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Capital Idea

No matter how you spell it, this project will have you creating decorative letters in substantial sizes.

Capital IdeaNo matter how you spell it, this project will have you creating decorative letters in substantial sizes.

What You'll Need
Tools
Materials
  • rigid foam insulation 2" thick
  • drywall compound 1625-860
  • white caulking 2034-346
  • sanding sponge 1061-499
  • Designer Series Paint: 1858/
  • base colour shown: Love Letters WB002; accent colour shown: Black Heath D25-1-0235-3
  • paint brush 1 1/2" 1613-365
  • artist brush 5495-537
  • utility cloths 4532-813
  • stencil letters 2376-409
  • picture hangers 2353-416


Here's How - Capital IdeaHere's How

  • Trace the letter from the stencil, eliminating the bridges (spaces).
  • Enlarge to desired size on a photocopier or with a grid pattern.
  • Trace enlarged letter on the rigid foam insulation.
  • Cut out letter on a band saw. Dust off residue.
  • Coat the front of the letter with drywall compound and let dry. Then, coat the sides and let dry.
  • Sand to a smooth finish.
  • Trace a simple pattern on the front of the letter, and then trace the pattern with caulking.
  • Let dry 48 hours.
  • Paint the front and sides of the letter with base colour. Using a damp cloth, rub the paint into the compound.
  • Let dry 24 hours.
  • Apply the accent colour with an artist brush on desired highlighted areas and wipe off with a damp cloth.
  • Repeat with base and accent colour until you achieve your desired look. Let dry.

Hanging letters
  • Adhere a hanger to the back of the letter and position on the wall.

Free standing letters
  • J and P will need to be weighted for balance by attaching fishing weights or heavy washers on the back.
  • C, D, G, O, Q, S, and U need to have a squared bottom to allow them to stand. You can also use adhesive furniture protectors to help them stand.


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