Anthropologie Inspired Zinc Letters

So I have a love/hate relationship with Anthropologie.

I adore all of the quirky and whimsical home decor they sell in their store.

But, I’m not a big fan of their sky-high prices.

So being the thrifty gal that I am…I typically browse Anthro for inspiration and try and recreate their gorgeous pieces right at home.

That’s how I came across this project.

These DIY zinc letters are much more budget friendly than the Anthropologie version
Anthropologie sells these letters for $18 a pop. Not quite in my budget…
After a quick trip to Michael’s, I was able to recreate the letters without breaking the bank.
Supplies:
-3 cardboard letters ($2.50 a piece)
-Silver metallic paint ($1.50)
-Black paint (already owned)
-Paint brush (already owned)
TOTAL COST: $9
I decided to go with the word EAT to add a little fun to our kitchen. Other ideas might be to use your initials, WASH for the bathroom or laundry room, READ for an office. Get creative…
Basic cardboard letters painted with a base coat are all you need to recreate pricey zinc letters from Anthropologie

I first painted the cardboard letters black and let them dry.

(Sorry…I don’t have any pics of that step. Bad blogger, bad blogger)

Silver Metallic Paint and a few paint brushes are the only tools you need for this project

Then it was time for some metallic paint.

This metallic paint is a perfect recreation of a zinc finish

One quick coat did the trick.

Just one coat of metallic paint gives these letters a zinc-like finish

It certainly gave the letters some depth and texture.

From a distance it truly looks like the letters are made of metal. Success!

From a distance, these letters look just like the zinc Anthropologie ones - only MUCH cheaper!

I decided the best place for the letters was up high on top of our kitchen cabinets. They add a bit of height and fill in some of the empty space.

Anthropologie Inspired Zinc Letters reading EAT

The only problem…sometimes from a certain angle…it doesn’t look like the word E-A-T…instead it reads F-A-T.

Letters on top of kitchen cabinets

Perhaps it’s a reminder to stop visiting the kitchen too much or else I will be F-A-T…

Clearly, these letters needed a little boost in height. So here’s my temporary solution.

These EAT Anthropologie inspired letters look great on top of our cabinets

I’m not in love with the basket look…too much beige going on for my taste. I think I’ll eventually adhere the letters to the wall instead.

Update: With a little change in scenery, we were able to change the view from “FAT” to what we were really hoping for – “EAT”. Read the latest here.

Anyone else have a love/hate relationship with Anthropologie? When it comes to clothing, I’m a big fan of their SALE section! And their candles…I die, they smell delicious!