Monday, April 23, 2012

Ombre “K”

I jumped on the ombre bandwagon for yet another DIY project for Kate’s room.  I promise to show pictures of the completed room once I have blogged about all the projects I have been working on.  We are getting there, so stick with me!!

I had it in my mind that instead of using her paint chip letters (which got damaged in the move), I wanted to use a large “K” on the wall opposite of her headboard.  I knew that Joanne Fabrics sold the large paper mache letters, so I used a 40% off coupon and got one for $6.  With the magic of paint, Kate now has her very own ombre “K” (she’s trendy and she doesn’t even know it yet)!


I started with the paper mache letter and knew I wanted 3 different shades of pink.  I used leftover “Zany Pink” (from her headboard project) for the base of the “K”.  Like most things, I eyeballed, but feel free to measure and tape (pictures were taken in my dark basement where I decided to tackle this project so forgive the footage). 


I then used the same pink and added some leftover bone colored trim paint from our house until it seemed like it would flow.  Eyeball again, and repeat this step and add more white until you have your three colors.


I think I applied 3 coats of each color to get coverage over the brown paper.


Once dry, I used these adhesive sticky things to stick it on her wall.  These letters are large, but very light, and the “K” has been stuck for several weeks now.


And here it is hanging in her room…




I love how letters/words look in rooms.  Of course, Miss Kate loves the added touch of pink to her blue/grey walls.  In case you are wondering, paint color is Sherwin Williams “Big Chill”, the bookshelf is from PBK, the chalkboard sign in from PBK Outlet (this would be easy to recreate for less than $5 using a wood plaque from Michael’s and some chalkboard paint).  This chalkboard used to hang on her bedroom door, but the banging started to really annoy me, so it found a new home :).


Total cost for the ombre “K” was $6.  I already had the paint, and I got the adhesive strips for free when I used a coupon at our local hardware store!  The hardest part about this project is driving to the store to get your letter! 

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  1. This is so pretty I love it! I was going to do an ombre letter with yarn, but this looks way easier! I would love for you to share this at my link party

  2. So cute yet sophisticated! I think my house would be wall-to-wall ombre if I made every fabulous project that I have seen this year :) So sad to hear the paint chip letters got damaged - I pinned those ages ago!

  3. This looks really great, I really like how easy it is! I would love if you would share this and any other posts at Showcase Your Talent Thursday hope to see you there!

  4. So cute and perfect for a girls room!