Learn how to easily paint and distress wood letters for your baby’s nursery with this simple tutorial! These DIY painted wood letters are a great way to add a personal touch to any room!
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If you caught my post earlier this week on our ultrasound picture frame, then you already had a sneak peek at these painted wood letters!
Every nursery needs baby’s name displayed somewhere in the room! I feel like it’s almost obligatory to display baby’s name, initials, or birth date in some form.
The inspiration for this project was a collage wall I wanted to do above the dresser. I needed letters that were proportionate to both the ultrasound picture frame I had made and the space available within the college area.
I found these wood letters that were the exact size I needed to fill the spot! When it came to what colors to paint the letters, I chose to use a picture frame that was going to be used in the nursery as the inspiration.
This is a very simple project that adds a personal touch to any room! Continue below to find different ways you can personalize a space through variations of this project!
VARIATIONS OF THIS PROJECT:
- Use large wood letters to hang above a crib or bed.
- Use paper mache letters to stand on top of a dresser.
- Mix and match sizes of wood letters to create a monogram.
- Use numbers to paint their birth date.
- Have a painting party with your kids and let them paint their own letters!
- Wood Letters (or numbers)
- There are also these cute vintage letters!
- Chalk Paint
- Command Strips
STEP 1 – PAINT THE WOOD LETTERS
When it came to the colors used, I mixed paints I already had from another nursery project to get the desired shades. These are the colors I used:
- White Chalk Paint (Color: Wedding Cake)
- Black Chalk Paint (Color: Beetle Black)
- Brown Acrylic Paint (Color: Raw Umber)
Next, I gave each letter a nice even coat of paint using a paintbrush.
Don’t forget to paint the sides of the letters!
I have a before picture, but forgot to take one of just the letters painted solid…
STEP 2 – DISTRESS THE PAINTED WOOD LETTERS
Once the letters were dry, I took a dry paintbrush and placed only a small amount of accent color paint on the brush.
Accent colors used:
- Gray accents for white letters
- White accents for gray letters
- Lighter brown accent for brown letters
I lightly stroked the dry brush across the letters until each letter had the amount of distressing wanted.
Be sure to distress the sides of each letter where needed!
STEP 3 – HANG THE PAINTED WOOD LETTERS
After all of the paint was dry, it was time to hang the finished letters!
Since I wanted the wood letters to lay flat against the wall and they did not come with any way to hang them; I chose to use command strips to attach them to the wall.
Simply press and hold a command strip to the backside of each letter. Then press and hold the letter against the wall. Easy peasy!
We had these letters hanging in our son’s nursery for over a year before we moved and removing them was a cinch. Zero damage to the wall and they held up great! Plus, this is a great option when renting because it’s less holes in the wall that you have to fill when you move out!
Easy, right?! I loved being able to personalize our son’s nursery with a fun and simple project! Check out some more of our nursery project’s below!
MORE NURSERY PROJECTS:
- DIY Ultrasound Picture Frame
- DIY Paper Mache Deer Head
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We would love to see your finished project! Is your baby’s name displayed in the nursery? Comment below or tag us on social media to share with us!