will want a nice thick black line, so you can guide the blade as accurately as possible.
Cut the letters out.
The next step is to sand the pieces to make sure they are smooth.
Time to paint.
Prime the letters. I chose black since it is what I had on hand.
The key to a real metal look is to use Rustoleum Hammered finish.
Coat the letters with three thin coats. Take the time to do thin coats. It gives you a better coat and cuts down on drips.
I found this glaze at Home Depot. Metallic glazes are available at craft stores and most big box home supply stores. I used the Coffee Black color from the Martha Stewart line.
It gives the look of oxidized metal.
I am very happy with the finished product!