here was the inspiration: antropologie zinc letters. cost: 18$ each. i was assigned a studio project by Lisa Teague Studios, to recreate this look using...CARDBOARD! while i claim i can paint anything; this was going to be a stretch i thought to myself... here is what i started with:
cardboard letters i purchased at AC Moore for around 2$ each, and some left over paint from my living room: Green black from Sherwin Williams (yes, my living room is black, inspired by a J Crew retail store in austin, tx)....moving on: i painted each letter with two coats.
next i created a glaze using modern masters metallic paint. i used a latex extender and a little of my base color as the metallic had a slight gold tint to it, and we were looking for more of a silver. adding the black toned it down a bit. i dry brushed and blotted each letter as i saw fit. i let them dry and went back with my base coat to accent some edges for a worn look.
the letters were delivered to the studio, and hung. oh the power of paint! don't be afraid to try your own! you don't necessarily have to do the multi-step metallic either--you could do white or pink for a nursery (prime with a coat of white first), navy, red or orange for a childs bedroom... or use whatever color paint you have lying around the house. we hung the letters with scotch 3m velcro picture hanging strips, two on each letter.